Taking place outside on the patio of the Ronald Reagan building, the third annual Sounds Bites took place on May 4th without a hitch, complete with music, food, and loads of boozy cocktails.
Continuous music featured by bands of various genres set the stage, while food stations surrounded a main arena of which the center of was the location of an exciting mixology competition that took place halfway during the event. Food stalls included salad and garlic bread from &pizza, dips and spreads by Cava, biscuits and gravy from DC Central Kitchen, sweet and spicy chaat papri from Indique, hearty cauliflower sandwiches from Taylor Gourmet, gelato served in mini pineapples from Dolci Gelati, paella from Jaleo’s giant paella pan, and much more.
Even more exciting was the array of cocktails. Republic served a port-whiskey-chocolate bitters concoction, while Black Jack offered drinks garnished with a mini frozen popsicle. Boozy slushies, Pimms cups, spiked lemonade, and loads of beer from Gordon Biersch where also on hand. Guests wandered, mingled, and lounged will taking advantage of the gorgeous weather, delicious offerings, and energetic beats.
Meanwhile, the mixology contest may have been most exciting part of the event, with four talented bartenders creating different cocktails with a surprise secret ingredient. After three nail-biting rounds, Gina Chersevani of Hank’s Oyster Bar was named the winner.
Ultimately, Sound Bites is an event aimed at raising money for DC Central Kitchen, an organization which seeks to reduce hunger in Washington DC. In that respect also the event was also a great success, with hundreds of DC residents attending in order to support one of DC’s most important charities. If you missed out this year, put it on your calendar for next year now! You can also see Central Kitchen’s website for information on their other events.