Feb
26
Sun
Red Carpet Hollywood Glamour Night @ St. Gregory Hotel
Feb 26 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

On Sunday, Feb. 26, The St. Gregory Hotel will be rolling out the red carpet for a night of glitz and Hollywood glamour to celebrate the 89th annual Academy Awards, which honors the best actors and films of 2016.  Guests will be able to watch the awards ceremony on large projector screens in the hotel ballroom, while sipping Hollywood-inspired cocktails and enjoying passed hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Tredici Enoteca. This black-tie affair also includes a step-and-repeat, door prizes for “best dressed” and a live jazz band that will be preforming an eclectic mix of covers in the newly renovated Lobby Lounge.  Additionally, the first 150 guests will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne upon arrival.  Tickets are priced at $35 per person (if purchased before Feb. 13), $45 per person (if purchased from Feb. 13-22) and $55 at the door, and benefit the Washington Film Institute (WFI) and Art Soiree’s local initiatives in support of arts and culture. 

 

Attendees are encouraged to stay the evening as all guests will receive 20% off a luxury suite and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi as part of the hotels Suite Sunday Savings Package: http://www.stgregoryhotelwdc.com/specials/suite-sunday-savings/.

 

WHEN:          Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at 7 p.m.

 

PRICE:          Tickets are priced at $35 per person (if purchased before Feb. 13), $45 per person (if purchased from Feb. 13-22) and $55 at the door.  Advanced tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-red-carpet-hollywood-glamour-night-tickets-31211741158.

 

WHERE:       The St. Gregory Hotel is located at 2033 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036.  The hotel is located five blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro, accessible on the red line and five blocks from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro, accessible on the orange, silver and blue lines. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 530-3600 or visithttp://www.stgregoryhotelwdc.com.

 

 

The Washington Film Institute (WFI) was created to inspire audiences through film education and the cultivation of the cinematic arts. We do this by developing educational programs and programming film events throughout the year.  Additional information can be found at: http://dcfilminstitute.org.

 

Art Soiree is a Washington, DC based organization that is committed to curating, conceiving and realizing contemporary art exhibitions, festivals and art projects. Art Soiree was founded in 2009 by a dynamic duo of Sandro & Tati, and has since presented over 400 unique exhibitions and programs featuring over 500 contemporary artists, and bringing together close to 170,000 attendees. The company has also represented D.C. artists at a number of national and international art showcases such as Art Basel Miami 2012 and SXSW 2013.  Additional details can be found at: http://artsoiree.com.

 

Feb
27
Mon
Get In The Way, The Journey of John Lewis @ Edlavitch DCJCC
Feb 27 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

On Monday, February 27, the Edlavitch DCJCC will screen Get In The Way, The Journey of John Lewis, a biographical film about the revered civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman. The movie focuses on Lewis’ leadership in the peaceful protest movement that sought voting rights for African-Americans in the South.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will speak to the audience following the film about civil rights, human rights, and her experiences working with Lewis as the District’s representative for fourteen terms.

 

This screening is the second film in a three-part series called “Race, History and Community: A Series Focusing on Race and Justice in America.”

 

DATE:              Monday, February 27, 2017

TIME:               7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

LOCATION:      Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

 

WHAT:            Film Screening: Get In The Way, The Journey of John Lewis

Presentation by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

 

The Edlavitch DCJCC is presenting this film series in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Adas Israel Congregation Racial Justice Working Group, and Sixth & I.

 

Ticket Info:     $13.50

Program and ticket details available here

Feb
28
Tue
Sunnylands: America’s Midcentry Masterpiece @ Hillwood
Feb 28 @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Sunnylands: America’s Midcentry Masterpiece

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5:30-8 p.m.

Janice Lyle, director of Sunnylands Center & Gardens, will discuss the history of Sunnylands, its changes over time, and the practices now used to preserve the fragile fabrics, interior furnishings, art collection, and cultural landscape.

$20, $10 Hillwood member, $7 student

www.HillwoodMuseum.org

4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Mar
2
Thu
WhiskeyFest @ Marriott Marquis
Mar 2 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

For the second year in a row, WhiskyFest returns to Washington, D.C. The evening offers the opportunity to sample over 300 whiskies from around the world, including a variety of single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, rye, Tennessee, Japanese, Taiwanese and Canadian style whiskies. Brands being poured at WhiskyFest DC can be found on the Whisky List. In addition to tasting, attendees will hear from a wide array of industry experts during educational seminars conducted throughout the event.

Presented by Whisky Advocate magazine, WhiskyFest is now in its 20th year with sister events in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. WhiskyFest made its debut in D.C. in 2016. 

Who: Attendees will have to opportunity to meet and socialize with whiskey distillers, master blenders and other whiskey experts.

 

Where: Marriott Marquis – 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

 

When: Thursday, March 2

  • VIP Entrance: 5:30 PM
  • Grand Tasting:  6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Seminars: 7:00 PM, 7:45 PM, 8:30 PM

 

Tickets: Please visit the WhiskyFest DC Tickets Page to purchase tickets.

  • VIP Admission Tickets – $345
  • General Admission Tickets – $275

 

All tickets include a commemorative crystal nosing glass, access to all grand tastings, an all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet, entrance to all seminars (on a first come first served basis), and a WhiskyFest gift bag, event program and pen.

 

WhiskeyFest @ Marriott Marquis
Mar 2 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

For the second year in a row, WhiskyFest returns to Washington, D.C. The evening offers the opportunity to sample over 300 whiskies from around the world, including a variety of single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, rye, Tennessee, Japanese, Taiwanese and Canadian style whiskies. Brands being poured at WhiskyFest DC can be found on theWhisky List. In addition to tasting, attendees will hear from a wide array of industry experts during educational seminars conducted throughout the event.

Presented by Whisky Advocate magazine, WhiskyFest is now in its 20th year with sister events in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. WhiskyFest made its debut in D.C. in 2016.

Who: Attendees will have to opportunity to meet and socialize with whiskey distillers, master blenders and other whiskey experts.

Where: Marriott Marquis – 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

When: Thursday, March 2

  • VIP Entrance: 5:30 PM
  • Grand Tasting:  6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Seminars: 7:00 PM, 7:45 PM, 8:30 PM

Tickets: Please visit the WhiskyFest DC Tickets Page to purchase tickets.

  • VIP Admission Tickets – $345
  • General Admission Tickets – $275

All tickets include a commemorative crystal nosing glass, access to all grand tastings, an all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet, entrance to all seminars (on a first come first served basis), and a WhiskyFest gift bag, event program and pen.

 

Mar
4
Sat
Early Mountain Vineyards Oyster Fest @ Early Mountain Vineyards
Mar 4 @ 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Early Mountain Vineyards Hosts Annual Oyster Festival on March 4 & 5

Guests Are Invited to Enjoy Oysters from Rappahannock Oyster Company, Live Music & Early Mountain Vineyard’s Wine

 

What:             The popular Early Mountain Vineyards Oyster Festival will return this spring for a two-day event on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, with live music, Virginia wine, and seafood from the esteemed Rappahannock Oyster Company who will provide their famous oysters on the half shell. Early Mountain’s Executive Chef Ryan Collins will provide a seasonal menu featuring fried chicken and two types of warm chowder. Live music will be provided by The Currys on Saturday and Blake Esse on Sunday. The menu will include:

  • Rappahannock River Oysterswith red wine mignonette, cocktail sauce, lemon, hot sauce

o   Half dozen raw oysters: $10

o   One dozen raw oysters: $20

  • Fried Chicken, fennel remoulade, cornbread

o   Half chicken: $10

o   Whole chicken: $18

  • Corn Chowderwith corn, cream, saffron, potato, green onion, tomato

o   Cup: $8

  • Clam Chowderwith littleneck clams, rock barn bacon, potato, cream, celery

o   Cup: $8

  • Kid’s Peanut Butter & Jelly: $6

 

Admission includes entry to the festival, a glass of Early Mountain wine and a stemless wine glass as a take-home gift. Guests can also order from Early Mountain’s extensive list of Virginia wines – both from their vineyard as well as others that have been hand-selected from the state – available by the glass and bottle. Guests under the age of 21 will receive a free beverage choice of water, soda or juice. Tickets for children age three and under are free.

 

Tickets are required of all visitors that day. All ages are welcome for a family-friendly fun day. Event will take place rain or shine.

 

When:            March 4-5, 12pm-4pm

 

Tickets:         Early Bird: $15.00

EMV Wine Club Members: $12.00

Week of & at the Door*: $20.00 ($15 for Members)

Under 21: $5.00

 

Online tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-spring-oyster-festival-tickets-31542240691?aff=es2  or by calling us at 540.948.9005.

Early Bird ticket sales end Sunday, February 26th at 11:59 p.m.

 

Where:          Early Mountain Vineyards

6109 Wolftown Hood Road

Madison, Virginia 22727

540.948.9005

Mar
5
Sun
Early Mountain Vineyards Oyster Fest @ Early Mountain Vineyards
Mar 5 @ 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Early Mountain Vineyards Hosts Annual Oyster Festival on March 4 & 5

Guests Are Invited to Enjoy Oysters from Rappahannock Oyster Company, Live Music & Early Mountain Vineyard’s Wine

 

What:             The popular Early Mountain Vineyards Oyster Festival will return this spring for a two-day event on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, with live music, Virginia wine, and seafood from the esteemed Rappahannock Oyster Company who will provide their famous oysters on the half shell. Early Mountain’s Executive Chef Ryan Collins will provide a seasonal menu featuring fried chicken and two types of warm chowder. Live music will be provided by The Currys on Saturday and Blake Esse on Sunday. The menu will include:

  • Rappahannock River Oysterswith red wine mignonette, cocktail sauce, lemon, hot sauce

o   Half dozen raw oysters: $10

o   One dozen raw oysters: $20

  • Fried Chicken, fennel remoulade, cornbread

o   Half chicken: $10

o   Whole chicken: $18

  • Corn Chowderwith corn, cream, saffron, potato, green onion, tomato

o   Cup: $8

  • Clam Chowderwith littleneck clams, rock barn bacon, potato, cream, celery

o   Cup: $8

  • Kid’s Peanut Butter & Jelly: $6

 

Admission includes entry to the festival, a glass of Early Mountain wine and a stemless wine glass as a take-home gift. Guests can also order from Early Mountain’s extensive list of Virginia wines – both from their vineyard as well as others that have been hand-selected from the state – available by the glass and bottle. Guests under the age of 21 will receive a free beverage choice of water, soda or juice. Tickets for children age three and under are free.

 

Tickets are required of all visitors that day. All ages are welcome for a family-friendly fun day. Event will take place rain or shine.

 

When:            March 4-5, 12pm-4pm

 

Tickets:         Early Bird: $15.00

EMV Wine Club Members: $12.00

Week of & at the Door*: $20.00 ($15 for Members)

Under 21: $5.00

 

Online tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-spring-oyster-festival-tickets-31542240691?aff=es2  or by calling us at 540.948.9005.

Early Bird ticket sales end Sunday, February 26th at 11:59 p.m.

 

Where:          Early Mountain Vineyards

6109 Wolftown Hood Road

Madison, Virginia 22727

540.948.9005

Mar
7
Tue
IHOP National Pancake Day @ Various IHOP
Mar 7 @ 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

On Tuesday, March 7, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. – with select locations participating until 10:00 p.m. – guests can receive a free short stack* of the brand’s world-famous, freshly made buttermilk pancakes at IHOP Restaurants coast to coast. In return, guests are asked to help make a difference by leaving a donation of any size on-check or in-restaurant with all funds going to the charity partners’ local hospital affiliate.

The most anticipated Breakfastarian event of the year, IHOP National Pancake Day is the brand’s signature day of giving and underscores its longstanding commitment to helping families create more moments together. This year, IHOP expects to serve a record-breaking five million pancakes in a single day.

“IHOP and our franchisees are honored to partner with leading non-profit organizations like Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Shriners Hospitals for Children for our National Pancake Day event and help fight serious childhood illnesses” said Darren Rebelez, President, IHOP Restaurants. “Year after year, we look forward to celebrating with our guests and fans, and are amazed by their generosity. Every pancake served on IHOP National Pancake Day has a purpose, and every penny raised goes a long way in making a meaningful, and lasting, impact on so many kids and families in our communities.”

Since launching in 2006, IHOP National Pancake Day has become a pop-culture phenomenon with millions of guests and communities helping IHOP and its franchisees raise $24 million to-date for youth health and wellness organizations. All of the money raised on IHOP National Pancake Day stays local and directly helps children in need.

To further amplify IHOP National Pancake Day efforts, the brand has joined with leading global service organization, Kiwanis International, and has inked an agreement that makes the non-profit the official volunteer partner for this year’s event. Thousands of Kiwanis Club and Key Club members, along with local hospital volunteers, are expected to turn out at IHOP restaurants nationwide on event day to support fundraising efforts.

Now through March 7, guests visiting any IHOP restaurant in the U.S. can help reach the ambitious $3.5 million goal by purchasing a “Wall Icon” to publicly pledge support or donate on check. Select IHOP restaurants will be offering a discount coupon that can be used on a future visit with the purchase of a Wall Icon.**

In addition to restaurants throughout the United States, IHOP restaurants in Mexico, Canada and the Philippines will also celebrate National Pancake Day on March 7.  For the fourth consecutive year, funds raised in Canada will benefit Children’s Miracle Network. IHOP locations in Mexico will once again raise money for Asociación Mexicana de Ayuda a Niños con Cáncer (AMANC). And, funds raised by IHOP restaurants in the Philippines will benefit The Kythe Foundation.

For more information on IHOP National Pancake Day, including restaurant hours and charity support by restaurant, and please visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.

*Guests can receive one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes at participating IHOP Restaurants nationwide on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 (National Pancake Day) from 7a.m.-7p.m.; some locations hours may vary. Please check with your local IHOP for exact hours of participation. Limit one offer per guest. Dine-in only.

Restaurant Brain Trust Panel @ Matchbox
Mar 7 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Matchbox Food Group, Centrolina and Noble Chef Hospitality Join Restaurant Brain Trust Panel
Inaugural Event Showcases Notable DC-Area Restauranteurs; Offers Insights into Successful Businesses

Who:Peter D’Amelio, President & CEO, Matchbox Food Group

Amy Brandwein, Chef/Owner, Centrolina Mercato E Osteria
Jack Sosnowski, President & CEO, Noble Chef Hospitality

What: A lively panel discussion featuring notable DC-area restauranteurs who have successfully navigated the bumpy road to their first and  subsequent grand openings, offering candid insights about the challenges, delays and surprises that tested their mettle. Hear their lessons learned, rewards realized and how to create your own personal recipe for success. Remarks by Michael Sternberg, President & CEO, Sternberg Hospitality with Bethany Kazaba, Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Neighborhood Retail Group as event moderator.

Where:  Matchbox

1901 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Misc: Tickets: Restaurant vendors, $30; Restauranteurs/Restaurant Staff, $15;
Agenda: Registration, 2-2:30 p.m.; Program, 2:30-4:00 p.m.; Cocktails & Light Fare: 4-5:00 p.m.

Media
Contact:  Jessica Scott
Moki Media
E: jessica.scott@mokimedia.com

About Restaurant Brain Trust: Restaurant Brain Trust is a collective effort by several active members of the Greater Washington, DC restaurant community to develop an educational and networking series geared for restaurateurs and their staffs. Our mission is to help local restaurateurs realize their growth plans by equipping them with the educational content and professional contacts that will be integral to their success.

Founding Members:

Elaine Chon-Baker, Mokja Ventures
Bethany Kazaba Scanlon, Neighborhood Retail Group
Trish McHugh, BDO
Jody Ruth, Redstones
Michael Sternberg, Sternberg Hospitality

Mar
11
Sat
Leukemia Ball @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Mar 11 @ 6:00 PM – 11:45 PM

Celebrating its 30th year as one of the Washington area’s most prominent charity events, the Leukemia Ball, presented by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Since the first Leukemia Ball in 1987, the event has raised more than $52 million and continues to dedicate efforts to raising money for life-saving cancer research and patient programs funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). PhRMA, the trade association representing the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, is continuing its presenting sponsorship.

“PhRMA is proud to continue our partnership with LLS to further its mission of improving the outlook for cancer patients and their families, particularly in this milestone year for the Leukemia Ball,” said Stephen J. Ubl, president and chief executive officer, PhRMA. “Together, we are dedicated to finding new treatments and cures for cancer patients. Significant advances in recent years give us hope that we are closer than ever to a world without blood cancers.”

Guests at the 2017 gala will enjoy entertainment from actor, New York Times bestselling author and Grammy nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan, known for his family-focused “clean” comedy.  In 2015, Gaffigan became one of only ten comedians in history to sell out the famed Madison Square Garden arena for the finale of his “Contagious” tour, he opened for Pope Francis in front of more than one million people in Philadelphia, and his television show, “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” debuted on TV Land to enormous ratings and reviews. Most recently during Super Bowl 50, it was revealed that Gaffigan is KFC’s new Colonel Sanders.

The crowd will also sing along to triple platinum smash hit “Honey, I’m Good” and other songs from pop star Andy Grammer. Grammer famously began his career as a street performer, logging 10,000 hours of practice on the boulevards of Los Angeles with his car battery powered amplifier and acoustic guitar. Named one of Billboard Magazine’s 2011 Artists to Watch, Grammer now resides at the epicenter of the music industry. Fresh off a tour with Gavin Degraw, Grammar recently released a new single, “Fresh Eyes,” which has become an online phenomenon with more than 70 million streams.

The Leukemia Ball is one of Washington, D.C.’s largest non-political black-tie events and is expected to raise more than $3.5 million for LLS’s National Capital Area Chapter and its mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

“LLS recently committed $40.3 million in new research investments which is comprised of 75 new research grants that will fund a diverse array of cancer research to find better treatments and cures for patients,” said Beth Gorman, National Capital Area Chapter Executive Director. “Fundraising events such as the Leukemia Ball make that research possible, are critical to raising awareness, and directly impact the lives of blood cancer patients everywhere.”

The 2017 Leukemia Ball is co-chaired by Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO, and David DiLuigi, Market President, Greater Washington & Central Virginia for Wilmington Trust, N.A. They lead an esteemed volunteer Executive Committee of more than 50 high-ranking executives representing major organizations across the Washington, D.C. area who volunteer their time and efforts to create a memorable evening and raise millions of dollars in support of LLS’s mission.

“I am inspired by the Washington, D.C. metro community and the ability of the most influential companies to come together to support the cancer research and programs that are funded by LLS,” said Berson.  “The mission of LLS is of personal importance to me but also critical so that we may see cures to cancer in our lifetime, and as such I am truly humbled to continue serving as the Ball’s co-chair especially for the 30th anniversary.”

Seventy-four cents of every dollar spent by LLS funds its mission, and LLS’s commitment to funding innovative research projects has contributed to an unprecedented rise in survival rates over recent years. For example, today, the five-year survival rate for the most common form of childhood leukemia is more than 90 percent, up from 3 percent in 1964.

“LLS has been at the forefront of advances in blood cancer treatments for decades.  With the support of LLS funding and advocacy, nearly 40 percent of all cancer drugs approved by the FDA since 2000 are being used to treat blood cancers,” said DiLuigi. “However, the fight is not over. Nearly one-third of all blood cancer patients still do not survive five years past diagnosis. I am committed to supporting LLS’s goal of a world without blood cancers.”

The Leukemia Ball has long been recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s most popular black-tie galas. The silent auction, which raised nearly $265,000 in 2016, is one of the area’s largest, featuring a variety of travel packages, including American Airlines air travel to exotic locations. The event also boasts a Mercedes-Benz raffle featuring a first prize of 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic Sedan (MSRP$52,150) and second prize of 2 spots at AMG Driving Academy at Laguna Seca Raceway in Salinas, CA including hotel & airfare (Value: $6,300) Tickets are $100, and only 5,000 are printed.

The event’s popularity over the past 30 years is also largely due to the featured entertainment. Past headliners have included Howie Mandel, Diana Ross, Jay Leno, Dennis Miller, John Mellencamp, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Seinfeld, Reba McIntyre, Jim Belushi, Dan Ackroyd and Lionel Richie.

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