Eating for a good cause at the 17th Annual Taste of Georgetown

Photo by Judith Beermann
Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge Paella
Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge Paella
If you were anywhere within a 10 block radius of Georgetown Saturday, the wafting aromas and grilling smoke signals would have drawn you to Wisconsin and M Streets for the 17th Annual Taste of Georgetown.
Tickets this way (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Tickets this way

Hosted by the Georgetown Business Improvement District, and benefiting Georgetown’s Ministry Center’s services supporting the homeless, this premier family and dog-friendly food and wine festival drew a huge crowd on a perfectly sunny 80 degree fall afternoon.

Over 30 local restaurants offered their tastiest treats for sampling. And if you came early you would have seen a truly rare site: a short line for a Georgetown Cupcake.
Ten minutes before opening, a short line for a Georgetown Cupcake (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ten minutes before opening, a short line for a Georgetown Cupcake

Celebrity judging resulted in:
  • Most Colorful Dish:
    • Muncheez Mania – falafel wrap
  • Best Use of Spices:
    • Neyla – all dishes (chicken shawarma sliders, hummus, baba ghannoug, etc.)
  • Dish that Made You Go “Mmmmmm”:
    • Fahrenheit (at the Ritz Carlton Georgetown) – Fire grilled sweet chili wings with cool cucumber mint sauce
  • Most Creative Dish:
    • J. Paul’s – Chorizo corn dog with shrimp slaw
  • Most Delicious Way to Get a Cavity:
    • Hook – Campfire s’mores
  • People’s Choice:
    • Filomena Ristorante – Beef brisket ravioli with a dolcetto wine and crimini mushroom sauce

 

Judges Nycci Nellis, Amanda McClements, Samy K, and Max Brown (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Judges Nycci Nellis, Amanda McClements, Samy K, and Max Brown

On the lawn of Grace Church (where it all began), the Wine & Spirits Pavilion was the place to pair the perfect wine with that lobster bisque or chilled ale to wash down a juicy slider.
Grace Church (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Grace Church

Wine & Food Pavilion (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Wine & Food Pavilion

Michael Bowie Trio with Janelle Gill (piano) and John Lamkin (drums) (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Michael Bowie Trio with Janelle Gill (piano) and John Lamkin (drums)

Michael Bowie Trio's youngest fan, Phoebe (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Michael Bowie Trio's youngest fan, Phoebe

Jazzy melodies from Michael Bowie Trio entertained while chefs prepared their signature dishes. Except for the lines, it was speed-dating for the palate.
Worth the wait (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Worth the wait

Hook's Chef Faisal prepares ceviche (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hook's Chef Faisal prepares ceviche

Baked & Wired's Will, Teresa, Alex and Adriana (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Baked & Wired's Will, Teresa, Alex and Adriana

Putting its best paws forward was Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.  This non-profit rescues homeless and abandoned animals from high-kill shelters and from owners who can no longer care for them.
Mirah and Carla with Sampson (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Mirah and Carla with Sampson

Executive Director, Mirah Horowitz explained the interview and adoption process to select a new best friend like "Sampson, a loving five year old Rottweiler or Tao, a gentle nine month old Huskie." 
Adia with Tao (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Adia with Tao

Jazz band Total Eclipse on the canal (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jazz band Total Eclipse on the canal

Balloon arches on Wisconsin Avenue (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Balloon arches on Wisconsin Avenue


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