I just love summer in Washington, don’t you? It’s sure to be a spectacular week of concerts, theater, farmer’s markets, brunch, and more. We have two amazing giveaways to events occurring next week: Chefs Behind Bars and the Thank You Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion featuring Cedric Gervais, Tiesto, and Krewella (a personal favorite). Details on how to enter at the bottom of the post.
We absolutely love Washington Nationals’ third baseman Ryan Zimmerman—he’s a great baseball player and all-around great guy. (We think his wife, Heather, is pretty fab, too!) Tonight, he’s hosting his annual charitable event, A Night at the Park, which benefits the ZiMS Foundation. The ZiMS Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to the treatment and cure of Multiple Sclerosis, which Ryan’s mother suffers from. The event takes place at Nats Park, and, this year, features performances by country music stars Billy Currington and Jerrod Niemann. The evening includes an expanded concert experience, powered by Live Nation, along with silent and live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items and experiences. Tickets, $35-$95. 6 p.m. Nationals Stadium, Washington, D.C.
If you’re not into country music but instead craving high-quality cuisine, head to Union Market. Tonight, Washington’s best chefs are at Union Market, bringing their best flavors to the table; designing their own menus for a five-course dinner, complete with wine pairings. The chefs, along with their teams, will take you on a culinary adventure as they draw their inspiration from the world’s most vibrant cities. The event will open with a cocktail reception, mixology demonstration and tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and a food- and wine-inspired silent auction. During the cocktail hour, a random drawing will take place that pairs the guests’ tables with their chef for the night, and the evening continues from there. Tickets, 6 p.m., 1309 5th St. N.E., Washington, D.C.
This weekend, I brunched in the perfect summer sunshine on the sidewalk patio of B Too, the charming Belgian restaurant in Logan Circle. You can brunch early all week long, as B Too just launched breakfast Monday through Friday from 7-11 a.m. B Too, 1324 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Today you can also enjoy another activity typically reserved for the weekend: farmer’s market shopping. FRESHFARM Markets is opening its City Center Market today. Its 12th local market, FRESHFARM at City Center will be open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.from June 17 to October 28. The market will feature ready-to-eat foods, locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as locally produced items including cured meats, breads, baked goods, kettle corn, and more from the markets’ distinguished network of farmers and artisanal producers. Urban Butcher, the Silver Spring restaurant and butcher shop, known for its fresh sausages, cured meats, and delicious brunch, will serve up hot sandwiches as well as its butchershop offerings. Follow on Twitter @FRESHFARMMktsDC #CityCenterDC for updates.
We can’t think of a better way to spend a summer evening than a picnic and play in Georgetown. This week, Picnic Theatre Company returns to historic Dumbarton House for a summer garden party performance of Langdon Mitchell’s The New York Idea, a comedy of manners about dating, marriage, divorce, and dating again among the Social Register set in turn-of-the-last century America. The show will run Wednesday-Friday of this week, with the gates opening at 6 p.m. for guests to bring picnic blankets and relax with wine, crepes by Café Bonaparte, and music, with performance at 7 p.m. In the event of rain, the performance will take place in the Belle Vue Ballroom. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
If you’re in the mood for a mid-week brunch, head to Southern Hospitality for its Wednesday brunch-for-dinner. Chicken and waffles and bottomless mimosas sounds like the perfect hump day happy hour. Southern Hospitality, 1818 Adams Mill Road, Washington, D.C.
Looking for a new spot? Head to H Street, where The Pursuit Wine Bar just opened. The new spot serves up wine, cheese, and small plates in a sexy, relaxed setting. Sounds perfect to us Bitches. 1421 H St. N.E., Washington, D.C.
Out in Virginia, Copperwood Tavern is serving up World Cup-themed cocktails. Most importantly, the Red, White and Blue cocktail made with Leblon Cachaça, VeeV Açaí berry liqueur, raspberry puree, and lime juice, served over ice and topped with sweet lime foam and fresh blueberries. We also hear rumors they have bacon-infused whiskey cocktails. Yes, you heard that right. Copperwood Tavern, 4021 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
Chef Claudio Pirollo, owner of Et Voila! is celebrating his 40th birthday today and providing all patrons with complimentary champagne at lunch and dinner. The Belgian French restaurant is one of the best in town, according to Washingtonian and the Bitches. Check out our brunch review, here, and last week’s interview with the chef, here. Sounds like a perfect spot for a Friday night dinner date. Et Voila!, 5120 MacArthur Blvd., Washington, D.C.
Out in Arlington, there is a new hot spot opening: Republic Bar & Kitchen, serving up Southern-style cuisine with an international flair– think a great cocktail and some sliders. The grand opening is tonight! Republic Kitchen & Bar, 801 N. Quincy St., Arlington.
I’ll be running in the Fit Foodie 5K this morning, followed by the LOVE DC Chefs Experience. All weekend long, there is a series of events surrounding food, fitness and fun in the Mosaic District, hosted by Cooking Light and Health magazines. Saturday morning, runners will be at the starting line at 8:30 a.m. and, following the run, enjoy a series of gourmet food tastings at the finisher’s village and a Chef Experience. Sunday, there’s sunrise yoga and bootcamp followed by a Celebrity Chef Brunch. Check out the full schedule of events online.
If you slept through brunch, head to Cashion’s in Adam’s Morgan. The restaurant is hosting a Sunday Sandwich series every evening in June, with $15 for a sandwich, side, and shandy. In the spirit of the backyard BBQs, boardwalk strolls, and beach bumming, Chef John is introducing some playful takes on some of his favorite sandwiches, including Cashion’s bison burger, Lamb Barbacoa, the Sloppy John sanwich and more. All sammiches are served with salt-roasted, crispy potatoes and a Cashion’s Summer Shandy. Tickets, online. Cashion’s Eat Place, 1819 Columbia Road N.W., Washington, D.C.
Next Week: Two Giveaways!
Looking ahead to next week, we have two giveaways for two very different, very cool events both taking place on Thursday, June 26.
First up, you can win a pair of tickets to Chefs Behind Bars, an evening of celebrity chefs, craft cocktails, and great beats on the rooftop of the newly rennovated rooftop of the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. Host chef Wes Morton of Art and Soul will be joined by Amy Brandwein of Alba Osteria, Matt Hill of Lyon Hall, Liberty Taven & Northside Social, Jonah Kim of Pabu, Spike Mendelsohn of Bernaise, We the Pizza & Good Stuff Eatery, Jesse Miller of Bar Pilar, Dimitri Moshovitis of Cava Mezze, and Nick Stefanelli of Bibiana, will concoct their favorite libations in a cocktail competition against a backdrop of live DJ entertainment, a luxury auction and hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Art & Soul and Rappahannock River Oysters. Tickets are $40, with the proceeds benefitting the No Kid Hungry campaign’s work to ensure all children get the healthy food they need, every day.
Next, we are giving away five pairs of tickets to an epic concert for an even more epic cause. The Thank You Festival, a DC-area concert presented by Global Citizen and World Childhood Foundation, will feature Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Krewella, Cedric Gervais, and Alvin Risk at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Basically, it’s a rave against extreme global poverty. The Global Poverty Project is an international education and advocacy organization working to catalyze the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030. An Australian-grown project, The Global Poverty Project creates campaigns with the purpose of increasing the number and effectiveness of people taking action to end extreme poverty. The organization’s The End of Polio campaign raised $750 million towards polio eradication, and the Live Below the Line campaign involved 50,000 participants and raised more than $10 million for 70 charity partners across the globe.
In order to win: (1) Like the Bitches Who Brunch on Facebook, (2) Follow @BitchesWhoBrunch on Instagram, and (3) Leave a comment below telling us what you’d like to win. We will draw the winner on Monday of next week (June 23).