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This Week: May 28-June 2

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How’s your Memorial Day hangover holding up? The weekend was quite the epic three-day brunch bender, if I do say so myself. Cori Sue and I spent an inordinate amount of time at the Penthouse Pool, which is fab-u-lous and officially our new summer haunt.

In other news, we’ve decided to officially kick off summer with an epic brunch party on June 8, and you’re invited! We’re co-hosting The Electric Summer Brunch with Raise DC, an organization that throws killer parties to raise money for great causes—this brunch will benefit DC Greens. Make sure you get tickets early, as space is limited and it will sell out.


But first, on to this week! We’re both jet-setting (I’ll be in Vegas, Cori Sue in Charleston), so the Bitching is up to you fine people. Rage on.


Belga Cafe is keeping the Memorial Day celebrations going with a Memorial Beer Dinner tonight at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required and the three-course menu—salmon carpaccio, wild boar chops, a trio of sorbets, along with two beers for each course—is $49 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Call them for a reservation.



If Tuesday is your beer night, make Wednesday your wine night. Head to Bistro Vivant in McLean for its premier artisanal Burgundy tasting and dinner featuring the Domaines et Saveurs Collection. Get a five-course menu from Chef de Cuisine Ed Hardy, paired with the highly rated releases. 6:30 p.m., $79 per person, not including tax and gratuity, make reservations here. 1394 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA.


I am so bummed to be out of town Thursday, as my very favorite champagne, Veuve Clicquot, is bringing its Clicquot Airstream to the District. Thursday, the bus will be at Dupont Circle Hotel (5 to 10 p.m.). Friday, the W Hotel (5 to 10 p.m.). Then Saturday, it heads to Lemongrass in Annapolis (1 to 5 p.m.). The Veuve Clicquot Airstream kicked off its national tour in Florida this March before heading to Texas, California, Washington and New York. D.C. will be its last stop.



Two options for Friday night, both equally as exciting.

Head to After Hours at The Kreeger Museum, which is being hosted in partnership with the International Club of D.C. This time, the museum’s new exhibition space will be revealed, featuring the work of D.C. sculptor John Dreyfuss. Enjoy the museum, its grounds, some live music, and wine at this event. VIP tickets, $55; general, $40; members, $35; get them here.

Need something a little more chill? Then head to Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue where you can sit outside on the West Lawn of the National Building Museum and get Hill Country’s award-winning Texas-style barbecue, ice-cold Shiner beers, and signature cocktails. Plus, there will be live music on Friday and Saturday nights, presented by Hill Country Live, Hill Country’s Austin-inspired music program.


The annual Taste of Georgetown celebrates its 20th year on Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 4  p.m., get creative cuisine from up to 30 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, plus craft beer and wine, and live entertainment. For the first time in the event’s history, teams led by some of Georgetown’s hottest chefs will face off, testing their culinary skill during an Iron Chef-style Competition judged by D.C.’s top food experts. Tickets are $5 for one tasting and $20 for five tastings, get them here.


Then, stay in Georgetown and join The Yacht Week for its exclusive Courtyard Party at Town Hall. Get unlimited Palm Belgian Pale Ale, a special menu of treats from Town Hall, $3 nautical cocktails, and Yacht Week swag. The attire? Nautical summer, of course. Tickets are $25, get them here.


Brunch, of course! Lately we’ve loved Founding Farmers, Ambar, Carlyle, and Tel’veh.

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  1. Emergency! I have a bday brunch party this weekend and it seems like there may be some issues with my venue. Do you know of any places in DC that do Brunch Parties on Saturdays? Any suggestions would be great!

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