Wed, Feb 01 - Tue, Feb 28
With Mardi Gras Season in full swing, native New Orleanian, celebrity chef David Guas is celebrating with a new venture. A Pop-Up Mardi Gras Headquarters at Union Market. Starting February 1 through Fat Tuesday, February 28 his limited shop will serve whole and by-the-slice “BB” King Cakes. In keeping with the New Orleans tradition, Gaus will be putting his signature sweet spin on a classic praline, with the introduction of his very own Graslines, a buttery sugar cookie topped with purple, green and gold sprinkles and a freshly baked praline. 1309 5th Street NE. For more information please click here.
Tue, Feb 07 - Sun, Feb 26
“a·près-ski: the social activities and entertainment following a day’s skiing.” Après Ski translates to “After Ski”, and La Jambe will be transformed into a winter wonderland equipped with all the coziness and warmth you’d long for after a day on the slopes. In addition to their regular menu they will also be offering a special menu featuring raclette which is a dish comprised of three types of charcuterie and a boiled potato smothered with melted cheese. The menu will also feature vin chaud (mulled wine) along with other unique cocktails and dishes inspired by the après ski experience. 1550 7 Street NW. For more information, please click here.
Thu, Feb 09 - Sun, Feb 19
Who says you can’t have your cake and ‘drink’ it too? Colada Shop and Ice Cream Jubilee have teamed up to create two special Valentine’s Day delights: tres leches ice cream and Colada Love affogato. Ice Cream Jubilee’s tres leches is priced at $3.50 for one scoop, and Colada Shop’s tres leches affogato is priced at $5.25. Colada Shop is located at 1405 T Street, NW and Ice Cream Jubilee is at 1407 T Street, NW. For more information, please click here for Ice Cream Jubilee and here for Colada Shop.
Sat, Feb 11 - Sat, Feb 18
Plan a romantic trip or staycation to Hyatt Place Washington, DC/National Mall. The hotel is offering a Valentines’ Day Romance package valid from February 11 until February 18. Book between those dates and receive a special daily rate, which includes an in-room romantic dinner for two. The menu for the evening is a Surf & Turf (crab cake and steak) dinner, a bottle of bubbly, and chocolate covered strawberries to end the night. $239 daily rate. 400 E Street SW. For more information, click here or call 202.803.6110 to book.
Mon, Feb 13 - Mon, Feb 20
In honor of President’s Day, guests are invited to enjoy $10 select cocktails from the Presidential Cocktail Menu at Round Robin Bar. These drinks include Harry S. Truman’s Missouri Moscow Mule, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “San Juan” Cuba Libre, Rutherford B Hayes’s Orange Blossom, William Henry Harrison’s Spiced Cider, and Chester Arthur’s Gin Rickey. 4:00 to 6:00 pm. 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. For more information please call 202.628.9100.
Mon, Feb 13 - Mon, Feb 27
Chef José Andrés and ThinkFoodGroup invite you to celebrate peak-season winter black truffles in bountiful supply during the first annual Truffle Festival. The lifespan of a truffle is short – from the moment it is plucked from the soil, it should be enjoyed within a few weeks for its true character to shine. Luckily, José’s friend Nacho Ramirez Monfort has a team of Labrador Retrievers to help him harvest truffles from the roots of oak and hazelnut trees in Spain’s Northeastern Aragon region. He sends these amazing truffles, wrapped in that day’s newspaper, directly to José’s restaurants at their freshest point to celebrate the start of the season. You can enjoy the fragrant and exquisite black truffle in a variety of both new and amplified dishes and drinks including: Zaytinya’s Truffle Pide- Turkish style pizza topped with loads of shaved black truffle, Oyamel’s Tortitas de Papa con Trufas- potato fritters with Mexican creme and black truffles, Barmini’s uni truffle toast, and Jaleo’s Acorn-fed pork “presca” carpaccio with lemon dressing, pine nut praline and shaved black truffle served table side. barmini: 855 E Street NW, for more information click here. China Chilcano: 418 7th Street NW, for more information click here. Jaleo: 480 7th Street NW, for more information click here. Oyamel: 401 7th Street NW, for more information click here. Zaytinya: 701 9th Street NW, for more information click here.
Wed, Feb 15 - Tue, Feb 28
Throughout the month of February, Sofitel will be offering multiple romantic specials, including a “So in Love” five course prix fixe menu in iCi Urban Bistro with wine pairing, or a Champagne and chocolate fondue menu in Le Bar, which includes a ½ bottle of Laurent-Perrier and decadent chocolate fondue-for-two served with fresh fruit, mini French madeleines, homemade lemon marshmallows, banana bread and rice krispie hearts. If you are looking to stay the night, Sofitel is offering a Magnifique Romance room package, which includes a bottle of Champagne and sweet surprise in the room upon check in. Up the ante with in room couples massages. So In Love dinner is $75 per person and $125 with wine pairing. Couples in-room massages are priced at $300 for 50 minutes and $450 for 80 minutes. The Magnifique Romance package is available to book by clicking here. 806 15 Street NW. For more information, please call 202.730.8800.
Thu, Feb 16 - Sun, Feb 19
Enjoy your Valentine’s Month with your best furry friend with a bottle of champagne each –real bubbly for you and a chew toy for your pet. Enjoy all the amenities of the Pets Are Welcome program without the $25 pet resort fee. For those seeking a romantic stay with their partner, couples will receive a bottle of champagne and enjoy a 4:00 pm late check out. Offer valid on Thursday – Sunday weekend stays for the whole month of February, 2017. 515 15th Street NW. For more information, click here.
Fri, Feb 17 - Mon, Feb 20
Join the town of Middleburg for the 6th Annual Winter Weekend Sale. During the Winter Weekend Sale, visitors will be able to hunt for some wonderful gifts for themselves and others while experiencing the small town charm of Middleburg, VA. Many of the unique shops in the village will have discounts on everything from shoes to children’s clothes to fall and winter fashions, as well as specials in some of the local restaurants. Just look for the blue and white balloons outside participating stores. The sale, sponsored by the Town of Middleburg and the Middleburg Business & Professional Association, will be held Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday and Monday as posted by shops. For more information call 540.687.8888 or click here.
Fri, Feb 17 - Sat, Feb 18
Get ready to indulge in a magical night of fine dining at one of Dupont’s trendiest restaurants, Café Dupont. Enjoy their prix fixe menu as well as a three course wine pairing. Their menu will begin with a raw bar platter featuring Hamachi crudo, oysters prepared three ways with tarragon emulsion, Jonah crab claw with lobster bisque aioli, and beet-cured gravlax with fennel ceviche. Also offered is the wild mushroom and foie gras terrine with dried fruit chutney and toasted brioche, or the black truffle and goat cheese terrine with shaved black truffle and honey. Next comes a choice between Café Dupont’s decadent roasted bone-in veal rib, buttery wild sea bass filet, or savory house made ravioli. Finish with a rich trio of chocolate marquise featuring white, milk, and dark Valrhona chocolates and passionfruit emulsion. $60 prefixed menu. Three course wine pairing for $30. 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW. Form more information, click here or call 202.797.0169 for reservations.
Fri, Feb 17 - Sun, Feb 19
Empress Lounge will offer a special Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea Fridays through Sundays from January 27 to February 26. The tea service features a creative three-tiered display of sweet and savory treats paired with a selection of freshly brewed loose leaf teas. The menu highlights include Roasted Duck Wontons, Curried Shrimp Salad on Miso Brioche, Yuzu Tea Cake and more. Guests can also enjoy special Year of the Fire Rooster cocktails such as The Pink Rooster made with vodka, grapefruit juice, lychee juice and a dash of grenadine, garnished with lychee, as well as the Fifteenth Day, a Gin, ginger and lemongrass-Thai basil syrup and orange juice cocktail. 1330 Maryland Avenue SW. For more information call 202.554.8588 or click here.
Fri, Feb 17 - Sun, Feb 26
70 Alexandria restaurants will feature a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week. More than 30 restaurants will also offer lunch deals at $10, $15 or $20 per person in addition to the dinner specials. Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week showcases the inventiveness of local chefs in neighborhoods throughout the city, including Old Town, Del Ray, Carlyle and the West End. At a range of locales, from fine dining establishments to casual neighborhood favorites, guests will savor the flavors of Alexandria’s distinctive collection of eateries. For more information please click here.
Sat, Feb 18 - Sun, Feb 19
Join “General George Washington” and other costumed characters for hoecakes, a dancing demonstration on the Bowling Green, storytelling, and free birthday cake. This event is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-11, and free for children under 5. Festivities will run all day from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Wreath-laying ceremonies at Washington’s tomb will be held at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. 3200 Mount Vernon Highway, Mt Vernon, VA. For full schedule and tickets, please click here.
Sat, Feb 18
Come out for the next installment in the 2016-2017 cooking demo series; “Valentine’s Day Roman Style”. In select cooking demo classes, Chef Ethan McKee will show how he makes his bucatini amatriciana. Through the end of the year, Urbana is donating $1 to the Italian Red Cross for every order of bucatini amatriciana benefitting earthquake relief efforts in Amatrice. Urbana has celebrated the Italian and Mediterranean cultures since its opening in 2006. When the devastating earthquake hit Italy in late August, Chef McKee and the Urbana team rallied together to create an #EatForItaly menu. Urbana continues to donate $1 to the Italian Red Cross for every order of the bucatini amatriciana (a popular dish from Amatrice),and is dedicated to doing so for the remainder of 2016. In select cooking demo classes, Chef McKee will show how he makes his bucatini. 2:00 to 4:00 PM.Classes are $55 per person, plus tax & gratuity. 2121 P Street NW. To reserve a spot, contact Abbe Gould at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat, Feb 18
Come out to Pizzeria Paradiso’s Dupont Circle location, there will be an all-day tap takeover showcasing some of the best that two breweries, Ommegang and Boulevard, have been brewing over the years. The lineup includes: Boulevard Collaboration #6, Boulevard Imperial Stout 2015, Boulevard Imperial Stout 2014, Boulevard Rye on Rye 2015, Boulevard Harvest Dance 2014, Boulevard Scotch on Scotch, Ommegang Three Philosophers, Ommegang Barrel Aged Three Philosophers, Ommegang Three Philsophers w/ Cranberries and Strawberries, Ommegang Valar Dohaeris, Ommegang Rare Vos. 2003 P Street NW. For more information please call 202.223.1245.
Sat, Feb 18
Sip and swirl on the most romantic of spirits at Acadiana Restaurant‘s Cognac and Armagnac tasting class. You’ll learn all about their origins, how and where they’re produced, ad more with Wine and Beverage Director Scott Clime. Rare and unique selections will be offered and a full luncheon buffet is included. The class will cost $85 per person. 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. 901 New York Avenue, NW. For reservations, click here, email Laura@PassionFoodHospitality.com, or call 202.408.8848.
Sat, Feb 18
Guests are invited to join Jim Hewes, a renowned mixologist at the Round Robin Bar and winner of DC Craft Bartender’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, as he distills the history of the bar’s Presidential Cocktail Menu while also providing a hands on lesson of the basics of mixology. $34 per person (includes 3 cocktails and light appetizers). Limited seating; reservations required. 7:00 pm. 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. To reserve your seat, please call 202.942.7000.
Sat, Feb 18
Rooting DC will be held at Woodrow Wilson High School. During the third session, SFDC board members Mark Haskell and Ibti Vincent will be presenting a hands-on workshop, “Sharing plants through seeds and cuttings,” and there will be plenty of other informative sessions at the FREE annual gardening conference. 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. 3950 Chesapeake Street NW. For more information, please click here.
Sat, Feb 18
The pleasures of the table, fine food and wine are an essential part of the passionate life. Please join L’Auberge Chez Francois for Chef Jacques’ Seafood Lovers’ Valentine Cooking Demo And Luncheon. The main course features Le Saumon Souffle’ de l’Auberg, a signature dish from three star Michelin L’Auberge de L’Ill, where Chef Jacques had the opportunity to train and work with Master Chef Paul Haerberlin. This experience will cost $118 and will start at 11:00 am. For more information call 703.759.3800 or click here.