2nd Annual Launch Pad Finale

July 12, 2015 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Union Market - Dock 5
1309 5th Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

The 2nd annual Launch Pad, a culinary business competition created by Union MarketMess Hall and RIS owner Ris Lacoste, will culminate in a live grand finale this Sunday, July 12 from 1pm-5pm at Union Market’s Dock 5. Tickets can be purchased for $25 here.

Guests at the finale will be treated to cocktails and small bites as finalists Arepa ZoneBao Bros BarHalf SmokeWhisked, and Bene pitch their original concepts. The winner will be announced by a panel of judges, including restaurant mavens Patrick O’ConnellAaron SilvermanDrew NieporentDavid HallAl Goldberg and Ris Lacoste, and a People’s Choice vote will count towards each finalist’s point total. Winner of Launch Pad will receive a 6-12 month takeover of a fully-built stall in Union Market, as well as a mentorship from Ris Lacoste and other great prizes.

An after-party will feature chefs’ tables with previous Launch Pad contestants, judges, and advisors. Guests will mingle with food and drink mavens such as DC Brau‘s Jeff HancockMari Rodela, and Brendan SkallCake Love owner Warren Brown, and Capital Kombucha owner John Lee, among others. Locally produced snacks and beverages will be provided, and hometown bartenders will mix specialty cocktails featuring Jefferson’s Ridiculously Small Batch BourbonGosling’s Rums, and Pallini Limoncello.

Who: Union Market, Mess Hall, RIS owner Ris Lacoste
What: Launch Pad Grand Finale
Where: Dock 5, Union Market (1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002)
When: Sunday, July 12, 1pm-5pm
Tickets: $25 | Tickets can be purchased here.


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