Foodie Adventures

**This is a hypothetical film treatment I produced for my Digital Storytelling and Strategic Communication class. This production is not affiliated  with Taste of D.C. in any way.

With a documentary and video journal “vlog” style, Foodie Adventures is part of a digital campaign that intimately showcases D.C. residents and food enthusiasts’ explorations of Taste of D.C., a two-day culinary event that provides access to more than 70 of the District’s very best and up-and-coming restaurants, breweries, and live entertainment.

At the heart of Foodie Adventures’ first installment is Los Angeles, Calif. native—Cathryn P., a self-described foodie experiencing Taste of D.C. for the first time. In the midst of the lively festival, we follow her as she samples an assortment of food offerings ranging from a chili dog from Ben’s Chili Bowl to a Chipotle grilled cheese sandwich from The Big Cheese to snickerdoodle cookies from Captain Cookie & the Milkman. In between shots of Cathryn devouring and commenting on the food, we also hear some of her “foodie” confessions, see her peruse a brand-new white Fiat, and receive directions from a fellow festival-goer. Along the way, Cathryn observes and films an impromptu dance party, prompted by high spirits and flowing libations, taking place in front of Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant. Through her eyes and indelible charm, viewers receive a “birds-eye-view” of the enjoyment in store at the Taste of D.C. festival.

**This is my second serious video effort.

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District Residents Take a Bite out of Taste of D.C.

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**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

The Taste of D.C., the largest Mid-Atlantic culinary festival, came back for another taste this year on Oct. 12 and 13.

In its third year, the two-day culinary event delighted foodies with access to more than 70 of the District’s very best and up-and-coming restaurants and breweries, along with live music.

There were also eating contests, including Ben’s Chili Bowl World Chili Eating Championship and BGR The Burger Joint’s first Burger Eating Competition as well as live food demonstrations.

The festival took over five blocks along Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th streets and drew a crowd of 50,000 people, despite the gray backdrop and occasional sputtering of rain drops.

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

The festival drew many first-timers, including Satya Malladi, a 4-year D.C. resident.

“I’m here to taste all different beers that D.C. has to offer and try different foods.  This is my first Taste of D.C. event, so I’m all excited about it,” he said sipping on a dark German beer purchased from the festival’s beer garden.

Although the food offerings such as half-sized chili dogs from Ben’s Chili Bowl, chipotle cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches from Big Cheese and pumpkin ice cream sandwiches made fresh at Captain Cookie & the Milkman were mostly under $10, some festival-goers eyes and stomachs were bigger than their wallets.

“The food is good, but I thought there would be more free taste tests. I didn’t know everything was going to be paid, but they’re featuring a lot of good restaurants,” said Niki McElroy of Laurel MD.

However, Molly Guntli of Bethesda, Md. and her friends got quite a bargain with a Living Social deal; a $30 ticket included $25 in drinks and admission. General admission tickets were regularly $10. Taste also catered to those affected by the government shutdown with a furlough special, buy one get one free tickets with valid government I.D.

The Taste of D.C. organizers covered their bases, so that food could be enjoyed by all.

“They’re excited that there’s vegetarian food here other than typical vegetarian (options),” said Suzanne Simon, co-founder/owner of Chaya, a pop-up restaurant that sources local and sells travel-inspired vegetarian tacos with rustic Mexican undertones.

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

Daiya, an alternative cheese company, appealed to festival-goers with lactose and soy intolerance and fans of free things by passing out samples of their newest offerings, including three flavors of their specially formulated cheeses and cream cheeses.

“We always like to introduce our product to someone new. It’s great for anyone who has allergies or is looking for a healthier option,” said Jocelyn Chan, a Daiya representative.

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

At the festival, there was also a corporate presence with kiosks featuring Fiat, Car 2 Go, and Power Home & Modeling Group, among others. But they had their work cut out for them attempting to distract foodies from their lust.

“People obviously are not coming here just to talk about windows, siding, and roofing. They’re coming here to taste the food and drink wine and so we have to grab their attention,” said Davvid Saidman representing vendor, Power Home & Modeling Group.

Prompted by flowing libations and mega-hits like, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and “Ignition Remix” by R. Kelly played by a cover band, spirited festival-goers danced carefree in front of the 11th Street music stage.

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

“We want this to be the event that people circle on their calendars because there’s nothing like bringing people together with food, music, and libations and really just having a wonderful time on one of the most beautiful streets in America,” said Matt DiVincenzo, Taste of D.C. organizer and senior at American University’s Kogod School of Business.