Ma Petite Liste – February 27-March 4, 2012

MONDAY FEBRUARY 27

While 5 Oscars are being checked in to an Air France flight back to Charles de Gaulle you might be tempted to google Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin. Please don’t. If you did, you might come across this video 😉 I’d rather you go see the performance that earned him an Academy Award last night. The Artist is playing at 5:15, 7:30 or 9:45PM today (well, every day this week until Friday at least) at E Street Cinema! Or watch his previous collaboration with Berenice Bejo and Academy Award winner Michel Hazanavicius OSS 17: Cairo Nest of Spies. It’s a really funny film and it’s available on demand on Netflix. Don’t bother with the follow up film OSS 17: Lost in Rio though. Not as good.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28
Six D.C. foodtrucks will be parked outside the National Press Club for the first “Wine and Food Truck Pairing Dinner.” The Big Cheese, Go Fish!, Lemongrass Vietnamese Cuisine, DC Empanadas, BBQ Bus, and Curbside Cupcakes will each prepare a dish that will be accompanied by wine from The Fourth Estate Restaurant, except for Curbside Cupcakes, which will have its dessert served with a chocolate malt Chocolate City Brewery. Tickets were $35 though I think they’re already sold out. Good thing I got mine early 😉 On a slightly more serious topic, the French Embassy is hosting a discussion at 7PM  on equality between men and women. Amongst the panelists is Sihem Habchi, a French women born to Algerian immegrants and who started the organization Ni Putes Ni Soumises following the high profile cases of the gang-rape of a 13 year old in the Paris subburbs and the burning alive of a 17 year old. The event is free, and the discussion will be followed by a reception.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 29
It’s not too early to start thinking about what you’ll be wearing at Mad Men watch parties March 25th! Don, Betty and Joan are back on TV for a new season, and Banana Republic has a new Mad Men clothing line for the occasion. Even better? D.C.’s Banana Republic stores (Georgetown and Downtown) are celebrating with special launch parties tonight starting at 6PM (5PM for cardmembers). You can also catch one of my favourite Woody Allen film, Annie Hall, for free at the National Portrait Gallery (starts at 6:30PM.)

THURSDAY MARCH 1

 I love pastries too much to ever consider going vegan, although Doron Petersan of Sticky Finger bakery has me almost convinced that I could live without butter or eggs. Though I don’t think I could live without milk… Frenchie’s gotta have her cheese 😉 The winner of Food Network’s Cupcake War All-Stars has a new cookbook Sweets! 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes, where she shares the recipes and techniques behind her bakery’s most popular desserts. She’ll be at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue to sign copies of her book, talk cupcakes and discuss what it’s like for an Italian Jew from New York to turn vegan. (Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the event, or receive 2 free tics with purchase of the book for $27.50 through Sixth & I.) Also, GW’s Flamenco Festival starts today with a Flamenco beginners’ class (7PM) followed with a reception featuring Spanish wines and cheeses. If you’re already an experienced flamenco dancer, there will also be a 9PM moderate class… (Tickets are $20)
FRIDAY MARCH 2
And speaking of Spanish wine… Taberna Del Alabardero is celebrating its 23rd anniversary by offering all of their house red, white and sparkling wines for $23 a bottle. All month. NICE! You can also head to the Folger Shakespeare Theater for a reception with authors Tilar Mazzeo and Stacy Schiff. You may know Tilar from some of her previous work like “The Secret of Chanel N°5: The Intimate History of the World’s Most Famous Perfume” or “The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It” (it might not surprise you to know I own both books.) The two writers will each read selections from their work, as part of the PEN/Faulkner Reading series presented in conjunction with Folger Shakespeare Library’s celebration of women writers.
SATURDAY MARCH 3
Taste of the Nation DC is still a few weeks away (April 2 if you want to mark your calendars already) but you can already help Share Our Strength by attending a pre-event brunch at Jack Rose this Saturday ($45, 12:30-3PM.) Local favorites such as the pastry team from Northside Social, Lyon Hall and Liberty Tavern, Bar Pilar and Cafe- St. Ex and Belga Cawill offer sweet and savoury dishes for guests to sample while sipping on specialty brunch cocktails crafted by Taste of the Nation Mixologist Chair Gina Chersevani and her peers from Jack Rose, Tabard Inn and Tryst. 100% of the ticket proceeds from this event will support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in DC and around the U.S.
SUNDAY MARCH 4
Join other fans of lamb between 3-5PM at the Palomar Hotel as 4 of your favourite D.C. food bloggers team up with local chefs to prepare delicious lamb dishes. Whose lamb dish will reign supreme? Grab a $25 ticket and you can have your say (and taste all of the lamb dishes too.)

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