Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dine-N-Dash

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On June 9, 2015, Chef José Andrés hosted the third annual Dine-N-Dash event. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., an estimated 2,500 event goers strolled through the city's Penn Quarter, enjoying specialty dishes, craft cocktails, and live music at Washington D.C.'s top restaurants and food trucks - all in one evening! All proceeds from the event benefited World Central Kitchen.

 "I am so excited to be hosting the third annual Dine-N-Dash!" said Chef José Andrés, "What's better than enjoying the amazing Penn Quarter restaurants, all in one night, while helping the many around the world who need our support. This is one of our biggest fundraisers to support the work of World Central Kitchen, which finds solutions for hunger and poverty worldwide. I believe that food has the power to change the world, and I’m thrilled the people of D.C. continue to support this unbelievable event!"

Participating restaurants included China Chilcano, Cuba Libre, Del Campo, Jaleo, OYA, Oyamel, Partisan, Ping Pong Dim Sum, Poste Brasserie, Proof, SEI, and Zaytinya.

Keith and I participated and truly enjoyed dashing to each place throughout the night.  Here is the photo recap of what we ate at the event:

We started off with some flavorful bites like dumplings, pork belly, and chicken bao from Ping Pong Dim Sum.
One of our favorites of the night - Chilean wine and delicious grilled meats, octopus, and beef empanadas from Del Campo.
This Basil Rum Punch was sweet and refreshing.  It paired well with veggie spring rolls from Proof.
Cheese empanada, pork taco, and Spanish flauta from the food trucks were a great addition.
Strawberry Rosemary cocktails, salmon tartare, short ribs, goat cheese pana cotta, and chocolate pot de creme were served in the courtyard at Poste. 
Japanese traditional music played while we had sushi and cocktails at SEI.
China Chilcano was the most popular spot and featured Chifa (Peruvian-Chinese fusion) bites like grilled chicken and potatoes, chicken stew, and cold sesame noodles.  The strawberry, mango, and coconut popsicles were super delicious too!
Our least favorite were the pork doner kebabs from Partisan.
From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., all guests were then invited to join José Andrés at an after-party at Carnegie Library with desserts, live music and drinks. Unfortunately, we were dashed out and headed home instead of checking out the after-party.  But scrolling through the #dinendashdc photo galleries on the various social media sites, it looked like it was a blast.

Look out for the Dine-N-Dash event next year.  It's a great way to sample the offerings of Penn Quarter's finest eateries while supporting a great cause like World Central Kitchen.

1 comment:

  1. Only downsides here was that I’m not sure if they were expecting such a crowd as they did not have nearly enough servers and sometimes it would take a really long time for service guy to come. But at event space New York they tried to keep a smiles on their face.

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