Hot dogs, cocktails, bocce, and adorable animals are all coming together in August to raise money for a cause. One of U Street’s favorite neighborhood gathering spots, Vinoteca has long been an active supporter of the local community and is giving back this summer with its 2nd Annual ‘Dogs + ‘Tails fundraiser, a week-long charity promotion benefiting DC’s City Dogs Rescue. For one week from August 24-31, Vinoteca will donate a portion of all hot dog and “Dog Days” cocktail sales to help homeless dogs find loving homes. And the community is invited to kick-off the promotion with a Neighborhood Grill Out on Sunday, August 24 featuring a charity bocce tournament, dog adoption ,food and drink specials and more.
Partnering with DC-based City Dogs Rescue for the second year in a row, Vinoteca is raising money to help get adoptable dogs off the street and into loving owners’ homes. For one week from Sunday 8/24 to Sunday 8/31, Vinoteca will donate $1 for each of its popular housemade hot dogs and “Dog Days of Summer” punches sold, to City Dogs Rescue.
Executive Chef Lonnie Zoeller hand-makes all of his own hot dogs which range from aclassic frankfurter topped with homemade sauerkraut and caraway mustard, a red onion-topped boudin pork dog, to a spiced-up veggie dog. And mixologist Horus Alvarez has created a special “Dog’s Tail Punch” made with vanilla-infused Velho Barreiro Cachaça, chamomile & green teas, fresh lime juice, brown sugar, Bittercube cherry bark bitters and mint, which will be offered throughout the week.
NEIGHBORHOOD “DOGS + ‘TAILS” GRILL OUT: SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 3-8PM
Kicking off the week-long charity partnership, Vinoteca will host a Neighborhood Grill Outon its charming backyard PLAZA bar on Sunday, August 24 from 4-8pm. Chef Zoeller will grill up housemade hot dogs and Alvarez will serve up his “Dog Days of Summer” punch with $1 of each hot dog or glass of punch purchased being donated to City Dogs Rescue. City Dogs Rescue will have furry friends available for adoption on Vinoteca’s front patio, while the back PLAZA will offer Happy Hour all night throughout the event for those who make a $10 donation.
There will also be a charity bocce tournament led by DC Bocce, with teams of four able to play-in for $25/team on Vinoteca’s oyster-shell court. Winners can take home prizes including dinner at Vinoteca, doggie daycare at City Dogs Daycare and more. Space is limited and teams/players should register in advance at https://www.dcbocceleague.com/
City Dogs Rescue
WHEN: Neighborhood BBQ: Sunday, August 24, 2014
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Charity Promotion runs from August 24 – August 31
1940 11th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001