Smart… and satiated. Despite Saturday afternoon’s rain, the Taste of Georgetown welcomed hundreds last weekend as organizers of the 21st annual event listened to both their hungry stomachs and their heads this year — moving the festival from the bustle of Wisconsin Avenue to the covered, wider K/ Water Street, using the overhead Whitehurst Freeway to block showers.
Thirty-five local restaurants participated, including a very popular Luke’s Lobster, Clyde’s, Georgetown Cupcake and even 1789. Craft beer and wine were available in a separate area, unfortunately not weather-proofed (though with enough of Paradise Spring’s Chardonnay from Eno Wine Bar, we’re not sure many were bothered).
A center stage welcomed entertainment with year, in addition to the judging of the day’s tasting plates. Both a three-pound Baked & Wired cupcake eating contest (difficult to watch) and a Chefs Showdown (Gerard Pangaud of Malmaison, Kristy Cleaveland of the Ritz Carlton’s Degrees and Melanie Kurtz of Paolo’s all had 20 minutes to create a masterpiece given some awkward ingredients — Pangaaud won) were the day’s main attractions.
Proceeds from the event benefited the Georgetown Ministry Center.