This year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival season kicks off March 20. And you know what that means: plenty of cocktail and food specials to celebrate the occasion. Read on for drinks and eats making use of the pretty pink fruit. Offers are available throughout the festival—from March 20 through April 14—unless otherwise noted.
The deal: This Balkan-inspired Barracks Row restaurant will offer a special dessert prepared by pastry chef Danilo Bucan: a cherry and Valrhona chocolate cake made with cherry foam and served with micro basil, for $5.
The deal: Take a break from Assaggi’s exceptional mozzarella platter and instead try fresh new dishes and desserts created by chef and owner Domenico Cornacchia. They include fresh oysters with frisée salad and cherry vinaigrette; beef carpaccio with watercress salad, mascarpone cheese, and candied cherry; tagliatelline pasta with braised venison ragout and crumbled cherries; pan-seared duck breast over parsnip purée and cherry demiglace; and poached Atlantic salmon with rainbow cauliflower and cherry tapenade. Dishes range for $11 to $31. For dessert, there’s cherry cheesecake with pineapple salad and salted caramel sauce.
Toast the 101st anniversary with the Assaggi Jubilee ($13), made from a combination of cherry vodka, triple sec, and crushed fresh cherries and topped with Prosecco.
If you plan to do some donating this holiday season, you might want to head to the Georgetown location of Sprinkles. Through December 16, the LA-based bakery will be handing over a free cupcake to anyone who makes an offering to Toys for Tots DC at its 3015 M Street, Northwest store.
Sprinkles is also running a holiday happy hour from 4 to 9 PM on December 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, and 19. Buy one cupcake, get another one free. Happy holidays.