Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Photo Recap: Dine-N-Dash 2015

Fire-Eater outside the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square

Yes, it's true: The third time is the charm. Several thousand area foodies descended upon the Penn Quarter last night, armed with healthy appetites and ready to party. What for? The third annual Dine-N-Dash, hosted by the unofficial "King of DC," José Andrés, to benefit World Central Kitchen. It was my first time attending; and all I can say is, "Wow!" After collecting my official wristband at Ping Pong, I took off on a literal "mad dash" of a dozen top-flight restaurants, including Del Campo, Jaleo and Poste. Sadly, I only had one of the three hours allotted to feast (opening night for Newsies at the National) but thanks to some clever time management and nimble feet, I was able to zip in to all 12 venues. Top bite honors go to Del Campo's Victor Albisu, fresh off Sunday's 2015 Chef of the Year award at the RAMMYs. The night concluded with (more) drinks, desserts and live music at the majestic Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square. Word has it, over $300,000 was raised for the World Central Kitchen. Way to go everybody!

Del Campo's Chef Victor Albisu

Chorizo, Short Ribs and Yuca at Del Campo

Friendly Gatekeepers

Great spread at Zaytinya

Killer Hummus & Chips at Zaytinya

Outdoor festivities at Zaytinya

Orange Porchetta at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Classical Music at Proof

 Jamon Iberico de Bellota at Jaleo

Inside China Chilcano

Drinks at Poste Moderne Brasserie + Bar

Veronneau performs at the After-Party
Delicious Desserts