Dine-N-Dash DC: The Yummy Recap


This past Wednesday, over 2,600 DC foodies, including myself, flooded the streets of 14th St and Penn Quarter to participate in José Andrés’ Dine-N-Dash charity event. The event raised over $543,000 for his non-profit World Central Kitchen, which helps fight poverty and hunger internationally through the power of food.


The night was every self-proclaimed foodies’ dream. There was food, music, cocktails, fun and great company. Restaurants definitely brought their A-game, and guests brought their empty bellies and awesome energy. Most participating restaurants shut-down for the event or hosted guests in private areas, so there was never a line for food or drinks, which was pretty amazing. Knowing we were eating for a good cause, made the night even more magical!

For me, the evening began at Sotto on 14th St and ended at the MGM Grand pop-up in Penn Quarter. I was able to make it to 10 out of the 30 restaurants before losing steam, which felt like a real accomplishment!

Colada Shop

Here’s a recap of some of my favorite stops and dishes:

Blackjack – 14th St

Smoked Oysters with Roasted Garlic

Doi Moi – 14th St

Sticky Chicken Wings

Pork Ribs with Fish Sauce Caramel

Green Papaya Salad

Lupo Verde – 14th St

Grilled Pork Slider & Pizza

Colada Shop – 14th St

Jamon-Ham Croquetas

Colada Shop Cuban Sandwich

Assorted Pastries

Zaytinya – Penn Quarter

Lamb Kleftico

MGM Grand Pop-Up

Charcuterie Board


I’m so happy I was able to participate in such an amazing event. If you weren’t able to attend, make sure you grab tickets next year, you won’t regret it!


Growing up, food was the staple for every major event, and my family made it a point to introduce me to many different cuisines. They might also be to blame for my slight obsession with cocktails and small plates. I mean, I was the 5-year-old at dinner ordering a virgin Pina colada and shrimp cocktail! Nevertheless, they ingrained in me my love for food and the amazing abilities it has to bring people together. “Don’t tell me what you ate, tell me who you ate with.” (Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain) I recently relocated to Washington D.C., from New York City and am obsessed with the D.C. brunch scene! Something about the casualness of drinking bubbly in the middle of the day really speaks to my soul. I also have a weird obsession with cupcakes and cheese, not together, but if someone could make that work, I’d be down. I’m excited to share pieces about my brunching adventures, happy hours, and classy things in between that are best spent with friends and/or loved ones, as well as sharing experiences from D.C. foodie events. Check out more of my champagne-ing, cupcake eating, D.C. life at my blog Cupcakescaviar.com.