The National Building Museum plays host to many an annual culinary extravaganza. But Monday night’s feast fest to benefit No Kid Hungry, Taste DC, is definitely a favorite. Sure, it might be ironic to attempt to combat childhood hunger with an all-you-can-eat gourmet event, but it also certainly drives the point home that DC has an abundance of culinary – and charitable – resources; and they pair so perfectly!
Taste of the Nation events happen all over the country, bringing together some of each city’s hottest chefs, sommeliers and mixologists to show off their talents in support of No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.
This year’s DC event was hosted by Chef Chair Mike Friedman (The Red Hen, All-Purpose), Pastry Chair Tiffany MacIsaac (Buttercream Bakeshop), Mixology Chair Gina Chersevani (Buffalo and Bergen, Suburbia) and Sommelier Chair Nadine Brown (Society Fair), and the roster of participating hospitality locations they assembled had guests sipping and sampling from venues all over the DC area.
In addition to grazing the length of the Museum, the night included some interactive charitable experiences, photobooths, a slamming DJ, and VIP lounges to give those bellies a break… or participate in intimate tastings with Chef Kwame Onwuachi (Kith and Kin, Philly Wing Fry) and Chef Tae Strain (Momofuku CCDC).
Our unexpected standout taste of the evening? A fatty tuna tartar served on a pork rind from Chef Will Artley at Scott’s Restaurant and Bar. Other notable participating DC area culinary talent and eateries included: All-Purpose | Al Dente | Art & Soul | Barrel | Beuchert’s Saloon | Buffalo and Bergen | Bombay Street Food | Buttercream Bakeshop | Captain Cookie and the Milkman | Cava Mezze | Coconut Club | Colada Shop | Compass Rose | Espita Mezcaleria | Estadio | Farmers & Distillers | Firefly | Georgetown Cupcake | The Green Zone | Hank’s Oyster Bar | I’m Eddie Cano | Jack Rose Dining Saloon | Junction Bakery & Bistro | Kith and Kin | Kuya Ja’s | McClellan’s Retreat | Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro | Mi Vida | Milkbar | Momo Yakitori | Momofuku CCDC| Nama Sushi | Osteria Morini | Ottoman Taverna | Oyamel | Pisco y Nasca Ceviche Gastrobar | Radiator | Rappahannock Oyster Bar | RARE Steakhouse | RASA | Royal | Shake Shack | Society Fair Spoken English | Stellina Pizzeria | Succotash Penn Quarter | Sweet Lobby | The Delegate | The Pub and the People | The Source | Tico | Truxton Inn
100% of proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America. One in six children in America struggles with hunger, including nearly 27,000 kids in the District of Columbia. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger nationwide by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget.