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Rum Royale: The Search For DC's Most Creative Bartender
For over twenty years Todd Thrasher has been at the forefront of DC’s cocktail movement from winning many coveted honors in the industry to partnering with celebrated chefs to open numerous acclaimed restaurants and bars as owner and beverage director. Now, Thrasher is building a platform to support other bartenders, who may not be getting the recognition they deserve, and has established a three-month-long cocktail competition, the “Rum Royale.” This will raise the spirits of beverage professionals and industry leaders in DC who will be honored as role models amongst their peers. The first annual city-wide search for the most creative cocktail talent has kicked off. The first 30 participants to complete entry by emailing [email protected] – must confirm employment at a bar/restaurant in the DC area - will qualify to participate. These 30 bartenders are to submit a cocktail recipe by April 24, 2021 to [email protected] You are encouraged to rum with it, literally. The only rule is that the beverage must include one of the five selections in Thrasher’s Rum award-winning portfolio: White, Gold, Spiced, Coconut, or the flagship Green Spiced Rum, named one of the Top 100 Spirits of 2020 in the Rum Category by Wine Enthusiast magazine. To enter the contest and for more information please click here.
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Earth Day Eve 2021: National Geographic Hosts A Virtual Celebration
Every year, millions of people across the globe recognize Earth Day by coming together to promote awareness and appreciation for the world. This year, National Geographic is starting the party early by inviting you to join in an epic countdown to Earth Day 2021 featuring memorable music acts, special appearances, and inspiring stories that celebrate love for the plant. Hosted by Jessica Nabongo, the Earth Day 2021 celebration will span the globe with visually stunning performances from some of the most beautiful places in the world. Join the celebration free with the live starting at 8:30 p.m. To stream and for more information please click here.
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Espita Earth Day Menu Offerings
In honor of Earth Day and the arrival of fresh Spring produce, the Espita team just dropped a brand new menu item, the Veggie Taco, made with Romanesco and carrot cashew hummus ($5). For more information please click here.
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VineYards: Wine Pairing
The Yards is hosting a wine pairing event with neighborhood favorites, Maxwell and Shilling Canning Co. to create a unique dinner and wine tasting for the perfect takeout dining experience. Packages will be available by reservation and pick-up will be at the restaurant. Each experience comes with 1 insulated bag, 1 table cloth, 2 cloth napkins, 2 napkin rings, and 2 branded wine glasses. Tickets start at $75 and pick-up will be available from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For tickets and more information please click here.
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Cinco De Mayo Celebration Meal Kit- A Fiesta At Home
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with PassionFish Reston's authentic Mexican feast for two people. Some menu standouts include: Don Julio Hibiscus Margaritas, crispy fried corn tortilla chips, beef empanadas, seafood enchiladas with shrimp, and much more. The meal for two is $75 and orders must be placed by 12:00 p.m. on May 4. To order, for the full menu, and for more information please click here. 
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MICHELIN Star Revelation "Still Serving"
The MICHELIN Guide announced a three-week “Still Serving” virtual series for the newest editions of its restaurant selections in the United States. The “Still Serving” series is presented by Capital One. In addition to the highly anticipated Bib Gourmand and Star awards, the Guide will announce restaurants in the Plate category, the MICHELIN Green Star, and special awards, including Sommelier and Young Chef. The new selections will be available on the MICHELIN Guide iOS app. Download the app to explore all the Michelin-rated restaurants across the globe and book the world’s most unique and exciting hotels. You can also create and share your own restaurant and hotel wish lists. For the full list and more information please click here.
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Malcolm Gladwell In Conversation With Dan Pink
In The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, A Temptation, and The Longest Night of the Second World War, the five-time New York Times bestselling author delves deep into questions of how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war. Building on his exploration of these themes in the most recent season of his award-winning podcast “Revisionist History,” Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history. $34 for webinar access + a copy of the book with signed bookplate. 7:00 p.m. EST. For more information or to register, please click here.
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Justin Baldoni: Online Event
In his debut book Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity, actor and director Justin Baldoni explores masculinity by digging deep within himself and the scripts he’s learned since childhood. Through bold and transparent storytelling, he tackles difficult and sometimes uncomfortable topics including strength and vulnerability, relationships and marriage, body image, sex and sexuality, racial justice, gender equality, and fatherhood. Baldoni shares the essential tools he has discovered on his journey, inviting readers to define for themselves what it means to be “man enough” and, more importantly, to be human in today’s world. $12 for webinar access or $34 for the webinar + signed book copy. Online at 7:00 p.m. EST. For more information or to register, please click here.
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Love Blooms: An HRC Cooking Class
Celebrate Spring with HRC Greater Washington DC in a cherry blossom inspired virtual cooking class led by local Chefs Erik Bruner-Yang and Marcelle Afram. Merging their Tawainese, Japanese, and Palestinian cooking styles, Chefs Erik and Marcelle will lead you in preparing a three-course menu for two comprised of traditional Japanese Onigiri, scallion pancakes with sour cherry romanesco, and homemade cannoli for dessert. You will receive a custom meal-kit with ingredients and tools needed for the virtual cooking class. Event proceeds go towards HRC’s work to achieve equality for all LGBTQ+ people. The menu is vegetarian and serves two. Further pickup instructions will be sent via email prior to event. This event is virtual and the Zoom link will be sent via email the week of the event. If you are a person with a disability, or are otherwise unable to pick up your mealkit, please email [email protected] for alternate arrangements. The mealkit is $40, or $10 just to view the class without the mealkit. Mealkit pickup is in-person at Maketto, 1351 H Street NE on Monday, April 26th. For more information or to register, please click here.
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Sustainability: The Real Substance
Sustainability is sometimes dismissed as lacking teeth and primarily serving as a marketing tool. In this virtual class, you''ll discuss the rigor and substance behind Napa Green and other sustainability certifications, and why it is essential that conscientious businesses communicate with employees, customers and guests about how and what sustainability really is. Certified sustainable wineries and businesses are committed to continuing improvement in caring for the health of nature and the health of employees and community, which enhances the health and longevity of the businesses themselves. Join to explore how three wineries put their bold sustainability words into action. 12:00 p.m. PST. For more information or to RSVP, please click here.
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