Good morning, ladies and gents. It’s March! So, why is it still so darn cold? This Florida girl is ready for some real warmth. There’s plenty going on this week to keep you busy, and we hope your week is spectacular. Here’s your Bitches itinerary.
Because the Bitches love alliteration, start your the week off properly with Monday March Martini Madness. All month long, Bethesda Row is hosting its second annual March Martini Madness with its restaurants—Lebanese Taverna, Mon Ami Gabi, Redwood, Vapiano, Café Deluxe, Raku, Mussel Bar, Jaleo, Parker’s, and Vino Volo—crafting unique Rowtinis served at happy hour prices all day throughout March. The boutiques will offer special deals throughout the month as well. Patrons can vote for the best Rowtini once a day on Facebook and enter to win a $500 dining certificate for up to ten guests from one of the participating restaurants. So, cozy up to the bar and order your discounted martini.
Artini, the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s annual cocktail-and-art themed bash, occurs every spring—this year it’s March 22—with Feature Nights each week with a signature mixologist and cocktail leading up to the event. This week, the Artini signature mixologist is Bandolero’s Taha Ismail, and his cocktail is inspired by the The Salon Doré, the Corcoran’s 18th Century French period room. Bandolero, 3241 M Street, N.W.; (202) 625-4488
If you missed Tuesday’s Artini Feature Night, you’re in luck. Tonight there will be a second Feature Night at Mt. Vernon hipster fave The Passenger. Featured mixologist Alex Bookless was inspired by the Venus by Antonio Canova. The Passenger, 1021 7th St. N.W. It’s also half-priced wine night at Policy and Southern Hospitality!
Getting married this spring? Washington’s most glamorous bridal boutique, Carine’s Bridal Atelier, is hosting it’s Liancarlo Fall 2013 Trunk Show from March 7-9, by appointment only. Aside from the stunning gowns, Carine’s is offering a special giveaway: One lucky bride who buys a Liancarlo dress that weekend will win a trip to New York for Bridal Week, transportation and accommodations included, and will meet the designer and dining with Carine and the gals. Carine’s Bridal Atelier, 1726 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.; (202) 965-4696.
The D.C. Indie Indie Film Festival opens today with a reception at the U.S. Navy Memorial Film Center with a filming of Boys are Us. There will be a reception after the flick. For more information, visit the film festival’s website. 6:45 p.m., 701 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Why not close out the week with cocktails at Edgar, The Mayflower Hotel’s revamped bar and restaurant. Becca went last week for cocktails with a girlfriend and said the place was classy and lovely—and she loved their champers selection. It’s like a bit of New York in our very own Washington. I’ll be there Thursday to check out the new spot from the guys behind Lincoln. The Mayflower Renaissance, 1127 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
One of my favorite neighborhood spots, Lincoln, starts cooking classes today. Executive Chef Demetrio Zavala will teach participants unique recipes and helpful tips and techniques with proceeds from both cooking classes going to the Washington Humane Society. Saturday’s Cocktail Party Cooking Class will cover how to prepare popular hors d’oeuvres and handcrafted cocktails. Classes are $45 each or $80 for both (the second one is March 30), and will be held from 12-3 p.m. Only 40 spots are available per class. Call to reserve your spot, (202) 386-9200 (speak with Elle or Jeanhee). 1100 Vermont Ave. N.W.
If you’d rather throw back some whiskey shots rather than make artisanal cocktails, Saturday’s Whiskey Walk is perfect for you. In true St. Patty’s Day spirit, you’ll get to try eight of Ireland’s leading whiskeys at eight of D.C.’s best venues. Tickets include: eight whiskeys shots, $20 first ride credit from Uber for new users; specials on beer, food pairing and featured whiskey. Free swag. No cover. Proceeds to benefit Becky’s Fund and Washington Literacy Center in their work to support some of D.C.’s most vulnerable people with life-changing education and support. For more information, visit the website.
It’s no secret I love comfort food. I pick mac ‘n’ cheese, cornbread, soup and the like over other alternatives any day. On Sunday, Carla Hall, co-host of ABC TV’s daily lifestyle series “The Chew,” will demonstrate recipes from her book, Cooking with Love. The event, “Comfort Food that Hugs You,” includes sparkling wine and a five-course buffet luncheon prepared from Carla’s recipes. Hall’s newly-released cookbook Cooking With Love will be available for purchase, and she will sign them, too. Tickets, $85. 12 p.m. CulinAerie, 1131 14th St. N.W.; (202) 973-2168.