Eating for a good cause at the 17th Annual Taste of Georgetown
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.
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.
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
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.
Jazzy melodies from Michael Bowie Trio entertained while chefs prepared their signature dishes. Except for the lines, it was speed-dating for the palate.
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.
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."