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15,000 Foodies Come Out for Taste of Arlington

Posted on May 20,2009
Filed Under Food And Wine , Local Tastes,

Photo by Maurisa Potts

By Maurisa Potts

Area foodies came out in record crowds to the 22nd Annual Taste of Arlington on May 17. 

Approximately 15,000 came out for this event to sample gourmet tastes from over 40 signature restaurants, enjoy lively local entertainment, have diversity dialog discussions in the World Café’ and treat kids to a colorful variety of children’s activities.  

The event also exceeded its fundraising goals in which the proceeds will benefit Community Residences, Inc., a local non-profit organization that assists people with disabilities to live independently in the community.

Ballston established itself as a culinary mecca with a clean sweep of all the restaurant awards at Sunday’s Taste of Arlington.  Willow, Sangam and Pinzimini took all of the prizes in the Best of the Best competition.  

The contest, based on selection, taste and presentation, is conducted every year as part of the popular event.  Judges included area media celebrities, food writers, politicians and government officials, who evaluated the 42 restaurants that participated in the Taste of Arlington.

Chefs Tracy O’Grady and Kate Jansen of Willow Restaurant, located at 4301 N. Fairfax Drive, received the top prize for their delectable grilled flatbreads.  

Photo by Maurisa Potts

Sangam Restaurant, which has placed in the top three for the last six years, including three times as top prize winner, served a variety of signature Indian dishes.  And, Scott Burnham, sous chef at Pinzimini, the Italian steak house in The Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, presented an Italian-themed menu including Caesar salad, Radiatore Bolognese with Meat Ragu, and Torta Gianduju, chocolate hazelnut Cake.

The Ballston-Virginia Square Partnership organized and hosted the highly-anticipated Taste of Arlington event, having purchased the rights from Community Residences, Inc.
The Ballston-Virginia Square Partnership teamed up with the Clarendon Alliance, Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, Rosslyn Renaissance and the National Science Foundation to produce the 2009 Taste of Arlington.

"The Leadership Committee would like to thank all the 2009 sponsors, restaurants, media partners, volunteers, and judges for their continued support of this spectacular annual community event," said organizer Maurisa Potts.
A list of participating sponsors, restaurants and community contributors is available at the Taste of Arlington website

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