It's back folks. The 20th annual Taste of Georgetown hits the District on June 1st featuring the first-ever Georgetown Chef Showdown. The entire event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wisconsin Avenue from M Street to K Street. Since this is our 5th year attending, DC This Week knows exactly how to plan for the day.
1. Wear the least amount of clothes as possible. It will be hot and with all of those attendees and restaurants heating up their grills the temperature rises a couple of notches.
2. Drinks lots of water. You want to stay hydrated right?
3. Become one with the Craft Beer & Wine Pavilion, but don't forget your ID! Brewers on hand include Brooklyn Brewery's Summer Ale, Leinenkugel's Summer, New Belgium Brewing's Fat Tire and Rolle Bolle and Starr Hill's the Love.
4. Sample ALL of the 50 signature dishes from 25 of Georgetown's most popular dining spot. But be sure to stick to savory - and then sweet. Treats will include Luke's Lobster, Bandolero, 1789, Georgetown Cupcake, Cafe Bonaparte, Neyla, Tackle Box and Thunder Burger. A full list of participants can be found online at www.tasteofgeorgetown.com.
5. Be patient. There will be lines, but they move rather quickly. And you can always come back once they die down if it seems to long.
6. Sign up fro the Chef Showdown. From noon to 1 p.m. chefs including Anthony Lombardo of 1789, Jakob Esko of The Grill Room and Bryan Yealy of Capital Restaurant Concepts will lead aspiring home cooks in an Iron Chef-style competition. You can sign up to compete with a chef at http://tasteofgeorgetown2013.eventbrite.com for $50 per team. The winning team will win gifts and goodies from Georgetown merchants and restaurants.
7. Purchase tickets in ADVANCE to save time. Tickets are $5 for one tasting and $20 for five tastings at www.TasteOfGeorgetown.com Craft Beer and Wine Pavilion tickets are $10 for 3, and $4 for 1 tasting.
8. Support the cause. Ticket proceeds benefit the Georgetown Ministry Center's services
9. Avoid the traffic. Guests can bike, walk, bus or cab to the event. Parking on the street will be limited, but garage parking is available on K Street for a fee.
10. Just have fun. Taste of Georgetown is 20 years strong and the perfect way to enjoy an afternoon munching on bites and relaxing by the river afterwards in a food coma.