First Saturday in DC and what do I do? Thanks to Express, a morning publication found at the entrance of each Metro station by The Washington Post, I found an advertisement for the 10th Annual Taste of Georgetown. PERFECT, I thought. Not only did this give me something to wake up to, but it allowed me to do all of the things I love: taste new foods and restaurants, explore the city and take pictures with my Cannon camera.
The Taste of Georgetown has become the premier food and wine festival of D.C. and benefits Georgetown Ministry Center’s (GMC) services supporting the homeless.
I arrived around 11:15 just as some of the vendors were setting up – apparently the Health Inspector was stuck in traffic and wasn’t able to allow for the restaurants to being set-up without approval. My first thought was to do a lap around to get a sense of what I was working with. I wanted to see what each vendor was offering and to decide which five tastings I would enjoy. In no time, I was ready to dig in!
Drumroll please…here’s the line-up of the five tastings I enjoyed during the 2013 Taste of Georgetown.
1. Morton’s The Steakhouse: Beef Slider with Macaroni & Cheese
2. Muncheez Mania: Shawarma (Beef of Chicken)
3. Tackle Box: Mini Crab Cake Sandwich*
4. Bangkok Joe’s: Pad Thai Chicken
5. Georgetown Cupcake: Lava Fudge & Salted Caramel
For just $20, I was able to taste some of Washington, D.C.’s finest restaurants all while they “highlight[ed] Georgetown’s culinary personalities.” The event included the Georgetown Music Stage with a variety of jazz performances that played on the lawn of Grace Church – the church also served as a ‘cooling station’. Sitting and standing in the DC sun can get to you, let me be the first to tell you!
The event also introduced a Georgetown Chef Showdown Competition featuring two teams of both professional and home cook chefs. The secret ingredient: rhubarb!
*For the record, this is the first crab cake I’ve ever had! Not to shabby!