Inauguration Madness 2013
The Inauguration Whirlwind Has Already Begun — In less than two weeks the Obama Inauguration will blow through DC. We here at TheListAreYouOnIt.com are constantly compiling a list of all the area hoopla and offerings. Trust us, plenty of parties are in the offing. For all the glitz, goodies and galas, check out our Inauguration Madness 2013 Guide. You know how we roll…as we continue to receive more info, we’ll update this page.
Art and Soul — In mid-January, Washington, D.C. will fill with politicos and food lovers from across the country to celebrate the presidential inauguration. Celebrity Chef Art Smith is opening his regionally-inspired restaurant, Art and Soul in The Liaison Capitol Hill, for a late-night Chefs Ball to celebrate President Obama’s inauguration with Washingtonians, visitors, and the D.C. restaurant community. Executive Chef Wes Morton will co-chair the Chefs Ball with Chef Smith, and their donations will benefit Common Threads, a non-profit organization co-founded by Chef Smith and his partner, Jesus Salguiero, to help low-income children understand the importance of nutrition and physical well-being. Five additional D.C. celebrity chefs, including Erik Bruner-Yang, Scott Drewno, Todd Gray, Rock Harper, and Mike Isabella will prepare late night bites for the event and proceeds will benefit their charities of choice. The $75 main event ticket includes late-night bites prepared by D.C. celebrity chefs, an open bar, and live music. The 11:00pm start time allows guests coming from other galas and events to continue the celebration at Art and Soul, and encourages chefs and their teams to participate as well. The evening will kick off at 10:30pm with a tented, intimate VIP reception on the patio. Tickets are a $75 donation inclusive of food, beverage, tax and gratuity, or $125 to include access to the VIP reception. Advance online purchase is required at http://chefsball.eventbrite.com. For direct inquiries, contact email@example.com. (415 New Jersey Avenue NW; 202.393.7777)
Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery — The “POTUS” Dog at Bayou Bakery is back by popular demand from the campaign trail – just like the POTUS himself. For one day only on Monday, January 21st, chef David Guas will be paying tribute to Obama’s former turf by serving up the Chicago-style all-beef hot dog [two dogs per order] topped with minced white onion, dill pickle spears, roasted sundried tomatoes, pickled sport peppers, sweet pickle relish, mustard and a dash of celery salt. (1515 North courthouse Road, Arlington, VA; 703.243.2410)
BYT — BYT is hosting an all-day Inauguration bash. From a live viewing party of the swear-in to happy hour to an all night bash, they’ve got it all. Covering all three floors, Bohemian Caverns, LIV Nightclub, and Tap & Parlour there will be something for everyone in your group. They will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner along with great drink specials throughout the day. Tickets are on sale now at http://inaug2013.eventbrite.com/. (2001 11th St NW)
Carmine’s — Come in from the cold on Inauguration Day – Carmine’s is celebrating the day by offering breakfast beginning at 7:00am with a grab-and-go continental buffet menu as well as sit-down breakfast. Menu items include fresh fruit with granola and yogurt, spinach sundried tomato and fontina frittata with rosemary roasted red potatoes, and compobasso French toast with maple syrup. Carmine’s will also be serving its happy hour menu at the bar from 11:30am until 11:00pm. After the swearing in, sit in Carmine’s spacious bar and lounge and watch the parade on big TVs while dining on Carmine’s meatball sliders, mountains of fried zucchini or platters for 8 of spicy chicken scarpariello. If you are looking for a place to accommodate groups of revelers for a hearty dinner before braving the Inaugural Balls then Carmine’s regular family style menu will be available all day. (425 7th Street NW; 202.737.7770)
Churchkey — Monday December 21st is a big day for all Americans, but for the lucky D.C natives, it’s even bigger. With the 57th Presidential Inauguration, Churchkey will be throwing the Inaugural Brewers Ball. Some of the celebrities of the brewing world will be taking over the taps for the evening, giving guests the chance to indulge in some rare, delicious brews. There will of course be food throughout the night from Executive Chef Kyle Bailey and treats from Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac. For ticket information please visit www.birchandbarley.com. (1337 14th St NW; 202.567.2576)
Clifton Inn — Sitting atop land that was once deeded to Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, VA will be offering a special Inauguration Package for those escaping the pomp and circumstance with rates varying from $165 to $440 per night. Each guest will receive a complimentary Founding Fathers Cocktail Flight and a decanter of Thomas Jefferson’s favorite vino, Madeira, waiting in-room upon arrival. Additionally, guests can brush up on former presidents’ history with a pocket-sized copy of The Declaration of Independence with Short Biographies of Its Signers. (1296 Clifton Inn Drive, Charlottesville, VA; 434.971.1800)
The Creative Coalition’s 2013 Inaugural Ball — The Creative Coalition, a nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community, is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance, primarily public education, the First Amendment, and arts advocacy. Join them on Monday, January 21st at 9:00pm for their inaugural ball with a special musical performance by the Goo Goo Dolls. Confirmed hosts in attendance will include actor and President of The Creative Coalition Tim Daly (“Private Practice”); and actors Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”), Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”), Paula Abdul (“American Idol”), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge), DC native Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Evan Handler (“Californication”), Omar Epps (“House”), Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie), Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”), David Arquette (Scream), Richard Schiff (“The West Wing”), Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld”), Richard Kind (A Serious Man), and many other familiar stars. Honorary Congressional Co-Hosts include Speaker John A. Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F Street NW)
The DC Inaugural Ball – Enjoy a fun filled evening with a DJ and cocktails to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama at the luxurious Epic Studio. Tickets are $65 per person. The party goes from 8:00pm until midnight, and includes cocktails and wine. Black tie optional. (1323 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.833.5914)
Entertainment Cruises – As our nation’s capital gears up for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, locals and visitors alike can celebrate like a commander-in-chief aboard two stately vessels – the Odyssey and Spirit of Washington. In anticipation of this momentous occasion, both ships will offer specialty Pre-Inaugural and Inaugural cruises – perfect for entertaining out-of-town guests and honoring an event that only happens once every four years. On Friday, January 18th through Sunday, January 20th, gather your own First Family and friends to catch all of the excitement of Inaugural Weekend while taking in the picturesque sites of the Potomac. For those wanting an early start to the celebration, the Odyssey Friday Dinner Cruise features a delicious three course meal and live music from its cozy climate-controlled deck, priced at $102.90 per person and sailing from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. On Saturday from 11:30am to 1:30pm, patrons may choose from a lovely grand buffet aboard the Odyssey Brunch Cruise, priced at $37.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $61.90 for adults, or Spirit of Washington Lunch Cruise, priced at $27.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $46.90 for adults. Later in the evening, both ships will set sail once more for an unparalleled dining and entertainment experience from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. The Odyssey Dinner Cruise includes a mouth-watering, three course menu priced at $114.90 per person, while the Spirit of Washington Dinner Cruise offers a grand buffet priced at $89.90 per person. On Sunday, Entertainment Cruises will again offer the Spirit of Washington Lunch Cruise and Odyssey Brunch Cruise (same prices and times) in addition to an Odyssey Dinner Cruise from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for $97.90 per person. Don’t have a ticket to an Inaugural Ball? Not to worry–dress in your finest apparel and dine elegantly under the stars at the Odyssey’s Inauguration Day Dinner Cruise on Monday, January 21st. Step aboard and see the monuments shine bright in the crisp, cool air while delighting in an evening of lively entertainment, dancing, and creative culinary options. The formal affair, priced at $97.90 per person, begins boarding at 6:00pm and sails from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. All cruise reservations can be made by calling 866.404.8439 or online.
Equinox — on Sunday, January 20th, Equinox Restaurant will offer a unique Inauguration brunch menu honoring two great leaders. Celebrating the fifty-seventh presidential inauguration, Chef Todd Gray will celebrate President Obama’s return to office and express his “Faith in America’s Food Future”, as well as honor Martin Luther King with a nod to the marking of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. In this spirit Chef Gray has created a menu that features beloved dishes of Martin Luther King and President Barack Obama. Brunch will be served between 11:00am and 2:00pm, with a choice from three courses for $35. Menu items include the Obama family chili with smoked Tillamook, prime VA beef and crispy onions, sautéed Rappahannock oysters with Hawaiian pineapple and brown caper butter; Citurs cured Atlantic char with rombo radish, mizzuna leaves, and lobster vinaigrette; MLK’s fried chicken paillard with salt cured pickels, new potatoes, and slow cooked greens; Tortelloni of braised collard greens in smoked onion broth with black eyed peas and shaved 5 year gouda, and to finish, choices which include Georgian pecan pie with ice cream and Maker’s Mark caramel, or cinnamon profiterolles with ice cream and warm gianduia chocolate sauce. (818 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.331.8118)
Firefly – Firefly will offer a late night food and drink menu from Friday the 18th through Sunday the 20th. In addition to happy hour drink specials being available from 11:00pm until close, food specials will be available until 1:00am. In honor of the president’s hometown, Chef de Cuisine Todd Wiss will serve a Chicago-style hot dog with all of the traditional fixings, among other Inaugural themed items. Bar Manager Jon Harris will offer two specialty cocktails using Few Gin & Whisky from Chicago and Koloa Rum from Hawaii. Drinks will include the Southside (Few Gin, lemon, mint); and the Chicago Fizz (Koloa Dark Rum, Ruby Port, lime, egg white & soda) as well as rotating punches. The drinks will be $7.50 during late night happy hour and $13 regularly. Firefly will also be serving brunch, including $2 mimosas, on Inauguration Day from 10:00am to 3:30 pm. (1310 New Hampshire Avenue NW; 202.861.1310)
Founding Farmers — Founding Farmers and Moco’s Founding Farmers are offering a full brunch menu with a bottomless Bloody Mary Bar from 10am – 2:30pm on Inauguration Day to help get D.C.er’s fueled and ready for the big day. For more information and reservations visit wearefoundingfarmers.com or farmersfishersbakers.com. (1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.822.8783, 12505 Park Potomac Ave Montgomery County, MD; 301.340.8783)
Jack Rose Dining Saloon — DC will soon become one big party for Inauguration 2013 and Jack Rose Dining Saloon has a whole weekend of festivities planned to celebrate the President’s swearing-in ceremony. From showing its optimism for Obama’s second term with a Yes We ‘CAN’ beer party with Goose Island Brewery from his hometown of Chicago, to a Hawaiian Luau + Pig Roast on Inauguration Day, Jack Rose is toasting with beers to the next four years. Jack Rose will kick off Inauguration Weekend on Thursday, January 17th with the Yes We ‘CAN’ Goose Island Tap Takeover Party. From 7:00pm to midnight, guests can enjoy specials on Goose Island canned brews while three of the brewery’s rare vintage beers – Matilda, a Belgian pale ale, Pere Jacques, a Belgian strong dark ale, and Sofie, a saison – will take over the taps upstairs. And from 7:00 to 9:00pm, guests can enjoy private tastings of extremely rare Goose Island imperial stouts in Jack Rose’s exclusive new basement bar, including the award-winning Nightstalker, the bourbon barrel-aged Bourbon County Stout, and Big John brewed with cacao nibs. On Inauguration Day, Jack Rose is paying homage to President Obama’s hometown with a Tiki Pig Roast Luau + Kona Brewery Tap Takeover. Starting at 6:00pm, the heated rooftop deck will transform into a Hawaiian Luau complete with hula dancers, grass skirts, leis and SPAM. The outdoor Tiki Bar will serve boozy rum tiki cocktails out of fresh pineapples and coconuts while Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Co. will take over the beer taps and raffle off big-item raffle prizes. Fresh, juicy pigs will be roasted on the wood-burning grill and chef will serve other luau-themed bites like SPAM Sliders. For those who are looking to watch the Inauguration ceremony, Jack Rose will open at 11:00am and offer its bar menu all day until the Luau while airing the ceremony. (2007 18th Street, NW; 202.588.7388)
Hank’s Oyster Bar – Hank’s Oyster Bar is putting together a “January to Remember” in honor of President Obama’s Inauguration. Hank’s will be celebrating for the entire month with Gina Chersevani’s “Classic Cocktails for Past Presidents”. They are also offering a special called “Four More Beers”, which will consist of a flight of four draft beers such as Ale to the Chief (the other three are TBD). (1624 Q Street NW; 202.462.4265; 1026 King Street, Alexandria, VA; 703.739.4265; 633 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1971)
Hill Country Barbecue Market — Less than a month away from President Obama’s 2nd Inauguration, Hill Country Barbecue Market is ready for the party! The restaurant will be open until 4:00am, with the bar menu available from 5:00pm until close, on both Sunday, January 20th and Monday, January 21st. On Monday, January 21st, things kick off early with breakfast starting at 8:00am. The Market will be open with a hearty selection of breakfast items, and they’ll have a pop up breakfast taco stand in the front bar until 11:00am with a variety of tacos to go. Hot chocolate and coffee will also be available for $2 each. The kitchen will reopen at 11:30am with the full regular menu at the counters. Hill Country also will be offering limited delivery during the day (bike deliveries only due to vehicle restrictions). The bar will remain open throughout the day for those who wish to watch the festivities indoors with POTUS-inspired drink specials, including the Commander-in-Chief champagne cocktail and $1 Potus-pop Jell-O shots. Those planning to forego an inaugural ball on Monday night should plan to head down to the Boot Bar for a special night of raucous Rock ‘n Twang Live Band Karaoke starting at 7:00pm. (410 7th Street NW; 202.556.2050)
Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball II – Hip-Hop Summit Action Network along with Philanthropik are pleased to announce the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball II in celebration of the Hip-Hop community’s role in the presidential election. The black tie charity gala will be held on January 20th at 8:00pm, at The Harman Center for the Arts. The brainchild of Event Chairs Russell Simmons and Zac McDaniels, the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball looks to once again be one of the hottest tickets of the Inaugural weekend. Inspired by the sweat equity and leadership emerging from the 2008 general election campaigns and exhibited by the Hip-Hop community, Russell Simmons introduced this historic event honoring and celebrating this new political presence and collective power. The impact was evident from the record turnout of voters under 30, many of whom cast their first votes ever in 2009 and turned out again in 2012. The Hip-Hop artists who attended the Ball and the invaluable sponsors who supported this celebration of civic engagement will be back again this January for the HHIB II. The 2009 guest list will likely be repeated with attendance by Russell Simmons, LL Cool J, T.I. and Tiny, Nick Cannon, Busta Rhymes, Young Jeezy, Ashanti, Trey Songz, Bow Wow and many more. The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball is a charity fundraiser with all ticket proceeds going to Philanthropik, a non-profit committed to supporting programs and initiatives that empower the community and inspire young people to be philanthropic. Tickets prices range from $500 to $2500 and will be available on a first come, first served basis by going to www.eventfarm.com/HIB2013 . (610 F Street NW)
The Jefferson, DC — Often considered the second most presidential quarters in the city, The Jefferson is offering the Inauguration Package for guests staying in this aptly-named hotel during the ceremonious weekend. With a minimum of a two-night stay, guests can enjoy the package at a starting rate of $1,185 per night, or extend their trip to three days beginning at $799 per night. To sweeten the deal, guests may also opt to stay in the Martha Jefferson Suite starting at $6,000 per night, or the Thomas Jefferson Presidential Suite, with a beeline view of the White House, starting at $8,500. Inauguration Package accommodations include on-call concierge assistance for last-minute arrangements; access to a Neiman Marcus satellite store for evening gowns or suits; breakfast for two in the Greenhouse; and daily take-home gifts. At the cozy lounge, Quill, guests can toast the four years to come with The Presidential. This robust dram is made with bourbon, Apple Jack, lemon juice, simple syrup, cinnamon, and whiskey bitters. Garnished with a cinnamon baked apple wheel, this drink is a perfect way to “spice up” this presidential occasion. (1200 16thStreet NW; 202.448.2300)
Lincoln Restaurant — To commemorate the upcoming second inauguration of President Barack Obama, Lincoln Restaurant will be offering a special presidential inspired tasting menu featuring six courses that highlight six of America’s beloved presidents’ favorite foods. The menu pays homage to Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and our current President, Barack Obama. The featured tasting menu will be offered for $45 to celebrate the US Presidential Inauguration and will be available from January 18th – 21st. The tasting menu will offer: JFK fish chowder, made wit hseared cod over potato chowder, Lincoln oyster salad, with crispy oysters, ginger compressed apples, and bacon molasses vinaigrette, Obama poached salmon with broccoli Lyonnaise, caramelized lemon and buerre fondue, Clinton corn flake baked fried chicken with a jalapeno waffle, Roosevelt rabbit shepherd’s pie, and to finish, Ronald Reagan monkey bread pudding, served with butter pecan ice cream. Lincoln’s popular cocktails such as the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Punch and the Lincoln Sour will also be highlighted throughout the inauguration weekend. (1110 Vermont Avenue NW; 202.386.9200)
The Madison: With what may be the closest Presidential race in recent history only a few months away, the Inauguration planning teams at the newly redesigned Madison hotel are hedging their bets on the best way to welcome hundreds of visitors who will stay at the historic fifty year old gem, just blocks from the White House. To get the political party started, the Lobby Bar at PostScript in The Madison will be offering two distinct cocktails through the Inauguration and will be looking to fans of The Madison’s Facebook page to get creative and come up with a third cocktail that will be made available during Inauguration. The winning cocktail will join Beverage Manager Rob Yealu’s Massachusetts Mule (Raspberry- Chocolate Mint Infused Vodka, Lemon, Lime and Ginger-Ale) and The Great Debate (Small Batch Bourbon, Blended Vermouth, Green Chartreuse, Orange Peel), at the Lobby Bar from January 18th through the 22nd. Each hand-crafted cocktail will cost $14.00 and the winner of The Madison’s Political Cocktail Party will receive a weekend stay at The Madison. The Madison, whose opening in 1963 was attended by President John F. Kennedy, has long been the address of choice for diplomats, entertainers, world leaders and international delegations and recently completed a 22 million dollar redesign that included all guest rooms, public spaces and meeting rooms. (1177 15th Street NW)
Montblanc at the St. Regis – The St. Regis Washington, D.C. and Thornwillow Press will be partnering with legendary luxury brand Montblanc for an Inauguration Week pop-up boutique inside the hotel. From January 18th to the 23rd, The St. Regis Washington, D.C. will feature a selection of Montblanc leather goods, time pieces and signature writing instruments- including a limited edition collection of presidential writing instruments in the lobby’s charming Thornwillow Library. The boutique will also debut a libretto (or small chapter book) of stories related to past inaugurations, titled A Presidential Miscellany and edited by esteemed writer Louis Lapham. The Libretto has been created exclusively for pop up boutique and inauguration and include everything from Secret Service Presidential Code names to Presidential pets over the years. Hand bound, and letter press printed on Thornwillow Press paper, the libretto will be gifted to guests of the hotel during Inauguration week, and be available for purchase to visitors as the perfect memento for such an important occasion. Continuing the inaugural spirit, Montblanc at the St. Regis Washington, D.C. will offer visitors the opportunity to engage in a letter writing campaign as they use Montblanc writing instruments to express their hopes and wishes for the next president. (923 16th Street NW; 202.638.2626)
Mount Vernon Estate – George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, offers special activities in honor of the 44th presidential inauguration. From January 18th through January 21st, children are invited to participate in a “George Washington Presidential Scavenger Hunt”. Explore Washington’s Estate looking for clues that will lead to a special prize (while supplies last). Mount Vernon will give the 44th visitor through the gate a special gift from January 18th through January 21st. While there, take the oath of office–View a replica of the first presidential inauguration with a life-size figure of Washington taking the oath of office. Visitors have a chance to “step into Washington’s shoes” by placing their hand on a reproduction of the Bible upon which Washington took the oath of office. Visitors recite the presidential oath and, upon completion, lift their hand to hear the roar of a cheering crowd. Visitors of all ages can experience a unique piece of history now on display in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum – George Washington’s annotated copy of the Acts of Congress. This rare volume garnered world-wide attention this summer when it was offered for sale and broke auction world records for an American historical document. The remarkably well-preserved book includes Washington’s copy of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other legislation passed by the first session of Congress, complete with his personal annotations. The Acts of Congress will remain on display through February 18th. All of activities are included in Estate admission: adults, $17; children ages 6-11, $8; and children under 5 are free. Visit MountVernon.org for more information and to plan a visit. (3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA; 703.780.2000)
Napoleon Bistro — To celebrate the 2013 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, Napoleon Bistro will be featuring a special cocktail, The Black Forest Berry Bonapartini, in honor of President Obama’s favorite drink: Black Forest Berry iced tea. Made with Saint Dalfur berry jam, Absolut vodka, and Black Forest Berry iced tea, the Bonapartini will be offered throughout Inauguration weekend, January 18th through 21st, for $10. (1847 Columbia Road NW; 202.299.9630)
Park Hyatt Washington: In honor of the 57th Presidential Inauguration, the luxurious Park Hyatt Washington invites its guests to celebrate American talents, culture and ingredients with four nights of sophisticated and patriotic living in its spacious Presidential Suite at a special, all-inclusive rate of $57,000. From January 18th to January 22nd, 2013, guests of the hotel’s exclusive American Style package will toast the New Year and joyful occasion in the nation’s capital with the following:
American Accommodations: Park Hyatt Washington will reserve its signature Presidential Suite beginning Friday, January 18th, with late check-out on Tuesday, January 22nd, and personal butler service throughout the stay. Located on the hotel’s penthouse level with views of M Street and stylish Georgetown in the distance, this 1,632-sq. ft. top-floor corner suite provides the ultimate in luxury accommodations. During the four-night stay, guests of the American Style package will receive daily turndown amenities, including Blue Duck Tavern’s award-winning apple pie, a set of hardcover books highlighting American crafts, heritage and art, and a collection of photography from Park Hyatt hotels worldwide. The guests will also enjoy chauffeur-driven roundtrip airport transfers and daily sedan transportation, based upon guests’ preferred travel times.
American Fashion: Upon reserving the American Style package, Park Hyatt Washington’s Guest Relations Manager will contact the guests to give them the opportunity to work directly with the Fifth Avenue Club Stylist from Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria on their personal fashion preferences and needs for inaugural events; from color preference and style identity to sizes and favorite designers. Using this information, the stylist, prior to the guests’ arrival, will visit the Presidential Suite and fill the closets with several options to meet the guests’ potential needs.
American Wine: A signed, magnum bottle of the hotel’s signature wine placed in the suite will welcome the esteemed guests to Washington. The Cabernet Franc grapes used to produce this wine are from the Floyd Silva vineyard in Lake County and offer a balance of flavors, structure, and tannins.
American Cheese: While in Washington, the guests and their friends (up to 12 people total) are invited to an exclusive tasting of cured meats, pinot noir and American cheese in the comfort of their suite. The private gathering, led by Park Hyatt Washington’s Cheese Specialist Lisa Hviding, will include a selection of charcuterie all paired with pinot noir wines.
American Ingredients: Based upon availability, the private Chef’s Table at the celebrated Blue Duck Tavern will be reserved for the guests and their friends (up to 12 people total) for one evening during their visit. Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault and Chef de Cuisine John Melfi will prepare a five-course menu specially written using fresh ingredients from regional farms to create the President-elect’s favorite dishes. The dinner will be complemented by special vintages from American wineries.
American Talents: On January 18th, the guests will be chauffeured to the Kennedy Center for a VIP backstage tour of this historic facility, followed by a live performance of the National Symphony Orchestra, while sitting in two of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall’s prestigious box seats.
American Pampering: Before departing for the Inaugural galas, the guests can enjoy personal pampering with an in-suite couples massage, followed by rejuvenating facial, and deluxe manicure and pedicure.
American Craftsmanship: After returning home, the guests will receive a historic piece of American art shipped to them – a classic, Windsor-style timber rocking chair, engraved with your initials and the inaugural seal, handcrafted by talented Vermont cabinetmaker and chairwright, Timothy Clark.
American Heroes: In celebration of the Presidential Inauguration and the opportunity to help those who serve America, Park Hyatt Washington will contribute a minimum of $500 to the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO).
American Style is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind package that must be booked in its entirety, for a four-night stay, January 18, 2013 to January 22, 2013. Celebrating the 57th U.S. Presidential Inauguration, American Style can be reserved at a special offer rate of $57,000, inclusive of tax and gratuities. For more information and to reserve, please contact Renee Sharrow, Director of Public Relations, at 202.419.6625 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poste Moderne Brasserie – Poste will offer a selection of beers from locations where President Obama has lived, including: Brooklyn Brewery Lager (NY); Goose Island Matilda (Chicago); Goose Island 312 (Chicago); Blue Point Pale Ale (NY); Kona Brewing Pipeline Porter (Hawaii); DC Brau Citizen (DC); DC Brau Public Ale (DC), and Chocolate City Copper (DC) (555 8th Street NW; 202.783.6060)
Robert Wiedmaier Restaurants — With a main course and specialty drink that pay homage to the Commander-in-Chief and his place of birth, chef Robert Wiedmaier will be serving the Hawaiian Onaga “Obama” snapper with snap pea risotto and ginger sesame pea tendrils at his flagship DC restaurant Marcel’s, and pouring the Obama-tini Cocktail at Brasserie Beck in DC and Mussel Bar & Grille in Bethesda, MD. Served in a martini glass and garnished with a twist of lemon, the fruity, sapphire-hued cocktail is sure to rally your inner democratic spirit with Ketel One, Hypnotiq passion fruit liqueur and a float of Blue Curaçao. (1101 K Street NW; 202.408.1717; 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.296.1166; 7262 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD; 301.215.7817)
Rocklands — All four Rocklands locations will be open at 10:30am on Inauguration Day offering two brunch specials for hungry fans who want to watch the festivities from a warm and tasty place. In addition to the regular menu, the specials — only available that day — are: The Optimist — barbequed brisket, bacon and egg piled on a roll, and The Realist — barbequed chopped pork, bacon and egg piled on a roll. And to top those deliciously decadent sandwiches, Rocklands has reintroduced Obama Sauce. Created and bottled by Rocklands during President Obama’s initial inauguration, the limited-edition sauce had sold out well in advance of the suspenseful November 2012 election. This fiery chipotle sauce is the perfect topper for eggs, sandwiches, steaks and Congressional bills. Shelves are stocked at each Rocklands, and there are bottles open on the hot-sauce bar for tasting or shaking on your barbeque. (2418 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.333.2558; 3471 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA; 25 South Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA; 891A Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD)
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian — Celebrate Inauguration Day with a special exhibition, a two-day festival and an Inaugural Ball with the National Museum of the American Indian. From January 18th through the 20th, the museum presents “Out of Many: A Multicultural Festival of Music, Dance, and Story,” a three-day festival celebrating music, dance & storytelling co-presented with the Smithsonian Latino Center, the Asian Pacific American Program, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and others. Friday will be devoted to indigenous cultures represented in the museum’s mission, while Saturday and Sunday will be devoted to cultures that originally hail from all over the globe, but are thriving in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. For more information, visit www.nmai.si.edu/calendar
Thunderburger – Food plays a big role in any high-profile event, including the Presidential inauguration. As a result, many local restaurants will be making their Presidential picks for a feast fitting of the highest office in the land. Executive Chef Ryan Fichter wanted to incorporate a little of the President’s Hawaiian roots in the special menu which includes: A Hawaiian-style Ahi poke; the local moco, which is two scoops of rice with a burger patty on top, then topped with two fried eggs over-easy and brown gravy; a salmon burger with watercress topped with heirloom tomato and herbed cucumber yogurt sauce, and for dessert, macadamia nut pie with Kona coffee ice-cream. (3056 M Street NW; 202.333.2888)
Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place — Hosted by Friends of Friends, enjoy a black-tie gala event to ring in the presidency at Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place on Saturday, January 19th, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. An exciting evening with dancing, networking and celebrating, the gala includes a beautiful buffet with lobster, sliced leg of beef, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, plus an open bar and some fabulous door prizes. With so much to celebrate looking forward, it’s a great chance to give back… a portion of the ticket sales will support a college scholarship and tuition assistance fund. (3000 K Street, NW; 202.944.4545)
Urbana Restaurant & Wine Bar — Urbana will offer a late night happy hour on the Saturday and Sunday night before Inauguration from 10:00pm until midnight featuring $8 pizzas, $5 house red, white, or sparkling wine, $4 Yuengling and Peroni and special pricing on Bartender Obinna Emenyonu’s Inauguration cocktails and $7 Goose Island beers from Chicago. Emenyonu has created special Inauguration drinks ($12 regularly, $8 during happy hour), including a Hawaiian Punch made with dark rum, light rum, pineapple juice, white grape juice, Amaro Averna and house made clove bitters; as well as a GOP208 cocktail with Domaine de Canton, blood orange juice and prosecco. The restaurant will also feature an assortment of the Chicago-based Goose Island beers, including: 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Honker’s Ale and Père Jacques. (2121 P Street NW; 202.956.6650)
Ring in the inauguration with Virtue Feed & Grain and DC Brau Brewing Company — Head to Virtue Feed and Grain for a very special DC Brau beer dinner. This five-course dinner will feature DC Brau beers and special plates from the Virtue kitchen. Courses will include America pale Ale paired with a cornmeal crusted oyster, Red Ale paired with Moroccan lamb stew, and American IPA with s’mores. Dinner is $75 per person. Limited to 20 guests. For reservations call 571.970.3669 or contact email@example.com. (106 South Union Street, Alexandria, Virginia)
Wildfire – With a nod to the hometown of both the President and Wildfire, Wildfire at Tysons Galleria will offer two Chicago-inspired offerings for Inauguration Day weekend: Presidential spicy chopped chicken giardiniera and an iconic Chicago style Italian beef. To celebrate the whole country, Wildfire will offer an American deluxe burger with twin patties, American cheese, pickles, bacon and 1000 Island dressing. Inauguration lunch specials will be available from January 18th to the 21st. (1714 International Drive, McLean, VA; 703.442.9110)
Willard InterContinental – In anticipation of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration the Willard InterContinental hotel is in full swing preparing for the festivities. The Willard Hotel has been a prime inaugural hotel for over 150 years, due especially to its key location on Pennsylvania Avenue along the inaugural parade route and between the White House and U.S. Capitol. Rooms are selling at a four night minimum, starting at $1,149 for a Deluxe room. Suites like the Willard’s well-appointed Oval Suites with their large marble-floored entryways and based on White House Oval Office are in particular demand. These suites, priced at $5,700 per night with a four night minimum plus a $27,000 catering minimum, are perfect for a parade viewing party. Each of the four nights, the Willard’s inaugural guests will receive a different amenity. They are elegant, tasty, clever, extravagant and historic, all reflecting the newly-elected president, the office of the presidency and Washington’s “other” Residence of Presidents – the Willard. Some amenities from President Obama’s 2009 inaugural included:
- Silver American Flag Pins from Tiffany & Company
- Handcrafted and numbered Retro DC picture frames from Keith Lipert Gallery
- Washington Post commemorative election night edition
- Chicago-manufactured candies and ObamaCandyBars
- Classic Coke Inaugural edition bottles
All the amenities this year will have a Sustainably-Made in America theme, to include chocolates by Tumbador, a Brooklyn, New York chocolate factory that employs many people who are given a second chance through community based programs. A visit to the Willard history gallery gives an inspiring overview of inaugural history featuring pictures of inaugural events which passed by the Willard’s door from 1850 to the present. Most famously, President Lincoln, his family and aides stayed there prior to his inauguration in 1860, and his inaugural luncheon was held (menu: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Mock Turtle Soup, Parsley Potatoes and Blackberry Pie.) (1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.628.9100)
Zentan — Zentan will serve food and drink until midnight on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday leading up to inauguration. There will be a limited set menu on Monday, January 21st for $44 beginning at 11:30am through dinner service. The full sushi menu will be available a la carte. Splits of champagne will also be available for $20.13. Specialty Inauguration cocktails from new mixologist Josh Berner include the No. 44, with 44 Cordial, rye whiskey, absinthe, orange bitters, and the Valor, Purity & Justice, with cinnamon & cayenne-infused tequila, lime, blue curacao, white chocolate, and salt. (1155 14th Street NW; 202.379.4366)