From Matty Rhoades
GiveWell DC is seeking community organizations and charities as potential beneficiaries for future Dine Out events. The quarterly fundraisers, hosted at EatWell’s four local restaurants, give 10% of the dinner proceeds on a given night to a selected charity or organization.
GiveWell DC is the charitable arm of EatWell DC, which is the parent company of three restaurants in the Dupont/Logan area: Commissary, Logan Tavern and Grillfish, plus The Heights in Columbia Heights. A fifth restaurant, The Pig, will open on 14th Street NW in Logan Circle in the spring.
According to Andy Phan of EatWell DC, “GiveWell DC chooses beneficiary partners based on two main criteria: a connection with our neighborhoods and guests, and a desire and ability to participate in the promotion of the event. GiveWell DC welcomes all interested neighborhood and charitable organizations to submit letters of interest for all future Dine Out Nights.”
An estimated $10,000 has been raised for local organizations since the Dine Out nights began a year ago. Past participating charities have been The Myositis Association, The Trevor Project, Food & Friends as well as Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The next event is scheduled for this December.
“There is no limit on how much a selected organization can receive, so the key to success for the partner charity is to actively participate by getting their network to dine in the restaurants on the selected evening, help promote the event and have ambassadors at the restaurants on the night of the event to inform the diners of the organizations’ cause and solicit additional donations,” explained Phan.
If you are a local charity or organization interested in becoming part of EatWell DC’s Dine Out Nights, contact Phan at [email protected].
Washington Blade Launches Online Photo Archive
The Washington Blade held a party at Cobalt Thursday night to celebrate its new online photo archive and store. The project is still underway with the first phase done. When completed the Blade’s archives will have photos from four decades of coverage of the LGBT movement. You can already view and purchase some photos. Founded in 1969, the Blade’s offices are in the neighborhood on the 1700 block of 14th Street NW.
Grillfish Turns 15!
There’s a Facebook picture going around — it’s a pencil and a cassette tape picture with the text, “Your children will not know why these go together.” It’s enough to make you feel old. Grillfish turning 15 should have a similar effect, but with a tastier payoff. On Monday, October 10, Grillfish will be celebrating their birthday with retro-pricing on most entrees. Hopefully it doesn’t come with a side of the Macarena, but at those prices, a line dance may end up being worth it.
U Street Metro This Weekend
So, it seems that weekend track work may cause some problems for those headed to the bar or shows on U Street. Luckily for you, the The Washington Post has three ways for you to get around the mess that is closing U Street, Shaw and Columbia Heights metro stations for the weekend. Our opinion? Walk from Dupont Circle if the weather is nice, if its not you should take a bus.
What’s Next For DC Cabs?
A new chair of the DC Taxicab Commission recently discussed surcharges at his confirmation hearing. Since a fare hike seems to be on the table, even if it comes with an upgrade in service, area residents have some concerns. Check out the story at The Washington Post; for the resident/rider perspective, check out Jack Jacobson’s group and their Facebook page. For those of you that don’t know, Jack is a local ANC member and a regular taxi cab patron.
Inside Look at Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival
The Washington City Paper regularly gets to the heart of DC things you hear about, think it’s interesting and yet know nothing about its origin or history. One of those things is the Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Festival, and City Paper does one hell of a job getting into the head of its creator, Dave Mann. He’s putting on a show (or 125+ shows) again this weekend, and if you don’t want to go after reading Jonathan’s article, well, I give up.
You Didn’t Miss It, It is Real: Steve Jobs Did Die
The visionary that created the iPhone, iTunes, the personal computer and spawned an empire of Apple devotees passed away on Wednesday of cancer. Cancer sucks, but you know what doesn’t suck, not even a little bit? His commencement speech at Stanford in 2005. Too often, sincerity is mistook for glibness or gladhandling, and this speech is a bit of uncommon wisdom from an uncommon man. It is also clearly a man trying to explain his life and make sense of it all to lay down a legacy, but it is his enthusiasm and frankness that stand out, particularly from a private man running a very public company.
From Mike Kohn. Got a tip? Send Mike an email.
You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry
I’ll tell you why: Walmart is coming to town. Washington City Paper reports that the department store giant received the highest endorsement when Michelle Obama gave her stamp of approval. Apparently the White House and its advisors think that Walmart will “step…up as leaders to take this country to a healthier place.” Do you agree? Think it’s a good move for the District?