Monday Kickoff: Wining, Dining, and Making a Difference!

Happy Halloween, friends! I hope everyone was able to make it out this weekend for some festivities, but if the mix of rain, snow, and all around frightful (pun intended) weather kept you inside, here are a few fabulous ideas to get your mojo back this week!  Enjoy!

Embrace Asian Inspiration

All week: Check out one of my favorite restaurants in the city, The Source by Wolfgang Puck’s Communal Chinese Tasting Menu, a nine-course meal inspired by dishes Chef Drewno enjoyed during his travels through Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing.  Priced at  $100 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) with a beverage pairing including wine, sake, and beer offered for an additional $50 per person.

Make a Difference: Fabulously

Wednesday, November 2: Take a stand against domestic violence and join Washington Redskins Brian Orakpo, Anthony Armstrong, DeAngelo Hall, Capitals Karl Alzner, John Carlson, Nick Backstrom and DC United’s Ben Olsen as they support the Becky’s Fund 2011 “Walk This Way” fundraiser at the beautiful Andrew Mellon Auditorium. Co-hosted by Comcast Sportsnet’s Julie Donaldson and Fox’s Steve Chenevey, this event will feature amazing food, fashion, and Art Soiree Co. will add an artistic touch to the evening by presenting a special art exhibit of local artists’ work- all while supporting Becky’s Fund’s efforts in promoting the prevention of domestic and dating violence in our community.

Wine & Dine, Napa Style

Thursday, November 3: Attend a wine dinner hosted by Bourbon SteakThe famous Four Seasons steakhouse is playing host to Daphne & Bart Araujo of Araujo Estate in Napa Valley. Enjoy a four-course meal beginning at 6:30 prepared by Chef Adam Sobel and hear the winemakers talk about their distinctive wines and biodynamic practices. Priced at $195/person and reservations are required.

Eat, Drink, and Be Local

Saturday, November 5: Head to Alexandria for the annual Vices That Made Virginia celebration held by the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture and Woodlawn.  From 4 to 8 PM on the grounds of Woodlawn you can check out the area’s best chefs as they prepare a major display of dishes such as oysters on the half shell, deviled chicken stew, fall chopped salad, braised lamb shoulder, corn spoon bread with leeks and cheddar, country baked ham, bison short ribs, shrimp and grits, whole roasted hog, roasted root vegetables, homemade pies, and more.  Tickets are $125/person and get you full access to the area’s finest food artisans, farmers, producers, purveyors, distillers, brewers, winemakers and chefs gathering for a lively celebration in support of Arcadia.

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