Here are just of a few fun foodie events coming to the area that are on our radar.
Thursday, October 16: Be part of the solution to ending world hunger on World Food Day. Dine at any of Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup restaurants and 10% of sales will go to World Central Kitchen. Or you can help with a twitterfest, #toastafarmer #wfd2014
Sunday, October 26: Join Mario Batali and Jim Webster (Washington Post) for a luncheon at Zaytinya (701 9th St., NW) to celebrate their new cookbook, America Farm to Table. Portion of the proceeds benefit FreshFarm Markets. Tickets available here.
Thursday, November 13: Join Heart’s Delight and the American Heart Association for a special screening of the film, “American Wine Story,” at E Street Cinema (555 11th St., NW) with reception and wine tasting. Tickets available here.
Cava Mezze Grill, a fast casual Mediterranean restaurant, is opening its sixth location today in Chinatown at 707 H Street NW. We passed by last night and saw the pre-opening mingling and the sign on the door confirmed that this location opens today at 11 am.
The Cava Community Day tradition is to offer free lunch (rice bowls, salads, pitas) between 11 am and 2 pm on opening day where donations are encouraged with local non-profit partners benefiting from the full take in the till for the 3 hour period. MicroGreens and City Blossoms will be the beneficiaries from the #CavaChinatown branch’s opening. Full hours today are 11 am to 10 pm.
Cava Mezze Grill
707 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
We’re getting used to seeing new signs adorn retail bay windows about every week now in CityCenter and this week is no different. Signs for Carolina Herrera, a Venezuelan-American fashion designer’s boutique with stores all over the world, showed up yesterday. Her collection tilts mostly towards women but men and kids are not left out of the clothing line up.
The DC rendition of the store will have its entrance on H St NW just east of 10th St NW (the 900 block) and has a stated opening month of October 2014. That’s pretty soon! (Hat tip to a regular PQ Living reader for the lead.)
Last week, we had drinks with a client at Quill at The Jefferson Hotel (1200 16th St., NW). We’ve been to Quill several times before and love it’s combination of intimate sophistication and innovative drinks list. In contention for our new favorite cocktail in the city is the:
Author Cocktail – October
Lord of the Rings
“All’s well that ends better”
Gin, Aperol, Lime Juice,Yellow Chartreuse, Peychauds
Join us at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for an open discussion about Makerspaces and what is happening both locally and nationally within the maker movement. This event is free to the public.
The Maker Movement is revolutionizing how we think about innovation – in Makerspaces around the country, people are using advanced tools and technology to harness their creative energy and design the next great invention. And libraries are playing a vital role; many libraries have developed their own Makerspaces, providing tools and technology services including: 3D printers, 3D scanners, laser cutters, and digital advancement classes at little or no cost to their patrons.
How is this movement shaping the next generation of American inventors, and how is this new accessibility going to shape our economic future? And what impact are these changes having here in D.C.?
Find out by joining our discussion with panelists:
- Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop and Author of The Maker Movement Manifesto
- Phyllis Klein, Co-Founder of D.C.’s FabLab
- Nick Kerelchuk, Manager of DCPL’s Digital Commons
- Moderator John Rennie, Editorial Director of Science for McGraw-Hill Education and winner of the Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science
The Downtown DC BID broadcast a release echoing the anecdotal evidence we’ve heard and seen for a while and that is that there are now LOTS of outdoor cafes in downtown DC – 178 to be precise which is a 7.9% increase over last year. We can’t emphasize enough how much vitality and safety outdoor seating adds to the neighborhood so we’re glad to hear this news. On to the press release:
DowntownDC BID Now Home to 178 Sidewalk Cafes
WASHINGTON, DC— The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) was home to 5,541 sidewalk cafe seats at 178 cafes in 2014, a 7.9 percent increase in the number of cafes since 2013, according to a new survey conducted by the BID’s department of Public Space Management in the summer of 2014. A total of 13 new sidewalk cafes opened in the BID in the last year, adding to the 165 cafes documented in the BID’s 2013 sidewalk cafe survey.
These and other fun facts this year can be easily analyzed from your own desktop computer using the BID’s interactive Sidewalk Cafe story map, created using ArcGIS Online generated by Esri. By using this technology, users are offered a visual representation of sidewalk cafe density and have the opportunity to personally delve further into cafe details and data.
According to the plaque outside, the Morrison-Clark Inn began as the homes of two Civil War era developers, David Morrison and Reuben Clark. In 1923, the Morrison Home was purchased by The Women’s Army and Navy League and became an inexpensive place for enlisted men to stay while visiting Washington, DC. Eventually known as the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’ and Airmen’s Club, First Ladies including Grace Coolidge, Mamie Eisenhower, and Jacqueline Kennedy frequently presided over teas and fundraisers.
The Morrison-Clark Hotel opened its doors in 1987 and is currently undergoing a major expansion. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.