From a press release:

“The American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) and The Source by Wolfgang Puck are pleased to host the ninth annual crab cake competition. An annual tradition designed to raise funds for culinary internships, scholarships and educational programs, the contest will pit eight of the area’s top chefs against one another in a crab cake showdown utilizing Department-verified Maryland blue crab. This year’s participating chefs include:

Chef Mike Abt of Le Diplomate
Chef Matt Adler of Osteria Morini
Chef Sarah Biglan of Ris
Chef Tony Chittum of Iron Gate
Chef Chris Clime of PassionFish
Chef Haidar Karoum of doi moi
Chef Andrew Markert of Beuchert’s Saloon
Chef Johnny Spero of Minibar

The winning chef will receive funds to support a culinary intern in their kitchen. In addition, eight students from area culinary schools will compete for a chance to win a $500 scholarship towards their studies.

WHEN: Sunday, June 15, 2014
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: The Source by Wolfgang Puck
575 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Tickets are priced at $75, and include crab cakes, local oyster bars, and beer and wine stations. To purchase tickets to the event, please go here.”

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From an email:

“F*ck Cancer! Benefit for Tara Papanicolas” showcases many of DC’s hottest DJ’s, who are banding together to help one young woman fight a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

When & Where: Wednesday, May 21st 2014 from 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. at Flash nightclub, located at 645 Florida Avenue NW, DC 20001.

What: An event featuring DJ’s, dancing, and a series of high end raffle giveaways. DC area musicians, artists, and businesses are coming together to support a friend in serious need. Eric Hilton, Farid, Sam “The Man” Burns, John Thornley, Spinser Tracy, DINO, Harry Hotter, and Jahsonic are the DJ’s slated to spin while the crowd dances on multiple levels. Dozens of high end raffle items have been donated by: Gibson, Heist, Current, Olazzo, Cava, MOOV, Kushi, DC Mobile Hair, Lettie Gooch, Megan Rains, Mishi, Ivy & Coney, Chef Tony’s, and many more. Complementary sushi care of Kushi will be given to those who arrive at the beginning of the evening.”

From an email:

“Thanks to all of our friends and neighbors who came out last weekend to officially kick off the fifth season of the Columbia Heights farmers market! We’re excited to make 2014 the best season yet.

Now we need your help. Last year, our farmers market matching funds program provided over $13,000 to make it easier for low-income families to eat healthy and stretch their food budgets. It’s simple. If a customer spends $5 dollars on fruits and vegetables at the market using Federal nutrition benefits like food stamps, we provide an additional $5.

$5 in food stamps = $10 in healthy fruits and vegetables

$10 in food stamps = $20 in healthy fruits and vegetables

The program reached more than 1,200 families in the last two years alone. But we need your help to make sure these families can count on us again this year.

We need to raise $10,000 by May 21st to ensure that low income families can access healthy, affordable food for the entire 2014 market season.

Every dollar helps, so please donate today. Many thanks for your support, and we’ll see you at the market!”

Photo via Crawfish for Cancer

From an email:

“Our party features more than 700 lbs of crawfish, unlimited drinks, and live music for 5 hours on the afternoon of Saturday April 26th at Yard’s Park in SE DC (Navy Yard Metro). Our organization puts on crawfish boils nationally to mark the coming of spring, and to gather great people for a good time and worthy cause.”

Crawfish for Cancer’s 2nd Annual DC Crawfish Boil to Benefit the MMRF:

Saturday, April 26, 2014
2:00pm – 7:00pm
The Yards Park DC
355 Water Street SE, DC

Join us at the Yards Park DC in the Capitol Riverfront for a day of sun, crawfish, and most importantly, fundraising to benefit multiple myeloma cancer research. As always, there will be hundreds of pounds of crawfish, beer, wine and spirits, and live music throughout the day.

Signature cocktails will be served including sweet tea vodka and other tasty delights.

Tickets are all inclusive. BUY TICKETS HERE.


From an email:

“For 40 years, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region – the region’s largest funder of nonprofits – has helped make Greater Washington a more stable, healthy, and vibrant place to live for all who call it home. On March 17, we are celebrating this history with a one-of-a-kind fundraising event at The Mead Center for American Theatre, home of Arena Stage. Performers include:

• Grammy-nominated musician Christylez Bacon
• A line-up of nationally known spoken word artists and poets: Regie Cabico, Patrick Washington, G. Yamazawa, Safia Elhillo, Silvana Straw, Gowri K., Drew Law, and 2DEEP
• Maureen Andary of the award-winning duo The Sweater Set
• Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company
• Joe’s Movement Emporium
• Levine Music
• Adventure Theatre MTC
• N Street Village

Admission includes passed hors d’oeuvres and delicious food stations (including award-winning BBQ, plenty of vegetarian options, and corned beef and Guinness for St. Patrick’s Day) and an open bar with spirits, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. Attendees are invited to network, eat, and enjoy performances across the Mead Center complex in a festival-style atmosphere. The event is open to the public. For the first time, The Community Foundation is offering a special $90 “Emerging Philanthropist” ticket for young professionals, students, and employees of nonprofits as well as their guests. Tickets at

Proceeds from the 40th Anniversary Celebration will benefit The Community Foundation’s Fund for Greater Washington, which supports community investment to make the region a place where equity, access, and opportunity are available to all. The Foundation pursues this goal by investing in effective safety net, education, and workforce development programs to help low-income families and individuals gain the knowledge, skills, and security they need to be economically stable and engaged in community life.

Monday, March 17, 2014, 6 to 10 p.m.

The Mead Center for American Theater, Home of Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street, SW, Washington
TICKETS AVIALABLE AT or at the door”


From Smoke and Barrel:

“On Wednesday, February 12 [Starting at 5pm] Smoke and Barrel [2471 18th St, NW] will host a benefit for employee Marc Smith. Marc was violently assaulted earlier this month on his way home from work, near the PG Plaza Metro station.

To help Marc with the ensuing medical bills and time off work, Smoke and Barrel will be offering a special menu downstairs (The Bottom of the Barrel) with 100% of the proceeds going to Marc’s recovery.

Pints of Flying Dog Doggiestyle Pale Ale and Lost Rhino Meridian Kolsch will be offered for $5 along with classic picnic-style burgers, hot dogs, and fries.

Smoke and Barrel General Manager Zach Myers and Executive Chef Logan McGear will be bartending the event with 100% of gratuity donated to Marc.

Smoke and Barrel would like to thank Sysco, Lost Rhino, and Flying Dog for their support in aiding Marc’s recovery.”

and from Meridian Pint [11th and Park Rd, NW]:

“We will be holding a craft beer raffle during the month of February to benefit one of our own, Marc. Marc is an employee at Smoke and Barrel who was viciously attacked on the way home from work. We will be donating all proceeds from the raffle to help him pay for mounting medical bills and future time off that he will need to rehab. Raffle tickets are $5 a piece and the drawing will happen on March 1st. Thank you in advance for helping us support our family.”


“Putin on the Glitz drag competition at 11:00 PM,

with special prize for the best Putin in drag!!!!

Live Music with Ambassador Andras Simonyi and Misspent Youth

Please join us for a celebration of human rights, share our concerns for the LGBTQ community in Russia. After the Sochi Olympics, when the last athletes have left for home and the attention of the world turns to the next event, our friends will need our help and support to make sure they aren’t forgotten. Your support matters.

RSVP to:”


A reader sends from Go Fund Me:

“The Center City Public Charter School Brightwood Campus will be attending their 2nd annual camping trip this Spring. 60 middle school students will arrive at Echo Hill camp grounds where they will spend the night participating in the residential program. Students in Echo Hill’s residential programs become fully immersed in the outdoor environment. These residential programs are designed to complement classroom learning by providing unique opportunities for academic and social growth. Guided by Echo Hill teachers, students learn and interact with peers and teachers in a new and exciting environment.

We are asking that you help us get there!

*Money raised will help students who are not able to pay the full balance for the trip*”

The reader adds:

“Most of the student have never been exposed to the wonders of nature because they live in the city. Nearly every student is on free and reduced lunch and would not be able to pay for this trip on their own so we try to make it a free opportunity for all. Students take science classes at the Echo Hill camp ground, explore nature though guided hikes and participate in team-building and collaborative activities throughout the two days.”

If you would like to support the program you can do so here.

From their Kickstarter page:

“Love it or hate it, tomato ketchup has a place in nearly every restaurant and pantry in America. This iconic sauce has seen little change over the last 150 years … until now.

Our line of fruit ketchups feature five original flavors: cherry, blueberry, peach, mango, and plum. Each variety has the same tangy and sweet zip of tomato ketchup, but offer a much wider range of food pairings for all occasions.

So what makes ‘Chups, ketchup? Tomatoes are only one ingredient in ketchup. Similarly, ‘Chups are made with different fruits (instead of tomatoes), combined with our own blend of vinegar, spices and other natural ingredients. ‘Chups are really quite simple, yet introduce your taste buds to a world of wallop you never knew existed!

Our Mission

The purpose of the ketchup revolution is threefold:

1. To introduce new varieties of ketchup into a market dominated by tomato-based products.

2. To broaden the scope of ketchup usage and highlight its pairing with a variety of foods.

3. To celebrate the history of ketchup while bringing “new” varieties back to the forefront of America’s food culture.”

You can read more and pledge here.

Photo by PoPville flickr user ken_1001

From an email:

Generation Conservation* is starting off the New Year with a toast to nature! Please join supporters of The Nature Conservancy and other conservation enthusiasts for a happy hour to celebrate 2014 and the first anniversary of Generation Conservation in the metro D.C. area! Attendees will have the chance to mix-and-mingle with like-minded professionals, as well as meet Conservancy staff members, including the executive director of The Nature Conservancy’s Maryland/DC Chapter, Dr. Elizabeth Gray.

The suggested donation for this event is $10. Your gift will help support the Maryland/DC Chapter’s conservation work in the Mid-Atlantic region, protecting iconic natural areas like the Appalachians and the Chesapeake Bay. From our mountains to marshes, your donation will allow the Conservancy to continue protecting the lands and waters that we all love and cherish.

*Generation Conservation (“Gen C”) is the next generation of The Nature Conservancy’s supporters in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia. The objective of Gen C is to raise awareness about the Conservancy and its work in the Mid-Atlantic region, and broaden support for conservation among new, younger audiences in the region.

When: 6 – 9p.m., Jan. 28, 2014
Where: Local 16 (1602 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009)
What: Happy Hour in support of The Nature Conservancy
VIPs: Executive director of the Maryland/DC Chapter Dr. Elizabeth Gray will speak about her work with the Conservancy in Washington state, Africa, and now, as she returns to her roots in the D.C. area.”