Green Events in July

DC in bloom
DC in bloom

From a farm-to-table dinner under the stars to eco-friendly polo games, there’s a green event for everyone this month.

Saturday July 11th, 9 pm

Bastille Chic at the Darlington House (1610 20th street NW Washington DC) featuring eco-friendly fashion and art, as well as music by French DJ Sebastien C. Admission is $10; email info@planetechic.com to get on the guest list.

Saturday July 11th, 6-9

Dinner Under the Stars at Butler’s Orchard. Mosaic Cuisine and Cafe is hosting an outdoor dinner at Butler’s Orchard to “minimize as much as possible our carbon foot print, eat healthy and happy in the best company of friends and cricket’s courting songs.” For more info and reservations contact tjugnet@mosaiccuisine.com.

Tuesday July 14th

Green Drinks at Public Bar (1214 18th St. NW)

Saturday July 18th, 12 pm to 6 pm

The Green Cup of Polo, the only green certified polo event in the world, will be held at the Capitol Polo Club in Maryland, and will feature:

  • Organic and sustainably harvested food and beverages in the VIP, hospitality tents, and general admission areas
  • Volunteer t-shirts produced from organic cotton, and printed with soy- or vegetable-based ink.
  • Marketing material and the program printed on at least 30 percent post-consumer recycled paper with soy- or vegetable-based ink.
  • Recycling and composting during the event.
  • Biodegradable serviceware.
  • Grandstand cleaning done by an eco-friendly cleaning company, which uses biodegradable and environmentally friendly cleaning products.
  • A showcase of environmental organizations and corporations that promote green living.
  • Reusable VIP bags

This year’s profits will go to support ACORE (American Council On Renewable Energy), EPIC (Equestrian Partners in Conservation), and EarthEcho International.

Monday July 20, 8 pm

Screen on the Green returns to the National Mall. After a huge public outcry, movies under the stars are back. This season kicks off with “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Tuesday July 21, 5:30 pm

Join DC’s top chefs and mixologists for the In Our Hands Soiree at Policy (1904 14th Street, NW ). The event is organized by Meshelle & Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve and Ellen and Chef Todd Gray of Equinox who have been working with the Humane Society of the U.S to bring attention to the Protect the Seals campaign, and to honor the participants of the Canadian seafood boycott. Proceeds from cocktails sold that evening will be donated to the HSUS, and an oversized petition will be available for guests to sign in an effort to show their support.

Thursday July 23, 5:30

Green Drinks Bethesda at Redwood, 7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, Md.

Cathal Armstrong’s Green Cuisine

Check out this article by Jane Black in the Washington Post’s Food section, which profiles the green efforts of Chef Cathal Armstrong, who, along with his wife Meshelle, run the acclaimed Restaurant Eve, the Majestic, Eamonn’s fish and chips shop, and PX.

Here’s are the highlights of the Armstrong’s eco-practices:

  • a wormery produces enough organic fertilizer for Restaurant Eve’s garden.
  • bottled water has been banned from the restaurants; instead, a water filtration system supplies fresh, filtered water for free to patrons.
  • tinted skylights cut the restaurant’s energy costs by 88%.
  • the seasonal menu showcases vegetables from the restaurant’s own garden.
  • a composter processes food refuse and other organic waste.
  • a company called Smarter Fuel picks up the kitchen grease and turns it into biofuel.
  • all cleansers used at the restaurant are non-toxic and biodegradable.

Looking for other dining destinations that make green a priority?  Check out this list of eco-friendly restaurants around DC.