A Full Plate of Food Events


Dine-N-Dash 2017 with José Andrés

Dine-N- Dash on June 7 provides guests the opportunity to dine in 30 top DC restaurants, all in one night! Guests choose their starting venue, and travel through Penn Quarter and 14th Street, enjoying some of Jose Andres’ favorite dishes and drinks.

VIPs will start with an exclusive pre-reception presented by MGM National Harbor, and will have access to four VIP-only restaurants. Josés special guests this year are Andrew Zimmern and Ted Allen.

No wallets, no lines, just you and a smorgasbord of DC’s best dishes and drinks!  Grab your wristband at your starting restaurant and enjoy unlimited food and drink at all participating restaurants until you’re full, or the event ends — whichever comes first!

With 5 to 8 dishes and 4 drinks at each restaurant, you won’t go hungry. Roaming waitstaff and food stations at each location will keep traffic moving, so no need to worry about lines, wait times, or ordering.

Penn Quarter: Oyamel, China Chilcano, Jaleo, Zaytinya, Del Campo, MGM pop-up featuring FISH by José Andrés and the Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse, Graffiato, Bantam King, SEI, Proof (VIP), Denson (VIP), Rocklands (food truck), Pepe (food truck)

14th Street: Estadio, Doi Moi, Ghibellina, Black Jack, Sotto, B Too, Lupo Verde, Policy, T Street Block Party with Taqueria Nacional;Colada Shop; Ice Cream Jubilee, Dangerously Delicious Pies (food truck), Dirty South (food truck)



World-renowned chef José Andrés brings his passion for the “power of food” to World Central Kitchenan international organization that focuses on Smart Solutions to Hunger and Poverty.  World Central Kitchen uses the expertise of its Chef Network to empower people to be part of the solution, with a focus on health, education, and jobs.

General admission is $125; VIP tickets are $400. Get your tickets here.


Recap – Taste of Arlington Presented by Courthaus Social, Sunday, May 21

The 30th annual Taste of Arlington took place Sunday, May 21 featuring 50 restaurants, food trucks, craft beer, wine gardens, live music and more.

The street festival is produced by the Ballston Business Improvement District and benefits BallstonGives, its charitable subsidiary.  Look for the Best of the Best Awards, determined by a group of celebrity judges. (I’m honored to be among them.)

I was blown away by the magnitude of the event, which stretched for blocks and was extremely well-attended. The results of the Best of the Best Awards are as follows:

  • Best Appetizer
    • Yona
      • Crispy chicken & pork steamed buns
  • Best Fast Casual
    • Courthaus Social
      • Mini crispy buffalo chicken sandwiches
  • Best Fine Dining
    • McCormick & Schmick’s
      • Coconut hand-battered shrimp with orange marmalade and tropical fruit salad with rosemary garlic fries
  • Best Dessert
    • Nicecream
      • Handcrafted liquid nitrogen ice cream with local grass-fed cream
  • Fan Favorite
    • Big Buns
      • “The Collaboration” Burger – 3oz angus beef burger on a brioche bun w/ cheddar cheese, lettuce, beefsteak tomato, house-made bacon jam and house pickled red onions.

Here are some of my favorites from the event:

SER, 1110 North Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA

Timber Pizza, Ballston Fresh Farm Market (mobile), 809 Upshur Street, NW, Washington, DC

Epic Smokehouse, 1330 S Fern Street, Arlington, VA

Bar Bao, 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA

Taste of Arlington is now a signature event of BallstonGives, the newly formed charitable arm of the Ballston BID. This year BallstonGives will make a substantial donation from the event to their charity beneficiary, the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a community-based non-profit that provides supplemental groceries to Arlingtonians in need. AFAC serves approximately 2,200 families  each week, including elders, children, the unemployed and the under-employed. More than 80% of AFAC’s funds and 65 % of the food AFAC distributes is donated. Visit www.afac.org for more information.


Fighting for a Great Cause: Capital Food Fight

After Tuesday’s election, many of us were left reeling.  I spent much of Wednesday fighting back tears as I tried to concentrate on something other than the shocking results. And it was still with a heavy heart that I trudged downtown on Thursday night to the Ronald Reagan Building for the Capital Food Fight to benefit […]

China Chilcano: Standing Out and Making a Stand

With DC restaurants opening at a dizzying pace, it’s critical to stand out. China Chilcano, which opened in Penn Quarter this past January, has a multitude of merits that make it notable. It is one of the newest additions to Jose Andrés’ DC restaurant empire, which continues to grow. Andrés is one of DC’s most recognizable restaurateurs. […]

National Geographic Premieres: “Eat: The Story of Food”

My Twitter handle is @foodobsessed6.  My obsession primarily relates to dining, but I also have a growing interest in food on a much broader level, including the evolution and future of food. Many of my questions, and yours, are about to be answered in a new six-hour miniseries called EAT: The Story of Food.  Produced by […]

Minibar: It’s Sensational

” One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” Luciano Pavarotti, as quoted on a wall in Minibar.  If any restaurant follows this credo, it’s Minibar. There is a great deal of eating involved, but it is so much more […]

Capital Food Fight- Everybody Wins

As 75 restaurants and four chef’s battled against hunger in this week’s Capital Food Fight, the DC Central Kitchen came out the winner.  More than 1,500 attendees supported the fundraising event.  DC Central Kitchen is America’s leader in reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding […]

Four New DC “Hot” Spots

DC’s restaurant scene has been heating up lately, and summer is only part of the story.  There have been more new restaurants in DC than any suburban-dweller like myself can possibly keep up with.  I have exhausted myself trying.  Here is a round-up of four new (or newish) spots that are all hot… in one […]

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