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Tour de Bourdeaux

Tuesday, January 21 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Fairmont Hotel Georgetown, Washington D.C.

Tour de Bordeaux

Experience this one-of-a kind event, with special access to the unveiling of the new 2017 Bordeaux vintage. We’re bringing the best producers from all around the world to share their products and winemaking stories with you. We’re so excited to be back for our 6th year in Washington, D.C. A limited amount of tickets are available, so get yours today!

Tour De Bordeaux Wine List

Château de Chantegrive
Château Les Carmes Haut – Brion
Domaine de Chevalier
Château Haut – Bailly
Château Latour – Martillac
Château La Louvière
Château Malartic – Lagravière
Château Olivier
Château Pape Clément
Château Smith Haut Lafitte
Château Beau – Séjour Bécot
Château Canon – La – Gaffelière
Château La Couspaude
Château La Dominique
Château Larcis Ducasse
Château Pavie Macquin
Château Valandraud
Château Villemaurine
Château Beauregard
Château La Cabanne
Château Clinet
Château Gazin
Château Rouget
Château Fourcas Dupré
Château Maucaillou
Château Cantemerle
Château Citran
Château Coufran
Château La Lagune
Château de Lamarque
Château La Tour Carnet
Château Brane – Cantenac
Château Cantenac Brown
Château Durfort – Vivens
Château Ferrière
Château Haut – Bages Libéral
Château Giscours
Château du Tertre
Château Kirwan
Château Lascombes
Château Malescot Saint – Exupéry
Château Marquis de Terme
Château Prieuré – Lichine
Château Rauzan – Gassies
Château Beaumont
Château Beychevelle
Château Branaire – Ducru
Château Gruaud Larose
Château Lagrange
Château Langoa Barton
Château Léoville Barton
Château Léoville Poyferré
Château Gloria
Château Saint – Pierre
Château Talbot
Château d’ Armailhac
Château Clerc Milon
Château Croizet – Bages
Château Duhart – Milon
Château Grand – Puy – Ducasse
Château Grand – Puy – Lacoste
Château Lynch – Moussas
Château Pichon Baron
Château Lynch – Bages
Château Ormes De Pez
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Château de Pez
Château Phélan Ségur
Château Bastor – Lamontagne
Château Coutet
Château Doisy Daëne
Château de Fargues
Château Guiraud
Clos Haut – Peyraguey
Château Rieussec
Château Sigalas Rabaud
Château Suduiraut

*Subject to change.

Ticket Details & Information
Join us in Washington, D.C. as Total Wine & More presents Tour de Bordeaux—a unique wine experience. Mix and mingle with over 80 producers as you enjoy over 100 wines, including the new 2017 Bordeaux vintage. Only a limited number of tickets are available so secure yours soon!

Date:
January 21, 2020

Location:
Fairmont Hotel
Georgetown, Washington D.C.

VIP:
Enjoy early access to a special Champagne tasting and to place an order on extremely limited products.

Time: 7-10 p.m.
Tickets: Early Bird Price: $125 | Regular Price: $175

General Admission:
Time: 7:30-10 p.m.
Tickets: Early Bird Price: $100 | Regular Price: $150

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Winternational Embassy Showcase

Thursday, December 5 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW – Washington, DC

Winternational is an exciting celebration showcasing the cultural and culinary traditions of Washington’s diplomatic community. The festival features a bustling global marketplace with more than fifty embassies promoting their countries through vibrant and interactive displays of visual art, food, handcrafts as well as travel and tourism. Free and open to the public.

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Christmas in Middleburg

Saturday, December 7 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Middleburg, VA

Parade Day
Come share your joy with us (John 15:11)! Begin your Christmas season in peace and love in Middleburg.

:: FRIDAY ::
Fri. 5 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony and Carols
:: SATURDAY ::
8:00 – 11 a.m. Breakfast with Santa and Silent Auction
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Craft Fair
9:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Santa’s Workshop
10 a.m. Hot chocolate warm up
11 a.m. Middleburg Hunt & Hounds Review
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Soup and Ham Biscuit Lunch
2 p.m. Christmas Parade
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Spirits of Middleburg
:: SUNDAY ::
2 p.m. Live Animal Christmas Pageant at Foxcroft School

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BookArts New Gallery

Bookarts New Gallery has arrived!

1700 G Street NW, next to the White House, on Liberty Plaza, a National Landmark

Open Mon-Fri 11 to 6 and Sat 10 to 1

Book Arts is the culmination of the collective efforts of gifted American and Florentine bookbinders, conservators, book artists, letterpress printers and leather craftsmen. Inspired by the classic Florentine atelier and a 100 year old legacy, Book Arts coalesces a life-time of experience to make available timeless works with uncompromising services, employing the arts of fine binding.

202-776-0006

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Mindful Loving

Mindful Loving is a book for any relationship.

The purpose of this book is to help couples learn to create healthy, happy, and Mindful Loving relationships. It was inspired by our work as therapists and relationship coaches working with thousands of clients over the past thirty years. We learned the importance of navigating through the challenges, celebrations, and cycles of loving. We incorporated the most important concepts and practices and created this practical guide to help couples enhance and transform their relationship.

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Limited Edition Chi Box™

Kim Baker Foods is releasing its new Limited Edition Chi Box™ for the holidays. For less than $25, send someone a sampler of one of the newest healthy snack products on the market with a dose of positivity. For every box sold, Kim Baker Foods will donate a package of Pro-Chi to FeedMore to feed a hungry family in the new year.

The Chi Box includes nine 1 oz. Pro-Chi Lentil Crunch packages in an assortment of flavors including Harissa Lime, Simply Salted, and Dark Chocolate Drizzle, along with three tea light candles and a lavender satchel. Pro-Chi™ Lentil Crunch is a healthy and fun plant-based snack with 7 grams of protein per serving and it’s grain free. Pro-Chi can also be used to add texture, nutrition and flavor to foods such as salad, yogurt, smoothie bowls, and more. Chi Boxes are available for $24.99 on www.kimbakerfoods.com/shop and Amazon until December 31st or until supplies last.

Using its passion for food as a vehicle for positivity has been core to the mission of Kim Baker Foods. “The Chi Box is an awesome holiday gift for anyone and it pays it forward to a family in need,” said Kim Baker, founder of Kim Baker Foods. “We believe it’s important to celebrate the holiday spirit with inspiration and generosity.”

Kim Baker Foods (www.kimbakerfoods.com) celebrates food that nourishes people, their communities, and the world around us. Pro-Chi™ is a unique plant-protein snack that makes clean eating fun and accessible. Pro-Chi™ Lentil Crunch Snacks and Protein Toppers are sold at www.kimbakerfoods.com and Amazon, as well as at select retail locations. Founder Kim Baker has cooked live on the TODAY Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda and has been featured in numerous media outlets including Virginia This Morning, FOX Business News, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Newsday, and others.

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She the People – The Resistance Continues – Second City

Tuesday, December 12 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Woolly Mammoth Theatre 641 D Street NW Washington, DC

Don’t miss this she-quel to last year’s Second City production at Woolly Mammoth!! Join your fellow Wildcats to howl with laughter at this all-female comedic show.

After last year’s thoroughly entertaining She the People, The Second City is returning to DC with its latest headlining production, She the People: The Resistance Continues!

This sketch comedy show is created, designed, and performed by an all-funny, all-star team of women. She the People: The Resistance Continues! satirizes the reality of being a woman in this wild world, exploding the myths and misrepresentations surrounding bachelorettes, Beyoncé, the 2020 election, and much more. The Washington Post called it a funny, fiercely political sketch-comedy show and the Chicago Tribune called it empowering entertainment.

The NU Club of DC has secured deeply-discounted group tickets – and a complimentary drink coupon with each ticket – for the evening performance of She the People: The Resistance Continues! on Thursday, December 12th.

Start the holiday season with joy and laughter as you enjoy The Second City in DC!

DATE/TIME:
Thursday, December 12, 2019

7:15 PM – 7:45 PM Ticket distribution in the Woolly Mammoth upper lobby
7:15 PM – 7:45 PM Informal socializing in the Woolly Mammoth lower lobby bar
7:45 PM – 8:00 PM Remaining tickets to be held at Will Call (in the upper lobby)
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Performance of She the People: The Resistance Continues!

FEES:
NU Alums: $37 (includes one drink ticket)
Guests of Alums: $37 (includes one drink ticket)

Note: NU Club of DC group tickets are nonrefundable, but can be transferred to another NU alumni/guest by notifying Diane Dunne, the NU Club of DC event coordinator.

Note: not an alum of Northwestern University? Or perhaps you are in another city? Fear not! Visit https://www.secondcity.com/shows/touring/she-the-people-5-copy/ to find a performance.

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Last of the Long-Haired Hippies – complete set – CWG Press

The wonderful trilogy Last of the Long-Haired Hippies is complete. All three books are available individually, but here’s a great deal: Just $32 for the complete set if you buy directly from us. Regular price is $15.95 each, and shipping is normally $10 per book but for this package it’s just $10 for the whole set. (Shipping price is for US only)

Shroud of Darkness

Victoria Barton’s routine life is tarnished only by her memories of her tumultuous youth. A runaway at sixteen, she fled with her boyfriend to the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco in 1968, and eventually to Woodstock. The only hippie in the Haight to never do drugs, Victoria is at a loss to explain why she is plagued by memories—bitter and sweet—and nightmares that she can’t remember upon awakening.Her sleepy southern Illinois hometown seems comfortable and far removed from the Haight, until a boy’s pet is killed in a ritualistic fashion. When a woman is attacked next, Victoria is forced to ask: What is it about her past that’s connected to the very real violence happening now?

Birth of the Storm

Young Vickie adapts to her new life with the hippies in Haight-Ashbury while keeping away from the “fuzz” who send home runaways like her. But it is not the paradise that Robbie promised her. She catches her boyfriend with other women both at home in San Francisco and later at Woodstock, and she realizes that her love will never be enough for him. Vickie faces the choice between the man she loves and the life she left behind in Illinois. After Woodstock, they retreat to New York City to rest before the long trip back across the country. But the party takes a deadly turn.

In 1992, Victoria realizes her memories are warning her of danger for her entire hometown. She races home together with her fiancé, Gary, only to find that the trouble has already begun.

With the body count rising, Victoria and Gary face the coming storm.

Victoria’s War

Victoria’s chaotic ex-boyfriend, Robbie Carter, returns to Campton to flaunt his best-selling book. He incites an abnormal level of attraction, danger, and uproar, especially among the females. But people continue to disappear or die in gruesome ways, and Victoria’s friends fear for her safety.

When another familiar face from her past show up, she wonders if her ex is really the evil mastermind. What connection could there be between the murders and her hippie friends?

Human depravity summons paranormal horrors and the true battle is revealed. Victoria must stand alone against the evil. Can she call on a greater Power to save her family and her town before it’s too late?

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Valet of the Dolls

Introducing Valet of the Dolls by Gillian Harris, the first fully-female staffed valet company serving 600 events a year, ranging from fundraisers to funerals, with presidential visits to Southern California since George W. Bush was in office.
Gillian Harris owns the company, which has around 150 employees. “We’ve had an air traffic controller. We’ve had attorneys. We’ve had one who went all the way through med school,” Harris said. Only five of the drivers are men. “The way that we present, it’s not about sex. It’s not that kind of party,” Harris said. “Our customers tend to trust female valets more. There’s something about realizing that they’re not going to go speeding off in your car. They don’t know what torque is, nor do they care how much yours has.” She finds in L.A., some people order valet like they order a pizza. “It’s like 4 p.m. They forgot to order valet. 100 cars worth of people coming to Mulholland Blvd. at 7 p.m.”

Harris says one of the biggest challenges in their industry is keeping up with all the street rules and regulations. “West Hollywood is different from Santa Monica, which is different from the city of L.A., which is different from Beverly Hills and Burbank and Glendale and all of that,” Harris said.

Five years ago, L.A. passed a law requiring all valets to get a permit in the hopes of making the industry safer and more secure. Harris says Valet of the Dolls is the only company in the city that also requires its employees to take a rigorous precision driving course. She says it has been a huge part of the company’s success.”90 percent of the maneuvers are reversing, backing into parking spaces, backing up alongside things,” she said.

Valets earn an average of $17-$22 an hour including tips. Harris says the cost of valet for a private event can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the number of cars that are coming, the amount of time required, and the level of difficulty of the location. The job gives the team of women a glimpse inside the elite world of L.A.’s rich and famous. After 16 years, Harris says it has been a good ride, but she is now actually looking to sell the business. She wants to pursue some other opportunities as an author and speaker.

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Burns Night aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia

Friday, January 24 at 3:00 PM to Saturday, January 25 at 11:30 PM
The Royal Yacht Britannia, Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ

To celebrate the birth of our national bard, Robert Burns, we are delighted to be hosting a ticketed traditional Burns Supper aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia.

With two dates available, Friday 24 January and Saturday 25 January, 2020, you will be welcomed aboard by Britannia’s piper to experience an unforgettable Scottish evening. A delicious four-course menu will be served in the State Dining Room by Britannia’s butlers. Featuring the very best Scottish ingredients, dinner will be prepared by our Executive Chef Mark Alston and his team in the original Royal Galleys.

Traditional Scottish music will be played throughout dinner by Britannia’s musicians and, the highlight of the evening, the ‘Address to a Haggis’ will be followed by a Whisky Tasting in the State Drawing Room.

The evening also includes a red carpet welcome, drinks and canapé reception with a highlights tour of The Royal Yacht Britannia.

Tickets are priced at £210 per person (inc VAT). To book individual places please click here or call our Events team on 0131 555 8800.

To extend your five-star experience, book a stay on Fingal by The Royal Yacht Britannia, our new luxury floating hotel. Guests who attend our Burns Supper will receive a 10% discount when booking accommodation aboard Fingal for the night of the event. Please call +44 (0) 131 357 5000 to enquire.

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A ‘Hat Off Beaujolais’ Soiree and Dinner on National Beaujolais Nouveau Day

Thursday, November 21 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
L’Auberge Chez François, 332 Springvale Road, Great Falls, Virginia

“BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU EST ARRIVEE !!!! – Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived and with it the promise of a wonderful new 2019 vintage.

Join Chef Jacques and team, and Boissett’s Export Director, Neil Ruane (aka Napoleon) in our very first ever Beaujolais dinner and discover the region’s hidden treasures .

Chef Jacques has prepared the perfect fall pairings – This experience could change your view of the gamay grape forever. As always fun, informal and entertaining – stories, singing and above all great food and wine.

All are encouraged to wear a hat in salute to the “Hat’s off to Beaujolais” Soiree. Prizes for the best hats, included!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is a kickoff to the holiday season, happening just before Thanksgiving, giving you a perfect excuse to meet with friends and family and get into the holiday spirit.

Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!” Translation: “The new Beaujolais has arrived!” See you at our lively and delectable celebration! Vive la France!

MENU

Seasonal Canapes
Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau Rouge 2019

Gratin of Seared Scallops with Butternut Squash Puree
Mommessin Les Grandes Mises Beaujolais Blanc

Classic Organic Whipple Tree Farms Chicken Breast Coq au Vin, Mushrooms and Spetzels
Mommessin Les Grandes Mises Saint-Amour Rouge 2017

Wagu Beef Bavette Steak, Beaujoulais Wine Reduction, Pomme Croquettes
Mommessin Les Grandes Mises Moulin-a-vent Rouge 2016
Château Pierreux Brouilly “Grande Reserve” Rouge 2016

Pear Duo Almond Custard Tarte
Pears Poached in White and Red Beaujolais, Almond Creme

Gilette’s Locally Roasted Coffee, Selection of Harney & Sons Fine Teas

$100.00;
excluding tax and gratuity, for a total of $127.00

Tickets non-refundable

We are happy to accommodate guests’ dietary concerns, so all may join the festivities.
Please email chezlauberge@aol.com or call 703-759-3800 with special requests

Patrons will have an opportunity to purchase these wines at a very special price this evening.

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Holiday appetizers made easy with Bacon Jam

The days are getting shorter and pre-holiday schedules are quickly becoming jam-packed. From family commitments to social gatherings, it can be challenging to squeeze in time to curate the perfect party dish. TBJ Gourmet’s Bacon Jam easily creates a unique and delicious element to any meal – see below for our holiday appetizer recipes.

TBJ Bacon Jam features a savory-sweet combination of bacon, brown sugar, caramelized onions, apple cider vinegar, and our special seasonings. With a bit of Bacon Jam magic, simple appetizers are transformed into delicious bites within minutes. Find our award-winning Bacon Jam in specialty food stores or on the TBJ website where you’ll find even more easy recipes to get through the holiday season.

Bacon Jam Brussel Sprouts

Trim and half 1 lb of brussel sprouts
Season with salt and pepper generously
Roast in olive oil or bacon lard in the oven at 450° for 20 minutes in a cast-iron skillet or on a sheet pan, tossing about halfway through
Pull from the oven, add 2-3 tbsp of Black Pepper Bacon Jam
Toss to coat and put under the broiler for 1-2 minutes until Bacon Jam begins to caramelize
Serve topped with crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Bacon Jam Sweet Potatoes

Wash and halve 3 large sweet potatoes
Roast flesh side down in coconut oil on a sheet pan in the oven at 375° for 20 minutes
Pull from the oven, allow to cool slightly, and scoop the flesh out into a bowl, leaving skins intact
Mash the flesh with a fork, season with salt and pepper, and stir in Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam
Fill the skins with the mixture, top with mini marshmallows and put back into the oven for 5 minutes or until marshmallows begin to melt

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