DC Design House – To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The DC Design House, there will be 23 beautifully designed spaces to tour, four boutiques, a Decade of Design celebration on Thursday, September 28 from 6-9 p.m. at the Design House, as well as special events throughout the month in the home’s ballroom, plus a daily onsite cafe by Relish Catering. Listed at $10.48 million by Fouad Talout and Pascale Karam of Long & Foster Real Estate, the four-story, 27,256 square-foot Potomac home includes nine bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, four half baths, lower level ballroom, cinema, two-story library flanked by his and her offices, multiple kitchens, and elevator. Built in 2009, the home sits on two acres and includes a pool and pool house with apartment and covered terrace. This year’s Design House is dedicated to Ann Lambeth, who was an avid supporter of the cause and the design community. Saturday, September 30 through Sunday, October 29, 2017. Tickets are $35 (100% of the money raised from ticket sales as well as a portion of proceeds from boutiques and designer sales, with most items in designers’ spaces available to purchase, are donated to Children’s National) (9004 Congressional Court, Potomac, MD; www.dcdesignhouse.com)
Taste of Chiko - Come see what all the buzz is about at one of DC’s new restaurants. Chefs Scott Drewno and Danny Lee will dazzle guests with menu items offered at their coveted Chef’s Counter. Tickets include two glasses of wine, food, tax and gratuity. Preset Snacks: pickled aikon, Sichuan cucumbers, Kimchi chilled marinated clams, and potato salad. Family style lunch: half-a-cado salad, chilled acorn noodle salad, steamed chicken Siu Mai, pork & Kimchi potsticker, spicy soy glazed wings, orange-ish chicken, Kimchi stew w/ pork belly, Wagshal’s brisket, and Cumin lamb stir fry. Sweets: blackberries & sour orange sorbet. DCFBC Members $65, Non-members $75. Please mail checks payable to DCFBC to Bob Sitnick, 6271 Park Rd., McLean, VA 22101. Sat, October 7, 2017 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. 423 8th St SE. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
TOB - Taste of Bethesda returns on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 11am-4pm and will bring nearly 50 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. Produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, downtown Bethesda’s famous food and music festival celebrates 28 years of diverse and delectable cuisine offered by Bethesda’s local restaurant community. Five stages showcase musical and cultural performances, and a children’s area featuring art and craft activities, balloons and face painting will provide additional entertainment for young visitors. Several new restaurants will debut at Taste of Bethesda this year: Community, George’s Chophouse, Medium Rare and TapaBar. Returning favorites such as Georgetown Cupcake, Jaleo, Louisiana Kitchen & Bayou Bar, Mussel Bar, Olazzo, Ruth’s Chris and many more will also be in attendance this year. The sounds of bands Albino Rhino, Band of Us, Chopteeth, Hayley Fahey Band, Lea Morris, Lloyd Dobler Effect, Patrick Alban Band and Signature Live will fill Woodmont Triangle during Taste of Bethesda. The cultural music and dance stage will feature Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble, Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, Nomad Dancers, Soul in Motion and The Wild Zappers and National Deaf Dance Theater. Admission to Taste of Bethesda is free. Tickets will be sold on-site to “taste” different foods; tickets are $5 for four tickets and a serving costs one to four tickets. The event is located three blocks from the Bethesda Metro station. Free parking is also available in downtown Bethesda’s public garages. The free Bethesda Circulator will transport visitors to and from the Bethesda Metro station and public garages. Taste of Bethesda is located on Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn Avenues in the heart of Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. For more information, please call 301.215.6660. or visit their website here.
American Grown Field to Vase Dinner – Treat yourself to the experience of a lifetime at the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at Hope Flower Farm in Waterford, Virginia. Meet floral designer turned American flower farmer Holly Chapple and learn why she decided to pursue her dream and add the title of American flower farmer to her already accomplished resume. Allow yourself to be transported by the historic charm of the grounds at Hope Flower Farm. Holly will grace dining tables with her floral designs and is sure to bring her signature style that’s been called “Hollyish,” in other words, wistful, sophisticated and stylish. Then, you’ll enjoy an artisanal meal alongside flower aficionados like yourself while learning the value of Certified American Grown Flowers. A reception, a brief farm tour, a floral design demonstration and a wonderful farm-to-table dinner awaits you at Hope Flower Farm. The event takes place on Sunday, October 8th, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Tickets are $175. To purchase tickets and for more information, please click here.
Annual Gatherings - New Kitchens On The Block is back! NKOTB 3.0 returns on Sunday, October 8 at Mess Hall, featuring a one-time only opportunity taste of 11 of DC’s most hyped new restaurants by the city’s buzziest chefs – before they open. Guests will sample signature dishes and drinks from Erik Bruner-Yang’s Spoken English/Brothers & Sisters, Alex McCoy’s Lucky Buns, Maydan from Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan, Todd Gray’s Manna, Pluma by Bluebird from Tom Welling and Camila Arango, and much more. This is the third edition of the event, which the Washington City Paper called “the Godzilla of pop-ups.” NKOTB 3.0 takes place at Mess Hall on Sunday, October 8, 2017 for two separate two-hour sessions: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. General admission is $65 and VIP tickets, which include gift bags, are available for $105. Cocktails will be powered by spirits provided by our sponsors New Columbia Distillers, Catoctin Creek Distillery, and One Eight Distilling. Event sponsors include Trimark Adams Burch, CohnReznick, Triple Seat, OpenTable, Congressional Seafood, and WDCEP. While eating and drinking the way through the restaurants, guests will have a chance to view and purchase food-focused artworks from DC-based illustrator Samyuktha Krishna. For more information and to purchase tickets click here. (703 Edgewood Street NE; messhalldc.com)
Bacon & Bourbon - Who doesn’t love bacon and brown liquid? The Washington City Paper is proud to present its fifth annual Bacon & Bourbon whiskey festival in The Showroom on Thursday, October 12th. Guests are invited to taste their way through more than 30 premium whiskies and mouth-watering bacon dishes from some of the region’s best restaurants. It’s an evening of bacon, bourbon, beer, bites, butchering and bluegrass unlike any other! All guests will enjoy unlimited tastings of whiskey and bacon, have the opportunity to watch a master butcher at work, and be able to take home their glass as a souvenir. VIP ticketholders gain entry an hour early, starting at 6pm, among other perks. Master butcher Marc Pauvert of the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore will take guests through a demonstration on the art of butchering a whole hog from Spring House Farm in Loudoun County, VA. Distilleries from across the globe will be pouring again this year, including Virginia Distillery Company, Jos. A Magnus, Michter’s American Whiskey Co., Reservoir Distillery, District Distilling Co., McCallan, and others. Jack Rose, Old Blue BBQ, and Chouquette have signed on for sweet and savory bacon bites. More restaurants, distilleries, and breweries are being added daily. Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6 – 9:30pm. Price: $55 general admission; $115 for VIP (VIP ticket gains early entry at 6pm. The Showroom - 1099 14th Street, NW. Visit the Bacon & Bourbon website here for a full list of participating partners. Tickets can be purchased here.
October Specials - Oktoberfest at Owen’s Ordinary – happening Sunday, Oct. 15th from noon to 6pm. They have compiled a spectacular list of German favorites that showcases the very best German-style beers from abroad and from the local scene alike. Highlights include Bluejacket For The Company, Hysteria Yellow Sudmarine, Weissenohe Mönchskeller and Gänstaller Bräu Franz Xaver – all alongside a live Oompah band, themed costuming, and a menu of Red Apron meats (bratwurst, kielbasa, half-smokes & more). There is no admission fee for this event. All featured beers will be available in taster, full glass pours, and large format mugs. Large format pours will be served in a 20 Oz. commemorative Owen’s Ordinary mug, which will be free to take home with the first purchase of any large format Beer Garden selection. (11820 Trade Street, North Bethesda, MD; 301.245.1226; owensordinarymd.com)
This Is Edible? - Publishers Susan Able and AJ Dronkers are pleased to announce the top three finalists for the inaugural Edible DC Magazine Awards, sponsored by Caviar. The Edible DC Awards panel of judges met on Friday, September 8 and selected the top three finalists in each of the fifteen original categories for this year’s Edible DC Awards. Each award category will have two winners, a Judge’s Choice Award and a Community Choice Award, which will be based on the amount of support a nominee gathers from online community voting. The awards will be given at a ceremony at the new District Winery followed by a gala celebration open to all. Tickets can be purchased at www.edibledc.com. The public is invited to join the celebration at the Edible DC Awards at the newly opened District Winery, located in the heart of The Yards mixed-use community along the Anacostia River. District Winery, located at 385 Water St SE, Washington, DC, will house a 17,000 sq. ft. on-site winery, multipurpose private event space, and full-service restaurant helmed by chefs Michael Gordon and Benjamin Lambert. The event will feature local wine, beer and chef and farmer partnered food stations on Monday, October 16th, 2017 6-9pm. (District Winery; 385 Water Street SE; www.edibledc.com)
SAVE THE DATE! - Join Mixtress Gina Chersevani for a spirited cocktail class with ghoulish cocktails! On, Tuesday October 17th, learn to make some hair-raising drinks and take home the recipes to show off your new skills to friends at home. (DCFBC, 1391 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Unit M07; www.dcfbc.org)
The 3rd Annual Smithsonian Food History Gala! - A special evening featuring the presentation of the Julia Child Award to Danny Meyer. Join the Smithsonian on October 26th, 2017 for the 3rd Annual Smithsonian Food History Gala to support the ongoing research, collecting, and programs of our American Food History Project. The evening will feature the presentation of the 2017 Julia Child Award to Danny Meyer. by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. With Master of Ceremonies, Calvin Trillin, featured speakers including Ruth Reichl, author and Daniel Humm & Will Guidara, co-owners, Make It Nice, and the award presenter Nick Lander, restaurant critic, financial times, and a three-course menu created by Carmen Quagliata, executive chef, Union Square Café. (14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW; amhistory.si.edu)
Whisk(ey) Me Away - The Whisky Extravaganza, a whiskey enthusiast event, coming to Washington, DC on October 26, 2017 from 7:00 – 10:00pm. The Whisky Extravaganza offers whiskey enthusiasts from the novice to the connoisseur the opportunity to explore a wide range of the most prestigious single malt, premium Scotch whiskeys and other unique whiskeys from around the world through educational tasting sessions, industry expert-led masterclasses, and hand-curated culinary pairings. General admission is $150 and Reserved Tasting Tables are $135/person (for a group of 8 or more, with a 10% discount off general admission). (JW Marriott Washington DC, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; xorbia.com)
Knock Out Abuse - The 24th Annual Knock Out Abuse Against Women Dinner Gala & Auctions is upon us! Their presenting sponsor this year is EverFi. Knock-Out Abuse Against Women (KOA), established in 1993, is dedicated to promoting awareness of domestic violence and its impact on women and children of all ages, races and socioeconomic status and to raise critical funds for long-term housing that provides protection, life skills & higher education opportunities, pro bono legal assistance and health services to the survivors of domestic abuse. On Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:30 pm – Silent Auction and Reception; 8:00 pm – Seated Dinner; 9:45 pm – Live Auction; and 10:30 pm – After Party (Performer TBA). There will be over 650 of Washington DC’s most prominent women including co-Founders: Cheryl Masri and Jill Sorensen; event chairs: Elissa Davidson and Sara O’Keefe; break the silence awardee: Rene Denfeld, author, essayist & DV survivor; honoree: The Honorable Debbie Dingell [D-MI]; and the emcee: Andrea Roane, WUSA9. Beneficiaries include Bethany House, Crossway Community, Safe Shores, The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project. Cocktail attire is required. Here’s how you can sponsor: Hope Diamond - $50,000; Diamond; $25,000; Ruby - $15,000; Emerald - $10,000; Sapphire - $7,500; Pearl - $5,000; Best Friend: $2500; Friend of Knock Out: $1000; or Individual tickets - $650. (The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street NW (22nd & M Streets NW); 202-223-1906 knockoutabuse.org)
Novemberfest - Rustico’s annual Novemberfest will return November 4th from 12pm to 5pm with an outdoor block party featuring no less than 80 local, delicious beers and ciders – each brewed by the burgeoning bevy of Virginia craft brewers. Beer Director Greg Engert is sourcing a lineup spanning an array of flavors and styles, with nearly 30 of the finest Virginia producers bringing their very best for this occasion. Festival guests can expect strong stouts and potent porters, pumpkin ales and session brews, fresh-hop harvest ales, IPAs, sours and barrel-aged beauties. Once again, Greg is procuring beers from a dozen brewers rarely found in Northern Virginia – including Pen Druid, The Veil, The Answer, Triple Crossing, and Aslin. The Rustico kitchen, led by Chef Aaron Wright, will provide a menu of hearty dishes such as BBQ pork sandwiches, sausages, turkey legs, and more. As with previous Novemberfest events, wine lovers can enjoy choice selections from Virginia's own Barboursville Vineyards. Local bluegrass bands will provide entertainment and plenty of games and activities will be on hand for the whole family. Advance tickets are available for $25 and include 20 food + drink tickets and your admission (a savings of $5). Tickets: Available for purchase online. Day-of admission is $10 at the door and a portion of the proceeds benefit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. Food + drink tickets will be sold a la carte to be used inside the event ($1=1 ticket). 14-ounce full beers will average from 5 to 9 tickets, while 7-ounce tasting portions will be available for approximately half the price. (827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA; 703.224.5051)
16th Annual Wines for Canines & Felines - On Saturday, November 4 from 6:30 to 9:30, Embassy Suites Chevy Chase will be hosting the 16th edition of our annual 'Wines for Canines & Felines' event, benefiting the Montgomery County Humane Society. They really love animals at Paul's (20 years of giving away free dog treats will do that), so this event is always near and dear to their hearts.This year is going to be bigger and better than ever before! The new, larger venue means they'll be able to have over fifteen tables of amazing wines, beers, spirits, and local food. There will also be mixology tables and professional tasting demos covering everything from Scotch to Chardonnay. And don't worry about leaving hungry: there will be delicious passed hors-d'oeuvres and a full gourmet buffet. Tickets are $80 with a significant portion benefiting the Montgomery County Humane Society and can be purchased by clicking here. (Embassy Suites Chevy Chase (4300 Military Road, NW; 202.537.1900; www.eventbrite.com)
Shop, Social, Sip – Meet, eat, and shop at the fourth annual Emporiyum taking place at Union Market’s Dock5 space on November 10-12, 2017. The Emporiyum offers a unique experience where over 100 vendors from all over the country and the local Mid-Atlantic come together to create a one-of-a-kind marketplace. The event attracts over 7,000 attendees looking to meet the makers, producers, and artisans, eat their foods and products, and shop for gifts and pantry essentials. The curated collection of vendors follows a 50:50 ratio where 50% of vendors hail from the local region, while the other 50% come from all across the country from maker cities like Detroit, Charleston, Brooklyn, Boston, San Francisco, and beyond. Notable newcomers this year include Avocaderia, Dorjee Momo, Gus & Grey Jams, Dough & Co, Calcutta Kitchen, Chick’n Cone, and many more. Not to be missed this year is the Friday Preview Party on November 10th from 6-8pm featuring complimentary curated cocktails stations and first access to The Emporiyum marketplace. The vendor list is updated daily and can be found on The Emporiyum’s website, theemporiyum.com.
CB 2017 - Crafty Bastards, an arts and crafts festival, returns on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 with another year of shopping, noshing, and big, awesome fun, but at a new location. Now in its 14th year, the outdoor fair will be held on the concourse at Nationals Park from 10am - 5pm daily. More than 100 incredibly talented artists will be selling their jewelry, fashion, artwork, household goods, toys, prepared foods, furniture and more. Single day and weekend passes will be available in advance via the website here. Be sure to follow Crafty Bastards on social media for updates @craftybastards. Artists & artisans who wish to participate in this year's festival can submit an application via the website here. through October 4. A complete list of vendors will be posted online in mid-October. (1500 South Capitol Street SE; dc.craftybastards.com)
DC Cocktail Week - DC Cocktail Week presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) returns to metropolitan Washington from Monday, November 13 through Sunday, November 19, spotlighting creative and complementary cocktail and food pairings from the region’s best mixologists and bartenders. Participating restaurants and bars will offer affordable, specially crafted cocktails and small bite pairings during DC Cocktail Week, and will be listed at www.dccocktailweek.com before the week kicks off. With restaurants across DC, Maryland, and Virginia expected to participate, there has never been a better week of the year to explore the region’s impressive mixology scene and discover a new favorite watering hole. Monday, November 13 – Sunday, November 19th. Visit dccocktailweek.com to view participating restaurants, DC Cocktail Week specials, contact information and hours of operation. For more information about DC Cocktail Week, please contact Joanna Heaney at 202.888.3567 or email here at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shop Small Saturday - The DC creative community is coming back together for a fifth year in a row for the popular Made in DC Holiday Market on Saturday, November 25, presented by DC Brau Brewing Company, Think Local First DC, and the Made in DC Program. Taking place throughout the brewery on Shop Small Saturday, November 25th from 1 to 6 pm, the Made in DC Holiday Market features more than 30 stalls with local artists and makers selling their crafts, from jewelry and clothing to candles, stationery and food items. Admission is free to the public, and all ages are welcome! Follow hashtags #MadeInDC and #BrauMarket2017 for the latest on the Made in DC Holiday Market, including new vendors and partners, on social media. When co-founders Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock opened the doors to their brewery in 2011 on Blandensburg Road in NE Washington, DC Brau Brewing Company became the first packaging brewery inside the District of Columbia since 1956. DC Brau’s signature brews include: The Public (Pale Ale), The Corruption (IPA), The Citizen (Belgian-style Ale), Brau Pils (German-style Pilsner), and Penn Quarter Porter (Robust Porter), with seasonal and special brews available throughout the year including the award-winning On the Wings of Armageddon (Double IPA). For more information on DC Brau, visit www.dcbrau.com. The Made in DC Program supports and promotes the city’s makers to spotlight locally-made products that make the District unique. For a full list of participating businesses or to enroll in the program, visit www.thisismadeindc.com.
Thrills and Chills – As the scorching summer days continue, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is providing cool thoughts with announcing its new line-up of holiday attractions for the 2017 Christmas season. The resort is guaranteeing even more thrills and chills during its over-the-top Christmas celebration, Christmas on the Potomac with additional icy fun, live holiday entertainment and joyful attractions beginning November 18. No holiday season would be complete without the resort’s famous ice sculpture attraction, ICE!, featuring a brand new theme. ICE! opens daily from November 18, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Discounted ticket pricing is available now through October 1 on select days. The resort also is introducing a new Glacier Glide Ice Skating experience. The resort also is bringing back its Build-A-Bear Workshop® experience where guests make their very own furry winter friend – a cuddly, cute polar bear plush, designed exclusively for Gaylord Hotels that can be personalized with cozy winter clothing and accessories. To enjoy multiple experiences at a reduced price, the resort has bundled several attractions in its Play and Save packages. The packages include a gingerbread man decorating kit, scavenger hunt, unlimited rides on the train and carousel and the option to add-on an ICE! New this year is a live entertainment show, JOY – A Holiday Spectacular. A spectacular Tree Lighting Show that includes laser lights, a dancing water fountain, indoor snowfall and holiday music – all centered on the resort’s suspended Starlight Christmas Tree immediately follows the show. Gaylord National also will offer a new family breakfast experience featuring the star of ICE!, Rudolph! Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Breakfast. Children of all ages will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and sing-a-long to favorite music from the beloved television special. The resort offers overnight packages that offer unlimited priority entry to ICE! Packages include: ICE! Is Nice Package; one night room accommodations; unlimited, and priority entry tickets to experience ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Potomac package includes: one-night room accommodations; unlimited, priority entry tickets to experience ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; $100 resort credit per night for hotel dining and Relâche Spa services; and one complimentary souvenir ICE! photo. For more information and to book a package or tickets to ICE!, visit ChristmasOnThePotomac.com or call 301.965.4000.