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.
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.
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.
Mon, Feb 20 - Tue, Feb 28
Celebrate Mardi Gras New Orleans style at the Round Robin Bar. Bringing a taste of Bourbon Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, the Round Robin Bar will offer a selection of authentic Louisiana Cajun cuisine, including Mini Shrimp Po Boys, Half Dozen Grilled Oysters, and Roasted Alligator Wings, along with NOLA inspired cocktails for $10. 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. For more information, please call 202.628.9100.
Fri, Feb 24 - Sun, Feb 26
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.
Sat, Feb 25
Visit Oatlands for “Letters from Edgar’s Trunk: Tell Them All to Write” Winter Talk. This special presentation will be led by Marilyn Thornton, author of “Letters from Edgar’s Trunk: Tell Them All to Write.” The book is a compilation of letters that belonged to her grandfather, James Edgar Thornton, who served in the 369th American Expeditionary Force during World War I. This regiment of African American men fought under French command at Chateau-Thierry and Belleau Wood. This event is free and open to the public. 2:00 pm. 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg, VA. Please call 703.777.3174 for additional information.
Sat, Feb 25
Just in time National Chocolate Lover’s Month SugaChef, Padua Player, is coming to Little Bitts for an afternoon Chocolate Deliciousness. During this class you will be taught how to make a chocolate soufflé from scratch. The class costs $75 and all supplies and equipment are included. Class will start at 1:00 pm. 11244 Triangle Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20902. For more information or to reserve your spot click here.
Sat, Feb 25
Get ready for a trip back to pre-prohibition DC when the DC Distillers Festival kicks off. Over 20 specially curated Craft Distillers join a 1920’s jazz band at Long View Gallery and serve patrons tastings over a three session, all-day, all-night speakeasy experience. You’ll sample over 60 craft spirits to your hearts content while a 1920′s style jazz band keeps the party lively during this one of a kind experience. VIP admission means you’ll gain early access one hour before the crowd, so you’ll have more time to sample and meet distillers face-to-face. Food available for purchase. “Modern-Gatsby” attire suggested. Ticket price ranges from $85 to $150 per person. 12:00 pm until 10:00 pm. 1234 9 Street NW. For more information and tickets, please click here.
Sat, Feb 25
With remnants of last year’s beads still hanging from the chandelier, Black Jack is announcing dates for Mardi Gras 2017. Join for four days of celebrations and specials, including an all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch for day drinkers, masquerade parties, and hurricane slushies. This year Black Jack and Tilt Sidebar will roll out the red carpet, complete with a step and repeat, to welcome guests to four days of incredible drink prices, a menu of creole fare, and fresh renditions on NoLa cocktails. The Saturday debut party includes drink specials such as the Abita for $2.50, $8 Hurricane or Irish slushies, $5 jello shots, all of George Sault’s specialty Mardi Gras cocktails for $10, and more. After walking the red carpet and taking photos, Black Jack and TILT will greet guests with an amble supple of beads and masks. King Cakes will be available for pre-order online beginning February 1 to 25. Guests may select preferred date and time to pick up the colorful treats. 3:00 p.m. to close. 1612 14th Street NW. For more information, please click here.
Sat, Feb 25
Join Vint Hill Craft Winery for a home winemaking class. The class is started with a selected varietal of juice, then guests are taken through the steps of fermentation, rack and return, tannin additions and finally bottling. Guests are given 2 cases of wine to take home at the end of the class. 1:00pm to 3:00pm. $399 per person. 7150 Lineweaver Road, Vint Hill Farms, VA. For more information, please call 540.351.0000.
Sat, Feb 25
Enjoy a lovely five-course prix-fixe meal for Mardi Gras at Vint Hill Craft Winery. The meal will include Creole shrimp, French quarter duck confit, Gumbo Ya Ya, and so much more. Festive attire encouraged. $179 per couple. 6:30 pm. 7150 Lineweaver Road, Warrenton, VA. For more information and tickets, please call 541.351.0000.
Sat, Feb 25
Escape the cold of winter with a night full of fondue and raclette at Via Umbria’s second annual Melt event. With four different stations scattered throughout the store, guests can explore many different types and preparations of cheese, from traditional Alpine fondue and Italian Fonduta to fried cheese curds. $35 per person. 7:00 p.m. 1525 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.
Sat, Feb 25
Red’s Table will host a guided tasting and dinner to show the differences in color, consistency and flavor profile of whiskeys produced in the US and Scotland. Guests of this special evening will explore the whiskeys, which have been carefully selected by Katrina Kirk of North American Spirits & Wine to complement a four-course dinner created by Executive Chef Adam Stein. Kirk will be attending to lead the dinner and answer questions about the featured whiskeys. Whiskeys featured for the evening are Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year, Glenmorangie La Santa, Talisker Storm and Ardbeg 10. This beautiful four course meal is not to be misssed. 7:30 PM. Tickets are priced at $85 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Red’s Table is located at 11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Virginia. Limited seating is available and reservations are required by calling 571.375.7755.
Sat, Feb 25
Please join L’Auberge Chez François as they sample twelve wines from France, Spain, Australia, Washington State and California. Enjoy a walk-around tasting of these fine wines paired with Chef Jacques’ canapés. The sommeliers will be on-hand to guide you through the tasting and answer questions. Following the tasting, sit down and enjoy a complete luncheon of your choice from the four-course menu, paired with another glass of wine. All wines sampled will be available for purchase at a special discount for customers. $98 per person. 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. 332 Springvale Road, Great Falls, VA. For more information, please click here.
Sat, Feb 25
You will be greeted by Dilyard and BLT Steak beverage director James Nelson, followed by a seated five-course dinner, prepared by chef de cuisine Jorge Chicas to be paired with Dilyard’s impressive and carefully selected wines. For example, chef Chicas will grill a trio of delicate wagyu steak, where the 2013 Venture 216 cuvée red blend made with Napa Valley grapes will accent all the nuances of the wagyu skirt, ribeye and NY strip steaks offering a perfect marriage of flavors. $125 per person. 6:30 pm. 1625 I Street, NW. For tickets and more information, please call 202.689.8989.
Sat, Feb 25
With the help of award-winning olive oil producer Filippo Alampi of Fattoria Ramerino, located just outside of Florence, Italy, you’ll learn the characteristic aroma and flavor of olive oil produced from specific cultivars that can be assessed through proper tasting. After the guided tasting, you’ll feast on a special lunch menu designed by Executive Chef Brinn Sinnott, using the olive oils in every course, even dessert. The meal is, of course, accompanied by Fabio Trabocchi wines, which include your choice of Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, or Super Tuscan. $85 per person. 12:00 pm. 3050 K Street NW. Reserve by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Please indicate “Fiola Mare Olive Oil Luncheon” in the subject line.
Sat, Feb 25
Now in its third year, Ice Yards has become the event of the winter season, with thousands of revelers enjoying an unparalleled afternoon in DC’s only adult-friendly winter wonderland. This year, the event finds a new home on The Yards boardwalk. Back by popular demand are icy cocktails and local DC brews, interactive ice activities, live music, igloo pods and more. Following an incredible turnout the last two years, this year’s event will feature a bigger footprint with more bars and more opportunities to enjoy the frozen fun. 21 and over. $10 per person. 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm. 355 Water Street SE. For more information and tickets, please click here.
Sat, Feb 25
Denizens is partnering with some of your favorite Maryland breweries to bring you a cask takeover along with some fun and games in the beer garden. Cask beers are pouring in the beer garden while you pull yourself out of the winter doldrums with a street hockey shoot-out (prize to the winner), corn hole, and make your own s’mores over firepits. 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm. 1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD. For more information, please call 301-557-9818.