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Tico SummerFest & Taco Takedown Benefiting My Sister's Place

June 24, 2018 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Top Chefs of DC battle over the best taco! ALSO enjoy food, drinks & refreshments while raising money/awareness for My Sister's Place.

About this Event

Organized by SRG Pastry Chef Alex Levin and the team of Tico, the inaugural SummerFest & Taco Takedown will take place on Sunday afternoon, June 24, 2018 from, 4-7:30pm. The event will include 8 of DC's top chefs presenting his or her take on the best taco, refreshments, and lots of fun drinks -- all to raise money and awareness for My Sister's Place.


For over 40 years, My Sister's Place has been an innovator in changing lives by providing DC’s first hotline and first domestic violence shelter, and now by taking a public health approach to the epidemic of domestic violence. As DC’s oldest domestic violence shelter, they have served as a cornerstone of the District’s response to this pressing public health issue since 1979, and their impact on DC’s community remains as strong as ever.


This year’s participating chefs include:

Alex Levin, Executive Pastry Chef, TICO & Schlow Restaurant Group

Russell Smith, Executive Chef, The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Amy Brandwein, Executive Chef, Centrolina

Seng Luangrath, Executive Chef, Thip Khao

Bettina Stern, Chef, Chaia

Sasha Felikson, Chef, Cava

Kyle Bailey, Executive Chef, The Salt Line

Marcelle Afram, Chef, Blue Jacket


Other supporting organizations:

Gordy's Pickles

Ice Cream Jubilee



Bonnie Benwick, Deputy Food Editor & Recipe Editor, The Washington Post

Chris Schmid, Director of Wine & Spirits, Prestige Beverage Group

Amy K. Dacey, President, AKD Strategies


Master of Ceremonies:

Laura Hayes, Food Editor, Washington City Paper


Tickets are priced at $50 per person and include a sample of all tasting portions of tacos as well as unlimited food and beverages offered at all stations. All proceeds benefit My Sister's Place.


This event is made possible by the incredible generosity of our sponsors:


Kristen Williams + Frank Snodgrass TTR Sotheby's Reality

Le Grand Law PLLC


Jill Scharff

Camille M. Wheeler


If you are interested in joining this incredible list of sponsors you can find all the information available here.



Please reach out to, and we will be happy to get you involved!

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