Thursday, July 12, 2012

Upcoming Events: Bastille Day and More!

Photo by Emily Clack
The Willard continues its celebration of independence, French independence, on Bastille Day, July 14th, on DC’s Pennsylvania Avenue Champs Elysee!  The party takes place outdoors at Café du Parc for lunch and dinner from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Enjoy live music, grilled French specialties, crêpe stations. Outdoor grilled à la carte French specialties include salmon, BBQ ribs, lamb and chicken brochette, and petite filet, prices from $16 to $35. Soups and salads range from $10 to $19, and include Salade Niçoise, Salade du Parc, tomato and mozzarella and chilled tomato soup.  Crêpes and desserts are $8.50.

Birthday Bash at Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market on Sunday, July 15.  An old-fashioned birthday party at the site of the very first market marks the final tribute to the 15th Anniversary of FRESHFARM Markets.  The party will be held in the original market location in the PNC Bank parking lot at Massachusetts Avenue and P Street, N.W. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The party is free, but donations are happily accepted.  

Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar will celebrate Ernest Hemingway’s 113th birthday with special menu showcasing dishes and cocktails from his favorite Cuban restaurant, El Floridita.  Hemingway was so fond of Cuba that he kept a home there in the 1940s and '50s, during which time he frequented El Floridita, a historic fish restaurant and cocktail bar in Old Havana, and fell in love with fresh fish and strong daiquiris.  To honor Hemingway and to celebrate National Daiquiri Day, Cuba Libre is creating a prix fixe menu reproducing some of the dishes and cocktails Hemingway would have enjoyed at the restaurant.  The menu will be available July 15-22.  Then on Thursday, July 19th, from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Cuba Libre will celebrate National Daiquiri Day with a special happy hour offer of $5 El Floridita Cocktails and Papa Dobles in addition to its ongoing popular Caippy Hour menu.
Chef/Owner Jamie Leeds of Hank’s Oyster Bar and Lounge is excited to host her first annual Hula Hank’s Luau on Saturday, August 4th.  Priced at $75 per person, guests will enjoy unlimited grilled oysters, shrimp, three whole roasted suckling pigs (each weighing twenty-five pounds), and a variety of sides.  Additionally, Mikala Brennan from the Hula Girl Truck ( will be serving chicken skewers and a pineapple upside-down cake from the truck parked directly outside the restaurant on Q Street, NW.  Guests will receive an honorary tiki mug to take home, as well as six drink tickets, which can be redeemed for tiki-themed libations.  Standouts include the Maitai, a blend of several different rums, Orange Curacao, house made orgeat syrup, and fresh lime juice; the Hawaii to Martinique, a blend of Rhum Agricole, passion fruit syrup and fresh lime juice; the Hank’s Reef, a blend of rums, Averell Damson Gin, house made grenadine, and fresh citrus juices, and the Scorpion Bowl, made with a blend of citrus juices, house made orgeat syrup, rum, and brandy.  The Hank’s Reef and the Scorpion Bowl can serve up to four people.  A selection of beer will also be available.  Tickets are on sale at

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