It’s a cold, rainy Columbus Day, but we intend to make the best of it. Whether you’re in the office, at brunch, on vacation, or watching movies at home, we hope you have a good one.
If you have the day off, Lavagna, Commissary, El Centro, Lavagna, Logan Tavern, Masa 14, Pearl Dive, Toro Toro and Zengo are serving brunch. Follow us on Twitter for more. If you’re at work, we’re sorry.
Beat the back-to-work blues with happy hour at Commissary. Lucky for Logan Circle residents and downtown workers, Commissary has dropped its afternoon prices. Nowadays, you can snag $2 drafts on Tuesdays, wine for less than $5, and Makers Mark cocktails for less than $6. It’s a Bitch-approved spot that won’t break the bank. 1447 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
If you’d prefer something a bit snazzy, head to the Sofitel Hotel DC. On Tuesday, the luxury hotel is hosting a Billecart-Salmon Champagne pairing dinner. The four-course dinner was created by Executive Chef Franck Loquet to highlight the Billecart-Salmon line of Champagnes including vintage, non-vintage, rose, extra dry and the top tête de cuvée. Make your reservation here. Sofitel, Washington, D.C.
On Wednesday, I’ll be at Westend Bistro for a fall wine dinner. The six-course dinner features pairings from New Zealand winery, Kim Crawford and its five Small Parcel wines, including the ‘Fizz’ Methode Traditionnelle 2009, ‘Favourite Homestead’ Pinot Gris, ‘Wild Grace’ Chardonnay and ‘Rise & Shine’ Pinot Noir. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be co-hosted by Westend Bistro Chef de Cuisine Adam Barnett and Kim Crawford’s Matthew Deller. The dinner is $100 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Call to make a reservation. Westend Bistro, 1190 22nd St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
For the gents, Jackson 20 is celebrating fall in true masculine style with a Bourbon and turkey dinner followed by cigars in the courtyard. Chef Brian McPherson’s menu for the evening features slow-roasted red Bourbon heritage turkeys accompanied by select bourbon flights and sides including truffled mashed potatoes, hunter sausage and sage stuffing and Bourbon turkey gravy. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and is priced at $38 per person (exclusive of tax, gratuity and cigars). Call (703) 842-2790 for reservations. 480 King St., Alexandria, Va.
Looking for a new spot for dinner? Head to the Georgetown Waterfront to try Mama Rouge, a Southeast Asian Bistro that marries Asian cuisine and creative cocktails. The resto will serve up Asian dishes Pho, noodles, Asian BBQ, and Banh Mi with a French twist alongside French wines and a variety of European-inspired cocktails. The restaurant opens at the old Bangkok Joe’s spot on Tuesday for dinner, lunch, and brunch.
Reward yourself for a week well done with fresh flowers. Our favorite flower company, Urban Stems, is teaming up with our favorite coffee company, Compass Coffee, for a gorgeous fall delivery special. Get an autumn bouquet and a bag of delicious coffee, delivered straight to your door.
It’s time for the 28th Annual Lombardi Gala. This isn’t just another Washington black-tie dinner. It’s a dance, cocktail reception and renowned silent auction that supports the only cancer research center in D.C. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Gala go directly to Georgetown’s Lombardi for cancer research, education, and treatment. Typically, tickets are $500, but this year there’s a young professional price of $200 for those under 35. It’s sure to be a great group of people, having a great time, for a great cause. 6 p.m.