It’s nearly Memorial Day, loves. Your ‘kini is screaming to be in the sun, and there are plenty of it’s-nearly-summer-I-can-feel-it parties and events this week. Make sure you have your Memorial Day brunch plans set in advance. We’ve got the list of who’s serving what and where, see below.
Plus, we’re super thrilled to be named finalists for ‘Millennials of the Year’ for the Millennial Week awards, which will be in a couple of weeks. We’re hosting the Innovators Brunch on June 8, and we’re giving away a ticket to join us! All you have to do is follow us on Twitter, fan us on Facebook, and tweet out who is your most inspiring millennial with the hashtag #MWDC2014 and @BtchesWhoBrunch.
Our favorite Maryland restaurant, Quench, is celebrating its second anniversary—and second time winning the Maryland Restaurant Association award for Best Food & Cocktails Program. Tonight, they’re hosting a party, so get there early for specials and fun. 9712 Traville Gateway Drive, Rockville, MD.
Cori Sue is hosting an epic battle of the chefs this evening to support a number of different D.C. organizations. Head to Culinary Fight Night for an interactive cooking competition in a Vegas-style boxing ring. The winner will walk away with a championship belt, and a cash prize that will be donated to their charity of their choice. Get tickets to the fight here.
Love lamb? Twenty-one of the D.C. area’s top chefs are gathering tonight for the culinary cook-off for lamb fans. The event, held at the North Hall at Eastern Market, opens with a VIP event at 5 p.m., followed by the big party at 6 p.m., where guests can sample more than 20 lamb dishes, microbrews and wine. Get tickets here.
I’ve always been afraid to get a tattoo, but often admire the art that goes into them. Tuesday night, Marvin is hosting “Art Behind the Ink,” an exhibit featuring on canvas works from some of DC’s most renowned tattoo artists. From 8 p.m. to close, guests will enjoy the selected works from Eric Doyle, John Rippley, David Cavalcante, Eric Wilcox, and Christian Beckman. Also on display will be vintage tattoo machines from the 1920s and 30s. Music for the evening will be provided by Billy The Gent, Stereofaith, and Tom Lim.
Have lunch plans? DC City Smokehouse, DC’s newest BBQ joint, was recently awarded “Best Sandwich in the City” by the Washington City Paper. To celebrate the tasty acclaim, the Truxton Circle eatery is hosting Meaty Palmer Day on Wednesday. From Noon to 8 p.m., customers can order a Meaty Palmer sandwich for $1 off (normally priced at $9). The Meaty Palmer features what DCity Smokehouse is best known for with smoked turkey and pork belly topped with smashed avocado and jalapeno aioli. 8 Florida Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
This Thursday, the W Hotel Washington DC will celebrate Vanity Fair editor and legendary rock journalist Lisa Robinson and her new book, “There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll.” The party kicks off at 6:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m., Bob Boilen from NPR’s All Songs Considered will lead a Q&A with Robinson. At 7:30 p.m., Washington Post Pop Music Critic, Chris Richards will DJ. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Guests are asked to RSVP to email@example.com as well. W Hotel, 515 15th St. N.W., Washington D.C.
For a great Friday night dinner, head to Teddy & The Bully Bar’s patio for the restaurant’s new spring menu. The beautiful, flavorful dishes (literally, some are so gorgeous you don’t want to touch them) are the perfect way to kick off the Memorial Day weekend in Washington. 1200 19th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
The Penthouse Pool is officially open for Memorial Day weekend, and our favorite summer spot will be celebrating with a good oel’ fashioned barbecue all weekend long. Get there by 11 a.m. to get a lounge chair, or get in touch ahead to reserve a cabana. Rentals@PenthousePoolClub.com. To get a discount on your Penthouse Pool membership, use the password “BITCHES” online, here.
For a relaxing Saturday night, head to Columbia Heights’ local joint, The Heights, which has recently revamped its 80-seat patio and has added comfortable lounge seating and fire pits. Chef Kerry Tate and wine director Mallory Finnegan have collaborated to launch a new sparkling and snack section on the wine list, “Bubbly & Bites,” with great offerings both by the glass and bottles from all over the world.
It’s the middle of a three-day weekend, so we think a party brunch is in order. Head to Lincoln for a rager featuring DJ Neekola. Bottomless food and drinks, plus plenty of fun music and company, means this Sunday will be a Memorial Day brunch for the books. From noon to 3 p.m. Lincoln, 1110 Vermont Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
After brunch, waddle to Policy’s Fourth Annual Crab Festival, held from noon to 5 p.m. The 14th Street restaurant is hosting the celebration in conjunction with Atlas Brew Works, trading black cloth napkins for rolls of paper towels and wooden mallets. Tickets are $45 a person and you can all you can eat crabs and traditional sides. Atlas’s signature brew is just $5 a pint. Policy, 1904 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Happy Memorial Day! Make your brunch plans early. We heard that the Richard Sandoval family of restaurants—El Centro DF, El Centro DF Georgetown, Masa 14, Ambar, Toro Toro and Zengo—will all be serving their bottomless brunches. We also heard that the EatWell Group, including The Pig and Commissary, are serving up a Logan Circle Memorial Day brunch. Bitch-approved spots Vinoteca, Lavagna and DGS Delicatessen will also be open.