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About DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight

DC Central Kitchen is celebrating its 20th Capital Food Fight on November 7, 2024 at one of our city’s most beloved concert venues, The Anthem! Join us for an evening of fighting hunger differently-where we will reflect on our impact over the past year, lay the foundation for all the work yet to be done, and celebrate the talent and resiliency of our restaurant community. Long known as one of the region’s best culinary events, Capital Food Fight provides partners a unique and unmatched opportunity to promote brands, entertain clients, and be publicly recognized for investments in our shared community.


We’re excited to announce Instacart and Lineage as presenting sponsors for DC’s Baddest Night of Doing Good, November 7th at The Anthem.

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“DC Central Kitchen’s biggest annual fundraiser returns to the Anthem for its 19th edition on Thursday, November 9, with chefs José Andrés and Spike Mendelsohn back as celebrity hosts. Going head-to-head at this year’s live culinary battle are local chefs Ed Reavis (Money Muscle BBQ, All Set, Fryer’s Roadside), 101 Hospitality Group’s Rachel Bindel (Michele’s, Gravitas, Bakers Daughter), Carlos Camacho (dLeña), and Ria Montes (Estuary), who will prepare dishes based on secret ingredients.”

“Though not made of bread, Chef Ria Montes’s mango and sea buckthorn scallop crudo helped bring in the dough: More than $750,000 to help end hunger in the District. At last week’s Capital Food Fight, Montes, Chef de Cuisine at Estuary in the Conrad Hotel, defeated three other top Washington, D.C.-area chefs in a battle on stage to help knock out hunger.”

“The 19th annual iteration of this Iron Chef-like fundraiser, hosted by José Andrés, takes place at the Anthem on Thursday, November 9. Tickets for the event, which benefits DC Central Kitchen, start at $325. Dozens of participating restaurants will set up tasting tables, while local chefs Rachel Bindel (Gravitas), Carlos Camacho (dLena), Ria Montes (Estuary), and Ed Reavis (Money Muscle Barbecue) compete using set ingredients. Judges include Top Chef‘s Tom Colicchio, New York chef Rocco DiSpirito, and former Nationals player Ryan Zimmerman.”

ABOUT DC Central Kitchen

DC Central Kitchen (DCCK} is an iconic nonprofit and social enterprise that combats hunger and poverty through job training and job creation. The organization provides hands-on culinary job training for individuals facing high barriers to employment while creating living wage jobs and bringing nutritious, dignified food where it is most needed. DCCK’s social ventures include serving scratch­cooked farm-to-school meals in DC schools, delivering fresh, affordable produce to corner stores in neighborhoods without supermarkets, and operating a fast-casual cafe. DCCK has been featured in national media including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, National Geographic, PBS NewsHour, and more. To learn more, visit dccentralkitchen.org or follow@dccentralkitchen on lnstagram.

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, please contact Melissa Gold, DC Central Kitchen’s Director of Communications and Marketing.