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3 Strategies for Getting the Most for Your Money at Upcoming Taste of the Nation

By Rina Rapuano  |  March 10, 2014

We’re not sure there’s a more worthy cause than feeding hungry children, so we’re thankful for another year of Taste of the Nation - the annual event where the District’s top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists serve delectable sips and bites, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the No Kid Hungry campaign. The event raised raised more than $185,000 last year, providing nearly 2 million meals to children in need.

This year’s event takes place March 31 from 7-10 PM (doors open at 6 PM for VIP and VIP Plus ticket-holders) at the National Building Museum, with tickets ranging in price from $120-$225. Participating restaurants include Bryan Voltaggio’s Range, The Source, Le Diplomate, Blue Duck Tavern, BLT Steak, Dolcezza Gelato and Charm City Cakes, to name a few.

Here are our strategies for making those feel-good tickets, which can be purchased here, well worth the splurge:

1. Get there early. If this year is anything like years past, the place gets pretty packed pretty fast - we're talking "accidentally getting frisky with everyone you pass" packed. And with an expected 1,600 guests at this year’s event, it only makes sense that the early bird gets the worm. We admit that it can be a bit awkward making the rounds before the space fills up - but what the early shift lacks in excitement and buzz, it more than makes up for in deliciousness.

2. Win free VIP tickets. It’s easy to get your money’s worth when your tickets are free. Organizers are offering the chance to win two VIP tickets starting March 17 to those who tweet photos of meals enjoyed at Taste of the Nation DC participating restaurants to @TOTNationDC, including the restaurant’s Twitter handle and the hashtag #NoKidHungry. See more contest details here.

3. Be strategic and methodical. It happens to the best of us - you see a friend, have a few drinks, get distracted, steer off your well-charted path. But believe us, you get the most of your money if you treat the event like a grocery store: start at one corner and go up and down the aisles till you reach the end. When you do, ask around to see what people’s favorites were, just to make sure you didn’t miss any must-try dishes.