Chef turned food writer David Hagedorn and radio host Nycci Nellis throw the fundraiser each year to benefit the Human Rights Campaign. There’s a whopping 60 tasting stations from top restaurants, and guests can get buzzed on specialty drinks made by more than 20 area bartenders.
Here’s what’s on the menu this year:
Debut bites. Recently resurrected Addie’s plans to serve mini prime rib sliders with horseradish black pepper aioli. There’s also bowls from the yet-to-open Rasa headed to Navy Yard.
Out-there concoctions. Perennially packed bistro Le Diplomate has a sweet-and-savory mash-up in the works: foie gras macarons. And Hawaiian-themed Hula Girl’s got root beer sticky ribs with pickled daikon-carrots.
After-party preview. Red Apron Butcher has created a special sandwich made with lettuce, guacamole, bacon, tomato, cucumbers. Other ways to pack on late-night calories include indulging in smoked meats from Sloppy Mama's, freshly shucked goodies from Rappahannock Oyster Company, or a veggie burger from Shouk.
Pop-up patrol. Whaley's is going to replicate the waterfront Rosé Garden it planted all summer in Navy Yard inside the event, oysters and all. Pro tip: their pina coladas are on point.
Load up. Expect a parade of sweets from top pastry chefs, and an apparently “very heavy” gift bag.
Booze: Bar Charley has created a cocktail for the evening, "My Tara's Gone,” featuring Vigilante Gin from local distiller Jos. A. Magnus and Co., plus honey, apricot and ginger liqueurs, and lime. Also expect offerings from One Eight Distilling and District Distilling Co.
Tons of locals on tap. Expect drinks from District Winery, Anxo Cidery and Pintxos Bar, 3 Stars Brewing Company, Denizens Brewing Co., DC Brau Brewing Company, Atlas Brew Works, and Caboose Brewing Co.