DC Restaurant Venues with a Top Chef Touch

Rumor has it that the next season of hit Bravo series "Top Chef" will be filmed in our nation's capital (and home of Cvent headquarters), Washington, DC. A spokesman for NBC Universal has declined to comment, so DC foodies and fans of the show can only hope the rumors are true.

Quite a few local chefs have appeared on the show, so if it does in fact shoot in DC, their venues will undoubtedly become even hotter options for your private events and parties. And if DC isn't the locale of choice, you can still give your guests a Top Chef fix without leaving town.

Here's a rundown of how you can get in on the action at your next event:
Blue Room at Zaytinya

At the helm of this downtown DC venue is season 6 alumni Michael Isabella. As Zaytinya's executive chef, Isabella crafts delicious mezze, or small plates, that have helped to land the restaurant on lists such as Washingtonian magazine's 100 Best Restaurants and Conde Nast Traveler magazine's top 75 new restaurants.

Zaytinya is a great DC event site, accommodating 30 to 50 guests on its mezzanine and up to 60 guests in its "blue room." The entire restaurant can host 100 to 300 people.


Located in historic Frederick, Maryland, VOLT is overseen by Executive Chef Bryan Voltaggio, who also appeared on season 6 of Top Chef. Housed in a stunning 19th century brownstone mansion, VOLT is a supremely elegant spot to enjoy his modern American cuisine.

VOLT is available for private parties, offering settings that range from the Conservatory for 12 guests to the entire restaurant for up to 175 guests. The team at VOLT can also assist in your Washington, DC event planning, helping to select wine pairings and custom menus.

Check out more group options on our DC restaurant guide.
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