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Mediterranean Soirée Labor Day Party!

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JBC Events present Mediterranean Soirée, an end-of-the-summer Labor Day party!

Hosted by Jana Sedlakova, Laila Mokhiber, Roy Abdo, Jad Bouchebel, Milena Mijuskovic & Skylite DC.

Sounds by: Caseo & Ivan.

We are bringing the hottest Latin & Mediterranean sounds to our event.

This event is by invite ONLY. RSVP on Facebook DOES NOT guarantee entrance. You must be registered for the party via Eventbrite: http://mediterraneansoiree.eventbrite.com/

For table reservations, call 571-243-7199 or email info@jbcevents.com.

All guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend the event and present a valid U.S. ID for event entry.

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DC Wine Week Road Trip 2014: Elevation Tour

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DC Wine Week is heading to Virginia Wine Country!

We’re partnering with DiVine Wine Tours of Virginia and hitting the road!

This Virginia Wine Tour takes you out into the beautiful and historic area of Middleburg, Virginia. The simple and quiet life surrounded by rolling hills lined with farms, very small communities and vineyards. Add some sunshine and great company and you’ve got something rare, something….elevated.

Wineries:
– Boxwood Winery
– Stone Tower Winery
– Greenhill Winery

Ticket: $135
– Tickets include transportation, behind-the-scenes guided tours, lunch and wine tastings.
– Additional money is needed only if you plan on purchasing bottles of wine on-site.

Pick Up Info:
– All tours are 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
– Pick up for each tour will be at Hamilton Live 600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005. We will be meeting up in the front bar and promptly departing at 10:15 AM.

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2014 Citi Open

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View the official photo gallery here.

Held July 26th-August 3rd, the Citi Open is part of the prestigious Emirates Airline US Open Series–the summer tennis season that links eight North American hard-court tournaments to the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. The men’s tournament is one of only 11 elite ATP World Tour 500-level events worldwide, making it one of the top 20 tournaments in the world, and the only one held in the United States.

First, we headed to the annual Chef Challenge on Thursday, July 31st. This rollicking event was emceed by Mike Isabella, celebrity chef and owner of Graffiato. Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Ripple and Roofers Union, Argentinian Embassy chef Diego Biondi and two-time defending champion of the competition and owner of Del Campo Victor Albisu squared off to at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park to claim this year’s presigious title. Tennis fans and foodies alike watched the chefs race against the clock to create delectable treats using pre-selected ingredients. Judges were Charles de Bournet Marnier Lapostolle, CEO of Perigee Spirits and maker of KAPPA Pisco, our own Tommy McFly, and Laura Hayes, a writer for Dining Bisnow and Thrillist.

The Citi Open also features a WTA International Tournament, one of only two in the United States. The tournament’s owner and beneficiary, the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), provides underserved children in the D.C. area with a safe environment to learn critical life skills both on and off the court through academic and athletic enrichment.

The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) is a premier educational and tennis organization for underserved children in Washington, D.C. The mission of WTEF is to improve the life prospects of low-income, underserved children and youth in the District of Columbia through athletic and academic enrichment.

WTEF seeks to keep children off city streets during out-of-school time in a safe environment they can trust. WTEF also engages them in productive activities that teach discipline, build confidence, improve school performance, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. WTEF empowers students to achieve their highest potential by helping them develop meaningful values and critical life skills that will lead them to make constructive life choices.

The final results were as follows:

CITI OPEN – WASHINGTON DC, USA
USD 1,654,295.00 (ATP)
USD 250,000.00 (WTA)
28 JULY – 3 AUGUST 2014

RESULTS – AUGUST 03, 2014
Men’s
Singles – Finals

[2] M Raonic (CAN) d [13] V Pospisil (CAN) 61 64

Men’s
Doubles – Finals

J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d S Groth (AUS) / L Paes (IND) 75 64

Women’s
Singles – Finals

[6] S Kuznetsova (RUS) d K Nara (JPN) 63 46 64

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Gentleman Clinic

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Register here.
You may know your way around DC, but do you know how to show up in style?  How about the best wine to pair with that cheese plate you just ordered? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
We believe that with a little training and helpful advice, all DC men can be versed in the fine art of being a gentleman. Thats why several local startups are holding a series of clinics, starting with getting you through that big date you have coming up.
We have the following three District-based companies speaking at the first Gentleman Clinic, all ready to help you make a great impression:
UrbanStems – Bringing flowers to a date may seem antiquated, but in fact it’s one of the longest running traditions (and all-around classy move) for starting your evening on the right foot. UrbanStems will be on hand to discuss the basics on flowers — what to give, care and arrangement, and how to make you look like the smartest, most thoughtful guy in town.

State of Affairs – How you present yourself at a dinner party in terms clothing selection is pivotal to making the right impressions. The devil is in the details, down from the shirt you choose to the shoes you wear, and the team from State of Affairs will be on deck to ensure you show up to any dinner party looking your very best.

VinoLovers – A picture may say a thousand words, but the right kind of wine can also speak volumes. The founder of Vinolovers will be giving a breakdown of wine pairings, unique blends, and all things regardingoneology (hint: stop ordering the second cheapest bottle on the menu).
Join us at UberOffices Dupont Circle (1200 18th St NW, 7th Floor) on Wednesday, August 6th from 6:30-9pm.
We encourage both men and ladies to attend, as the female perspective on the modern gentlemen is a critical view point for constructive dialogue.
In addition to the clinics, we’ll have free wine and whiskey, as well as floral arrangements to give away.
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Citi Open Enhances Fan Experience with New Events and Amenities

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World class tennis won’t be the only thing for fans to enjoy at this year’s Citi Open in Washington, D.C., running from July 28 to August 5 in Rock Creek Park. While the world’s best ATP and WTA players compete for more than $1.8 million in player compensation on the court, tournament sponsors and organizers have created an enhanced fan experience off the court through special events and interactive fan promotions.
In its first year as title sponsor, Citi is leading the charge with the “Citi Open Radio” program, which will feature live match updates from all courts and exclusive interviews with players and tournament officials. Citi will provide Citi cardholders with personal radios during the tournament, and fans will be encouraged to participate in the interviews through the tournament’s twitter handle, @CitiOpen.
Other fan attractions include an expanded Corona Beach Bar and photo booth located in the concession area, ping pong in the Lexus tent, live music from Rew Smith during finals weekend, daily sponsor giveaways and more.
This year’s special event lineup includes a culinary event headlined by D.C. Celebrity Chefs Bryan Voltaggio and Victor Albisu. The Corona Extra Alumni Night presented by Lexus is a tailgating party for college alumni emceed by HOT 99.5’s Sarah Fraser. Epic Cellars Wine Tasting Night presented by Lexus will give guests access to a wide variety of vintage wines and includes a toast with top ATP and WTA players. The full special event lineup includes:
• National Parks and Recreation Family Day, Saturday, July 28
• USTA Member Appreciation Day, Monday, July 30
• WTEF Pro-AM, Monday, July 30
• Chef Challenge with Bryan Voltaggio and Victor Albisu, Monday, July 30
• USTA Member Appreciation Day, Monday, July 30
• Corona Extra Alumni Night at the Net presented by Lexus, Tuesday, July 31
• Epic Cellars Wine Tasting Night presented by Lexus, Thursday, August 2
• Military Appreciation Day hosted by Geico, Saturday, August 4
• Box Seat Ticket Holder Appreciation Reception, Saturday, August 4
Onsite fan amenities include:
• Citi Open Radio
• Corona Beach House with photo booth
• Daily on-court promos with prizes
• The GameTruck featuring Wii, Xbox360, and PlayStation3 during Military Appreciation ?Day
• Rew Smith Band to play live music for the semifinals and finals
• Fast serve cage
• Ping Pong
For more information about the Citi Open, details on any special events or to buy tickets to the tournament or special events, please visit www.citiopentennis.com or call the tournament hotline at 202-721-9500. Single Session/Daily Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster. Tennis Center Box office opens Saturday July 28 at 9 a.m. Additional information can be found on Twitter @CitiOpen and Facebook: www.facebook.com/citiopen. ?An integral part of the sports and entertainment fabric of Washington, D.C. for 43 years, the Citi Open, a Lagardère Unlimited production, is owned by and benefits WTEF, a non-profit organization designed to help disadvantaged Washington, D.C.-area youth through tennis and educational programs. To learn more about WTEF and its programs, please visithttp://www.wtef.org/index.php.
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El Centro D.F. National Tequila Month Party

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July is National Tequila Month and El Centro D.F. Is Celebrating with A Festival of Events

Guests can look forward to tequila drinks, tequila ceviches, signature dishes enhanced with tequila and tequila gelato during the month of July.

Known for its impressive tequila collection with over 250 tequilas, Richard Sandoval’s vibrant Taqueria and Tequileria, El Centro D.F., with locations in two of DC’s hottest neighborhoods, 14th Street and Georgetown, is excited to celebrate July’s National Tequila Month. Sandoval and his culinary team are pulling out all the corks for tequila enriched dishes and tequila infused specials served all month long. Plus both restaurants will be showcasing a tequila gelato that is being churned by leading Gelato creator Robb Duncan of Dolcezza for this month-long celebration.

Here is what is happening:  Guests can attend two Meet the Maker dinners, and toast the festival finale at a lively, ticketed Tequila Party at both El Centro locations. From July 1st-31st, the restaurant will be pouring two new house-made tequila infusions: pineapple/sage and grapefruit/lime/lemongrass, which will be served as specials in addition to El Centro’s ten seasonal infusion flavors. These two new infusions can be served straight-up or with a splash of soda, and are priced at just $5 each. Guests can enjoy these drink specials for the month of July on Mondays during lunch and dinner service, and during happy hour every night of the festival from 5 PM to 7 PM.

On Monday, July 28th, fans of El Centro D.F. are invited to attend a National Tequila Month party in Georgetown or at 14th Street, from 5 PM to 8 PM.  The event is priced at $39 per person and tickets are available at:https://www.livingsocial.com/cities/1-washington-d-c/deals/1167874-tequila-appreciation-party-or-tasting-dinner. Guests will receive three drink tickets, and the opportunity to indulge in a variety of dishes on an extensive buffet  including Carnitas, Brisket and Nopal Tacos with molcajete, verde, and morita salsa, pico de gallo, crema and lettuce; Refried Beans; Mexican Rice; Chips with salsa and guacamole; Mini Chorizo Empanadas; Chicken Tinga Flautas; Mini Mushroom Quesadillas, as well as Mini Open-Face Tortas. Additionally, the restaurants will have DJs spinning music throughout the restaurant from 5 PM to close.  Regular dinner service will resume at both locations at 8 PM.

WHERE: El Centro D.F. has two locations in Washington, DC: 1819 14th Street, NW, 20009, (202) 328-3131; 1218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, 20007, (202) 333-4100.  For additional information please visit www.richardsandoval.com

WHY: El Centro D.F. has Washington most diverse selection of over 250 tequilas, including blancos, reposados, anejos, premium, micro and infused options ranging in price from $8 to $200 making it a great place to get to know tequila for National Tequila Month. Vertical tastings are also available for $25, and feature tequilas made with different aging techniques.  Horizontal tastings comparing three tequilas made by different distilleries is another option with prices ranging from $18 to $32.  In addition, a micro-tequila tasting can be enjoyed for $25, as well as a premium tasting of three high-end tequilas for $75.  For those seeking an alternative to traditional tequila, the menu at El Centro D.F. features over 45 different mezcals ranging from $8 to $40, as well as a mezcal tasting highlighting three unique selections for $25.

House-made infused tequilas are also available for $9, and include such flavors as strawberry-basil infused 100% agave tequila; watermelon & cucumber infused 100% agave tequila; pineapple & serrano infused 100% agave tequila; serrano infused 100% agave tequila; plum infused 100% agave tequila; blueberry-lemon infused 100% agave tequila, as well as cranberry-orange zest infused 100% agave tequila.  A tasting of three of the house-infused tequilas is also available for $21.  Frozen margaritas are also available throughout the restaurant along with house-made sodas.  Margaritas are priced at $9 a glass, $22 for a half-carafe and $40 for a full carafe.

About Richard Sandoval Restaurants:

Richard Sandoval Restaurants (RSR) is a leading restaurant group founded by Mexican-born chef/restaurateur/author Richard Sandoval and based in New York City. Known for offering guests an unparalleled culinary experience, this internationally recognized contemporary Latin restaurant group successfully owns and operates 35 restaurant concepts around the globe. Spanning from California to New York, Colorado to Florida, Nevada to Virginia and Arizona to Washington, D.C. — as well as from Dubai to Mexico and Qatar to Serbia — Chef Sandoval’s “made from scratch” approach and passion for introducing Latin cuisine to the world continues to inspire him to combine authentic Latin ingredients with international flavors and inventive techniques to create one-of-kind concepts and cuisines that range from modern and coastal Mexican, Latin-Asian, Peruvian to Pan-Latin, among others.  For a complete list of RSR restaurants, menus or for more information, please visitwww.richardsandoval.com.

Drink the District Beer Fest

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Take an unlimited tasting journey through more than 50 beers from around the world, dive into DC’s most delicious food trucks at Drink the District: Beer Edition.

This third annual event features awesome lawn games and live music on the main stage at the New York Avenue city block between 5th and 6th Streets on Saturday, July 26.

With this offer, you can snag tickets to the afternoon or evening session to celebrate beer and summer in the nation’s capital.

Be sure to buy early! The price will go up as sessions sell out.

Drink the District’s Website