Thursday, April 18, 2013

Upcoming Events: Parisian Sidewalk Sale and More!

Parisian Sidewalk Sale in Georgetown:  Perhaps it’s too expensive to fly to Paris this weekend to shop? Well, Georgetown just brought a bit of Paris to DC! Georgetown's 10th Annual French Market returns to the charming Book Hill neighborhood on upper Wisconsin Ave, between P Street and Reservoir Road, on Friday and Saturday, April 19th and 20th, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with fashion finds, French fare, quaint shops, galleries and live music. A charming weekend for shoppers, foodies and families, more than 40 shops and cafes will come together for spring's most exciting shopping and entertainment event.  Highlights include up to 80% off at sidewalk sales at a variety of Book Hill shops and boutiques, the neighborhood's best restaurants grilling up French merguez sausages, filling sweet and savory crepes and serving fresh French pastries, and live music, strolling mimes and other street entertainers.  Come discover all that a French market has to offer! 

New Orleans native, 
chef David Guas, is hosting his 3rd Annual spring- and summer-long Crawfish Boil series at his Arlington, VA hangout, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery. With the advice of his farmers and fishermen friends down the road from his Aunt Boo’s house in Louisiana, chef David has selected Saturday, April 20 for the first boil. The patio party will get started with live entertainment compliments of Laissez Foure, a New Orleans-style jazz quartet. Abita Beer will be pouring by the pitcher-full – the perfect accompaniment to cool the taste buds from the seasoned Crawfish, served with Corn on the Cobpeppery New Potatoesand all the Louisiana Spice you can handle. If Crawfish isn’t your thing, you can always try the Jumbo Gulf Shrimp with Taters and Corn. Finish the night on a sweet note with a plate of Beignets or a sampling of Pralines 

Crown DC's Best Irish Pub and raise money for the DC Firefighter's Burn Foundation! Saturday, April 20 from 1 to 4 pm, enjoy food samples from DC's favorite Irish pubs, live music from 40 Thieves, pour your own perfect pint for charity, take your shot at the 50/50 raffle and vote for your favorite pub!Tickets are just $45 and include your first three pints of beer, whiskey samples, food samples and admission. To order tickets NOW visit

José Andrés and Zaytinya invites you to the Greek agora, or Greek Outdoor Market, on April 21st (11AM-4PM) and 22nd (6PM-10PM). The annual Greek Easter celebration and open market will feature Greek artisanal goods from local vendors including Greek honey and sea salts from Demeter’s Pantry; Mastiha products from Mastihashop NY; olive oils from Kaldes Bros Trading Company andManoli Canoli; pastries from Baklava Couture; lamb offerings from Border Springs Farm; and wine and spirits from Dionysos Imports, Metaxa Brandy, and Ktima Pavlidis Wines. Pepe food truck will be serving the special lamb shoulder ($9). Come experience Greek culture and enjoy live music while sampling traditional food and drinks. There will also be special prize drawings to benefit World Central Kitchen. This event is part of the festival that runs from the Western Easter (March 31st) until Greek Orthodox Easter (May 5th). Zaytinya is located at 701 9th Street, NW. Visit for more information.

Eat for a good cause at a participating restaurant for the 17th annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser on Thursday, April 25th, 2013. Join thousands of diners from across North America to stand up against HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by sitting down at local restaurants that have pledged 25% to 110% of the day’s proceeds to directly benefit Food & Friends’ programs and clients. Food and Friends provides specialized meals, nutrition counseling and friendship to people living with serious illnesses in our nation's capital and surrounding areas. Since 1988, Food and Friends has provided more than 15.8 million meals to more 22,600 individuals, and has helped family members, friends, and loved ones provide care and support. Last year, more than 25,000 diners, restaurants and volunteers participated in Dining Out for Life and raised more than $300,000. This year, among the over 100 participating restaurants, several restaurants are donating their entire evening’s proceeds – Freddie's Beach Bar and Restaurant (110%), Annie’s Paramount Steak House(100%) and Ristorante Tosca (100%). Please visit for more information and complete listing.

April 22nd-26th …Looking for the perfect team-building experience for your office? Jaleo will host its first ever foosball tournament, the Bocata Classic, between the hours of 1pm and 2pm (lunchtime). Guests will have the opportunity to form teams and showcase their foosball abilities, competing at Jaleo DC’s exclusively-designed tables. The winning team will receive a cocktail party at Jaleo for up to 20 guests on any weekday (Monday-Thursday, between the hours of 5pm and 7pm). Finalists will receive a $50 Jaleo gift card, and all participants will receive a complimentary tapas card to be used at any of the three Jaleo locations in the DC area. To sign up for the team-oriented tournament, please call (202) 628-7949 and ask to speak with a manager.

Experience a taste of Kentucky at the "Derby" Bourbon Dinner at Del Frisco's Grille on Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 PM. The five course dinner will pair Kentucky's best bourbons with the the state inspired cuisine from Executive Chef Rob Klink. Menu items include jumbo shrimp wrapped in sugar-cured bacon,  mesquite smoked pork loin with Byrd Mill stone ground grits, and double chocolate chip cookies stuffed with butter pecan ice cream and drinks will include Knob Creek, Makers Mark, Bookers, Old Grand Dad, and more.  Guests are encouraged to put on their Kentucky best and dress in derbyfashion for the evening so dust off the sun hats and seersuckers. Each guest will also take home a keepsake julep glass with recipe. Cost is  $70.00 per person, exclusive of tax or gratuity; call 202-450-4686 for reservations.

The Trust for the National Mall will host the 5th Anniversary Ball on the Mall on May 4, from 6-11:30 pm on the National Mall at Madison Drive and 13th Street, NW. The annual Ball on the Mall is a signature fundraising event for the Trust for the National Mall, the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to raising awareness of and funds for the restoration and improvement of the National Mall. Nearly 1,000 guests are expected to attend this year’s Ball – the only black-tie event held on the grounds of the National Mall. A VIP reception from 6-8 pm, featuring celebrity chef stations, will kick off the Ball, which follows with dancing, food and an open bar from 8-11:30 pm.  To get further information or to purchase tickets for the Ball on the Mall visit: or call 202-688-3759.

*This information was provided by representatives of the organizations.

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