DC Restaurants Celebrate Earth Day

Tallula courtesy of Powers & Crewe

Dine deliciously and celebrate Earth Day with special events, menus, and offers from local area restaurants:

Sustainable Dinner at Tallula
Tallula will celebrate Earth Day with a special four-course dinner showcasing locally grown produce, humanely raised meats, and sustainable seafood.

Bev Eggleston, founder of EcoFriendly Foods and leading proponent of ethical farming, as well as Drew Koslow, biologist, clean water advocate, and brother of Executive Chef Barry Koslow, will also attend the dinner. The dinner will start at 7PM on Thursday, April 22nd in the restaurant’s intimate wine shop.

Priced at $85 per person including wine pairings (excluding tax and gratuity) the Earth Day dinner will feature dishes such as Bison Carpaccio, sourced from New Frontier Bison in Madison, VA, and a Pork Trio from EcoFriendly Farms. The dinner will also include dishes using local, sustainable seafood, such as Virginia Clams and Striped Bass and local Virginia wines.

Eco-Friendly Cocktails at JW Marriott
As an extension of Earth Day’s celebration, the JW Marriott Washington is creating a special menu of refreshing eco-cocktails and organic summer white wines by the glass to help raise awareness for preserving the rainforests.

The special beverage menu will be available at Bar 1331 beginning on Monday, April 19 and served throughout the summer.  Cocktails, including “Strawberry Fields” (muddled fresh strawberries, basil leaves, simple syrup), are $12.00 and organic wines by the glass start at $9.00.  Thirty percent of the proceeds from the new beverages will be donated toward the protection and preservation of 1.4 million acres of endangered rainforest in the Amazon, called the Juma Sustainable Development Reserve.

Sweetlife Festival
Sweetgreen‘s free outdoor music festival, Saturday, April 24 from 3–9 PM (behind its Dupont Circle location), will raise money for Farm To School, an organization committed to connecting schools with local farms. Live performances will feature Hot Chip performing a DJ set, U.S. Royalty, The Love Language, Phil Ade, Will Eastman, DJ Grant Shapiro and more. Limited complementary tickets are available via the Sweetgreen beginning on April 9, with donations requested.

Mixt Greens Offers Tote with Green Goodies
The first 150 customers who visit one of Mixt Greens three DC locations on Thursday, April 22nd, will receive a complimentary tote bag filled with goodies including recipes from Chef/Co-Founder Andrew Swallow’s upcoming cookbook, Mixt Salads, and packets of herb seeds to plant at home.

Green Hours
The official Earth Day 2010 Sustainable Feast DC initiative encourages restaurants across the DC area to highlight the responsible decisions they make when buying and serving local or organic, sustainable foods. Participating restaurants include Bread & Brew, Pitango Gelato, Busboys & Poets, and more.

Earth Day Menu at Restaurant Nora
Restaurant Nora will be featuring an Earth Day tasting menu that includes seasonal spring vegetables such as artichokes, asparagus, and spinach as well as seasonal cocktails. On April 20th and 21st, the restaurant will be donate $1 from each seasonal cocktail to Earth Day Network.

Earth Day-a-Palooza: April’s Best Green Events


April 6

Social Media & Green Marketing Panel

Learn how to use social media to drive growth for sustainable products. This lively panel discussion will be moderated by Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones and will take place from 5:30-6:30 followed by a cocktail reception at Helix Lounge featuring drink and food specials.

Panelists include Adam Shake, Jennifer Kaplan, Diane MacEachern, Lynn Miller, and Sacha Cohen.

RSVP to this FREE event!

April 7

Organic Wine Tasting & Local Treats [SOLD OUT!]

The Eco Luxe Life, grassfed media, and GoingGreenDC.net present an organic wine tasting at Weygandt Wines from 6:30-8. The event will also feature local and sustainable treats from Dino, Divine Chocolate, and Firefly Farm. Part of the proceeds will go to the DC Farm to School Network.

RSVP/Tickets ($15 in advance/$20 at the door)

April 17

The Green Rush

Live Green invites you to an action-packed, fun-filled scavenger hunt adventure from 2:30-5:30 where you race against the clock to explore DC’s most eco-friendly spots. The Green Rush will kick-off at the Green in the Circle Festival in Dupont Circle with entertainment, speakers, and lots of green exhibitors.

Details:

Start: Dupont Circle’s Green in the Circle Festival; Registration open from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

End: The Reef, after party and awards from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration: $25 per person, $20 for Live Green members and includes admission to after party and free give-aways during the Green Rush. Register online.

April 22

Green Hours

All three Busboys & Poets locations will be hosting Green Hours on Earth Day 2010, April 22nd, from 5PM to midnight. Stop by to celebrate Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary with special eco-cocktails (delicious and environmentally-friendly!) featuring sustainable spirits from VeeV and Leopold Bros.

2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

4251 South Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

More “Green Hours”

April 25th

Climate Rally on the National Mall

Earth Day Network and partner organizations will organize a massive climate rally on The National Mall to demand Congress enacts climate and clean energy legislation in 2010.

When: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Where: National Mall

Earth Day-Inspired Fashion

Guest post by Heidi Strom Moon of the Closet Coach.

Armour sans Anguish

Every Earth Day, articles are written about “green” and sustainable fashion, from Bono’s Edun line to those totes that proclaim (perhaps a bit too loudly?) I Am Not a Plastic Bag”.

Many make a single green fashion purchase and consider it their contribution for the year; they’ve done their “duty.”

But truly eco-friendly dressing goes a deeper than that — and is almost as easy as tossing your recyclables in the ubiquitous big blue bin. In fact, if you’re already trying to live green, you can take a cue from the well-known 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Reduce

Listed first, in spite — or because — of being the most difficult to achieve, “Reduce” calls on us to use less stuff in the first place for multiple reasons.

So, the fashionista says with a tremble, does this mean you want me to … shop and buy less? It seems daunting, but think of it another way: all of the top stylists will tell you to transform your wardrobe by first editing (reducing) your clothing inventory, and then carefully supplementing the remaining pieces with a few, well-chosen, high-quality, classic items.

So this idea of reducing isn’t so new after all. The hardest part is focusing on key foundational items and ignoring the constant allure of the cheap, the trendy, and the on sale right now.

Reuse

Reusing takes a little more ingenuity. As you take stock of the contents of your closet, and remove the items you rarely wear, are there any that could be brought back to life? Are they in need of mending? Could your trusted tailor transform the silhouette into something more current? Could you rescue a boring or worn-out sweater with the artful application of buttons or beads?

Recycle

Recycle is a close cousin to Reuse when it comes to clothing. After all, you can’t place last season’s trendy top in the big blue bin.

But if you can’t reuse an item and make it wearable, can the fabric and materials serve another purpose?

Stockings with holes are often recycled by transforming them into practical applications. And Dad used to tear his old T-shirts into strips to use for waxing the car.

Going a step further, garments can be recombined and redesigned entirely. In addition to recycling your own garments, you can shop for new items that are made from reclaimed materials–such as the tops and dresses from Armour Sans Anguish and numerous other Etsy stores that embody the reuse and recycle ethos.

Finally, consider these principles not so much a new way to live, but a proud return to yesteryear. Ask any grandmother who lived through the Depression or World War II how they made do when materials or money was scarce. To them, the 3 Rs weren’t a slogan; they were a way of life.

Energy Saving Challenge and a Delicious Reward

If the frigid weather has you dreading your next heating bill, take heart. Washington, DC-based energy start-up Earth Aid has teamed up with Farmers & Fishers to launch an energy-savings challenge that could lead to lower bills and give you the chance to win a free mixology class for eight at Farmers & Fishers.

To participate, visit Earth Aid and create a free account that will link your gas, electric, and water utility accounts to Earth Aid’s platform.  Then use the “Invite Your Friends” feature to invite friends, family, and colleagues to sign up and join your team.

Earth Aid will then retrieve the household usage and savings information for each individual as well as each team, and will provide easy online energy monitoring along with tips and ‘how-to’s’ to reduce usage and increase savings. This type of effort results in greater energy savings and lets individuals see how their savings – when combined with the savings of others – can really add up.

Earth Aid will compare the utility (electric, gas, and/or water) usage of the group from now through Earth Day (April 22) to the past usage of the group during that window of time to determine which area team achieves the largest total reduction and wins the mixology prize.

The winning team will enjoy a private class of mixology basics and recipes with F&F’s Chief Mixologist Jon Arroyo, along with menu samples and of course, cocktails.

Earth Day, DC Style

Unless you’ve really been living off the grid, you know that next Wednesday April 22 is Earth Day. And there is no better place to be than DC.

Kick off the week-long celebration with the Earth Day Network’s event on the National Mall, Sunday April 19. Don’t miss the Eco-Roadshow with exhibits from green companies, non-profits, and embassies as well as music performances by the Flaming Lips, DJ Spooky, and Los Lobos.

The event is also the official launch of The Green Generation, a two-year initiative that focuses on ordinary people who are doing their part to help find solutions to urgent national and global issues, such as climate change or the world’s water crises.

Want to get involved? Check out the Green Apple Festival, where you can volunteer to clean up parks, build green homes, plant trees and more.

For more local Earth Day events, check out the Washingtonian’s After Hours blog.