Monday, August 31, 2015

U STREET: “Every August Until A Cure - Ice Bucket Challenge” at VIDA Fitness’ Penthouse Pool Club - Oh What Fun for a Great Cause

This August the Ice Bucket Challenge made a big comeback, especially since last year’s viral video phenomenon raised millions for ALS research and is responsible for discovering major breakthroughs for the disease. This summer, the Ice Bucket Challenge co-founders Pete Frates and Pat Quinn have reignited the campaign with Every August Until A Cure Ice Bucket Challenge— an new annual one-month fundraising initiative to take place every August — and DC’s VIDA Fitness took part earlier today at its Penthouse Pool Club on U Street.

Last year, Washington-area resident Andrea Peet was diagnosed with ALS at 33 and challenged VIDA Fitness members and staff for the August challenge. Today staff from all VIDA locations congregated at VIDA on U Street to meet the challenge.
Andrea Peet lays down the Challenge
VIDA enthusiastically accepted the task and mobilized 17 of its staff members to a group ice bucket dumping and encouraged its members to donate the ALS Foundation. Last year, more than 17 million ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos were posted to Facebook and these videos were watched by 440 million people a total of 10 billion times. 
More than $220 million was raised globally with $115 million going to The ALS Association, which is putting these dollars to work funding exciting new initiatives to find treatments and a cure for the disease through research, care services and public policy. 

To read more about progress since last year, visit or place a $10 donation, text ‘ALS’ to 80077.

WASHINGTON DC: 'My Girlfriend's House' Provides Apartment Renovations to 'New Endeavors by Women'

I have written about, the Shaw based, New Endeavors by Women before. Below is the latest, new, project in conjunction with My Girlfriends House - that shows that despite the City finances, crime and the increases in homeless families there are a lot more people in DC that care than many may think. These folk are on the front-line fighting the results of an economy that are felt by the less fortunate. Supporting these groups and other grass-roots organizations should be a year round effort (not just at tax time) I know that they all appreciate volunteer time and, for those unable, financial read on and think about what you can do.

On Saturday, September 5, 2015, My Girlfriend's House will renovate permanent supported housing apartments run by New Endeavors by Women (NEW) for homeless women and children in Washington,DC. The “grand reveal” will beheld 3:30pm that afternoon at 300 56thSt.,NE, Washington,DC 20019.

With the number of families in DC's homeless population increasing each year, housing programs are finding it harder to secure the funds needed to provide adequate housing and support. My Girlfriend's House addresses this issue semi-­annually by bringing their Shelter Room Makeover Party to facilities that house women and their children in the DC Metropolitan area.

In their largest makeover project to date, My Girlfriend’s House will bring 120 volunteers to NEW's family housing program, 'New Horizons'. The organization will renovate the apartments with new furniture, fresh paint jobs and re-­decorated children’s rooms for the 17 families and 45 children currently in residence.
Work on this project will begin as early as September 3rd, with volunteers arriving to dispose of large furniture. By the end of the project, My Girlfriend’s House will repaint, decorate and transform the apartments into more welcoming, livable space for the residents.
Volunteers will also put in special effort to make the facility and an adjoining backyard more child-­friendly and better landscaped. Veronica Eyenga, Executive Director and Founder of My Girlfriend’s House,is excited to show the children and parents how much fun and more comfortable their new homes will be. “Our goal with this makeover party is to transform each of the apartments to look and feel like child’s haven with bright colors, toys and pictures of inspiration.”
“It’s really all about the kids, ”says NEW’s Executive Director Wanda Steptoe. “What great opportunity it is to provide the children with an atmosphere that stimulates their creativity.”

MVT: Justin Trawick features for Final 'Tunes in the Triangle' Free Concert Sept. 10th at 6 PM at Milian Park (5th, Mass & I Street)

Mount Vernon Triangle area residents, workers and visitors are invited to enjoy free, live music on Thursday, September 10th as the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) holds its final “Tunes in the Triangle” summer concert featuring Justin Trawick from 6-8 PM at Milian Park at 5th Street, Massachusetts Avenue and I Street, NW. 

Tunes in the Triangle concerts, organized by the Mount Vernon Triangle CID, showcase local artists with musical genres ranging from pop to jazz. Concerts were held once a month in May, June and July at both lunchtime (at 5th & K Street) and in the evening (at Milian Park). The September 10th concert is a rain date make-up from June 25th. 

The concerts are free and guests are encouraged to pack a picnic, bring a blanket or chair and spend an evening with your friends, family, kids and pets. In addition to great music, enjoy corn hole, hula hoops, games and bubbles. We will have free lemonade courtesy 450K Apartments, brownies and treats courtesy of Le Pain Quotidien and dinner available for purchase from a popular food truck. Click here to view video from the first concert on May 28th.

Tunes in the Triangle is sponsored by the MVT CID and produced by OnTap Productions.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

DOWNTOWN: Join Chef Miles Vaden at 'Taste of the Chesapeake' Cooking Class at DC Coast - September 12th

Join Executive Chef and Maryland native, Miles Vaden, as he demonstrates some of his favorite dishes inspired by the bounty of the ‪#‎ChesapeakeBay‬ on Saturday, September 12th from 1-3pm. You'll be served four delicious courses complemented with ‪#‎WinePairings‬!
  • First Course: Baked Pure Passion Oysters with Crab Mornay, Spinach & Parmesan Breadcrumbs, Brut Sparkling Rose (Pinot Noir), Chandon, California, NV 
  • Second Course: Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Ravigote with Bibb Lettuce, Chopped Egg & Spicy Pickle Remoulade, Pouilly-Fuisse (Chardonnay), Domaine les Vieux Murs, Jean-Paul Paquet, Burgundy, France, 2013 
  • Third Course: Chesapeake Bouillabaisse with Blue Catfish, Oysters, Clams, Crab Meat, Old Bay Rouille & Grilled Baguette, Pinot Noir, Matello, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2013 
  • Dessert: Berger Cookie Ice Cream Terrine with Salted Almonds, Creme Chantilly, Maraschino Cherry & Hot Chocolate Sauce, Orange Blossom Muscat, Quady, Essensia Madera, California, 2012
$85 per person, all inclusive. 
Click Here to make your reservation today

DC Coast is located at;

1401 K Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia
(202) 216-5988

WASHINGTON DC: 3rd Annual Boundary Stone Bike Ride - September 19th (Register - Its Free)

Do you like history, biking, and/or adventure? Are you trying to check off all the items on the Washingtonian's bucket list of things to do in DC? Do you just need something fun and different to do on a Saturday in September?

Whatever the case, join us for a bike ride around the oldest federal monuments, the DC boundary stones. The whole ride (including bike back to Boundary Stone) is a metric century; each side is approximately 15 miles - join us for 1, 2, 3, or all 4!

Register now to make sure you get your t-shirt and swag bag, and check the Facebook event page for updates!

Meet at Jones Point Park at 9am, wheels up 9:30am.

As always, the ride will be sponsored by Boundary Stone DC = ride shirts and an awesome after-party at the bar with specials on DC Brau Brewing Company beers! This year, our new partner Phoenix Bikes will be on-hand at the ride start and rest stop(s) for bike safety and maintenance checks.

How to get to the start:
By metro - yellow or blue line to King St-Old Town station. The lighthouse is about 2 miles from the station, so get your warm-up ride in.
By car or bus - Check out the Jones Point Park site for driving, parking, and bus route info.

Here are the directions.

We will provide cue sheets (route + stone locations) and rest stop(s) with water, snacks, and bike maintenance, but you should be prepared with everything you might need along the way: ID & cash, pump and spare tube/ patch kit, etc. We will be riding on regular roads, so take necessary precautions.

Mark your calendars, spread the word (#BSride2015), and see you on the 19th!

TAKOMA DC: Takoma Central in Takoma DC Opens Final Phase of New Apartments as First Phase Reaches 100% Leased

Federal Capital Partners® and Level 2 Development (Level 2) have commenced leasing for Takoma Central’s final phase of new apartment units as the first phase of the highly amenitized development reaches the 100% leased mark. Takoma Central, at 235 Carroll Street, NW in Washington, DC features a total of 150 studio, 1 and 2-bedroom luxury apartment homes in the sought after and close-knit Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC. Destination restaurant, Busboys & Poets, which opened in February 2015, anchors the vibrant street front of Takoma Central. Steps away, the Takoma Red Line Metro station provides convenient commuting, and a variety of unique restaurants and eclectic shops in Takoma’s historic main street district reinforces the walkable, sustainable nature of the community. The project was designed to complement the architectural character and spirit of the Takoma neighborhood and features a sunlit lobby with an elegant seating area defined by flowing sheer curtains, surrounded by unique local art that was curated for the building. Takoma Central is designed to LEED standards with sustainable and health-focused elements and is smoke-free throughout the property. Leasing and property management are being handled by Bozzuto Management Company.
“Takoma Central’s unique location, nested within the intimate Takoma DC community, inspired FCP and Level 2 to bring fresh, creative design and a vibrant approach to apartment living to a community that has welcomed these principles,” said Federal Capital Partners Vice President, Nikita Rao. “Our leasing pace has exceeded expectations and we look forward to welcoming residents to the second and final phase of Takoma Central.”
Airy apartments feature open floor plans, sophisticated finishes such as granite counter-tops, maple cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and wide plank oak flooring, and welcoming, comfortable social spaces including a private courtyard with fire pit and outdoor grills as well as a fitness center, resident lounge, business center, social e-cafe and an automatic package concierge. Supporting residents’ preferences for sustainability in their community, Takoma Central offers bicycle racks, preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles, ENERGY STAR appliances, high-efficiency water-saving fixtures, and the use of building materials with recycled content.

For information and updates, visit Takoma Central at

BROOKLANDS: Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen and Sloppy Mama's Barbeque - Special Menu Between September 7 and 13

Beginning on Labor Day, Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen will offer a week-long collaborative menu with Sloppy Mama's Barbeque featuring sandwiches and smoked meat entrees. 
 Chef Shannan Troncoso will serve the special menu between September 7 and 13, and will feature dishes with Kansas City and Georgia Gold sauces such as:

  • Smoked Chicken Muffuletta Panini: Olive Tapenade, Smoked Mozzarella Cheese, Olli Prosciutto, Sundried Tomato Dipping Sauce, Hand Cut Chips ($13)
  • Beef Brisket Sandwich: Cole Slaw, Choice of Sauce (Kansas City and Georgia Gold), Brioche Bread, House Cut Fries ($14)
  • Pork Ribs: Bacon Mac and Cheese, Spicy Greens, Cole Slaw ($20)
  • Beef Brisket: Buttery Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Spinach, Cole Slaw ($22)
Dessert rounds out the menu with a S’mores Rice Crispy Bar with Graham Cracker Ice Cream ($8). In addition to this special menu, the restaurant will also serve its weekend brunch menu on Labor Day, found here

Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen is located at;
12th and Jackson NE, Washington DC

VIRGINIA: Chef Tarver King & The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm to Host Arlington-Based Custom Tableware Design Studio Cloud Terre for an Interactive Kickstarter Reception - Wednesday September 2nd

Arlington-based custom tableware design studio Cloud Terre is thrilled announce that they will be co-hosting a creative collaboration reception with award-winning Chef Tarver King, Chef Nathan Shapiro, and The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm (42461 Lovettsville Rd, Lovettsville, VA 20180; (540) 822-9017; It all happens on Wednesday, September 2nd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at a one-of-a-kind interactive walking reception offering signature sips and bites.
Priced at $45 per person (not including tax), guests will have the opportunity to interact with Amber Kendrick and Ernie Niblack of Cloud Terre and Chef Tarver King as they celebrate the past, present, and future of their unique collaborative custom tableware relationship. Guests will enjoy organic and foraged light fare served on Cloud Terre tableware, and imbibements made with spirits from Catoctin Creek Distillery, as well as a selection of stunning Virginia wines. 

Guests will also go home with a Cloud Terre mystery bag including one signature tableware item from their catalogue.

Event Link:

For the Cloud Terre Kisckstarter Campaign:
Cloud Terre, Amber & Ernie
Since its launch in Arlington, VA in 2009, Cloud Terre has received critical acclaim for their work especially in collaboration with various high-profile restaurants and chefs including award-winning Tarver King at The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, Fiola, Fiola Mare, Ashby Inn, and Chef Johnny Spero, to highlight a few. Throughout Cloud Terre’s Kickstarter campaign, Kendrick and Niblack look forward to hosting a series of intimate events showcasing a wide variety of notable local chefs, restaurants and other celebrated taste-makers – past, present, and future – of which they are collaborating with.