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This Week: March 11-17

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Somehow, miraculously, after a week of rather miserable weather (which included the aptly named Snowquester), the clouds parted over Washington, birds sang, and the sun came out over the most brilliant blue skies. It was a weekend of brunching on patios under the blazing sun, and clinking our mimosa glasses to spring, glorious spring! It’s just around the corner. We can feel it.


Join The Madison at Irish Whiskey as the group of 100 girls toast the Irish and raise money for Crittenton Services of Greater Washington. A $10 wristband gets you specials, including $6 Jameson shots, $5 Irish drafts, and discounted specialty cocktails on each floor. Plus, you’ll be entered into a raffle for a chance to win gift cards, including $50 Irish Whiskey, $30 The Mighty Pint, $30 Wilson Tavern, and many more. Ten percent of all bar proceeds go the the charity.

You will want to be at Blue Duck Tavern’s celebrated Chef’s Table and Semi-Private Table on Wednesday evening. Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault and Chef de Cuisine John Melfi, along with CEO/Founding Winemaker Eileen Crane of Domaine Carneros wines from Carneros, California, founded by Champagne Taittinger, are hosting an intimate four-course winemaker dinner. Priced at $145 per person (all inclusive), guests will enjoy a chef’s tasting menu comprising fresh, seasonal ingredients with superbly paired wine to complement each course, courtesy of Domaine Carneros. For reservations, please call (202) 419-6755 or e-mail [email protected]

Cori Sue will be celebrating with VIDA Fitness Thursday evening at their St. Patrick’s Day Member Appreciation Party at Local 16. The event is open to all VIDA members and their guests. Enjoy Happy Hour food and drink specials, plus get a sneak peak at the 2013 Penthouse Pool season (don’t miss the raffle for free cabana rentals!). 6 to 9 p.m. at Local 16, 1602 U Street N.W., Washington, D.C.. RSVP to [email protected]

Becca will be sampling cuisine served to heads of state and regional delicacies from around the world at the Embassy Chef Challenge Thursday evening. The annual benefit supports the free programs and events provided by Cultural Tourism DC. You can look forward to sampling dishes, mingling with the diplomatic community, enjoying a top-shelf open bar, and bidding on auction items offering unique culinary and travel adventures. Local celebrity judges, including Bravo’s Top Chef All-Star finalist Carla Hall, will select a winning chef, and each attendee will also vote for the People’s Choice. Get tickets here.


Thursday is a busy night. The gentlemen of the Capital Club is inviting everyone to once again kiss the blarney stone at their 18th Annual Shamrock Soiree, beginning at 10 p.m. This year, for all the revelers, there’s an open bar for the first hour of the party from 10-11 p.m. Space is limited, so get there early for some Irish jigs and an American good time. Get tickets here. Capitale, 1301 K Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

It’s that time of year when Fashion for Paws and St. Patrick’s Day collide. Don’t miss the “Paddy Paws” event at Cities Restaurant & Lounge Friday night. Dress in your favorite green and while you’re at it bring a little extra to support The Washington Humane Society and your favorite F4P models. A percentage of every dollar spent while you have a great time will be generously donated by CITIES towards supporting The Washington Humane Society. CITIES, 919 19th St  Washington, DC 20006.

Beginning Saturday, The Occidental and Chef de Cuisine Matt Baker will be launching a completely revamped brunch menu that was designed to be fun and whimsical. There will be dishes like the baked farm egg with truffle-parmesan cream, wild mushroom marmalade and chives—yum! Plus there’s bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas for $18. Brunch will be held on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm. 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Want to combine your workout with your brunch this weekend? Try yoga. juice. h(OM)e., a free weekly dose of deep alignment-oriented yoga (beginners and skeptics strongly encouraged) paired with homemade vegan muffins and fruit and vegetable juices/smoothies. The group meets Saturdays at 10:30 am, at The Dunes in Columbia Heights. 1402 Meridian Place N.W., Washington, D.C.

If you’re in Bethesda, don’t miss Redwood’s Kegs and Eggs St Patty’s Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The $15 brunch buffet includes complimentary beer. $5 Guinness specials, too. Redwood, 7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, Md.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day!

President Obama Celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Jack Rose Dining Saloon on 18th Street is finally open for Sunday brunch, complete with hearty American fare and inventive morning cocktails (Jack Rose’s Bourbon Bacon Blue Cheese Bloody Mary, anyone?). Can’t wait to try dishes like chicken confit hash with poblano peppers and poached egg, a gourmet take on a “Bacon + Egg” Sandwich served open-faced with juicy hunks of pork belly and a duck egg on rustic bread, and the chilaquiles with chorizo, gouda, caramelized onions, tomatillo and crème fraiche, with the option to add a 62-degree egg on top.

The Curious Grape Wine, Dine & Shop just debuted its Sparkling Sunday brunch. It includes an eclectic menu of starters and entrées along with festive cocktails and carefully paired wines by the glass. Cori Sue just went and loved it (review to come soon!). Brunch at The Curious Grape is served Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 2900 South Quincy Street, Arlington, Va.

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