Oh, glory be to ze Cherry Blossoms. After this grip of cold and Sunday’s brush of snow, I was actually a bit scared that spring would never actually come. Alas, this is the week. I can feel it. Even though temperatures aren’t expected to get much past 50, it’s officially spring, per Cherry Blossom Festival organizers. So, let’s just pretend, people.
Our lady City Shop Girl is hosting a happy hour tonight at Carmine’s in Penn Quarter to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. Preview two new blue drinks that will be offered in April, including the True Blue, which is made with blueberries and a blue corn whiskey new to the DC market (it’s similar to bourbon, but lighter in flavor). Miss City Shop will also be giving away prizes, including a pair of tickets to the Blue Jeans Ball. 5:30 to 7:30, no RSVP required. All proceeds go to the Food Bank.
Hope you got tickets to the District Sample Sale early (they’re sold out, except for sponsorships). Cori Sue will be there rushing the racks of more than 20 of the District’s best boutiques. They’re all selling their end-of-season wares at super-low prices and previewing upcoming looks. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a fashion-focused silent auction, raffles, goodie bags—the 10th annual fashion event is not to be missed. All profits are donated to E.L Haynes Public Charter School. 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 2101 L Street NW.
When making dinner or lunch plans this week, make sure you put the 25+ restaurants in the Savor Bristol Bay campaign at the top of your list. These restaurants have joined together in this campaign to protect the wild sockeye salmon that flourishes in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Check out the full list here, as they will all be featuring the amazing wild Bristol Bay Salmon on their menus this week.
Fashion for Paws is next weekend (April 9, people), so there are lots of last-minute fundraisers to attend this week. Wednesday evening there are two, including a “Dog Days of Spring Yappy Hour” at Helix Lounge, supporting Tom Weirich, Vithaya Phongsavan, and Shannon Cusello in their fund raising to walk in the main event. Or head to Hudson Restaurant & Lounge for another happy hour event supporting Alex M. Maini, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and specials until 7:30 p.m.
Have you heard of Arcadia yet? It’s a new organization with a goal to purchase and retrofit a 25-foot school bus and convert it to a Mobile Market run on biofuel. The idea is that this food bus will bring fresh, locally grown food to low-income neighborhoods and schools in the D.C. area. This Thursday, head to Lounge 201 for a happy hour that benefits this very worthy cause. There will be complimentary appetizers featuring local, sustainable beef from White House Meats, special cocktails made with local spirits, and the chance to help Arcadia meet its $15,000 goal.
Will somebody please loan us $1,000 so we can meet James Franco? The actor, writer, Oscar host, and all-around weird guy will be at the Hotel Monaco Thursday evening for an evening of food and discussion to benefit the free student programming at 826DC. Buy tickets here.
This is kind of awesome. On Friday night, watch the DC press corps battle to be named DC’s Funniest Journalist at the National Press Club. Washington Post cartoonist Nick Galifianakis hosts, PBS’s Miles O’Brien headlines, with Politico’s Jon Allen and Meredith Shiner, NPR’s Jamila Bey and more. Drink specials and hors d’ouevres. Tickets: $15/advance; $20/door; $35/VIP, info.
Both Cori Sue and I will be celebrating with the 1869 Society at their annual Artini benefit for the Corcoran Gallery of Art. We’ll be tasting the 12 artinis crafted by the competing mixologists, checking out the Corcoran’s collection—including the art that provided the inspiration behind each artini—and dancing to the music from DJ Neekola. Hope you got your tickets early, because Artini is sold out.
Hope you’re brunching somewhere near the Cherry Blossom blooms! Later this week we’ll give you a rundown of the best places to go this weekend.