Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dupont Circle restaurants will open their doors to showcase their signature appetizers, entrées, drinks, and desserts for the ninth annual Taste of Dupont. This progressive lunch encourages patrons to walk from restaurant to tavern with a master ticket to discover new places to try.

A master ticket to Taste of Dupont is $25 in advance and will give you access to all 10 or more Taste locations. On the day of the event, tickets are $30 on the west side of Dupont Circle starting at 12:30 p.m. Early bird tickets start at $20. This event is designed to showcase the wide variety of white tablecloth restaurants that can be found around Dupont Circle.

This is the ninth annual Taste of Dupont organized by Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, and the event is a fundraiser for the 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. All proceeds from the event will benefit our job training program to help those working with our clean team – a job training program through Central Union Mission.

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Each ticket includes

Participating Vendors

2016 Recap


Volunteers need to arrive at 12:00 noon for an orientation in the Dupont Circle office for an overview and site assignments, then tickets go on sale or pick up at 12:30 for the event, which opens at 1:00.  Please wear a white dress shirt, but dress for cold weather and remove layers as the day warms up.

Restaurant Volunteers – in place from 12:45-4:00 p.m.

  • Bring balloons and put them out front by the door.
  • Introduce yourself to the manager at each site
  • Be stationed in a visible location, such as near the door, patio, or bar to greet patrons
  • Check the ticket from each patron (one visit only)
  • Every 30 minutes or so, someone should come by to replace you so you can move onto the next venue – so you get to experience several restaurants throughout the day!
  • After the event, please return to the HDCMS office with supplies at 4:05 pm

Will Call Table Volunteers – staffed from 12:30-4:00

  • Check off reserved tickets, and collect payments, if needed (paid in advance)
  • Sell tickets to patrons for $30 each – cash, credit card, and check accepted.  Make checks payable to Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets.
  • Comp tickets are given to VIPs and contest winners.  Check the comp list.
  • Hand out maps so patrons know where to go
  • Answer questions and direct participants to the nearest restaurants
  • Will Call volunteers can rotate to restaurants as well
  • Collect tickets and surveys at the end of the event
  • You must be over the age of 21 in order to volunteer for Taste of Dupont.