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Your Chance To Try 11 New Restaurants Before They Open

by Prince Of Petworth February 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm 7 Comments

NKOTB 2.0 at Mess Hall

From a press release:

“Last summer’s NKOTB (New Kitchens On The Block) event gave diners an exclusive chance to try signatures bites and sips from Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s Smoked & Stacked, Colada Shop, Matt Baker’s Gravitas, and Cathal Armstrong’s Kaliwa, and other restaurants before they opened. It was such a huge hit that we said, “Let’s Do It Again.”

NKOTB 2.0 will be “Hangin’ Tough” at Mess Hall (703 Edgewood St NE) on Sunday, March 19, 2017 for two separate two-hour sessions: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.

Diners will have an unrepeatable opportunity to sample signature menu items from 11 new ventures with the “Right Stuff” prior to their openings, including:

The Salt Line by Kyle Bailey

Reverie by Johnny Spero

Unconventional Diner by David Deshaies

Lupo Verde (Palisades) by Matteo Venini

Flamant by Frederik de Pue

RASA by Rahul Vinod and Sahil Rahman

June by Michael and Alexandra Bookless Turner

Taqueria del Barrio by Anna Bran-Leis and Shawn Leis

Dio Wine Bar by Stacey Khoury-Diaz

Katz District Coffee by Kyle Katz and Brian Edling

Sugar Shack Donuts (Shaw)

“Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind)” with that lineup?

Whether you’re a “Cover Girl” or “Dirty Dawg,” general admission tickets are $65 each. There are a limited number of V.I.P. tickets available for $95 each. Both may be purchased online.”

  • Cheerful me, wanting to support local businesses, say yay. Grumpy me (30 years in DC restaurants and catering) says – seriously? There just isn’t anything new anymore, so “an unrepeatable opportunity to sample signature menu items” just sounds stupid and pretentious.

    • MadMax

      You will never have this chance again, until next year!

  • PetlessInPetworth

    This looks awesome. $65/ticket isn’t too bad. Did anyone go last year? How much food do you get for that? Like one small tasting plate per restaurant…?

    • dcd

      And what extras does the VIP ticket get you?

      • EarlOfEdgewood

        Same question. Website doesn’t have any info as far as I can see.

      • MadMax

        If it’s like other events I’ve gone to here it usually just means early entry.

    • MtP

      I went last year, and it was great. You get a little portion, but you can go back as many times as you want. Plus there are a few cocktails and endless beer. And you could really talk with the chefs/owners. Left very full and tipsy. It was crowded, but it was way better than some other similar events I’ve done – they seemed to actually limit the crowd based on what would be comfortable in the space.


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