Hey kids! Hope you’re having a great spring. Here’s your events calendar for all that’s shakin in DC this week.
Get your local fruits and veggies! This is the last week to register for Glen’s Garden Market’s CSA, which literally brings the farm to your table. Each week, you’ll pick up a heaping two-person portion of fresh local produce and locally crafted artisan products. For those who are clueless in the kitchen, Glen’s Produce Monger will email recipes (!) All produce is in season and organically grown by the Chesapeake Bay Watershed’s most responsible small farmers. It’s a steal at $25/week.
Head to CityCenterDC to support small business! On Wednesday, May 6 from 5 – 9 p.m., the National Retail Federation and CityCenterDC are hosting a party to celebrate small business with 24 pop-up shops that include some of our favorites: Alex & Ani, JRINK Juicery, Stubble & ‘Stache, Hugh & Crye, Art Jamz, Potomac River Running, Tuckernuck, Pink Armoire, Meeps, and Urban Stems. There will be shopping, beer tasting and food from some local trucks, like Jose Andres’ Pepe and Cap Mac. 5- 9 p.m, the Park at City Center (11th and New York Ave NW).
Like chocolate? Who doesn’t. Head to Shirlington for a chocolate crawl, where retailers and restaurants have come come together to create an unforgettable chocolate-themed evening. Enjoy Best Buns’ chocolate ganache cupcake and Shirlie’s raspberry chocolate martini from Copperwood Tavern among other treats. Sounds like a perfect girls night out. Tickets, free. 5-9 p.m. The Village at Shirlington, 2700 South Quincy Street, Arlington, Va.
It’s Flight Night at City Tap House! Head there to enjoy flights of craft beer and hand crafted ales by Deschutes Brewery out of Portland, Oregon for $15, or flights and food pairings for $25. Menu highlights include a roasted pork shoulder corncake with mole sauce & crispy shallots paired with Mirror Pond Pale Ale; a Benton’s Ham & Cambozola Slider paired with Black Butte Porter. And that’s just the start. 901 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
There ain’t no party like a grilled cheese party…Oh wait. Rock Creek Social Club brings us another installment of its Grilled Cheese Social at Marvin, with good vibes, good music. Highlights from the menu of grilled cheese sandwiches—only available at these special socials—include The Pit (Mac N Cheese with pulled pork BBQ chicken), The Popeye (Spinach, pesto and Gruyere cheese), Spicy Swacho (Pulled Pork, Jalapenos, Cheddar and American crushed corn chips with a side of black bean dip), to name a few. The event is free and open to the public.RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 1- 8 p.m. 2007 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Miss the derby? You’re in luck. On Saturday, Edible DC is hosting the EdibleDC Cocktail Derby. Taking inspiration from the horse races, Edible Magazine is hosting a patio party at Poste centered on those lovely whiskey cocktails. Whiskey purveyors Whistle Pig Whiskey (Vermont), Catoctin Creek (VA), Virginia Distillery Company, KOVAL Distillery (IL) and others will be whipping up spring cocktail concoctions. Naturally, there will be a contest for best hat or fascinator and bowtie as well as a derby inspired step-and-repeat that will be reminiscent of the winner’s circle . xSaturday, May 9th from 2-4:30 p.m. The Courtyard at Hotel Monaco Poste, Washington, D.C.
Spend Sundays at one of our favorite spots: Central. The popular French restaurant is opening its doors Sunday evenings to accomodate the many celebrations—graduation, Mother’s Day and more—this May. Usually dark on Sunday nights, Central will open for Sunday dinner for three Sundays in May, the 10th, 17th and 24th. This Sunday, there are extended holiday hours for brunch (hooray!), and they’ve increased patio seating. Read our review of Central’s bottomless brunch, here. Central, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.