When (and where) else can you leave your wallet behind and traipse in and out of DC's top restaurants?! Dine-N-Dash is a food lover's event, but equally awesome is the fact that the one-night foodventure doubles as a fundraiser for World Central Kitchen - an organization that provides smart solutions to hunger and poverty around the world - helmed by chef/activist/humanitarian and all-around amazing human being, Jose Andres.
I was beyond excited to take part in this year's event and even more thrilled to spend time with other foodie friends - which is always nice at these kinds of things (re: standing on chairs to get good camera angles, taking food outside for better lighting, waiting a ridiculously long time before eating said food because you still need to land "the shot" is all perfectly normal). Guests can choose from which neighborhood to start their culinary journey off on: Penn Quarter or 14th Street. We opted for the latter and bopped in and out of some of my favorite spots: Bresca (where the scallop crudo and agnolotti shined), Lupo Verde (for bruschetta, grilled squid, pizza, and fried artichokes) Colada Shop (the chicken empanadas and pina colada were an awesome pairing), Doi Moi (for noodles + bao buns), Taqueria Nacional (yes please, to the quesadillas and tacos), Ice Cream Jubilee, The Pig (for some crispy fried pork ears), and BToo (where Chef Bart greeted us with a plate of doffles).
Luckily, the event organizers included a shuttle for transportation between the neighborhoods. But, as we had eaten our weight in food and still had Penn Quarter to conquer, we decided to walk the not-too-far distance in hopes our stomachs would make room for our second feast. We got a sneak peak at Poca Madre (serving up massive ribs and tacos), popped into Taco Bamba, and ended the night with delicious sushi and other bites from SEI.
Although we didn't quite make it to all of the participating restaurants (an impressive feat if anyone managed to do it), it was a great night spent amongst friends, eating and drinking all of the things - all while supporting such an amazing organization and cause.