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A Taste of Shaw Returns to the Howard Theatre, 04/18/18: Tickets on Sale Now!


The Shaw neighborhood’s annual celebration of the best food and drink its restaurants and bars have to offer is back! Join us for a night of stellar cuisine and cocktails from this year's Host Committee of chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists. Enjoy unlimited sips and noshes throughout the evening, plus live music and dancing. 


A Taste of Shaw returns to the Howard on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 for a night of live music by internationally-renowned Ethiopian artist Yehunie Belay and his band, and libations and delicious bites from some of DC’s best bars and restaurants.  Doors open at 7:00 PM.


The Taste of Shaw hosts are a who's who of DC's thriving dining scene in the Shaw neighborhood. This year's Host Committee members include:


Ralph Brabham & Nicha Thongpanchang/ Beau Thai - Shaw & BKK cookshop

Greg Algie & Nathan Beauchamp/ Calico 

Alex Abebe/ Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant & Mart

Jeremiah Langhorne & Alex Zink/ The Dabney & The Dabney Cellar

Alan Popovsky & Demetrio Zavala/ Declaration

Dean Gold/ Dino's Grotto

Gianluigi Dellaccio/ Dolci Gelati

Derek Brown, Angie Fetherston & Paul Taylor/ Drink Company Pop Up Bar

Josh Phillips & Robert Aikens/ Espita Mezcaleria

Henok, Ben Tesfaye & Yared Tesfaye & Chris Roberson/ Etete Ethiopian Cuisine

Kevin Connelly & Alex Davis/ Farmers & Distillers

Brandon Williams/ Fish Scale

Ian Hilton & Brendan L'Etoile/ Gaslight Tavern DC

Katsuya Fukushima/ Haikan


Anastasia Mori & Dave Bloom/ La Jambe

Vinoda Basnayake & David Strauss/ Morris American Bar

Russell Braitsch/ Morrison-Clark Historic Inn & Restaurant

Jeff Miskiri/ Po Boy Jim

Glendon Hartley & Chad Lee/ Service Bar

Jonathan Bethony & Jessica Azeez/ Seylou

Rob Krupicka/ Sugar Shack Donuts DC - Shaw

Jonathan Nelms & Malkhaz Maisashvili/ Supra Restaurant

Eric Eden & David Deshaies/ Unconventional Diner


Tickets include unlimited tastings, beer, wine, soft drinks and complimentary valet parking. Tickets are $80 in advance (available at or $100 at the door.


The Howard Theatre is located at 620 T Street, NW, on the same block as the northern entrance to the Shaw-Howard University station on Metro's Green Line. Valet parking will be available in front of the theater.


Proceeds from the event support Shaw Main Streets’ economic revitalization and historic preservation activities in central Shaw. The organization has led the transformation of central Shaw since 2003.

Sponsors of this year's Gala include:

Premier Sponsors: Capital Community News, Edible DC, Douglas Development,  Howard Theatre, Longview Gallery, Roadside Development, Where

Lead Sponsors: Beyond, Ethiopian Yellow Pages, Events by SLS, Events DC, Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, Miller Copying Service, Otim Williams Public Relations, U Street Parking, Valor Development

Gala Sponsors: Four Points, Pepco

Gala Donors:  Blue Skye Development and Construction, Cannon Development, Dantes Partners, Ditto Residential, Holladay Corporation, Holland & Knight, Lincoln Westmoreland Housing, Lock 7 Development, Mallios & O'Bren, Veritas Law Firm

Gala Supporters: CSG Urban Partners, Ellis Development Group, Goulston & Storrs, Inle Development, Lee's Flower & Card Shop


For sponsorship information, email [email protected] or call 202-265-SHAW.