Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City @ Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City
Feb 17 @ 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

St. Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea

Celebrate the day of love with those closest to your heart at a special St. Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea. Guests can enjoy fresh homemade scones, traditional tea sandwiches, and an array of sweet treats with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut or Rosé. Attendees will be presented with a wide selection of teas from Palais De Thés, specially featuring “Romantic Garden,” an herbal tea. The Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea will be offered Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, from 2:30pm – 4:30pm for $80 per person or $125 per person with a full bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut or Rosé and complimentary champagne flutes. Elevate your Afternoon Tea experience at Table fyve by the fireplace, with Veuve Clicquot for $125 per person; $150 table fee and receive a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut or Rosé with two complimentary Veuve Clicquot Champagne flutes.

First Annual Not Wasted Dinner @ Equinox Restaurant
Feb 18 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

On February 18 at 7 pm, Chef Todd Gray will host the first annual Not Wasted Dinner, a tribute to the organizer’s collective mission to eradicate food waste in the hospitality industry. The dinner is a collaboration of diverse yet like-minded chefs who will create a four-course dinner made from “trash ingredients” like roots, stems and cuttings.

“As we celebrate our 20th year in business, we’re more committed than ever to taking dramatic steps to decrease the restaurant’s carbon footprint. The dinner will be both educational and delicious–showcasing how you can utilize otherwise wasted ingredients and have a sumptuous dining experience at the same time,” said Ellen Kassoff, co-owner of Equinox Restaurant.

The evening will also feature an interactive discussion with an enlightened group of esteemed panelists to discuss and guide us all in ways we can reduce, reuse, and recycle for a brighter, more promising environmental future.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Amanda Stone, World Wildlife Fund
  • Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, Together We Bake
  • Hilary Landa, Ad Council
  • Laura Monto, Sodexo

Panel moderator: Lesly Baesens, DC Food Recovery Working Group

Guest Chefs

  • Todd Gray, Equinox Restaurant
  • Michelle Brown, Teaism
  • Gregory Payne, Sodexo
  • Robert Wood, SuperFd Catering

Special “Trashed” cocktails — using forgotten bits of bar fruit in syrups, garnishes, and mixers — will be crafted by Peter Grimm, Equinox Restaurant’s Bar Manager and Mixologist.

Tickets are $65 and may be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/not-wasted-dinner-at-equinox-restaurant-tickets-55034372289

Tap Dogs @ Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre
Feb 19 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
8 p.m. Eisenhower Theater

Tap Dogs

Dein Perry’s global dance sensation Tap Dogs hits the road on an international tour of jaw-dropping new surprises. Experience the thrill of a revitalized genre of dance, with 75 action-packed minutes of part theater, part choreography, part rock concert, and part construction site. An adrenaline-pumped cast turns traditional tap dancing upside-down and into the ultimate night out.

Tickets: $29–79

Say What?! Friday Night with Reese Waters @ Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery
Feb 22 @ 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
9 p.m. Terrace Gallery

Say What?! Friday Night with Reese Waters

Reese Waters, comedian, D.C. native, and host of Get Up DC! on WUSA 9, curates a new comedy series in the KC Jazz Club. On the fourth Friday of every month, Waters will headline and present an evening of stand-up comedy and intimate conversations with his friends from the comedy community.

Tickets: $20–35

Snowed INN @ Ronald Reagan Building Pavilion
Feb 23 @ 8:00 PM – 11:59 PM

Get Snowed Inn with The Children’s Inn at NIH on Feb. 23, 2019. Join the perfect DC après-ski party and dance the night away with a live DJ or finish unwinding from the holiday rush by relaxing in a ski lodge setting, with friends old and new. What else? Enjoy unlimited drinks created by the area’s best mixologists, plus a wide range of appetizers and bites, bid on unique experiences offered through a silent auction, play games or create a small gift to lift the spirits of a child staying at The Children’s Inn. It’s great to get Snowed Inn!

Website: www.childrensinn.org/snowedinn

The Washington Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty @ Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre
Feb 27 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
8 p.m. Eisenhower Theater

The Washington Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty

The romantic and timeless tale of a magical kiss and the beloved story of Princess Aurora, her handsome prince and the evil Carabosse.  A quintessential classical ballet inspired by the fairy tale of true love’s kiss and the triumph of good over evil.

Tickets: $25–160

The Gardens of Bunny Mellon @ Hillwood Museum & Gardens
Mar 7 @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 5:30-8 p.m.

Garden historian Linda Jane Holden will reveal the story of family—a family of gardeners—and the noblesse oblige and talents of Rachel Lambert Mellon, now known to many as “Bunny”.

Please note: This is the third program in the Great Homes and Gardens lecture series.


4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Chance for Life 2019 @ MGM National Harbor Grand Ballroom
Mar 9 @ 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

   Chance for Life was created in 2005 in honor of Kennedy Snyder, who was diagnosed with an aggressive spinal cord tumor at age two. What began as a small get-together has become an established 501(c)3 non-profit that holds one of metropolitan Washington’s top charity events. The annual fundraiser features a Texas Hold ’Em style poker tournament, top chef taste experience, and a glamorous Vegas-style after party. Its 14th annual celebration is presented by The Boeing Company, hosted by MGM National Harbor, and powered by RedPeg, providing 100% of net proceeds to help fund vital pediatric cancer research at Children’s National Health System and through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.


The Charity Poker Tournament is a Texas Hold ’Em style tournament with over 700 participating amateur players. Prizes are awarded for the top 30 winners with a grand prize of a $10,000 seat at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. The event features a top-shelf open bar, sprawling buffet, silent auction, celebrities, and more throughout the day. Poker players also have complimentary access to the Taste Experience.


The Taste Experience features uniquely curated food from renowned chefs who cook throughout metropolitan Washington. Dance the night away with an incredible line up of live performances, capped off with a surprise celebrity headliner. The night continues with a vibrant after party featuring VIP lounges, a top DJ and even more entertainment.


WHEN:                 Saturday, March 9, 2019

                                Charity Poker Tournament | 11:30am

Poker registration opens – 10am

                                Poker doors open – 11am

                                Taste Experience & Party | 6:30pm


WHERE:               MGM National Harbor

MGM Grand Ballroom

                                101 MGM National Avenue

                                Oxon Hill, MD 20745


TICKETS:               Individual tickets and sponsorships for both events now available at https://e.givesmart.com/events/buX/.

About Chance for Life

Less than 4% of the federal government’s total funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers each year. Chance for Life takes direct aim to fill this gap, providing 100% of net proceeds to help fund vital pediatric cancer research at Children’s National Health System and through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The non-profit’s major charity poker tournament and taste experience has historically raised over $4.2 million to directly support those on the forefront of local cancer research and care. For more information, please visit chanceforlife.net or follow the 501(c)(3) on Facebook and Twitter.

Alyson Richman Book Appearance: The Secret of Clouds @ Politics & Prose
Mar 9 @ 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

#1 bestselling author Alyson Richman will be visiting Washington, D.C. to promote her new release, THE SECRET OF CLOUDS (Berkley Hardcover; February 19, 2019).


Alyson Richman is known for her sweeping, poignant works of historical fiction like The Lost Wife. Now, Richman pens a story of love and loss about a Ukrainian immigrant family living in New York following the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear plant.


Saturday, March 9, 2019

In Conversation with Pam Jenoff

3:30 PM

Politics & Prose

5015 Connecticut Ave NW

Washington, D.C. 20008

Free and open to the public


In THE SECRET OF CLOUDS, Katya, a rising ballerina, and Sasha, a graduate student, are young and in love when an unexpected tragedy befalls their native Kiev, Ukraine. Years later, after the couple has safely immigrated to America, the consequences of this incident cause their son, Yuri, to be born with a rare health condition that isolates him from other children. Maggie, a passionate and dedicated teacher, agrees to tutor Yuri at his home, even though she is haunted by her own painful childhood memories. As the two forge a deep and soulful connection, Yuri’s boundless curiosity and unique wisdom inspire Maggie to make difficult changes in her own life.  And she’ll never realize just how strong Yuri has made her—until she needs that strength the most.

The Photographer in the Garden @ Hillwood Museum & Gardens
Mar 12 @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

The Photographer in the Garden

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 5:30-8 p.m.

Photography historian Sarah Anne McNear will consider how photographers from all eras have depicted the cultivated landscape and share floral displays and botanical studies.

Please note: This is the fourth and final program in the Great Homes and Gardens lecture series.


4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

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