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This Week: September 17-23

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Wow! Well, we survived the first two weeks of September, which were fashion, fashion and more fashion! My goodness, it is tough drinking champagne and wearing fabulous clothing, isn’t it? Now that the throes of fashion frenzy are over, it’s time for some foodie fun.

Monday

Kick off your week in a healthy fashion with Cedar Restaurant’s Vegan Week. Served up: melon
grilled watermelon, sweet chili and cantaloupe Summer roll, baby arugula, musk melon vinaigrette; Tomato
-marinated heirlooms, fried green, beluga lentil salad, smoked tomato jam, watercress; Grain
farro, summer squash, roasted pepper, 12-year balsamic; Steak
-grilled cardamom tofu, king trumpet mushroom, fried shallots, braised pearl onions, mushroom jus; Sweet-
cherry cotton candy, lemonade, pine nut brittle. The dinner is $45 per person, and you can make reservations by calling (202) 637-0012. Cedar Restaurant, 822 E Street, N.W., (202) 637-0012.

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Tuesday

If you happen to have $195 to spare, head to POV at the W Hotel for a luxurious party to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital The evening celebrates St. Jude’s 50 Year Anniversary and includes an open bar, appetizers by three-Michelin Star Chef Jean-Georges and a silent auction. 100 percent of the proceeds from auction items will go directly to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and $50 per ticket will be donated. Tickets, $195. POV at the W Hotel, 515 15th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Wednesday

Why not enjoy a mid-week dinner at The Federalist? The Baby Bitch just tried out their fall menu last week and here’s what she said: “The space is spectacular–as I walked into the darkly lit restaurant that’s set up similar to a house, with a dining room table in the middle of the restaurant and even a library that housed a dining room table for at least ten. It’s trendy and low key while all together breathtaking. The cocktail menu is incredibly unique and has something for everyone whether you’re a gin person (like myself) or you’re more interested in a bourbon or whiskey. The menu is compiled of a variety of unique things but also has classic dishes to satisfy even the pickiest eater. All together I would say the Federalist is a distinguishing establishment that has excellent service and a killer menu.”

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Thursday

Celebrate the one year anniversary of Pearl Dive Oyster Palace & Black Jack with a big party with proceeds benefiting Food & Friends. Tickets are $50 and include unlimited fresh seafood with signature dishes from Pearl Dive’s delicious menu, live music entertainment, and an open bar. September 20, 2012, 7 p.m.-close (1:30 a.m.). Tickets, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace & Black Jack, 1612 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C., (202) 986-8778.

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Friday

It’s time to head to Capitol Hill for a summit … a blue crab summit, that is. Johnny’s Half Shell, a Hill restaurant known for its fresh and sustainable Gulf Coast fare, hosts a Blue Crab Summit on Friday and Saturday from 5-10 p.m., priced at $60 per person (tax and gratuity not included). James Beard award-winning Executive Chef Ann Cashion will serve up large St. Michael’s Maryland blue crabs prepared in a time-honored East Texas tradition, barbequed “Sartin’s Style”, and served with fresh, local corn on the cob, potato salad, as well as a choice of either an ice cold pitcher of beer or two glasses of rosé wine. Tickets, $60. Johnny’s Half Shell, 400 North Capitol Street N.W., Washington, D.C., (202) 737-0400.

Saturday

Both Saturday and Sunday, there’s the Library of Congress’ 2012 National Book Festival, taking place Sept. 22 and 23 on the National Mall. This is the 12th annual celebration of reading and literacy, and is co-chaired by President and Mrs. Obama. There’s a fantastic lineup of award winning authors, who will discuss and sign their latest books, so stop by and educate yourself after brunch.

Veg Out! Or, at least go enjoy some vegetarian food at this annual outdoor (free) fall festival, DC VegFest, which celebrates wonderful opportunities to explore meat-free cuisine in and around the nation’s capital. There will be lots of stands with veggie and vegan cuisine. We went last year and there were yummy treats like falafel, Sticky Fingers Cupcakes and more. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a free tote bag filled with additional samples and coupons from DC VegFest sponsors. Yards Park, 10 Water Street S.E., Washington, D.C.

Later in the evening, go dancing at the newly opened and re-branded Capitale (formerly K Street Lounge), which opened last week. It has a unique DC-themed decor that’s Hogwarts-meets-Hollywood and designed by Maggie O’Neill of O’Neill Studios (the mastermind behind Lincoln and SAX).

Sunday

Brunch, Bitches. Lately, we’ve enjoyed Wonderland Ballroom, Ceiba, The Pig, and Zaytinya. Don’t hold back on the mimosas, you only live once.

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Or, en lieu of brunch (gasp!), head to our fave Italian spot, Graffiato, for a book signing from Mike Isabella. He’ll be signing his newly releases first cookbook, Mike Isabella’s Crazy Good Italian. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Graffiato, 707 6th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

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