Gi.Ve.Aw.Ay. Taste of DC featuring celebrity chefs Bryan Voltaggio and José Andrés

[ 4 ] October 5, 2016 |
Image via Taste of DC

Image via Taste of DC

JKGF readers there are a pair of tickets to the Taste of DC with your name on them!  Simply comment below with your favorite DC restaurant and you are automatically entered to win a pair of tix, which gives you access to the MGM Lounge where celebrity chefs Bryan Voltaggio and José Andrés will be making appearances.  The winner will be chosen at noon, Thursday, October 6, 2016.  Good luck!

The Taste of DC ( will take over Pennsylvania Avenue this upcoming Columbus Day weekend, Saturday, October 8 and Sunday October 9, 2016. The Mid-Atlantic’s largest culinary festival, established in 1989, will bring to America’s Main Street two days of the region’s food, drink and entertainment.


Attendees will be able to sample from more than 60 of the region’s most popular restaurants, taste over 50 brews in the Bier Garten, try more than 50 wines on the Taste of DC Wine Walk and enjoy nonstop entertainment on three different stages. Among the restaurants:  Todd Gray’s Equinox, Mastro’s, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Carmine’s,  District Doughnut, Sloppy Mama’s, Tortilla Coast,  Texas Jack’s Barbecue, Capital Grill and Barrel & Crow.

On Saturday, October 8 The 6th Annual Ben’s Chili Bowl’s World Chili Eating Championship will bring defending champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut back to challenge some of the country’s best competitive eaters for this exclusive-to-DC World Champion title.  The competition takes place on the Taste of DC Main Stage.

In a new feature both days, MGM Lounge will feature appearances from celebrity chefs José Andrés and Bryan Voltaggio, whose restaurants will be part of the exciting new MGM National Harbor venue opening in December.


Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets NW

WHEN:  Saturday, October 8 and Sunday October 9

1 to 8 p.m. Saturday

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Special ticketing packages will be available for every Taste, including Beer Lovers, Wine Lovers and more.  Information on these packages is available at

PRICE: General admission and packages start at $20 per person. Children age 12 and under $10; children under 5 free.

Four ticket options include:

General Admission $20

Drink Lover’s Package $40

VIP Tastemaker $60

VIP Tastemaker Plus $80


Each Tastemaker Plus ticket offers entry into the VIP tent and one of five curated, expert-led programs that pair wine, beer, and spirits with high-end comestibles.  100 seats are available for each session.

Women of Washington 2 p.m. Saturday

Join local craftswomen who busted through the boys’ club to learn where the food and spirits industry is heading. Listen to a local female distiller, bartender and chef spill the secrets behind their burgeoning businesses, and be blown away by the ambrosial flavors infused into their signature fare.

“Shucking Shots” 4 p.m. Saturday

Sip Skyy vodka and savor oysters paired to entice your palate. Under the guidance of a mixologist, learn how cocktails can complement the ocean’s aphrodisiac and bring out its flavorful notes.

50 Shades of Rosé 6 p.m. Saturday

Give in to temptation and feast upon a decadent spread of mouth-watering aphrodisiacs. Irresistible couplings of oysters, chocolate and a crisp flirty Rosé make for the perfect romantic pregame that will bring pleasure to both couples and singles alike.

Brew-B-Que 1 p.m. Sunday

Throw down for an all-American bash of beer and BBQ in the heart of the Nation’s capital. Gather your crew to go whole hog with a local smokehouse and enjoy local brews while watching grill masters prep and cook an entire pig in a barbecue lover’s paradise.

Taste of New Zealand 3 p.m. Sunday

Discover the taste of New Zealand through a guided tour with a gastronomical emissary. Sample wines from the Gibbston Valley’s lush countryside matched with traditional Kiwi cuisine, and tantalize your taste buds with an array of flavors only the Southern Hemisphere can provide.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    I absolutely love Rose’s Luxury! They have great food and I love their small dishes.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I absolutely love Rose’s Luxury! The food is amazing and I love the small dishes.

  3. Renee Abdullah says:

    My new fav is Ocean Prime. Top quality!!!

  4. Val says:

    Jaleo will always be a classic fav

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