The 18th annual Taste of Georgetown is coming up on Saturday, October 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be even bigger, literally, than in years past. Showcasing the spectacular cuisine of over 30 of Georgetown's finest restaurants, the "must eat" event is expanding down to K Street this year and will also feature an exciting new chef "Pumpkin Food Fight" competition, a huge Washington City Paper Wine, Ale and Spirits Pavilion with 25+ craft beers, creative cocktails and refreshing wines, the jazz talents of world-renowned Blues Alley and more.
Throughout the day, guests will taste delicious dishes, pair tasteful cuisine with wines, sip premium beer, and enjoy live music while uncovering the rare dining treasures the city has to offer. Tickets are $5 for one tasting and $20 for five tastings, with proceeds benefiting the Georgetown Ministry Center's services supporting the homeless. TOG is presented and sponsored by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) who has helped raise more than $100,000 for GMC since 2004.
Taste of Georgetown's 1st Annual "Pumpkin Food Fight" is giving chefs a chance to play with their food - pumpkin style. The fun new restaurant competition will feature six of Georgetown's best chefs preparing different dishes featuring the favorite fall ingredient, pumpkin, in a full out food competition. Participating restaurants include Mie N Yu, Filomena Ristorante, Rugby Café, Thunder Burger, Dean and DeLuca and Chadwicks. A panel of esteemed food journalists will judge the dishes, and attendees will be able to taste them as well.
Participating restaurants include: 1789, Baked & Wired, Bangkok Joe's, Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge, Café Bonaparte, Chadwicks, Chipotle, Clyde's, Crepe Amour, Daily Grill, Dean and DeLuca, Degrees Bistro at the Ritz Carlton, Filomena Ristorante, Georgetown Catering, Georgetown Cupcake, Georgetown Wing Co., La Madeleine, Mie N Yu, Morton's the Steakhouse, Muncheez, Neyla, Pinkberry, Ristorante Piccolo, Rugby Café, Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar, Sequoia, Serendipity 3, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Thunder Burger. A full list of participants and menu items can be found online at www.tasteofgeorgetown.com.
Guests can quench their thirst at the huge new Washington City Paper Wine, Ale and Spirits Pavilion. Bigger than in years past, the Pavilion will offer everything to keep attendees hydrated: 25+ craft beers, including three brews from recent DC newcomer New Belgium Brewing Company and several festive pumpkin and Oktoberfest-themed beers for the season; 6+ wines from wineries like singer Dave Matthews' brand new Dreaming Tree vineyard, and three craft cocktails using flavorful spirits like Absolut Mango and St. Germain. Beverages tickets are $10 for 4, and $3 for 1 tasting.
In addition to the opportunity to taste over 60 delectable dishes from Georgetown restaurants and a large selection of craft beers, wines and cocktails, the family-friendly event will also offer children's activities including balloon sculptures and face painting.
Photo by Mary Diaz