Monday, April 9, 2018

Dirty Habit Launches New Art Series, Celebrating Local, Live Art

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Four Original Works Will Be Auctioned to Benefit the Capital Area Food Bank

Four special events will take over the main bar at Dirty Habit this year, each celebrating the talent of a different local painter, while raising funds for the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB.) The bi-monthly Dirty Habit Art Series kicks off Saturday, April 28 with a five-hour live painting event by Washington, DC-based artist, Trevor Griffin. Guests are invited to bid on the piece as it is being created, and 100% of the winning bid will be donated to the region’s largest hunger advocacy organization. The theme of Griffin’s piece, and all subsequent works in the 2018 series, will be tied to the CAFB mission of “Unlocking the Power of Food.”

“Our goal with the art series is twofold - to create beautiful, live art pieces with talented local artists for our guests, and to raise awareness for an organization that, like our restaurant, serves to nourish our neighbors,” said Dirty Habit General Manager William Smith. “The mission will come alive on each artist’s canvas, with the paintings focusing on such topics as the power of pollinators in the food chain, social issues that contribute to hunger in the community, urban gardening, and more.”

The inaugural Dirty Habit Art Series event will take place Saturday, April 28 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Entrance is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary to visit the artist while he is working on the original art or to bid on the final painting. Executive Chef Kyoo Eom will offer a range of shareable plates from his spring menu and Head Bartender Sarah Ruiz will offer specially-priced cocktails themed to align with the art subject matter. With the April event focusing on the effects of pollen, Ruiz will be working with Barr Hill Gin and pouring her take on a classic Bee’s Knees cocktail - a nod to the distillery’s on-property apiary and the CAFB learning garden in Brookland. Representatives from the CAFB will be on-site to answer questions about the food bank’s work and the organization’s service agencies throughout the region.

The remaining Dirty Habit Art Series events will take place on Saturday, June 23, Saturday, August 18, and Saturday, October 20. A different local artist will be featured in each instillation, and will be announced as the date nears.

Dirty Habit offers brunch on Saturdays from 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM. Dinner is served from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM, and the late-night bar is open until 2:00 AM. Seating on the patio is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to make dining room reservations, please call (202) 449-7095 or visit

Dirty Habit is a luxe restaurant and bar in Washington, DC’s Penn Quarter/Theatre District that offers a vivid social scene, a high-end cocktail program and a private urban patio. Situated in the original General Post Office constructed in 1839, Dirty Habit stands in a national historic landmark. The global cuisine provided by Executive Chef Kyoo Eom is meant to be shared among friends and family. The seasonal menu is complemented by an innovative bar program created by Head Bartender Sarah Ruiz, featuring house creations crafted with unexpected ingredients, large-format communal cocktails and distinctive serving vessels. Adjacent to the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC, Dirty Habit is the choice destination for dinner and drinks before all Capital One Arena events. For more information, please call (202) 379-4366 or visit The restaurant is located at 555 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004; is open seven days a week; and offers private-dining services. Follow Dirty Habit on Facebook and Instagram.