Another year, another “taste” of area restaurants will take place on Friday, May 21 at Verizon Center with this year’s “Taste of 12” presented by the D.C. Lottery. The two hour luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the main concourse of Verizon Center and will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank as part of the Pollin family’s initiative to provide one million meals to those in need. This year’s luncheon will feature a full selection of area restaurants including the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 2010 RAMMY nominee for “Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year” and “Rising Culinary Star of the Year”, Zaytinya and Chef Mike Isabella. Additional 2010 RAMMY nominees, and past RAMMY winners, participating in this year’s luncheon include Café Atlantico and Zola respectively.
“The response in supporting this event has been tremendous,” said Senior Vice President of Community Relations, Judy Holland. “We are so thankful to the area restaurants continued support for this event and are thrilled to have some of this year’s top nominees, as well as past RAMMY winners.”
The RAMMY’s, the annual awards given out by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, is a prestigious honor of recognition for area restaurants that provide continued excellence in restaurant and food services in the community.
Community is the focus of the annual luncheon with last year’s event providing approximately 60,000 meals for the Capital Area Food Bank as part of the Pollin family’s initiative to provide one million meals to those in need. The Pollin family consistently gives back to the community in a plethora of ways, with this initiative being one.
Some of the other restaurants participating in the “Taste of 12” presented by the D.C. Lottery are Acadiana, Asia 9, Cedar Restaurant, Central Michael Richard, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cure Bar & Bistro, Dunkin Donuts, ESPN Zone, Gifford’s Ice Cream, Henry’s Soul Food Café, Jaleo, La Tasca, Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, McDonald’s, Mehak Indian Cuisine, Nando’s Peri-Peri, NJ’s Soft Pretzels, Ping Pong Dim Sum, Rosa Mexicano, The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille, The Source, and Tony Cheng’s Seafood Restaurant and Mongolian BBQ.
The “Taste of 12” presented by the D.C. Lottery is the third annual event for the arena. Tickets are $12 to sample up to six of the different restaurant offerings and will be sold the day of the event only. The luncheon was originally started in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the building as a way to thank area restaurants and businesses for their support in the local community. Due to the overwhelming success and response the past two years, the luncheon has become an annual charitable event with the goal each year to expand upon the success of the previous year, celebrate our local neighbors, and support a great cause.