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This Week in DC: September 29 – October 5

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Wow, what a weekend. What a week. We Bitches are burdened with work and play this week, but we’re looking forward to Chefs Behind Bars this evening. Here’s your social itinerary for the week in Washington. Make the most of it!

Monday

We love the concept of Chefs Behind Bars: where local chefs compete to make unique cocktails, which are judged by the attendees and panelists at a party to benefit Taste of the Nation’s No Kid Hungry charity. This is the third event in the charitable series, with yours truly as a judge. This go around, the chefs participating are: Joseph Evans, The Gryphon, Jason Gehring, Mason Dixie Biscuit Co., Danny Lee, Mandu, Tiffany MacIsaac, Buttercream Bakeshop, Andrew Markert, Beuchert’s Saloon, Harper McClure, BRABO, Matt O’Herron, Sona Creamery, George Rodrigues, Tico. The judges are yours truly, Chef Greg Silverman of Share our Strength, Doug Alexander of Art & Soul, George Pagnos of Kapnos and Nevin Martell, a popular freelance food writer in Washington. Tickets $40, and a 20% discount with the code “BWB.” Monday, September 29th from 6-8:30 p.m., The Gryphon in Dupont Circle, 1337 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Tuesday

While it’s a little late for swimwear in Washington, why not look forward to resort and vacation? This evening, Cesco Osteria’s Co2 Lounge will host a fashion show featuring local designer Tala Raassi’s sexy and international-inspired Dar Be Dar swimwear line. The showcase will feature pieces from the current resort 2014 and spring/summer 2015 collections. The evening will include gourmet passed hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary cocktail, beats from a live DJ spinning EDM, house, pop and Persian hits. Ladies looking to purchase designs hot off the runway can shop a Dar be Dar pop-up boutique right after the show. Tickets, $20. 7-9:30 p.m.,Cesco Osteria, 7401 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, Md.

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Wednesday

It’s midweek, so treat yourself. We’ve been enjoying delicious pressed vegetable and fruit juices from Tasty 6, a new local juice delivery service in Washington and Maryland. All Tasty6 juices are made by hand, from scratch, with ingredients that are fresh, organic and filled with super-nutrients. More nutritious than today’s standard juices sold on the market, Tasty6 currently comes in 7 different juice flavor options: Immunoxer, Staminator, Glow, Awaken, Refresh, Silhouette and Seasonal. My personal favorite is the coconut water, watermelon, Himalayan salt and lemon flavor. Order a subscription or one-time order online, here, and use the code “BHB10” for 10% off.

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Our friends over at Urban Stems just launched their fall bouquets, with a beautiful sunflower autumn mix as well as a Calla Lillies and garden roses bouquet. Don’t forget that you can also order a floral bow tie and bouquet combination—because what’s more fun than that?

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Thursday

The Grill Room at Capella is hosting an intimate Wine & Dinner series, with farm-to-table cuisine paired with award-winning winemarkers. This evening, Nickel & Nickel vineyard is pairing wines with a four-course menu. Priced at $180 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). For reservations, please contact The Grill Room directly at 202-617-2424 or e-mail [email protected] Capella, 1050 31st St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Friday

Like beer? Like art? Then head to Old Town. Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory is hosting six local breweries who are teaming up with an Art League instructor. Local restaurants are also on-board pairing a complimentary, complementary appetizer with each art-and-beer combination. Participating breweries are: Devils Backbone Brewing Company (Charlottesville, VA), Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Richmond, VA) – presenting two beers, Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, MD), Port City Brewing Company (Alexandria, VA) , Starr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, VA), and Three Brothers Brewing Company (Harrisonburg, VA). And participating restaurants are: Bastille, Chadwicks, Columbia Firehouse, The Light Horse Restaurant, Pizza Paradiso, RedRocks Neapolitan Bistro, and Virtue Feed & Grain.  Tickets, $45. 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, Va.

Sunday

This October, Chef Bart Vandaele toasts to the 10-year anniversary of his first restaurant, Belga Café, On Sunday, he’s treating us to a one-day Belgian market, with his  interpretations of various street carts found in Belgium serving mussels, Belgian frites, and waffles served alongside Stella Artois. Tokens will be available for purchase at the door and used at the event for food and drinks. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 516 1/2 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

For brunch, our recommendations as of late include Alphonse, America Eats Tavern, Macon Bistro & Larder, Rural Society, and anything else you can find in our handy dandy search finder.

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