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It’s a crafty, art filled weekend in DC

29 Sep

Weekend Round-Up: October 1 and 2

 

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Hellrazor, a D.C. based producer of men’s personal care items, will be one of the vendors at this weekend’s Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair. 

 

The annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is back in D.C. this Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2. More than 500 applications from all over the United States, Canada and the UK were submitted for the 150 coveted vendor spaces at this year’s crafts fair, which will be held at Union Market (located at 1309 5th St. NE, Washington, DC). Single day and weekend passes to the festival — now in its 13th year — may be purchased online and a limited number of weekend discount passes are available when using special code REALDEALCB16.

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The East Building of the National Gallery of Art, designed by I. M. Pei. Photo © Dennis Brack/Black Star. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery ArchivesEnter a caption

 

Following last weekend’s opening of the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Gallery of Art celebrates the reopening of its East Building. Home to the gallery’s contemporary art collection, it was closed for three years to renovate the existing galleries and construct new galleries and a roof terrace. The updates to the East Building will allow the  number of works on view from the museum’s collection to increase from 350 to 500.

 

Piper-Heidsieck is offering the perfect date night

26 Sep

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Piper-Heidsieck, City Perch and iPic Theaters have teamed up to offer the perfect date night.

Dinner Uncorked will be held at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, September 28, at City Perch. The seasonal American restaurant will offer a four course meal paired with Piper-Heidsieck Champagne:

  • First course: Salmon Tartare with a Piper-Heidsieck Rose Sauvage Cocktail
  • Second Course: Crab Cakes paired with Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV
  • Third Course: Braised Beef Short Rib with Piper-Heidsieck Rose Sauvage NV
  • Dessert Course: Baked Alaska Pie with Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Sublime

This special dinner experience is priced at $75 per person ($60 for iPic Sapphire members).  RSVPs can be made online or by emailing donna.luke@ipic.com or calling (301) 231-2310.

City Perch is located at Pike & Rose, 11830 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda, Maryland.

Enjoy the weekend with beer and lobster

21 Sep

Weekend Round-Up: September 24 and 25

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It’s beers, brats and bands at the Das Best OktoberFest from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, taking place at National Harbor.

As part of admission, attendees will be able to freely sample more then 150 international, domestic and local beers, and enjoy music by authentic oompah and polka bands. There will also be an array of food vendors including many serving traditional German fare such as bratwurst, knockwurst and potato pancakes. Food will be available for purchase à la carte.

Adding to the fun will be onsite games and contests. In addition, attendees wearking German attire will get a fee souvenir bag.

Regular admission tickets to Oktoberfest start at $29. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available that allow for early admission and wine and schnapps samples.

For additional information and advance ticket sales are available at www.dasbestoktoberfest.com.

 

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You can celebrate National Lobster Day on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Luke’s Lobster with their Lobstah, Lobstah, Lobstah special, available for one day only.

Featuring a lobster roll, a half lobster bisque, and a skewered half lobster tail served with cocktail sauce, this festively indulgent dish clocks in at a mindful $25  ($25…25th of September…get it?!). It will be available at all Luke’s Lobster shacks throughout the day while supplies last. No substitutions will be allowed–but who need substitutions with a deal like this?!?

Luke’s Lobster has three locations in the D.C. area: 1211 Potomac St., N.W., and 624 E St., N.W., in the District, and  7129 Bethesda Lane in Bethesda, Md.

Whether you go to Luke’s or another of your favorite lobster spots, join the conversation on Sunday with the hashtag #NationalLobsterDay.

Eat your veggies: DC VegFest returns this Saturday

20 Sep

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Whether you’re looking to improve your health, protect animals, save the planet, or you just want to eat some really good food, the nation’s capital is the place to be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Sept 24, for the annual DC VegFest (DCVegFest.com), presented by Compassion Over Killing.

More than 20,000 attendees are expected to gather at Yards Park (adjacent to Nationals Stadium) for this free outdoor festival featuring lots of food to buy and sample. There are also dynamic speakers, cooking demos, a kids zone, a barking lot for dogs, a beer garden, live music, and much more.

This year’s DC VegFest speakers include:

  • Leilani Münter, professional race car driver and environmental activist
  • Elizabeth Kucinich, policy consultant at the Plant-Based Foods Association
  • Marco Antonio Regil, actor and television host
  • Jonathan Balcombe, animal behavior expert, and author of What a Fish Knows
  • Torre Washington, award-winning vegan bodybuilder

“The DC VegFest is a fun, free event to explore how we can all make kinder, greener, and healthier choices,” says Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing. “Everyone is invited to join us — bring your kids, bring your dogs, and definitely bring vegan and pre-vegan friends along to enjoy this food-filled, action-packed day!”

Delicious plant-based cuisine will be dished out by more than 40 different restaurant and food vendors. Participating vendors include HipCityVeg, Shouk, 3 Twisted Vegans, Roots Market, Treeline Cheese, Vegan Treats, Busboys & Poets, and Tofurky.

More than 70 other nonprofit and commercial exhibitors, such as the Washington Human Society and Barnard Medical Center, will also be setting up shop for the day.

DC VegFest is free and open to everyone. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a complimentary 2016 commemorative tote bag fully-loaded with swag from the event’s sponsors.

Find more details by visiting DCVegFest.com and use #DCVegFest16 to follow along on social media.

The Gilt Warehouse Sale is returning to DC

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Once again it’s time to spend an evening or afternoon with your favorite flash sales site but in person. The Gilt Warehouse Sale hits DC on September 23rd and 24th. just in time to stock up on your fall fashion must haves, The bi-yearly event is DC’s version of a sample sale where hordes of fashion savvy Washingtonians eagerly await their chance to shop some of the hottest labels in clothing for men, women and children as well as home décor.

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DC has played host to this popular event for the last several years drawing hundreds of shoppers excited to find some amazing deals on designer labels. One of the misconceptions is that the warehouse sale is strictly for women however men can capitalize on some great bargains as well. This season guys can expect to find items from brands such as Tom Ford, Paul Smith, GANT and John Varvatos.

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With a live DJ, complimentary cocktails and snacks hitting the Gilt Warehouse sale is more of a night out than a shopping excursion. However the experienced veterans treat this event like shopping warfare. Being prepared is the key to scoring the best finds. These shopping pros go into the sale with a plan. They arrive early, do not bring coats or large bags and wear clothing that affords them easy access to trying on merchandise for sale. There’s not time for modesty when there’s a great deal to be had.

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The sale is being held this upcoming Friday and Saturday at Dock5 at Union Market (309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002). There are 4 entrance times, 2 on Friday night with 2 more on Saturday. The entrance fee ranges from $5 for the final Saturday session to $25 for the Friday Press Review. Ticket can be purchased at Gilt and in the past most sessions sell out.

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DC’s Jack Rose named among the top bourbon bars in America

17 Sep

 

The Bourbon Review recently compiled a list of its picks for America’s 80 Best Bourbon Bars as part of the magazine’s eighth anniversary issue — and only one D.C. bar made the list this year: Jack Rose.

“It’s great to see bourbon become a nationwide phenomenon and we owe a lot of the new interest to those bars that are proud to serve it or even build their entire theme around it,” said Justin Thompson of The Bourbon Review. “We’re very excited to expand our list to 80 deserving bars that take their selection, employee education and customer experience of tasting bourbon to the highest level.”

Jack Rose, located in D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood, boast more than 2,300 different whiskey, including a large selection of bourbons.

Nationwide “Toast” Scheduled for September 30 to Recognize 80 Bars

As part of National Bourbon Heritage Month (September), The Bourbon Review is partnering with Four Roses Bourbon for a nationwide “toast” to each of the 80 establishments selected. The “toast” will take place on Friday, September 30, and bourbon fans are being asked to take part by tagging their favorite bourbon bar on the list using the hashtag #80Toast.

“We are proud to once again help The Bourbon Review celebrate their Best 80 list,” said Brent Elliott, Four Roses Master Distiller. “It’s an honor to recognize and toast these establishments who take their Bourbon as seriously as we do.”

In addition to the toast, on-site visits to select winning Bourbon bars across the country by Four Roses Bourbon and The Bourbon Review are planned in September and October. Look for updates on Four Roses Bourbon’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fourrosesbourbon.

Come enjoy “glorious bites” and sparkling wine

14 Sep

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Sonoma, California’s Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyard, one of the top sparking wine producers in the U.S., is on the hunt for the country’s best appetizer recipe — and its making a stop in D.C.

As part of the second annual Glorious Bites Challenge,” consumers were invited to submit their best appetizer recipe to pair with Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut. More than 1,800 entries from 44 states were submitted and a selection of 18 recipes were selected as semi-finalists.

The semi-finalists are now competing as part of a three-city tour designed to narrow the field to six finalists who will compete in Sonoma for a $5000 grand prize. Washington, D.C. is serving as one of the host cities for the tour.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, a selection of the semi-finalist will gather at Union Kitchen (1369 New York Ave., NE) to present their entries to a panel of judges, including local food expert Nycci Nellis, founder and publisher of TheListAreYouOnIt.com and co-host the radio show, Foodie and the Beast.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are available online at $25 and includes the opportunity to view the competition, a cooking demonstration, small bites, and sparkling wine.

Oyster Riot 2016 tickets are going fast (like really, really fast)

11 Sep

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Tickets are now on sale for Old Ebbitt Grill’s annual Oyster Riot — and they are expect to sellout soon.

Guests have the opportunity to enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of oysters from more than two-dozen of the top east and west coast purveyors (over 75,000 oysters were devoured last year) and the winning wines from the 2016 Old Ebbitt Grill International Wines for Oysters Competition. There is also jumbo shrimp, crab claws, hot oyster hors d’oeuvres, selection of fruits and cheeses, and beer.

One of DC’s best food events and now in its 22nd year, Oyster Riot is always held the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. There are three opportunities to attend:

  • Friday, Nov. 18, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.;
  • Saturday, Nov. 19, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.; and
  • Saturday, Nov. 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $150.00 per session and only available online. The ticket cost is inclusive of all the food and drink and the live entertainment.

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The Captain Morgan Campaign Bus is Coming!

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On Thursday, September 8th the Captain Morgan bus will be rolling into town. The brand recently launched its #Under35POTUS campaign to amend the U.S. Constitution so that people under the age of 35 have the option to be president. The campaign bus has been traveling the country to educate consumers about Article II, Section I of the Constitution and encouraging supporters to sign the brand’s petition at Under35POTUS.com.

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Captain Morgan is credited with bring the spice rum category into the U.S.  Launched in 1983, is a relatie newcomer to the distilled spirits category. So at the age of 33, even the Captain is not old enough to run for president.

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Washington, DC is the last stop on the bus’s campaign tour. The tour which started on August 9th in Tampa, Florida hit Austin, TX, San Diego, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Madison, WI, Chicago, IL, Lansing, MI, Boston, MA and New York City, NY. The bus will be in two locations in the DC area. First from 11 AM to 2:00 PM, it will be parked in Georgetown in the parking lot on the corner of Wisconsin and M Street, NW. After that the bus will relocate to the ouside of National’s Park until about 10 PM. The bus is open to the public, however you must be 21+ years old to enter inside. Please remember to drink responsibly.

Photos courtesy of Taylor Strategy

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Great Small Bites and Craft Cocktails Now at TapaBar in Bethesda

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Now open in Bethesda is TapaBar, a classic upscale casual Spanish cuisine restaurant and bar. TapaBar brings the traditional, casual Spanish tapas experience to Bethesda with a fresh modern twist. The brainchild of brothers Alonso and Alvaro Roche focuses on premium ingredients and in-house preparation.

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“Our goal is to allow customers to have a full meal and 1 or 2 glasses of wine, while keeping the tab below $50,” explains Chef Alonso Roche. The menu features a delectable selection of tapa-sized meats, breads and vegetables ranging in price from $3.50 – $11. On it you will find such delicacies as tartare (toasted bread, smoky beef tartar, fried quail egg and truffle oil), mushroom croquettes, roasted cauliflower and piquillo puree and grilled christorra sausage.

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Not to be outdone are the cocktails. Chef Roche presents a robust menu of gin and infused homemade tonics, signature Sangria recipes and Spanish wines that pair perfectly with the tapa selections.

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TapaBar’s interior is very inviting. A communal high top sits in front of a spacious bar allowing a birds eye view of the entire restaurant. It’s great place to mingle with friends, enjoy a couple of cocktails and sample several of the restaurant’s tasty tapas. In the back, the dining area has more of a home feel than basic restaurant dining. Tbe tabletops are made of multi-color butcher-block wood and chairs are midcentury modern and there is a cozy banquette along the back wall complete with comfy pillows.

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The restaurant is located at 4901 A Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814. Happy hour is Monday through Friday 4 – 6:30pm. The restaurant is open every day except Sundays. For reservations and more information visit http://www.tapabarbethesda.com.

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