Five times more cherry blossoms than last year, over a thousand monarch butterflies, the return of the Neko Tiki Mug, and a 10-foot-tall Godzilla robot: just your typical tribute to springtime in DC. The Cherry Blossom Pop-up Bar is back for all of March and April. There is no admission fee. Times vary based on the day. For more information, please click here.
Food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian and historical interpreter Michael W. Twitty will join the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) to pass on his knowledge of family history and cooking during Preservation Week. This will be a time when librarians and library workers share their expertise about preserving family heirlooms and treasures. Twitty will appear in artwork and chronicle preservation efforts through various social media channels.This year’s Preservation Week theme is cooking and community archiving, and participating libraries will celebrate by offering special programs and services to connect library users with preservation tools, promote the importance of preservation, and strive to enhance knowledge of preservation issues among the general public. There is no admission fee. Times and locations will vary based on the day. For more information, please click here.
Visit Iron Gate anytime between April 22 and May 6th, to bask in the fragrant blooms with very special springtime lunch and brunch menus from Executive Chef Tony Chittum, wisteria-themed cocktails, wines, beers, and desserts: Spring Pea Bruschetta, Oak Grilled Asparagus, and Crispy Zucchini Blossoms. For more information or to make reservations, please click here.
This month, Port City Brewing will provide a featured tasting of Metro Red Ale. Admission includes an hour-long guided tour of the museum and a local craft beer tasting. Receive one beer flight per person, featuring 4 oz pours of three local beers, and experience the Brewmaster’s Castle with a drink in your hand. After the tour, guests are welcome to mingle in the Conservatory and purchase full beers if they wish. All proceeds benefit the Heurich House Museum. Tickets are non-refundable, but may be transferred to a later Brewmaster Tour date if needed. $30 per person. 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.
Interested in starting a food business or taking your current business to the next level? Want to meet some of the amazing food and beverage businesses currently operating in DC? Union Kitchen is hosting a happy hour and potluck where the public can meet makers, tour the production facility, and hear more about the Accelerator program at Union Kitchen. Bring a small dish to share; Union Kitchen will provide the drinks! The event is free to attend. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information or to register, please click here.
Every Thursday, Colada Shop will rejoice Cuban life with an all-night happy hour affair. You will have access to $6 cocktails and $2 empanadas while listening to the beats of Caribbean tunes. This event will begin at 4:00 p.m. and last until closing time. For more information, please click here.
The 2017 vintage of rosé is making its way to Calvert Woodley and they are thrilled to host a walk-around tasting to celebrate! Rosé has soared in popularity the last few years, especially in Washington, DC recently declared the city where the most rosé is consumed per capita. Rosé has become the fastest-growing wine category in the United States and CW has definitely seen that trend! This event will be a walk-around tasting featuring 30 rosés from around the world. From Provence, France to South Africa to California, and many places in between, they’ll have something for everyone! The tasting will be held at the beautiful new Student Center at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). The cost of a ticket includes a buffet of gourmet cheeses, breads, and charcuterie from our very own La Cheeserie & International Deli.As an added bonus, the wines tasted that evening will be made available to attendees of our tasting at specially discounted prices. Tickets are $20 each. 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets please click here.
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a surf and turf fusion menu that Chef Liam has created to perfectly pair the best flavors of the spring season from both the sea and the countryside. Sweet sea favorites like a spaghetti alla chittara with mussels and stewed Tomatoes primo will be complimented perfectly with savory countryside delicacies such as a veal striploin with potato and pecorino sformato secondo to create an unforgettable early spring dinner experience. Chef Liam will join you at the table at every course to describe what has been prepared and to answer any questions you may have. 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, please click here.
Enjoy upstairs AND down as they welcome back one of their favorite breweries, Modern Times Beer. On this night, they’ll feature a slew of specialty beers from the San Diego brewery, totaling 13 different beers in all! Headlining the list is a hard to find keg of Devil’s Teeth: Orange Zest, Hazelnut & Cocoa Nibs. This massive Imperial Stout is aged in Bourbon barrels, and then spiced with orange zest, hazelnut & chocolate. Other notables include Hollow Mountain, a Sour Red Ale infused with plums, pluots & plerries; two versions of One Million Tomorrows, fruited with raspberry, blueberries and peach; and City of the Dead, a burly Export Stout conditioned on Bourbon barrel-aged coffee beans. There is no admission fee for this event. All Modern Times beers will be priced individually by the glass and in 4 oz. tasting pours. Additionally, Birch & Barley will feature their regular tasting menu paired exclusively with Modern Times beers. The Modern Times tasting menu is available throughout their dinner service, from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. Reservations can be made by visiting here or by calling 202.567.2576.
Station Kitchen & Cocktails will come alive every Thursday. After overwhelming response on The Rooftop, they are bringing the International Concert Series to Station Kitchen & Cocktails. Thursday Night Live, will feature live music from around the world, craft cocktails, and internationally inspired dishes from Station Kitchen & Cocktails. The event is free. 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information, please click here.
Dust off your berets for the 15th Annual Georgetown French Market, where the charming Book Hill neighborhood of Georgetown transforms into a Parisian-inspired open-air market! More than 35 local boutiques, antique shops, cafes, and galleries will feature magnifique designer goods, art, home furnishings, french fare, ad more. The market will include family fun, live music, and a giveaway! April 27 & 28 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and April 29 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Best Buddies Capital Region will host its fifth annual Best Buddies Prom at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in downtown Washington DC. Local students of all abilities will dance the night away with their Best Buddies while enjoying DJ Neekola’s fantastic music, a photo booth to help capture the memories, and delicious appetizers and soft drinks throughout the evening. Everyone deserves an unforgettable Prom night! Adults will delight in a VIP tasting with bites from some of the region’s top chefs, as well as passed hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary open bar, and an expansive silent and live auction guaranteed to have something enticing for everyone. As you mix and mingle with professionals from every industry around the Beltway, attendees and supporters will also be able to see the Best Buddies mission in action and experience the true meaning of inclusion for all. Tickets are $100 per person for general admission and $150 for VIP per person. 6:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.
Via Umbria is excited to welcome Marie Ohanesian Nardin to their Chef’s Table following the book signing of her newly released Beneath the Lion’s Wings. This novel tells the love story between a travelling American and a Venetian gondolier and is set in the beautiful city of Venice, near where Marie currently lives. While Marie captivates you with tales about her literary career and life in Italy, Chef liam will dazzle you with his meal that celebrates Italy’s culinary “gifts” to the French. 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $75 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.
This introductory class is designed for those wanting to develop a good foundation of wine knowledge and an understanding of how to taste wine. You will learn about: main styles of wine, the most important wine grapes, key wine producing countries and regions, how grapes are grown and wine is produced, how to taste wine like a pro, what to look for and why, matching food and wine, serving, storing, and buying wine and the best way to buy wine in retail stores and restaurants. This course is taught in a classroom setting. You will taste 8 wines. $75 per person. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to register for the class, please click here.
You are invited for an delightful evening as L’Auberge Chez Francois welcome back Prince Havely with Efi Tovia to their Musique et Cuisine dinner series. Join them center stage with Prince and Efi performing the music of Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington. Dine on a classic French dinner served with sommelier-selected wine pairings while you are entertained by this lively duo. Get your dancing shoes on and enjoy this special event! Musique et Cuisine Menu includes Seasonal Canapés, Alsatian-Style Asparagus,
Maine Lobster and Chesapeake Crab Gâteau, Creekstone Farms Peppered New York Strip Steak, Pastry Chef Pascal’s St. Honoré. Tickets are $140 per person. 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.
The Town of Middleburg will celebrate spring with a special Arbor Day event. The event will feature a number of family-friendly activities. Middleburg’s Arbor Day Celebration is sponsored by the Town of Middleburg, the Town of Middleburg’s Streetscape Committee and the Middleburg Beautification and Preservation Association. For additional information, please click here.
New Orleans native Chef David Guas will be hosting his annual Crawfish Boil with Live Music – rain or shine – transforming the patio and interiors of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery into a backyard-style bash. Get the $35 bundle – Louisiana Crawfish with sweet Corn on the Cob and peppery New Potatoes, tangy Coleslaw, mini Muff-a-lottas and crumbly Cornbread. Empty platters can be filled up with a second helping, while supplies last. 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please click here.
Don’t forget to buy tickets for this year’s Dine n Dash. Leave your wallet at home and dine in 30 top DC restaurants in one night at Dine n Dash on June 6. This year’s event will include over 30 restaurants in the dine-worthy Penn Quarter and 14th Street neighborhoods. Guests will spend the evening “dashing” from restaurant to restaurant, sampling chefs’ favorite dishes and drinks. Tickets are priced at $125 per person. 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. June 6. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.
Owner Anna Bran-Leis is proud to announce the expansion of the restaurant’s wildly popular drag brunch, now hosted by legendary DC queen Kristina Kelly. Kelly and an all-star cast of local performers take over brunch twice monthly at Taqueria del Barrio – with upcoming performances on Saturday, April 14, and Saturday, April 28. Tickets are $25 per person and include 1 brunch entree or 3 tacos and 1 brunch cocktail. Doors open at 12:00 p.m. Space is limited at these special events, and tickets can be reserved by calling the restaurant at 202-723-0200 or emailing dragbrunch@taqueriadel