Guess What’s Back? New Kitchens on the Block (NKOTB)

My previous blog post is about comebacks.  Addie’s restaurant recently re-opened in a new location in Park Potomac after a four-year hiatus.  “Curb Your Enthusiasm” returns to television on October 1.  And here’s another return I’m excited about:  New Kitchens on the Block (NKOTB).

New Kitchens on the Block (NKOTB) 3.0 takes place at DC’s Mess Hall on Sunday, October 8 with an exciting new line up of chefs previewing their upcoming restaurants.  This not-to-be-missed event offers participants a chance to sample signature dishes and drinks from 11 soon-to-open restaurants, all under one roof.

Participating restaurants are:

Spoken English/Brothers & Sisters from Erik Bruner-Yang (Maketto, Paper Horse)
Lucky Buns from Alex McCoy (Alfie’s, Duke’s Grocery)
Maydan from Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan (Compass Rose)
Bindaas (Foggy Bottom) from Vikram Sundaram (Rasika)
Pluma by Bluebird from Tom Welling and Camila Arango (Fiola, Adour)
Manna from Todd Gray (Equinox)
Chloe from Haidar Karoum (Proof)
Coconut Club from Adam Greenberg (Barcelona)
The Eleanor from Adam Douglas Stein (Red’s Table)
Dorjee Momo from Dorjee Tsering
Cured from Chris Johnson and James Brosch

Cocktails will be provided by sponsors New Columbia Distillers, Catoctin Creek Distillery, and One Eight Distilling,

NKOTB 3.0 takes place at Mess Hall (703 Edgewood St NE, Washington, DC 20017; on Sunday, October 8, 2017 for two separate two-hour sessions: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Tickets are available on EventBrite. General admission is $65 and VIP tickets, which include gift bags, are available for $105.

Event sponsors include Trimark Adams Burch, CohnReznick, Triple Seat, OpenTable, Congressional Seafood, and WDCEP.

Tickets are available here.  

See you there?


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