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DC Represent!
For 33 years, FOOD & WINE has selected the most promising, up-and-coming culinary talent across the country. FOOD & WINE unveiled its 33rd class of Best New Chefs, spotlighting the 11 most promising up-and-coming chefs who are reinventing the restaurant experience with innovative food and leadership styles that are compassionate and community-oriented. This year, two DC Area chefs were inlcuded in the F&W Best New Chefs in America Class of 2021:  *Angel Barreto, Anju, Washington, D.C. *Paola Velez, Bakers Against Racism, Washington, D.C. Profiles of all the 2021 Best New Chefs, along with their favorite spots to eat and drink in the cities they call home, are featured now at foodandwine.com/bestnewchefs 
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Yes, There Are Places to Sit Down for Lunch
The days of the three-martini lunch are long over (womp-womp). Sure, it’s easy to pop into a fast-casual restaurant for lunch or order something via delivery but sometimes you want to sit down, with other people and have a proper lunch - with maybe a glass of wine (gasp!). Good news, lunch is coming back in fashion and area restaurants are opening their doors for those of us who like our mid-day meal with service: Del Mar Power up the day’s most important meal at Del Mar, with lunch available on Thursdays and Fridays. Enjoy the Tapas Express Menu, including your choice of appetizer (tapa), entree (racion), and dessert (postre) for $45 per person. The a la carte menu is also available, including signature paellas and arroces as well as Catalan-style grilled seafood and meat entrees. 12:00 to 2:45 p.m. 791 Wharf Street SW; 202.525.1402; delmardc.com Dirty Habit Executive Chef, Edgar Escalante, is excited to announce that Dirty Habit is now open for breakfast and lunch. Guests can now enjoy DH's new, seasonal menu al fresco on their expansive patio. New dishes include kampachi crudo, watermelon tartare, and chilled cauliflower soup with caviar and a crab churro. Guests can pair these dishes with a selection from the new, innovative, and extensive wine list curated by female Brazilian Bar Manager, Roberta Scampoli. 555 8th Street NW; 202.449.7095;  dirtyhabitdc.com Four Seasons The Four Seasons is open for lunch for the first time since March 2020. Executive Chef Oliver Beckert has prepared a menu full of Seasons favorites and some new, health-focused international dishes like the Revitalizer juice (freshly squeezed spinach, celery, and apple with a hint of lemon), avocado toast, and more.  2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.342.0444; fourseasons.com Juniper Restaurant  Juniper is offering lunch, with menu highlights including Maryland blue crab cakes, sandwiches, and entrées including grilled shrimp, plant-based Bolognese, red snapper, and steak frites. Executive Pastry Chef A.J. Thalakkat is also offering desserts like Meyer lemon Juniper posset, Mara chocolate sphere, harlequin chocolate, and summer berry sundaes. 2401 M Street NW; 202.457.5020; fairmont.com  Xiquet This Valenican fine-dining restaurant is offering a Saturday lunch tasting menu. Enjoy elevated coastal fare such as coctel de polp sec (grilled octopus with grapes, orange pearls, and golden ostera caviar) or llengado de dover (dover sole with seasonal mushrooms, confit tomatoes, and lemon beurre blanc). Michelin Starred chef Danny Lledó's crowd-pleasing weekend lunch can't be missed. Between his tantalizing chef tasting menu paired with wines from their expert sommeliers, to rare products from the Iberian Coast, the Xiquet lunch experience is sure to please everyone in your party. Saturdays starting at noon. 2404 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.913.4671; xiquetdl.com
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Whistle Whetters
  No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants NEW:  Barbera d’Asti Barbera d'Asti is one of the fine wine world's greatest values. Thanks to Barbera d'Asti's freshness, bright fruit flavors laden with red cherries, raspberries, and blueberries, light tannin load and mouthwatering acidity, these wines show finesse and lift. viniastimonferrato.it NEW:  Blue Note Bourbon Blue Note Bourbon, has announced the newest addition to its award-winning portfolio, Blue Note Crossroads.  Bottled at 100 proof, this unique expression combines Blue Note Bourbon with aromatic flavors of toasted French oak,  baking spices, toasted almond, Manuka honey, roasted marshmallow, and vanilla. Created across two years of research and development in partnership with Tonnellerie Radoux, a boutique wine cooperage in central France, Blue Note Crossroads amplifies the growing popularity of toasted oak finished bourbons. brdistilling.com Catoctin Creek  Catoctin Creek has launched their Roundstone Rye. Enjoy a classic Manhattan - 2 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, 1 oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, and a dash of your favorite bitters. 120 W Main Street Purcellville, VA; 540.751.8404; catoctincreekdistilling.com NEW:  Dawson’s Wine Club Dawson’s Wine Club has specially curated wines from around the world. Guests can choose from a 4 bottles package or 2 bottle package. Wines are selected each month with a special theme based on region, varietal, growing method, or season. All members will have access to live and recorded wine video featuring the selected wines explained by one of our wine enthusiasts. 2001 S Street NW; 240.428.1386; dawsonsmarket.com NEW:  DC Beer Week DC Beer Week is here from September 19-26th, and Atlas Brew Works is excited to announce its DC Beer Week lineup. Atlas fans can enjoy $1 off pints, six-packs, crowlers, and more of a featured beer each day of the promotional week at the Ivy City location. Highlighted beers include Ninja Sauce, Silent Neighbor, Blood Orange Gose, District Common, Dance of Days, Bullpen Pilsner, Ponzi, and Festbier. atlasbrewworks.com  Din Din Din Din has collaborated with Bar Therapy Events to offer mocktails. Mocktail offerings include the skinny Margherita, the kalani, and more. Each is handcrafted and made fresh. Use promo code: mocktails for 20% off your entire order for new and existing customers.  eatdindin.com Laithwaites Laithwaites has rebranded with a new look. With a 50-year history of wine pioneering and award-winning service, Laithwaites gives its customers access to the world’s most interesting and best-value wines, while sharing the fascinating stories behind them. Laithwaites’ rebrand includes a new, mobile-led experience that allows for customization and flexible membership options. Customers can look forward to discovering top-quality, wonderfully affordable wines, from smaller, boutique wineries, unavailable elsewhere. Buying options include personalized subscription cases or one-off purchases from a broad online range.   laithwaites.com Lulu’s Winegarden Lulu’s Winegarden has launched it’s “golden hour” which is hosted Tuesday through Friday everywhere throughout the restaurant, features specials on some of Lulu’s best-selling bites (including a new limited-season hatch chile burger), wines by the glass and bottle, cocktails, craft drafts and Mexican beers. 1940 11th Street NW;  luluswinegarden.com NEW:  Pizza Paradiso  Pizza Paradiso is offering their “Out of Market” tap takeovers this month. Each Tuesday, a different, “out of market” independent beer will be added to Paradiso’s existing tap list for the day. Beers have been selected by Pizzeria Paradiso beer consultants and ANXO Hospitality co-founders Sam Fitz and Cooper Sheehan. Upcoming taps include the Wildflower Brewing & Blending’s St. Thomas: an Australian wild ale refermented with cherries, and the Tilted Barn’s Double Dry Hopped Cactus Double IPA. 4850 Massachusetts Avenue NW; 202.885.9101; eatyourpizza.com   NEW:  Pratt Standard Pratt Standard is offering seasonal varieties. Their new fall flavors include earl gray vanilla (premium whole-leaf Earl Grey tea, fair-trade organic cane sugar, and whole vanilla beans in every bottle), cranberry orange, and more. Prattstandard.com NEW:  Toastworthy Rolling Orchard Toastworthy has rolled out its new fall-worthy theme and new seasonal cocktails, including the Rolling Orchard Kit. The Rolling Orchard Kit includes plaid blankets, local apples for snacking, pumpkin and fall decor. toast-worthy.com NEW:  Tenth Ward Tenth Ward Distilling Company has entered the world of ready-to-drink beverages with the release of two new canned cocktails: The Corpse Reviver No. 10 and the Smoked Whiskey Sour. Both flavors are available for retail purchase at Tenth Ward’s Cocktail Lab located in Downtown Frederick, Maryland, and for wholesale purchase to liquor stores and restaurants throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. 55 E Patrick Street, Frederick, MD; 301.360.5888; tenthwarddistilling.com
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Ready for Autumn Activations
As summer does the slow fade, the trees begin to turn and autumn makes its grand entrance. The DC Area’s summer actuations are too packing it up and now preparing for the seasonal shift. So. Much. To. See. And. Do: Comet Ping Pong Fall Outdoor Music Series Beginning September 20th and continuing through October, Comet presents a series of 7:00 pm concerts in the Comet Ping Pong parking lot pizza garden for a limited audience of pre-reserved, seated, dine-in guests. The series features artists ranging from jazz to bluegrass to indie rock to folk and each performance will feature a comedy opening act to be announced. Tickets are available by purchasing a table which seats up to 2, 4, 6, or 8 guests per table. There will be a 2 drink minimum for all attendees, and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Comet Ping Pong and Buck's Fishing & Camping. 5037 Connecticut Avenue NW; eventbrite.com  Cox Farms Fall Festival Visit Northern Virginia's largest Fall Festival. They are celebrating more than 40 years of business for Cox Farms - join the fun and new additions, including giant slides, hayrides, rope swings, farm animals & their babies, CORNundrum© cornfield adventure, farm chores, kiddie zone, apples & cider, food, entertainment, Imaginature Trail, over 90 acres of the farm. Opening weekend is September 18th - 19th, festival continues September 25th - November 7th. 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA; coxfarms.com Fields of Fear at Cox Farms When night falls on the farm, it’s time for Fields of Fear! The friendly Imaginature Trail takes a dark turn for Fields of Fear, transforming into The Forest: Back 40, which consists of half a mile of fear. The Forest joins two other haunted attractions at Fields of Fear, the Dark Side Hayride and the Cornightmare. The Firegrounds feature several bonfires, a six-lane slide, music, karaoke, entertainment, tasty treats, Foamhenge, and more. Tickets, $20-$35, are available online or at the door. Proof of age required. Open Friday and Saturday evenings, September 24th through Novvember 6th. 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA; fieldsoffear.com  Goldschmied & Chiari: Magnifica The Embassy of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, and International Arts & Artists, in collaboration with Cody Gallery at Marymount University, present Goldschmied & Chiari’s first solo show in Washington DC, "Magnifica". The exhibit, curated by Allison Nance, will debut a new series of Untitled Views, the artists’ signature works experimenting with editing colored smoke flares into artificial landscapes, and then fusing them with mirrored glass in a very particular printing process. Almost as in a dialogue with the anthropomorphic shapes of tailored Murano vases (“Magnifica”), these playful pieces of art merge genres of performance art, studio-based photography, portraiture, and pop, subtly changing according to the surrounding space and the viewer's perspective. Sara Goldschmied and Eleonora Chiari are based in Milan, Italy, and have been working together since 2001. On view until December 4, 2021. Cody Gallery, 1000 N Glebe Road, Second Floor, Arlington, VA; iicwashington.esteri.it  Life of a Neuron at Artechouse In a groundbreaking project that brings art, technology and science together, Life of a Neuron tells the universal story of a human neuron—from pre-birth to death—providing viewers with an experiential view of life at a cellular level. This immersive, experiential exhibition was created in collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience—a partnership that has empowered artists and scientists to push boundaries, and thanks to 21st-century technology tell the story of our neurons in a way that’s never been done before. Life of a Neuron invites viewers to question our existence, the universe—and what is next. Featuring installations from Synthestruct (aka Ginger Leigh), Akiko Yamashita, fuse*, Gil Castro, Maurice Benayoun, Alvaro Cassinelli, and Server Demirtas. Exhibit runs daily September 27th through November 28th, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. $24 per person. 1238 Maryland Avenue SW; fareharbor.com  Shocktober Haunted House Shocktober, named fifth scariest Haunted House in the U.S., opens its eleventh season in October with a new theme, packages, and attractions. The site of this haunt, Carlheim Manor, is a 150-year old mansion located in Leesburg, Virginia, that is transformed into a haunted house each year to raise funds for The Arc of Loudoun, a nonprofit dedicated to providing a lifetime of opportunities for people with disabilities. This year, guests will experience new rooms and characters. Tickets range from virtual passes to in-person RIP packages including drink tickets and shuttle rides from the parking area for $5-$125 per person. The house is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from October 1st through October 30th. 112 Church Street, Leesburg, VA; shocktober.org   
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Fab Food Finds
Photo: Nycci Nellis @ Frankly Pizza Area restaurants have twisted and turned, they wear their masks, and when necessary socially distance — they are also continuously rolling out new dishes, menus, and delish ways to sip and sup: All Set Restaurant & Bar  All Set Restaurant & Bar is offering a new exclusively vegetarian and vegan menu for lunch and dinner services on Tuesdays. New menu items by Money Muscle include a smoked mushroom sandwich, a smoked mushroom risotto,  Nashville hot eggplant sandwich, and more. 8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5, Silver Spring, MD; 301.495.8800;   allsetrestaurant.com NEW:  Bastille Bastille is offering a special five-course $110 prix fixe menu on Wednesday, September 29th at 6 pm. The meal, which includes wine pairings, begins with rock shrimp beignets with yogurt harissa sauce; crab-crawfish cake with spicy roasted pepper coulis and slaw; sea scallops with eggplant caponata and espelette emulsion and moullard duck magret with long Pepper Sauce. 606 N. Fayette Street in Alexandria, VA; 703.519.3776; bastillerestaurant.com NEW:  Bisnonna Bakeshop “The DreamStart Competition” was launched this past May to provide a unique opportunity for a brand, product, service, food vendor, maker, or idea to win free rent inside Tysons Corner Center; with the goal of providing a launchpad and an incubator for their business brand. Grand Prize Winner Bisnonna Bakeshop, a local traditional Italian bakery based in Annandale, specializes in classic Italian pastries most notably their signature cannoli that is always rolled, shaped, and filled by hand. Tysons Corner Center, Virginia 22102; 703.831.7815; bisnonnabakeshop.com NEW:  Chaia  Chaia is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting the culture and people who inspire their food. Some of their new menu items include brussel sprout quesadilla, cumin-roasted cauliflower taco, and more. 3207 Grace Street NW;  chaiatacos.com NEW:  Chicken Pot Pie -A-Thon First-time restaurateur, chef Jenn Crovato joined the board of directors for the non-profit organization, Georgetown Main Street [GMS], helping support the economic vitality of other small business owners. It was in this spirit that she launched, during the pandemic, the first-annual Chicken Pot Pie-a-thon, in the fall of 2020. The initiative raised over $5,000. This year, the second annual Chicken Pot Pie-a-thon will take pre-orders between October 25, 2021 - November 7, 2021 - with a portion of the proceeds supporting GMS and its substantive programming. Each 23-ounce Chicken Pot Pie is made loaded with roasted chicken, peas, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, celery, Spinach, and a butter crust. georgetownmainstreet.com  Cracked Eggery  The Cracked Eggery, which started on a single propane griddle then moved to a food truck, has now opened a restaurant in Clevland Park. All sandwiches are served on Lyon Bakery, toasted challah buns which adds more flavor to the classic egg sandwich. Menu Offerings include The Cracked Burger (LaFrieda beef a 2 patty griddle burger, American & cheddar cheese, cracked Bacon, pickles, white onions, and cracked sauce), and more. 3420 Connecticut Avenue NW;  crackedeggery.co Foraged This summer, while celebrating the first harvest at his Freeland, Md. farm, Chef Chris Amendola is prepping a stretch of adjacent woodland to bear fruit in the future as an edible forest. Acquired during early spring in 2021, Amendola has filled the woodland at his home with transplanted pawpaw trees, ramp rhizomes, mulberries and ostrich ferns, and inoculated mature native hardwoods with mushroom spore. The early harvest at the farm has already seen collards, kale, peas, radishes, squash, tomatoes, and wineberries, as well as edible flowers like bachelor buttons, marigolds and calendula, head to the restaurant from the farm. 3520 chestnut avenue Baltimore, MD; 410.235.0035foragedeatery.com NEW:  Foxtrot Market Foxtrot Market has launched a new cafe menu. The menu features a rotating selection of craft sandwiches like The Mike (a Chicago-style Italian sub with meats and cheese, giardiniera, sport peppers, tomatoes and celery salt), and The Justin (a classic Fromage and fig topped with arugula, vinegar and yuzu preserves).  1267 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.352.8686; foxtrotco.com NEW:  Happy Ice Cream Ben’s Handmade Ice Cream has officially got their own cart, and they are scooping his handmade ice creams and sourdough waffle cones Tuesday-Saturday in front of Happy Gyro. They have four flavors on scoop each night, plus much more available by the pint. 1509 17th Street NW; happygyrotogo.square.site NEW:  Milkbar Milk Bar has launched brand new seasonal treats for fall. Taking the classic fall favorite, apple cider, they have remixed it on their menu with apple cider doughnuts (Made with spiced doughnut cake, apple cider jam, and creamy frosting with doughnut sugar topping mixed right in) and apple cider cake truffles. 1525 15th Street NW; 202.506.1357; milkbarstore.com NEW:  Nick’s Riverside Grill Nick’s is featuring Detroit-style pizza. The thick-crust pies are baked in blue-steel pans and served in four flavors including Margherita (topped with fresh mozzarella, basil, and cherry tomatoes), classic pepperoni (a unique take of shrimp scampi), and pork & fennel sausage (drizzled with parmesan and provolone cheese). 3050 K Street NW; 202.342.3535;  nicksriversidegrill.com NEW:  NRG Provisions Oktoberfest NRG Provisions is celebrating Oktoberfest with Bavarian food and drink. They’ve got pretzels, bier cheese, spaetzle, schnitzel, märzens, rieslings and a whole lot more. They are also featuring beer specials like Das Beer (Rothaus Tannenzäpfle German Pilsner, DC Brau Oktoberfest Märzen, Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest Märzen, and more) and Das Wine ( Maximin Grünhaus Riesling Sekt Brut, Georg Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Paterberg Kabinett, and more). nrgprovisions.com NEW:  Old Town Pour House Old Town Pour House is offering several Oktoberfest specials for those wanting to celebrate the beloved German tradition. Featured menu offerings include chicken schnitzel (breaded chicken breast, fried egg, Pilsner Düsseldorf aioli, hefeweizen braised slaw, and Kaiser roll), Spaetzle (house-made herb spaetzle, hefeweizen Mornay, braised pork belly, caramelized onions, and brown butter breadcrumbs), and more. 212 Ellington Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD; 301.963.6281; oldtownpourhouse.com NEW:  Pizza Paradiso Every Wednesday throughout September, Pizzeria Paradiso will offer a special Back to School pizza special. Customers who purchase a large pizza of their choice can add on a second small Paradiso pizza (tomato & mozzarella) for $5. The promotion will be offered at all locations. Continuing its series of highlighting local produce and farmers, Pizzeria Paradiso has added a specialty corn pizza to its menu for the month of September. Available across all Pizzeria Paradiso locations, the pizza comes topped with a summer corn succotash, Grana Padano, Virginia Country ham, and an herb aioli. 4850 Massachusetts Avenue NW; 202.885.9101;  eatyourpizza.com Rose’s at Home   Rose’s is offering October dinner parties with limited dates available. The dinner parties take place in your home, and you can choose between Rose’s Luxury menus or Pineapple Pearls menu. Rose’s will bring the chefs, glassware, and even the playlists! Book now before it’s too late. rosesathome.com The Lane The Lane, a family-friendly social space providing a modern and stylish environment for families with young children to play, learn, relax, and eat has launched a new all-day café menu featuring food and drinks for children and adults. The newly expanded café menu features breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks alongside a full coffee program and local beer from Atlas Brewery, DC Brau and Anxo Cidery. Wine and cocktails are on offer as well. House-made breakfast and lunch sandwiches, smoothies as well as salads and snacks round out the menu. 1408 Okie Street NE; 202.656.1105; thelanesocialclub.com NEW:  The Point The Point has opened up a sushi bar that features Sashimi (fresh raw fish) to Uramaki (rice on the outside) and Maki (seaweed on the outside). Guests can look forward to salmon sashimi, spicy tuna rolls, and more. 2100 2nd Street S.W; 202.948.2522;  thepointdc.com
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Long Weekend Vibes
  Summer went by in an instant.  As summer-lovers, we console ourselves with its impending end by rocking out our Labor Day weekend. Good thing we are not alone. Parties, picnics and BBQ are ready for the taking. Per usual, TheList team has you covered. Click here for the latest and check back regularly, as we receive more info we will share with you ~ #SharingIsCaring
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Breakfast/Brunch...of Champions
  As restaurants and businesses adjust to this new normal, more varied offerings are appearing for takeout and delivery, including breakfast and weekend brunches: Al Dente Al Dente is offering bottomless mimosas on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy Italian classics such as “Fettuccine Alla Carbonara” with egg yolk, pecorino, pancetta, and black pepper; “Vegetable Omelette” with spinach, mushrooms and fontina cheese & served with breakfast potatoes; “Breakfast Pizza” with tomato sauce, mozzarella, egg, and bacon; and more. 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW; 202.244.2223;(aldentedc.com) Apero Apero is open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Favorites from the brunch menu include espresso martinis, champagne, caviar, and more. Brunch can be enjoyed in Apero’s outdoor patio. 2622 P Street NW; 202.525.1682;  aperodc.com Bayou Bakery  Bayou Bakery is now offering brunch on a stick. This offering comes with Creole seasoning, a slice of applewood smoked bacon, jumbo gulf shrimp, pickled okra, tomato, olive, and a wedge of lime. This drink comes with vodka, tomato juice, freshly grated horseradish, crystal hot sauce, tomato juice, lime and lemon juice, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. 1515 N Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA; 703.243.2410; bayoubakeryva.com Best Buns Bread Company + Great American Restaurant Group Great American Restaurant Group has expanded the Best Buns Bakery & Cafe into its existing restaurant establishments, with a walk-up counter service offering daily baked artisan pastries, sweets, savory breakfast sandwiches like sausage and egg, and drinks like Screwdrivers. 4010 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA; 703.578.1500; (bestbunsbreadco.com ) Boundary Stone Boundary Stone is offering brunch with new menu items like a PBELT (pork belly, fried egg, lettuce, and pickled green tomato), steak and eggs, and three different Boundary Bennys - a sausage benny, a honey hot chicken benny, and a vegetarian-friendly honey hot seitan benny. 116 Rhode Island Avenue NW; boundarystonedc.com Butter Me Up Butter Me Up is a virtual breakfast pop-up with two locations within the District: HalfSmoke restaurant at 651 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001 and Mess Hall culinary incubator at 703 Edgewood Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017.  Dishes are available for carryout and delivery seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Menu offerings include maple pancake sandwich with applewood bacon, farm egg, classic American cheese, and more. 651 Florida Avenue, NW; 202.986.2127; (/buttermeupdc.com)  Cafe Riggs  Cafe Riggs is offering brunch with a ham breakfast sandwich made with Honey Baked ham, scrambled eggs, Appalachian and chow chow, as well as eggnog french toast, served with fresh orange marmalade, Eggs Royale, smoked salmon, harsh brown, bearnaise and poached egg. 900 F Street NW; 202.788.2800;(caferiggs.com) Call Your Mother  Call Your Mother is offering cinnamon raisin and cheddar bagels, Nacho Jalapeño cream cheese, cacio e pepe cream cheese, Samoa donut, and more. 3301 Georgia Avenue NW; (callyourmotherdeli.com) Chiko Chiko is offering dim sum service at both CHIKO Dupont and Bethesda moving forward. Guests will be able to enjoy said dishes via contactless pickup or delivery on weekends from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., with the option of choosing 3 for $20, 5 for $32, 7 for $45 or order a la carte. Menu offerings include pork & kimchi potstickers, cumin lamb dumplings, chicken spring rolls, and more. 423 8th Street SE; 202.558.9934; (chikodc.com) NEW:  Daniel Boloud Brunch Box Chef Daniel Boulud and Lavazza have collaborated to create a Brunch of Champions custom brunch gift box for two featuring an assortment of signature French pastries including Chef Daniel’s signature Cannelé de Bordeaux infused with Lavazza coffee, two housemade almond croissants, brioche, lemon-chive butter, and Daniel Boulud Smoked Salmon. In addition, Lavazza has included their iconic Italian stovetop coffee maker, Carmencita, along with LavazzaTierra Planet and Tierra Amazonia organic coffee. Included in each gift box are Chef Daniel’ Boulud’s recipes for Coffee-Infused Cannelé de Bordeaux and Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs to prepare at home, as well as recipes for signature Lavazza coffee-inspired cocktails. goldbelly.com Del Mar Del Mar is offering brunch service with carafes of Sangria Roja. Menu offerings include tapas, arroces and paellas, charcoal-grilled meat and seafood, and more. 791 Wharf Street SW; 202.505.1402; delmardc.com dLeña Richard Sandoval Hospitality is excited to announce the release of their all-new bottomless brunch service at dLeña. The bottomless brunch features modern, innovative Mexican dishes and drinks. Menu offerings include enfrijoladas with scrambled eggs, cotija cheese, black bean sauce, pico de gallo, and crema, cazuela with smoked eggs, charred tomato salsa, potato hash, and panela cheese, and birria beef tacos with radish, red onion, cilantro, and green tomatillo salsa. 476 K St NW Suite D; 202.560.5999; dlenadc.com Dirty Habit Brunch is back at Dirty Habit DC- Featuring bottomless mimosas, a Mimosa Flight (4 fruit purees presented with a split bottle of Dirty Habit's Bubble, and new menu items. 555 8th Street NW; 202.449.7095; (dirtyhabitdc.com) District Doughnut  District doughnut now offers bake at home cinnamon rolls. Each pack comes with four cinnamon rolls and a vanilla bean glaze with baking instructions. 749 8th Street SE;  districtdoughnut.com Donahue Brunch is back at Donahue with build your own mimosas from their list of extensive champagnes. The champagne also comes with a complimentary selection of fresh-squeezed juice that changes daily. Brunch menu highlights include the crab cake benedict or crab and pea omelet. 1338 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.450.4909; donahuedc.com Espita Mezcaleria Espita is offering brunch on the weekends, including brunch tacos and tlayudas with tequila-and-grapefruit Palomas ($36, serves six) or bottomless mimosas ($14, includes a bottle of cava and choice of juice). There are also liter margaritas available ($40). Brunch items are available for pickup and delivery via Caviar Saturday and Sunday only. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.621.9695; (espitadc.com) Fight Club  Fight Club is offering brunch with a hybrid menu featuring favorites from Chef Andrew Markert’s original restaurant, Beuchert’s Saloon. Menu offerings include eggs of the benedict featuring a baby Dutch pancake, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, and smoked ham; famous chicken and waffles, a vanilla waffle topped with juicy fried chicken, bacon jam, pecan butter, and maple syrup, and more. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1384; fightclubdc.com Four Seasons Four Seasons is offering brunch with menu offerings like his menu of decadent brunch favorites such as bourbon pain perdu with mascarpone and berries drizzled with Egyptian chamomile syrup and the “A5 and Eggs” features a 4 ounce A5 wagyu steak, truffle eggs, crispy pommes Anna and béarnaise. 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; fourseasons.com Gatsby Gatsby's brunch runs Saturday's and Sunday's with reimaged brunch classics like chocolate french toast and souffle pancake to traditional Mah-Ze-Dahr favorites like pastry baskets, cinnamon rolls, and stuffed croissants. Cocktails by the pitcher are available of their Gretta's Punch, Bloody Mary, Just Peachy, and Hola Pina. 1201 Half Street SE Suite #205; 202.817.3005; gatsbyrestaurant.com Glover Park Grill Glover Park Grill is now featuring brunch from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Chef Michael Schlow and chef Hamilton Johnson have curated a brunch menu featuring sweet and savory dishes. Some menu highlights include brioche french toast with cherry compote and Nutella, the GPG crab cake benedict with lump crab meat and soft poached eggs, plus chef Alex Levin's homemade pastry basket. The brunch menu will also include specials on rosè bottles & new spring cocktails. 2505 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.625.5400; (gloverparkgrill.com) Half Smoke  Half Smoke has launched a new breakfast concept called “Morning After Next”. The Morning After Next menu is divided into four categories: breakfast bites, pancakes, hashes, and everything else. Menu offerings include avocado toast, pork and beans hash, and more. 651 Florida Avenue NW; 202.986.2079;(halfsmoke.com) Jack Rose Dining Saloon Jack Rose Dining Saloon has introduced a brunch service running every Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Hosted on its safely-distanced open-air terrace, guests can enjoy morning cocktails, brunch fares like mornay-smothered Kentucky hot browns, veggie-packed frittatas, and more. 2007 18th Street NW; 202.588.7388; (jackrosediningsaloon.com ) Juniper Restaurant Juniper has added Saturday and Sunday Brunch to their menu. Some of Chef Gallardo’s Saturday and Sunday brunch à la carte menu items include buttermilk pancakes, brioche French toast, blueberry pancakes, crab benedict, Maryland crab cakes, and more. Save room for pastry chef A.J. Thalakkat’s croissants, chocolate torsade, and cinnamon buns served with whipped butter and preserves. Go bottomless at the mimosa bar with Chandon sparkling wine from Napa Valley or the bloody mary and screwdriver bar with Beefeater, Finlandia, Grey Goose, or Titos for 1.5 hours at $39 per person. 2401 M Street, NW; 202.457.5020; fairmont.com I Egg You The Fried Rice Collective is hosting an event called “I Egg You” at Chiko Capital Hill every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The menu features egg sandwiches, open-faced griddles, and more. Local partners include Rako coffee, Logan Sausage, and more. 423 8th Street SE; (ieggyou.com).  La Vie  La Vie is offering a Mediterranean Sunday Brunch (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). The extensive menu includes some of La Vie’s favorites such as savory appetizers like Greek lamb meatballs, grape leaves, and smoked salmon tartine.  Main course dishes include tiramisu French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and merguez muffin. Prices range from $7.00 - $22.00.  88 District Square SW 5th floor; 202.560.5501; (laviedc.xyz) Las Gemelas Las Gemelas Cocina Mexicana is now offering brunch. Dishes include a chipotle and grapefruit waffle, Chilaquiles, and drinks like nitro coffee and pineapple juice "Café Piña" or boozy "Pitaya Mojito." 1280 4th Street NE; 202.866.0550; (lasgemelasdc.com) Liberte Brasserie Liberté offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. At brunch, guests can enjoy “Beef Bourguignon Skillet” with home fries, beef Bourguignon, bacon lardons, fried egg, and mornay; “Steak and Eggs” with marinated hanger steak, piperade, salsa brava, poached egg, petite salad, and home fries (GF); “Lox Benedict” with smoked salmon, arugula, poached eggs, hollandaise, English muffin, home fries, and petite salad; and more. Celebrate the weekend with “Mimosa Kits,” which includes a bottle of sparkling wine and seasonal juices. 3251 Prospect Street NW; 202.878.8404; (libertedc.com) Lincoln  Lincoln restaurant has Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Offerings on the menu include French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and more. Lincoln offers a bottomless mimosa, bellini, and bloody mary option for $45 a person. In addition to indoor dining, Lincoln has patio seating for 45 guests. 1110 Vermont Avenue NW; 202.386.9200; (lincolnrestaurant-dc.com) Mama Chang  Mama Chang is offering brunch with offerings including pink shrimp dumplings, steamed pork ribs soaked in black bean sauce, and topped off with jalapeno peppers. 3251 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA; 703.268.5556; mamachangva.com NEW:  Mi Casa KNEAD Hospitality + Design's newest Tex Mex- inspired restaurant, Mi Casa, has added brunch to their service. 1647 20th Street NW; 202.450.4595;  micasa-mexico.com Mi Vida Roberto Santibañez is bringing everything from naranjas enchiladas and huevos rellenos single plates to family-style menus with enchiladas, guacamole, churros to their Mi Vida’s brunch menu. Their menu also offers cocktails like their Café Frappé" and "Ponche de Lola”. 98 District Square SW; 202.516.4656; kneadhd.com Mission Dupont Mission Dupont has added a bottomless brunch to its menu. Offerings include tinga brunch bowl, apple French toast, jumbo steak and egg tacos, and a chicken breakfast burrito. Available Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Mission Dupont’s $25.99 bottomless brunch include pitchers of mimosas, margaritas, and Bloody Marys or Shocktop beer. 1606 20th Street NW; (missiondupont.com) Opaline Opaline Bar & Brasserie is offering breakfast-to-go. Executive Chef Kevin Lalli is preparing a menu of traditional French and American breakfast fare, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and, on Saturday and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Menu offerings include smoked salmon bagel, yogurt parfait, and more. 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8800; (opalinedc.com) Ottoman Taverna Ottoman Taverna offers bottomless food and mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Menu items include “Sucuklu Omelette” with beef-lamb sausage and kashkaval cheese; “Patates Köfte” with crumbled feta and yogurt sauce; “Frittata” with spinach, mushrooms, kashkaval cheese and sumac; and more. 425 I Street NW; 202.847.0389; (ottomantaverna.com) Owen’s Ordinary Owen’s Ordinary is offering weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Menu offerings include avocado toast, shrimp and grits, chicken & waffles, $5 drafts, $6 cocktails, and $7 wines-by-the-glass. 11820 Trade Street North Bethesda, MD; (owensordinarymd.com) Oyamel Oyamel serves brunch on weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.with highlights including Chilaquiles con chorizo y huevo estrellada, Churros de San Angel con chocolate and conchas by the basket. Oyamel’s salt air margaritas are available by the glass or pitcher, along with specialty cocktails, micheladas and beer. 401 7th Street NW; 202.628.1005; (oyamel.com) Rebel Taco Cantina Rebel Taco Cantina has just launched boozy brunch. The B Social Hospitality team encourages you to try out the $23 bottomless package (w/ an entree purchase) and enjoy endless Rebel Margaritas to celebrate National Tequila Day. 1214 U Street NW; 202.735.5600;  rebeltaco.com Sababa Sababa has introduced a Sunday brunch menu that has features from its modern Israeli concept. Brunch is served exclusively on Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guests can look forward to salads, hummus, mezze and kebabs off the regular menu along with a selection of breakfast sandwiches and benedicts, served on potato latkes or house-made Jerusalem-style bagels. 3311 Connecticut Avenue; 202.244.6750; (sababauptown.com) Shilling Canning Company  Shilling Canning Company is offering brunch in their garden or inside dining. Their menu features ham & cheese quiche, house-made pastries, vegetable hash & seasonal mimosa carafes. 360 Water Street SE; 202.554.7474; shillingcanning.com Sloppy Mama’s Sloppy Mama’s has introduced a new breakfast offering. The breakfast bowl includes crispy tater tots topped with breakfast meat, two eggs, cheese and house-made tomato jam. 5731 Lee Highway., Arlington, VA; 703.269.2718; (sloppymamas.com) Stellina  Stellina offers a prix fixe weekend brunch menu ($35 per person) that is available for takeout and delivery from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The meal features a bottle of prosecco with fresh-squeezed orange juice, a choice of one entre like italian toast, and a choice of two dishes such as pizza carbonara and pizza bismark. 399 Morse Street NE; 202.851.3995; (stellinapizzeria.com) Succotash Succotash is serving typical southern comfort brunch specials like "The Hangover Special" with eggs, pork, potatoes gravy, and a biscuit or classic "Steak 'N Eggs." Drink specials include all the classics w/ a twist, like the "Southern Bloody" and "Belle's Punch." 915 F Street NW; 202.849.6933; (kneadhd.com) Summer House Santa Monica Grab a Rise & Shine breakfast special of an egg sandwich & coffee at Summer House’s Market. Call to place an order in advance or stop by the restaurant. In addition, Summer House offers regular breakfast staples like pancakes, yogurt parfaits and more, available all day. Every day, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. View the complete menu here. Regular menu is also available for pick up or delivery. Click here to order. 11825 Grand Park Avenue, Bethesda, MD; 301.881.2381; (summerhousesm.com) Tabla  Tabla is now offering breakfast items on their menu. Offerings include Matsoni: Yogurt & Granola with seasonal fruit ($6), Guruli khachapuri: a breakfast khachapuri with boiled egg, cheese and fresh herbs ($8), and Nazuki: a Georgian spiced bread with dried cherries and currants, served with honey butter ($3). 3227 Georgia Avenue NW; 202.291.3227; (tabladc.com) Teddy & The Bully Bar Teddy & The Bully Bar is holding Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Offerings include a brunch burger with egg, buttermilk pancakes, crab benedict, and more. Teddy & The Bully Bar offers a bottomless mimosa, bellini, and bloody Mary option for $40 a person. 1200 19th Street NW; 202.872.8700; (teddyandthebullybar.com) The Conrad The Conrad is now offering a breakfast offering called Blue Willow. Menu items include smoked salmon, crab quiche, pastries, and more. 950 New York Avenue NW; 202.844.5900; conradwashingtondc.com The Eleanor  The Eleanor is now offering brunch with favorites including hangover hash and fried chicken, as well as some new menu items like the everything bagel sandwich. 931 Ellsworth Drive Silver Spring, MD; 202.758.2235; eleanordc.com The Grill The Grill is now offering brunch. The brunch menu includes granola, fresh fruit, yogurt, banana cakes, spinach/sun-dried tomato egg souffle, roasted potatoes ($24 per person). The Grill also offers make your own pitchers of The Grill Martini, Old Fashioned, Champagne selections, and more. 99 Market Square SW; 202.916.5996; (kneadhd.com) The Imperial The Imperial is offering inaugural brunch service from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Offerings include spiced apple crepes, classic Quiche Lorraine, and house mortadella-topped breakfast sandwiches; along with new sandwiches and brunch cocktails like old bay bloody marys ($14) or bottomless mimosas ($22), plus the restaurant’s full wine, beer and spirits menu. 2001 18th Street, NW; (imperialdc.com) The Pembroke The Pembroke has introduced brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The Pembroke will be introducing Build Your Own Mimosas with Taittinger La Francaise Brut Champagne and Bloody Mary for the table featuring Ketel One vodka. 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW; 202.448.4302; thepembrokedc.com Tiki on 18th Tiki is now offering brunch with favorites like chicken and Ube mochi waffles, as well as drink deals such as $65 bottles of Ruinart Blancs de Blancs and $75 bottles of Ruinart Rose. 2411 18th Street NW; 202.846.1952;tikion18th.com Yardbird Yardbird is offering weekend brunch like the chicken & egg sandwich, and the chicken 'n' watermelon 'n' waffles. The cocktail program features an abundance of seasonality, a highly curated bourbon collection and an opulent wine list. 901 New York Avenue NW; 202.333.2450; (runchickenrun.com) Zaytinya Zaytinya’s signature RoZAY weekend brunch ($75 for two guests) includes a rosé flight, four courses of mezze and dessert to share. Dishes such as crispy brussels afelia and chicken shakshouka are complemented by Mediterranean and Turkish rosés. Guests may also order a la carte with favorites including brunch fries with crispy potatoes, house mushroom salt, garlic yogurt and a soft egg yolk for dipping. Brunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 701 9th Street NW; 202.638.0800; (zaytinya.com)
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Vacation, All I Ever Wanted
Sometimes you just have to get away. During the lazy, hazy days of summer, some area restaurants shut it daw for a week or two to give themselves and their staffs a much needed break: Central Michel Richard Central will take summer recess in August in order to accomodate dining room renovations. They will reopen sometime after Labor Day. 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.626.0015; centralmichelrichard.com Fiola Fiola will close for mechanical renovations after service on Saturday, August 7th and will reopen on Wednesday, September 16th. 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.525.1402; fioladc.com Marcel's Marcel's will be closed Wednesday, August 25th to Thursday, September 9th. Customer's favorite Captain, Jonathan Crayne, will be returning this fall to work weekends on September 10th. 202.296.1166; marcelsdc.com
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Canned. Happiness.
No longer just in the bottle, refreshing canned beverages are available in an amazing array of varieties and potencies Milk Tea Fans, This is For You Pauline Ang , (founder and CT(ea)O of Twrl M!lk Tea) was a milk tea (aka boba/bubble tea) enthusiast ealy on and quickly realized not all milk teas were created equal. Many were filled with sugar, used low-quality ingredients, and some were made from powder. Pauline decided it was time to create a product that she felt truly passionate about. The result: Twrl M!lk Tea,  a plant-based nitro-infused milk tea. Crafted with organic, fair-trade tea from small family-owned farms, low-carb plant-based milk and way less sugar, Twrl M!lk Tea is a guilt-free milk tea that does not compromise on ingredients or quality.  For any additional information, visit twrlmilktea.com  Say it with Sake That Sparkles  A globally-inspired new twist, now in a can. Smoothsail, the world’s first premium, canned sparkling sake that boasts natural flavors, clean ingredients and zero sugar. Made using premium grade sake, ultra-filtered water and precise brewing process, a monk fruit and stevia extract blend, Smoothsail is a unique and light drink that conveniently comes in a can.  The 7 percent ABV is made from Japanese rice wine, which is prized for sparing people from hangovers. Available in peach and berry flavors, and exclusively at the HEIST Summer Series at the Kennedy Center rooftop. For more detials, www.heistsummerseries.com - www.sipsmooth.com. Wine Without The Alcohol -- What? You can still Rosé all day and not feel the repercussions of it with the recently launched Zoie non-alcoholic wines.  The Zoie Company wines are the  first non-carbonated wine in a can to have the alcohol removed while still retaining the flavor and notes of your  favorite Reds, White,s and Rosé. and all at only 25 calories or less per serving·  The wines are produced from organic grapes harvested from California Central Valley vineyards. Learn more at www.zoie.com.   Photo: @smoothsailsake  
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The Coolest Happenings In & Around Town
  Summer 2021 has been activated. Literally, no reason to sit there and sweat, when there are so many cool ways to enjoy this city.  Comet Ping Pong's Summer Outdoor Music Series Through August 16th, Comet will present a series of 7:00 p.m. concerts in their parking lot pizza garden for a limited audience of pre-reserved, seated, dine-in guests. The summer schedule features artists ranging from jazz to bluegrass to indie rock to folk, and each performance will feature a comedy opening act to be announced.  Tickets are available by purchasing a table which seats up to 2, 4 or 8 guests per table. There will be a 2 drink minimum for all attendees, and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Comet Ping Pong and Buck's Fishing & Camping. 5037 Connecticut Avenue NW; eventbrite.com The Dock Days of Summer at DC Brau From 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. every Sunday through September, DC Brau will be hosting local bands and DJs on their loading dock for guests in the beer garden and taproom. No cover, all ages welcome (although you must be 21+ to consume alcohol). The current line-up includes: 8/8 - Chris Nitti and Juan Zapata 8/22 - Dead on the Dock with The Black Muddy River Band 8/29 - Brothers Brau & Friends 9/5 - The Ornette Hawkins Trio 9/12 - Brothers Brau & Friends 9/26 - Dead on the Dock with The Black Muddy River Band Follow @dcbrau on social media for updates and more information. 3178 Bladensburg Road NE; dcbrau.com Hi-Lawn Theme Nights Every Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., local musicians are performing Live on the Lawn, with a lineup ranging from funk & soul grooves from Jarreau Williams, to high energy cover band The Perfectionists, to retro hits from Cathy D Music. Local concerts are free to attend, but reservations are recommended. And every Monday from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m., Hi-Lawn is hosting a nautical-themed deck party featuring seaside specials (freshly-shucked oysters, fried clam strips and lobster rolls), plus discounted Champagne (in bottle, magnum and half-bottle formats) and buckets of beer. Come mid-July, Hi-Lawn will launch Games We Play Tuesdays featuring communal lawn games, such as giant chess, Jenga, cornhole and more, plus themed specials for the night. 1309 5th Street NE; hilawndc.com Immersive Art Installation “Inside the Wardrobe”  The 20,000-square-foot, walk-through exhibit is a celebration of self-expression that invites guests to get reacquainted with the fun of getting dressed. After a year that saw many people trade their work clothes for leggings, once and future fashionistas will delight in “Inside the Wardrobe,” an experiential art installation that explores the concept of self-expression through fashion. Staged in a 20,000-square-foot space in Georgetown Park, “Inside the Wardrobe” will take visitors on a journey through more than 20 interactive experiences focused on the fun and tactile nature of engaging with your closet. At every turn, guests will be surrounded by style, in an endlessly Instagrammable fashion funhouse that will spark a conversation about the evolving nature of style and how we present ourselves to the world. Design Foundry, a DC-based events company known for its artistic event displays, has put together a small army of designers, creatives, craftspeople and carpenters to create this first-of-its-kind, open-to-the-public fashion funhouse. “Inside the Wardrobe” will run through Aug. 29, Thursday-Sunday. The exhibition will be open on Thursdays and Fridays, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $28 (adults); students, seniors, military, and first responders ($24); and children 4+ ($19). A portion of the proceeds will go to designated charity partners, all of which strive to support self-expression and empowerment. 3270 M Street NW, Suite C100; insidethewardrobe.com #Cottagecore at Kingsmill Resort Families and friends are discovering the block of luxury cottages at Kingsmill Resort and turning it into their own neighborhood. Kingsmill Resort, located in Williamsburg, VA, is welcoming large family and friend groups with an offer to rent an entire block of private luxury cottages on the beautiful James River. They’ll even change the street sign for your visit and offer a private chef. The resort is also home to a million-dollar spa, indoor and outdoor pools, lazy river, five restaurants and is located only minutes away from famous Williamsburg attractions including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, and Jamestown. There’s something for every member of the family and all skill levels with offerings such as championship golf, hiking, biking, pontoon, jet ski and kayak rentals, fishing and tennis. Kingsmill Resort is about 2.5 hours from DC and 45 minutes from Richmond. For more information, visit kingsmill.com for specific details or call 800.832.5665.   Café Cinema at Opaline Opaline Bar & Brasserie Patio is presenting Café Cinema every Wednesday evening at dusk with classic films, spirited Unicones and savory-seasoned popcorn. In addition to Chef Jonathan De Paz’s French-inspired menu, guests will enjoy bottomless savory-seasoned popcorn for $3 and spirited Unicones for $9 each (non-alcoholic options also available). Savory popcorn is Cajun and truffle flavored, and Unicones are made with rum, tequila or vodka. 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8701; opalinedc.com Staycation Getaway at The Ritz Just over the bridge from DC in Arlington, The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, and features sweeping views of the monuments and downtown. The hotel is offering a great staycation package for local travelers looking to get away this summer, but without hopping on a plane.  The Staycation ‘Rediscover Local’ Package is valid through December 31, 2021. This package encourages locals to find their own travel inspiration, experiencing our beautiful city and its surroundings. This packages includes: Breakfast in the hotel restaurant for up to 2 adults; Exclusive 20% savings in Food and Beverage outlets including the hotel’s beloved Afternoon Tea experience; Complimentary hotel parking; Late check-out upon availability, destination experiences with a reduced price, complimentary souvenir, and more.ritzcarlton.com Sandlot Tysons Sandlot Tysons, the fourth iteration of the Sandlot brand and the first outside of DC Proper, has opened at The Boro. In partnership with The Meridian Group and The Boro, Sandlot Tysons will introduce a new twist on their offerings, providing a mix of cultural programming in collaboration with retailers, residential and office tenants and patrons of The Boro. The new, expansive mural by Jessie and Katey will be the iconic backdrop to Sandlot Tysons. Building off of The Boro’s lively pedestrian activity, Sandlot Tysons will host a calendar of cultural arts events and experiences for the community to enjoy, including weekly programs like Car Wash & Cocktails with Xact Detail every Friday, Free outdoor fitness and workout sessions with the Sweat DC team every Saturday morning, Live regional DJ’s from Rock Creek Social Club, Joy Club, Adobo DMV and more every Saturday, Sunset Sip & Paint Sessions with renowned artist Lex Marie every Sunday and more.1640 Boro Place, McLean, VA; sandlottysons.com Sculpture Garden Summer Concert Series Live music is back at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. The National Gallery closes out the summer with four outdoor concerts in the Sculpture Garden. The series not only revisits jazz, but it also offers the expanded musical genres of global psychedelia, mariachi, and brass. Concerts in the Sculpture Garden are held every other Thursday evening beginning July 29 and continuing to August 12, August 26, and September 9, 2021. World music group Bombay Rickey kicks off the first concert, followed by Baltimore Jazz Collective, US Army Brass, and the all-women mariachi band Flor de Toloache. The Bombay Rickey concert on July 29 is the first in-person program held at the National Gallery of Art since March 8, 2020. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all guests, all concert-goers over the age of two need a free pass for admission. Passes will be released at tickets.nga.gov/events two weeks in advance of the concert date: July 29 for Baltimore Jazz Collective on August 12; August 12 for US Army Brass on August 26; and August 26 for Flor de Toloache on September 9. The National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden is located on the north side of the National Mall. On concert days, the Sculpture Garden closes to the public at 4:00 p.m. Gates reopen at 5:00 p.m. Concerts start at 6:00 p.m., and the evening ends at 8:30 p.m. Admittance to ticket holders is provided throughout the evening. The Drive-In at Union Market Let’s roll down the windows, feel that summer breeze and turn up the radio because the 9th Annual Drive-In at Union Market is back. A DC “must-do,” the series of six movies will launch the first Friday of every month through October 1. While enjoying films under the stars, enjoy dozens of local, regional and international foods: Egyptian favorites by Fava Pot, night market noodles from Som Tam, ice cream locally churned by The Creamery, tasty takeout burgers from Lucky Buns and more. Alcohol purchased from Market vendors is permitted on Neal Place. Alcohol is not allowed in the parking lot. For those on foot, pack your chairs and blankets and set up shop in front of Union Market for great views and picnic-style entertainment. Tickets are not required to watch on Neal Place. Movie audio will be transmitted through an FM transmitter on the radio. As always, all movies are shown with open captioning. Each movie showing costs $20 per car. 1309 5th St NE; unionmarketdc.com  Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience This 360-degree digital art experience will be held at the Rhode Island Center, a large complex of new buildings, leisure, and cultural facilities. In the exhibition, visitors will step into more than 300 of Van Gogh’s sketches, drawings, and paintings through the use of floor-to-ceiling digital projections, made possible by state-of-the-art video mapping technology. The exhibition also includes a one-of-a-kind VR experience in a separate gallery. This multi-sensory experience guides the viewer through a ten-minute journey on “a day in the life of the artist,” providing a chance to discover the inspiration behind some of Van Gogh’s most beloved and iconic works, including Vincent’s Bedroom at Arles and Starry Night Over The Rhone River. A drawing studio and additional galleries that explore the life, works and techniques of Van Gogh offer a new, intimate understanding of the Post-Impressionist genius and his work. Immersive and educational, Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience provides a COVID-safe digital experience and family-friendly activity for adults and children alike. Tickets start from $34.90 for adults and $19.90 for children. 524 Rhode Island Avenue NE; feverup.com The Wildset Hotel  The Washingtonian team behind the new boutique property, The Wildset inn and seafood-centric restaurant, Ruse, in St. Michaels, MD includes northern VA natives and sister duo behind critically acclaimed Henrietta Red in Nashville. The 34-bedroom hotel (every room is different and celebrates women with added touches like books, paintings, and photographs by female authors and artists throughout the space) is spread across four buildings. The hotel also features a sundries and coffee shop (pool coming in 2022). Ruse, a 78-seat restaurant features a stunning oyster bar, outdoor patio, and innovative wine list. Additional information available upon request. thewildset.com
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