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Can you believe it’s nearly October? 2011 is flying by, and it seems like things may never slow down! We want to thank all of y’all who stopped by Policy this weekend to help us Stuff the Bus with Venga for DC Central Kitchen. If some of you still need to clean out your cabinets, the Venga buss will be around town all week, so check the schedule. Homelessness is on the rise and we have a lot of hungry neighbors out there.

In other news, it’s a great week for deals, steals and foodie fun, starting with one of my favorite events tonight, the District Sample Sale, followed by complimentary pilates in the park (awesome), and concluding with a couple fall festivals this weekend– one of my very favorite Washington traditions. Make it a great one, chickadees.

Monday

Shop the District Sample Sale, the season’s most fashionable charitable event.  24+ designer boutiques (Urban Chic, Sassanova, Wink, Ginger and more) plus cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, fashion-focused silent auction, accessories pavilion. 1919 M St NW, info. 6:30 – 9pm (VIP hour 5:30 – 6:30). Check out my recap from the Spring Sample Sale, here.

Photo credit: District Sample Sale

Tuesday

Lucky for us, the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is hosting free pilates in the park at Farragut Square (Connecticut and K Streets NW) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. today. The free class is taught by instructors from Results Gym. Don’t forget your mat!

Thursday

Everyone’s favorite Spanish chef, José Andrés teams up with his friend and culinary legend Ferran Adrià in an intimate discussion held at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. The event will include a discussion on Spanish culinary history and the two chef’s careers, and is followed by a book signing of Adrià’s new cookbook, The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià (Phaidon). Tickets are available at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW, and through Ticketmaster. Tickets are General Admission and are offered at two price levels: $40 includes a copy of Adrià’s new cookbook (which retails for $30), or $20 without a book.  Tickets will be available for $10 for culinary students at the Lisner Box Office with valid i.d. The Box Office is open Tuesday to Friday, 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. and accepts cash, Visa and Mastercard. Part of the proceeds benefit World Central Kitchen and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Friday

The monthly Friday foodtruck festival, Truckeroo, featuring nearly all of Washington’s best mobile food takes place this Friday down by the Nats Stadium. Think nearly 30 trucks to choose from, live music, beers, picnic tables, oh my! This week, the Venga bus will be hanging out for the last day of the Stuff the Bus campaign, Venga’s mobile food drive that aims to collect 5,000 pounds (the full bus) of food for DC Central Kitchen.

Saturday

Support the non-State that we live in by heading to the DC State Fair, held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Crafty Bastards Market, located at 2200 Champlain Street NW. More information, here.

Sunday

Ever since I went to Istanbul, I’ve been in love with Turkish culture and cuisine.  Lucky for me, and you, this Sunday is the Turkish Festival, held annually at Freedom Plaza, on Pennsylvania Ave. between 12th and 14th. There’s a Turkish bazaar, arts and crafts, coffee and plenty of food. I went last year, and it was a blast.

Photo credit: Turkish Festival

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