Happy Monday, beach bunnies! It’s gorgeous outside, and this week is filled with awesome food and fitness events to get your summer started off right. Make the most of it.
Start your week out with a run. Head to Glen’s Garden Market for its Monday run club followed by beer and pizza for $5.50. A 5k run followed by a cold draft brew and a slice of pie sounds perfect. The run club is every other Monday at 7 p.m.
If there’s one thing Washington loves nearly as much as food, it is workouts. As Bitches, we’re big fans of the work hard-play hard, run hard-brunch hard credo. So, head to the Southwest Waterfront on Tuesday for a little outdoor zen yoga. If you can’t make this week, no problem, the complimentary classes run through September 12 hosted by Vida Fitness. 7 p.m. The Yards Park Boardwalk, 355 Water St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
It’s time for the annual Embassy Chef Challenge. More than a dozen chefs from the foreign embassies in Washington will present signature epicurean delights and compete for the Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice Awards. We’ve been before—it’s worth the $250 price tag for this unique culinary experience. More information and tickets online. Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.
Last month, I had one of the most incredible meals of my life in a grocery store. Once a month, Glen’s Garden Market hosts a tasting table in the middle of its busy market, where twelve diners share a meal. Chef Travis Olson crafts a four dinner of fresh, local, and gourmet bites paired with beer, wine, and cider pairings. Tickets are $75 and include beer, wine, taxes, and gratuity. 8:30 p.m., 2001 S St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
In other cool news, Compass Rose is converting to a Korean Market for the night. Compass Rose Bar & Kitchen will transform into a bustling Korean Night Market on Thursday, May 21st for an evening of fun street food, inventive cocktails and karaoke. Inspired by her travels to Korea, Owner Rose Previte tapped Chef Danny Lee of Mandu and Chef Jesse Miller of Bar Pilar and Café Saint-Ex to join Chef Sam Molavi of Compass Rose to prepare a diverse menu of Korean street foods, including Dduk Bok Gi (spicy rice cakes), Galbi (barbecue short ribs) and Bibim Guksoo (chilled somyun noodles rubbed with diced kimchi, soy, and sesame oil). The evening features live cooking stations, passed appetizers, and specialty cocktails. Tickets, $20 per person, and include food, entertainment, tax, and gratuity, and can be purchased via [email protected] T St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
If you missed Glen’s Tasting Table Thursday, try to snag tickets for Friday.
I will never get sick of Jazz in the Garden, no matter how long I’ve lived in Washington. It just feels like summer in Washington. The annual outdoor concert series features jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles—salsa, blues fusion, xylophone, Afrofunk, and more, and has begun again this summer. 5-8:30 p.m., the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 700 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Celebrate the start of summer with a little reggae on the deck. Patty Boom Boom is having a pop up, with your favorite DJs, the famous Rum Punch, $5 patties (spicy beef, chicken) and plenty of good vibes from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday. 1359 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
We know what we’ll be doing all summer long: brunch, followed by the Penthouse Pool. I’ll be packing a healthy green juice from JRINK, my new obsession. The healthy, satisfying juices are a perfect tide over between brunch and dinner-and-drinks on the weekends. I have my summer plan, and I’m sticking to it.