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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

VIP Reception: 5:00 pm
General Admission: 6:00 pm

Founder and Chair

José Andrés

Chef/Owner, ThinkFoodGroup
Chair Emeritus, DC Central Kitchen Board of Directors

Celebrity Hosts & Judges

Spike Mendelsohn

Chef and Restaurateur/Co-Host, Food Network’s “Kitchen Sink”

Event Co-Host

Tregaye Fraser

Co-Host, Food Network’s “Kitchen Sink”

Event Co-Host

Fanny Slater

Co-Host, Food Network’s “Kitchen Sink”

Event Co-Host


Political Analyst


Adam Richman

TV personality


Joseph “JJ” Johnson

Chef/Owner, Ingrained Hospitality Concepts


Ryan Zimmerman

Washington Nationals


Master of Ceremonies

Mark Kessler

Stadium Announcer, Washington Redskins

Battling Chefs

Douglas Alexander

Art and Soul

Hamilton Johnson


Bobby Pradachith

Thip Khao

Miranda Rosenfelt

Sally’s Middle Name

Get Special Access

Sponsor’s Reception

5:00-6:00 p.m.

All sponsors with Sponsor’s Reception tickets get in an hour early from 5-6pm with craft cocktails and artisanal samplings. Guests also have early access to all tasting restaurants before doors open to the public.


6:30-9:00 p.m.

From 6:30pm through the end of the event, guests purchasing table sponsorships will have access to a dynamic speakeasy, with exclusive culinary offerings, bar service and flat-screens showing the live battle.

Chairman’s Overlook

6:30-9:00 p.m.

Chairman’s Elite Passholders have exclusive access to the gorgeous second floor balcony with the best views of the live, on-stage chef battle and access to special food offerings and cocktails. All Chairman’s Elite Passholders also have access to the VIP Reception from 5-6pm.

Live Auction

Four exciting prize packages will be auctioned live on stage!

2018 Year of Fine Dining

Value: $5,000

Become a very popular person amongst your friends! This package offers dinner for six at 13 of Washington, DC’s most popular restaurants, each accompanied by wine pairings or two bottles of the sommelier’s choice. Participating restaurants include: Ana at District Winery, Art and Soul, BRABO, China Chilcano, Honeysuckle, Indique, Jaleo, Joselito, Ocean Prime, Oyamel, Sally’s Middle Name, Thip Khao and Zaytinya.

2018 Year of Brunching

Value: $3,000

Go ahead, enjoy a cocktail in the daytime! This incredible brunch package offers gift certificates to 13 of DC’s hottest brunch spots! Each certificate features a brunch-themed cocktail component for four guests. Participating restaurants include China Chilcano, Commissiary, Compass Rose, Del Campo, Fainting Goat, Firefly, Indique, Jaleo, Kyirisan, Oyamel, Sequoia, Urbana, and Zaytinya.

A Night Out at the Wharf

Value: $3,500

Enjoy DC’s newest nightlife hot spot! Two guests will join owner Seth Hurwitz in his personal suite at The Anthem to experience “Little Big Town” live on March 3, 2018. Feel like a true rock legend in the best seats in the house and all-you-can-drink beer, wine, and spirits. Includes luxury transportation, provided by Reston Limousine, and dinner for two at Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi.

Hawaiian Escape

Value: $6,000

Discover your own tropical paradise at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, located on a 23,000 acre pineapple planation on Maui with direct beach access. This package includes a three-night stay in an ocean front room with private lanai and stunning, unforgettable views of Molokai. Includes dinner for two at The Market by Chef Chris Coulis. Roundtrip, first class airfare provided by American Airlines.

DC Central Kitchen

100% of the proceeds from Capital Food Fight combat hunger and create opportunity in Washington, DC

DC Central Kitchen is a nonprofit developer of innovative social ventures that break the cycle of hunger and poverty. Founded in 1989 in protest of traditional charity models, the organization uses career training, job creation, and sustainable business practices to strengthen local food systems and reduce disparities in health and economic opportunity. The Kitchen’s life-changing social ventures include providing culinary job training to at-risk adults, turning wasted food into balanced meals for shelters and nonprofits, and serving healthy, scratch-cooked meals in low-income schools. These efforts have been recognized with the leading national award for healthy school food innovation, The Golden Carrot; the Washington Business Journal’s Green Business Award for Innovation; and the DC Chamber of Commerce’s Community Impact Award.

Getting There

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC

Please visit the “Getting There” page for detailed instructions on the best way to get to the Capital Food Fight.

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