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Sound Bites

DC Central Kitchen's Outdoor
Festival of Local Music, Food, &

Thank you for your interest in Sound Bites!

DC Central Kitchen will not be hosting this event in 2015,
and instead looks forward to our next foodie fundraiser, The Capital Food Fight.

If you haven’t been, you’re missing DC’s biggest culinary event.
Check it out and join us at the Ronald Reagan Building on November 12, 2015 for fabulous food and fun!
You can learn more about our upcoming events on our website here.

Presented By:


All Proceeds Benefit DC Central Kitchen.


Cava Mezze
DC Central Kitchen
Dolci Gelati
Dyvine BBQ
General Foods
Gordon Biersch
The Hamilton
Maple Ave Restaurant
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Rappahannock River Oysters
Ronald Reagan Building
Taylor Gourmet
Water & Wall


Bar Pilar
Black Jack
Bloomery Sweetshine
Don Ciccio & Figli
Founding Farmers
Gordon Biersch
The Hamilton
Hank's Oyster Bar
Honest Tea
Jack Rose
Red Bull
Roofers Union


Billy Thompson
Billy Thompson (Band)
Black Masala
Black Masala
DJ Harry Hotter
DJ Harry Hotter
Ingleside Collective
Ingleside Collective

Bar Battle

Watch DC's best mixologists duke it out at Sound Bites. Look for delicious cocktail concoctions from these fine establishments. Participants to be announced!

Battling Bars

Hank's Oyster Bar
Hank's Oyster Bar
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Founding Farmers
Founding Farmers

Hosted By:

Scott Thuman
Scott Thuman (ABC7 News & News Channel 8) Bio
Scott Thuman
Tommy McFly (ABC7 News & 94.7 FreshFM)


For sponsorship information, contact Alexander Moore:

Download the Sponsor Information Packet.

Groupon Ronald Reagan Building Trade Center Management Associates
ABC 7 WJLA Coastal Sunbelt Produce Yelp!
Relay Foods & Pizza Drink DC
Ledroit Brands


Contact for all media inquiries:
Paul Day

2013 Sound Bites Promo (Courtesy of Food Policy.US)

Images (Free for media use):
Flickr Gallery from 2013 (New!)

Sound Bites (JPEG)
Sound Bites (EPS)

Social Media:
Twitter @SoundbitesDCCK

Press Releases:
2014 Sound Bites Media Advisory

Media Mentions:
Coming Soon...

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s New For 2014?
We’ve added artisan cocktails, draft beer, and other beverages. Last year, you had to pay at the bar to drink and now it’s included with your ticket! Plus, we’ve moved the event to the Ronald Reagan Building’s Woodrow Wilson Plaza. Now all of the music will be outdoors. There will be some new restaurants and musical acts attending this year.

What is included in the ticket price?
Food, drinks, music, and bar battle access are all included with your ticket.

What else do I have to pay for at the event?
Nothing. But you may make an optional donation to DC Central Kitchen at the event information table. Merchandise will also be for sale.

How much food/drink can I consume at the event?
There will be 25+ restaurants at the event providing food and drink samples. We will also have drink vendors providing beverages and draft beer. Have as much as you want!

How is this event different from similar events?
Sound Bites is a great deal. Unlike other similar events, everything is included with your ticket price. You’re not going to have to buy anything at the event. Plus, this event is supporting a great cause: DC Central Kitchen.

Can I bring my child? Do they need a ticket?
Children may attend, but drinking is 21+ only as required by DC law (IDs will be checked at the door). Anyone attending the event will need to purchase a full price ticket to the event. The only exception to this is children under the age of 2 years old, who do not need a ticket.

Do you offer media passes?
Contact for media information.

How long is this event? If I come late, will there still be food?
The event is from 1 to 5 PM. You may come later than the opening time. There should be food and drinks available through the entire event, but some restaurants may run out early.

Can I buy tickets at the door?
A limited number of tickets may be available at the door for the full price if they are not sold out.

What if it rains?
The event goes on rain or shine. There will be no refunds if it rains.

Where can I pick up my ticket? How do I enter the event?
This event is will call only, so there is no physical ticket to enter the event. Provide your ID at the event registration. Groupon purchasers should bring their voucher to the door (showing us the deal on your phone is okay.) Please note: You must bring an ID to enter this event!

Where do I park? Where is the Woodrow Wilson Plaza?
Paid public parking is available. Visit this page for details and a map of the area.

Schedule + Info

Event Schedule
1:00-1:50 Doors Open, Billy Thompson (Band)
2:00-2:30 Ingelside Collective
2:30-3:15 Mixology Mix Off
3:15-4:00 Black Masala
4:00-5:00 Harry Hotter

About Sound Bites
Sound Bites is an outdoor festival that celebrates local food and music while raising funds to fight hunger and poverty in Washington, DC. On Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at 1 p.m., 1,000 guests will enjoy tastings from top area restaurants, hear hot local music acts, and witness an elite mixology competition between DC's most talented bartenders. All proceeds benefit event organizer DC Central Kitchen.

About DC Central Kitchen
For more than 20 years, DC Central Kitchen has pioneered a new model of using food as a tool to change lives. We provide nutritious meals to our neighbors in need, equip unemployed men and women to begin culinary careers, and engineer successful social enterprises that advance our mission while creating good jobs for the people we serve. Through job training, healthy food distribution, and local small business partnerships, DC Central Kitchen offers path-breaking solutions to poverty, hunger, and poor health. and follow on Twitter @dcck.