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This Week: November 12-19

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Good morning, ladies and gents. That was such a lovely weekend in the District, wasn’t it? It almost felt like, well, like it wasn’t November! We’re exhausted by all the funtivities of September and October–and have a whole month to wait before the holiday parties, glitz, glamour and egg nog of December. (Also, vacation!) That said, three of my favorite things about the month of November are happening this week: FotoWeek, the Blondes vs. Brunettes football game, and the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, a gluttonous, delicious and charitable event that’s one of the best foodie functions we have in Washington.

Life’s not that bad, after all, now is it?

Monday

Happy Veterans Day! Why not say thank you to someone who has served our nation so bravely?

In the evening enjoy trivia this evening to benefit Cystic Fibrosis and Youth Research. Tickets are $10 and $20 and you get all sorts of cash and prizes if you win (talk about motivation!) 8-11 p.m., Acre 21, 1400 Irving Street (Colombia Heights), Washington, D.C.

One of the Bitches favorite events, FotoWeek DC, runs all week long. There are spectacular photography exhibits, events and parties across Washington. Check out the map and website to find out which of the 100 photography events you’d like to attend. It runs through Friday with a rockin’ closing party.

Tuesday

Looking for a great place to catch a mid-week dinner, then head to SoHo (Southern Hospitality) for a delicious meal and great wine and cocktails in a relaxed ambiance. They just revamped their menu, and we checked it out last week. (Read our preview of the new menu and check out all the scrumptious new dishes, here). SoHo, 1815 Adams Mill Road, Adams Morgan, Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday

There are not one, or two, or three, but four fun events on this particular hump day. But, the Bitches will be at the Ritz for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction.

The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, a premier social events highlighting the city’s culinary masters brought together for an elegant evening of wine, cocktails, and dining that raises a significant amount of money for the Maryland-National Capital March of Dimes. This year’s participating restaurants are: Art & Soul, B. Smith’s Restaurant, Bar Pilar, Bastille Restaurant, BLT Steak, Café St. Ex, Chef Geoff’s/Chef Geoff’s Downtown/Lia’s/Chef Geoff’s Tysons, DINO, Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, Georgetown Cupcake, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Hill Country Barbeque Market, Manor House at Poplar Springs, Michele Richard Citronelle, Poste Brasserie, Restaurant Eve, Stratford University, Taberna Del Alabardero, The Federalist, Westend Bistro, Willow Restaurant. There is wine from a dozen vineyards and cocktails from the following mixologists: Duane Sylvestre and Jamie MacBain of Bourbon Steak, Taha Ismail of Graffiato, Michael Akin of Last Exit and Jo-Jo Valenzuela of The Occidental. We are sponsoring it again this year–you can read the recap of last year’s event, complete with food porn, here. Tickets and more information, online. 6 p.m., The Ritz Carlton Washington, 1150 22nd Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Start your holiday shopping right, with an accessories (ties and jewelry) shopping event at Alton Lane in Dupont. The custom men’s clothier is teaming up with K. Kane, an adorable women’s jewelry company for a Neckties & Necklaces Event. 6:30-9 p.m., 1506 19th Street N.W., 3rd Floor, Washington, D.C.

For more holiday shopping, join the Junior League for its annual event, Holiday Shops, running Wednesday through Friday. Wednesday is Back to Beauty at Neiman Marcus with makeovers and the hottest beauty trends and tips, just in time for the Centennial Luncheon. Enjoy music, champagne, polish changes and light bites while you catch up with your friends. Neiman Marcus will provide a colorful gift and enter you to win some fabulous prizes. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the Junior League of Washington’s efforts promoting literacy in the greater Washington, DC area. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door.

Lastly, if you’re in Virginia, there’s also a charity happy hour at Mad Rose Tavern benefiting Haiti, specifically providing financial support for Haitian Childrens’ education, health, and economic projects, as well as community development needs in Haiti, primarily in the Cavaillon district. There will be a wine tasting and live acoustic music. Tickets, $15. Mad Rose Tavern, 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va.

Thursday

Party with a purpose and join the Men Against Breast Cancer and Sip with Socialites for a not-so-little shindig with cocktails, raffles, hors d’oeuvres, art, shopping, including jewelry from Stella & Dot, and more. Find more information and RSVP on the Facebook page. Suggested $10 donation at the door. 6-10 p.m. Opera Ultra Lounge, 1400 I Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Friday

Join the Junior League of Washington at its Holiday Shops event (details above!)

Saturday

If you’re looking for some true entertainment, come out and watch me play football. It’s my second year on Team Brunette as part of Blondes vs. Brunettes, the annual powderpuff football game that raises more than $100K each year for the National Capital Alzheimer’s Association. The big game is today at 1 p.m. A $25 donation grants you entry to all the fun–tailgating is allowed. Even if you can’t attend, you can make a tax-deductible donation with 100% of the proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association, here. George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Athletic Field, 2100 Foxhall Road N.W., Washington, D.C.

In the evening, head to Dupont Circle. FotoDC lasts all year, but the festival will close out with a bang: drinks, dancing, and lots of music. Celebrate with us as we toast the close of another successful FotoWeekDC Closing Party at the beautiful Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence on 16th Street. (I went to the closing party last year and had a fab-u-lous time). Tickets, $25. 8-11 p.m., 2801 16th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Sunday

Brunch, babes. Lately we’ve enjoyed Lavagna, Drafting Table, Al Dente and The Smith in New York.

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