It’s Passover, Easter, and the Cherry Blossom Festival all at once. There’s much to celebrate this week. Here’s your agenda!
Tomorrow we’ll deliver our go-to Easter Brunch Guide, plus your full lineup of Cherry Blossom activities, along with a recap of the Pink Tie Party.
Passover begins today, and I’ll be celebrating with a Seder dinner at Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray at Equinox restaurant. The couple is serving up modern-day variations of traditional Passover dishes–as they wrote about in their new book, “The New Jewish Table-Modern Seasonal Recipes for Traditional Dishes.” Tonight through April 2, you can enjoy the five-course Passover dinner for $45 per person, with a boutique Israeli wine pairing for $60. Mazel! 818 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
My local English pub, The Brixton, and its chef, Jorge Pimentel, is launching a new menu this week, taking the food to another level. The cuisine is said to reflect the unique and diverse culture here in Washington D.C. Though they’ll always stay true to their British roots, they’ve changed things up and are shifting focus to “street” food from around the world. Head there this week to check it out. 901 U Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Work downtown? Join Guest of a Guest for Happy Hour at Fujimar, Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. $5 Yuzi-Mohitos, $5 Sweet Plum Champagne Cocktails, $5 Call Liquor Cocktails, $5 Sushi Rolls and Ceviches “Shots”.
This is cool: Wednesday evening you can meet the famous artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude at the Hirshhorn. Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude, develop public art projects that involve wrapping pieces of architecture in fabric or intervening in the landscape on a grand scale. In this evening’s lecture, Christo discusses two ongoing projects: Over the River, 5.9 miles of fabric panels to be temporarily suspended above 42 miles of the Arkansas River in Colorado, and The Mastaba, the largest sculpture in the world and the pair’s only permanent large-scale work, to be located near Abu Dhabi. 6:30 pm, Ring Auditorium.
Luxury bridal boutique Carine’s Bridal Atelier is hosting a designer gown sample sale on Thursday from 5 to 8 PM. Brides-to-be will have of the amazing opportunity to purchase top designer bridal gowns at an amazing price. Sample wedding gowns by Marchesa, Carolina Herrera, Liancarlo, Monique Lhuillier and more will be priced as low as $999 to $2699. Yummy cupcakes compliments of Fluffy Thoughts will be served to give you a sugary boost. 1726 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 2nd floor, Washington D.C.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s newest production, American Utopias, is now on stage. Mike Daisey takes us all over the map to pursue the story: from Disney World and its nostalgic theme park perfection, to the drug-fueled anarchic excesses of Burning Man, to Zuccotti Park, where in the unlikeliest place the Occupy Wall Street movement was born. Gun-play, giant glittery dildos, raving animatronic presidents, and brutal police actions come together to paint the landscape of our new American dream. The show runs through April 21. 641 D Street, NW, Washington, D.C..
I’ll be at Ingleside Vineyards this weekend, staying in one of their lovely lake lodges and trotting around to wine tastings. Ingleside Vineyards is one of Virginia’s oldest and largest wineries and produces over 18 varieties of wine from estate-grown grapes. For over thirty years, the hand-crafted wines have won numerous awards and top honors in state, national and international wine competitions, such as the London International Wine & Spirit Competition, the San Francisco International Wine Competition and the Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition. Ingleside Vineyards is also part of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail, which is a great way to explore wineries in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay region. I can’t wait.
If you’re in Washington, make sure you attend the ‘Desire to Aspire’: A Women’s History Month Brunch Celebration, Saturday from noon to 4 at the St. Gregory Hotel – M Street Bar and Grill. Young professional women from an array of industries across the D.C. area will honor three female leaders in their respective fields and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement. This event will attract local celebrities, influencers, and tastemakers, and empower them to affect change in their communities.
If you’re getting married, don’t miss the Third Annual “Urban Chic Says I Do” Bridal Event. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., brides-to-be are invited to shop for their wedding-perfect wardrobes and enjoy discounts and fabulous gift bags with purchase. The event will feature the Shoshanna Spring ’13 collection, as well as a Susana Monaco Trunk Show. Brides will also have the opportunity to order custom bridal jewelry from local line KOLTON.J, and personal wardrobe consultant Meredith Liberty will be taking appointments to help brides put together looks for all occasions.
It’s Easter. Watch for our brunch guide tomorrow.