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Friday’s Cherry Blossom Kickoff Party Will Feature a Handful of Top Restaurants

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a store filled with lots of purple flowers: Scenes from last year’s Pink Tie Gala at the Reagan Building. © Jason Dixson Photography Scenes from last year’s Pink Tie Gala at the Reagan Building.

Plus, more upcoming D.C. restaurant event highlights

Welcome to Eater DC’s events roundup, a weekly curated listing of dining and drinking festivals, classes, dinners, and more. Updated regularly, this is a one-stop-shop for all the happenings in the D.C. area that are worth the calories and expense.

Every week, Eater DC editors sift through tips, emails, and listings to choose the most essential food-related events to attend. Below find events taking place the next three months, as well as recently announced and upcoming affairs (some of which require tickets or reservations). Upcoming activities are listed in chronological order.

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Thursday, March 21

Mission Dupont’s Anniversary Party

What: Mission Dupont will ring in its fifth birthday with $5 beer, $5 margaritas, $5 cheese quesadillas, and $5 tequila shots.

Details: 7 p.m. until close. 1606 20th Street NW

BYT Presents: A First Look at Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

What: The National Museum of Women in the Arts is celebrating the opening of its Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling exhibit with behind-the-scenes spotlight tours, light refreshments (including a pierogi bar), and an open bar featuring Johnnie Walker Black and Ketel One cocktails.

Details: Reservations are required; 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Persian New Year Dinner at Mess Hall

What: To mark the multi-day celebration of new life and good luck, which falls on the spring equinox, Mess Hall and restaurateur Saied Azali (Convivial, Mintwood Place) will host a four-course dinner with beverage pairings.

Details: The menu will be prepared by chef Keyvan Djavan, who recently returned to the area from Tehran, where he’s owned and operated a restaurant since 2013. Dishes will play up Iranian flavors like saffron, rose water, and pistachio. Ben Alt of Reliable Tavern will pair each course with interesting wines and creative cocktails. Tickets are $85. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 703 Edgewood Street NE

Friday, March 22

Pink Tie Party

What: D.C.’s stylish annual kickoff to spring packs in bites and cocktails from local restaurants, an open bar, entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction. Guests will don pink duds to match the blossoming buds and free-flowing rosé. Participating restaurants include Barley Mac, Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill, Kaliwa by Restaurant Eve, Kingbird at The Watergate, Milk Bar, Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar, Rasa, Thai Chef Street Food, Tico, and Estadio. Guests can also get a first taste of Cane, which is coming soon to H Street NE.

Details: Proceeds from each $225 ticket benefit National Cherry Blossom Festival Inc. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center. 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Prime Rib Night at Charlie Palmer Steak

What: To wrap up long weeks, the steakhouse across from the U.S. Capitol is serving a meaty three-course menu every Friday night. The hefty lineup includes a wedge salad with Point Reyes blue cheese dressing; a 44 Farms prime rib alongside a loaded baked potato; and a brownie banana split for $69 per guest.

Details: Guests can tack on Napa Valley wine or booze pairings, like Lamar’s Barrel Aged Manhattan, for $25-$36 extra. 101 Constitution Avenue NW

Saturday, March 23


What: RFK Stadium keeps the holiday alive this year, playing host to a post-St. Patricks Day festival featuring 30 bands and DJs (including Mighty Mighty Bosstones and DJ James Kennedy from Vanderpump Rules).

Details: Expect a slew of food vendors, with some ticket tiers including bottomless beer and wine pours all day. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. 2400 E Capitol Street SE

Monday, March 25

Speed Rack Season 8

What: The annual all-female bartending competition to raise money for breast cancer research is back, with this year’s Mid-Atlantic mix-off going down at U Street Music Hall.

Details: Speed Rack, founded by two top NYC bartenders, has raised over $850,000 for breast cancer research charities to date. Guests can sample punches and drinks filled with top labels, alongside bites from local eateries. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 1115A U Street NW

Wednesday, March 27

Kaliwa x Preserve Collaboration Dinner

What: The Wharf’s Kaliwa’s Paolo Dungca and Joshua Jarvis will join Preserve’s Jeremy Hoffman and Brian Cieslak for a collaboration dinner at the Annapolis restaurant. The menu, featuring snacks, small plates, and mains, will play up styles and cuisines of the two eateries located an hour drive apart. The longtime link between the two? Dungca, Jarvis, and Hoffman once worked at Restaurant Eve under chef Cathal Armstrong.

Details: 10 percent of the sales will go to The Light House, a homelessness prevention and support center for the Annapolis area. Reservations are encouraged. 5 p.m. to close. 164 Main Street, Annapolis, Maryland

Taste of Blue Ridge’s 2019 Root to Table Culinary Series

What: Chefs, farmers, and fans of sustainable food sourcing will gather at Harpers Ferry Brewing in Purcellville, Virginia, to kick off the 2019 Taste of Blue Ridge Root to Table Series.

Details: Now in its third season, the culinary series is expanding with ten events across the Shenandoah Valley and the panhandle of West Virginia. Each event has a minimum of five chefs participating in the preparation and presentation of courses centered around the host event’s theme. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 37412 Adventure Center Lane, Hillsboro, Va.


Spring Wine Fling

What: Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s annual wine promotion aims to unite restaurants and diners over their shared love for vino.

Details: Over 25 restaurants are expected to participate in this year’s “Sangria Edition” theme, which runs through Sunday, March 24.


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