New Kitchens on The Block 9  - NKOTB 9

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New Kitchens on The Block 9 - NKOTB 9

New Kitchens On The Block returns to Mess Hall on Saturday, June 10th!

By A Mess Hall / (cr)eating Joint Production

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, June 10 · 12 - 5pm EDT


Mess Hall 703 Edgewood Street Northeast Washington, DC 20017

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

NKOTB IS BACK! The ninth edition of our signature food festival offers a onetime-only opportunity to savor signature dishes and drinks from 9 of DC’s most hyped new restaurants by the city’s buzziest, award-winningest chefs – before they open.

NKOTB 9’s participants are:

A To-Be-Named Mediterranean Concept by Matt Baker (Gravitas, Michele's)

Mahal Afro-Filipino BBQ by Jerome Grant (Sweet Home Café, Dacha Restaurant Group)

A To-Be-Named Korean BBQ Concept by Kevin Tien (Moon Rabbit)

Alfreda by Russell Smith (The Source, Cut by Wolfgang Puck)

San Pancho by David Perez and Carolina McCandless (Cielo Rojo)

Elena James by Colin McClimans and Danilo Simic (Opal, Nina May)

Mallard by Hamilton Johnson (Honeysuckle, American Son)

Two Nine by Zach Ramos and Amy Phan (Ama Ami)

Urai by Ben Plyraharn (Newland, Maketto)

Guests will enjoy local beers from Right Proper Brewing Company, as well as cocktails galore powered by spirits provided by District Made Spirits.


Please pay close attention to the Round you are purchasing! Before making your purchase, you must choose:

Round One: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM OR Round Two: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. 

Your participation WILL be limited to the start and end times of your chosen round.

ALL purchasers of VIP TICKETS will receive a bonus ticket to a PRIVATE AFTERPARTY immediately following each round of the event that will go into the night at Right Proper’s Brookland Production House & Tasting Room (a 7-minute walk from Mess Hall). Here you’ll keep the party going in the brewhouse / production area and receive a tasting flight featuring classic and limited-edition beers, plus a cheese and charcuterie platter. Co-founder and brew master Thor Cheston will be your host of this backstage party, provide tours, demonstrate the equipment, and answer questions about beer making!

If you're an NKOTB regular, you were one of the first to try Maydan, Oyster Oyster, Cranes, Call Your Mother, Jônt, The Salt Line, Unconventional Diner, Lucky Buns, Chloe, Colada Shop, Gravitas, Daru, Three Blacksmiths, and Rasa... all before they became the toughest reservations on the planet. 

If you're new to this event... NKOTB is an epic crusade. Eat, drink and hang out with D.C.'s hottest chefs, mixologists and restaurateurs. Take pics so you never forget it (and you can make your friends jealous). Post on the socials using #NKOTB_DC.

****Disclaimers: Ages 21 and over ONLY******

*Please enjoy alcohol responsibly.

*The Event Producers, chefs, and partners will make every effort to execute NKOTB 9 in accordance with that which has been described above. We reserve the right to make reasonable substitutions if certain people and/or products are not available on the event date. Thank you for your understanding.

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