Half-Smoke Palooza May 1st at Domaso in Hotel Palomar

Photo by PoPville flickr user Madame Meow

I’m thinking this is gonna be worthy of a journey outside DC…

From an email:

WHAT: Domaso, a Kimpton Restaurant, is hosting its first annual “Top Dog Half-Smoke Challenge” in which ten renowned area chefs will showcase their interpretation of DC’s iconic local dish, and compete for the title of Top Dog. Admission is $20 per person and includes samples of all 10 half-smokes, a signature Skyy Vodka cocktail, tax and gratuity. Additional food and beverage will be available at cost.

Domaso will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the event to benefit Brainfood, a non-profit youth development organization based in Washington, DC that helps build life skills and promotes healthy living in a fun and safe environment.

WHEN: Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 3 PM

WHERE: The terrace at Domaso
Hotel Palomar*
1121 North 19th Street
Arlington, VA

*Hotel Palomar is located two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro, accessible via the blue and orange lines. Street and valet parking are also available.

WHY: The half beef, half pork, smoked sausage has long been considered the District’s signature dish. This challenge is a unique way for the city’s top chefs to honor the half-smoke, and engage in some friendly competition for a great cause. The list of participating chefs is included below.

Victor Albisu, BLT Steak
Nathan Anda, Red Apron Butchery
Danny Bortnick, Firefly
John Critchley, Urbana
Scott Drewno, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Paul Healey, Domaso
Liam LaCivita, Liberty Tavern/Lyon Hall
Dennis Marron, Jackson 20/The Grille at Morrison House
Peter Smith, PS 7’s
Chris Watson, BRABO by Robert Weidmaier
Ed Witt, 701 Restaurant

Tickets for the half-smoke challenge are available online at

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