When: Monday evenings
Where: 1141 Connecticut Ave NW (or any Mari Vanna location worldwide)
Why You Should Join: This Russian restaurant on Connecticut Ave knows how to keep its VIPs coming for more. If you are kind enough to the server or just generally wow them with witty repartee (maybe avoid chit-chat about Crimea), you may receive a special key. This key will unlock the restaurant's front door, allowing those deemed worthy to enjoy an exclusive evening of vodka and Russian delicacies.
How to Join: Impress the staff.
George Perkins writes about DC's food scene for Thrillist DC and Eater DC. When he's not pigging out, George is in the kitchen making Cajun/Asian fusion dishes for @cajunmeetsasian. Follow his food adventures @grperk.