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$70  + Tax/Tip
Tue, 12/5
5:30 PM & 8:00 PM
The Wharf


5-Course Korean Meets Southeast Asian Tasting Event

Opened in 2018 on the D.C. Wharf, this Filipino eatery immediately landed on Eater's list of "Best New Restaurants in D.C." and received Michelin Bib Gourmand awards in 2022 and 2023. Kaliwa was created by Chef Cathal Armstrong, whom the James Beard Foundation nominated as Best Mid-Atlantic Chef for three successive years and who was selected by Food & Wine for their list of “50 Hall of Fame Best New Chefs." Chef Armstrong is married to Meshelle Armstrong, whose family owned Little Quiapo, a celebrated Filipino restaurant, and he conceived of Kilawa as a paean to that cuisine he loved so much. There are also plenty of Thai and Korean influences on Kilawa's menu, so diners can expect everything from the vaunted adobo to superb pad thai to Filipino mango salad to panang curry and so much more. (Did we mention the awesome desserts like ube mousse with crunchy dark chocolate and the flan and pandan cake?) "Their adobo is the kind of comfort food I could eat once a week," raves Washingtonian restaurant reviewer Ann Limpert, while Washington Post reviewer Tom Sietsema says, "There's nothing quite like Kaliwa, where three popular cuisines are offered in what feels like a fun house." Comfort? Fun? Much needed in these troubled times, so see you there for an evening hosted by Head Chef Stephon McCrea!

About the Host:

Stephon McCrea

Head Chef

Born and raised in DC, Chef Stephon McCrea graduated from the Art Institute of Washington with a degree in Science and Culinary Arts Management. After previously serving as sous chef at ala, he has risen through the ranks at Kaliwa to become Head Chef.

The Lineup

Courses #1-#4 will be family style. Course #5 will be individually plated. There are no substitutions for dairy, gluten, vegetarian, or shellfish restrictions.

  1. Papaya Salad

    mango, cucumber, roasted peanut, lime vinaigrette

  2. Szechuan Chicken

    fermented scallion, caramelized onion, szechuan chili

  3. Red Prawn

    korean gochujang, yuzu butter foam

  4. Sea Bass

    kimchi crispy rice, khai jiao

  5. Ube Bundt Cake

    lemon glaze, meringue fluff


751 Wharf St SW

Washington, DC 20024

Event FAQs

Do I have to bring printed tickets to the event?
No tickets are needed.
What does the ticket price cover?
The ticket price covers the full cost of the meal.
Do guests need to be of a certain age to attend this event?
Yes. All attendees must be 21+ to gain entry.
Does this restaurant allow BYOB?
No. This restaurant is a non-BYO establishment. Outside alcohol will not be permitted at this event.
What is the event ticket cancellation/refund policy?
Tickets to our events are non-refundable. However, for emergency requests, we may allow members to transfer their tickets to friends, provided the guest ticket surcharge of $25 is paid when transferring a member ticket to a non-member. All ticket transfer requests (as well as the guest ticket surcharge) must be sent to us prior to the event. Any guests who have not paid the guest ticket surcharge will not be allowed entry.
What must I bring to the event?
Please make sure to bring a government-issued photo ID.
Can I bring guests/non-members to this event?
Yep! For this event, guest tickets are $90 + tax & tip, and you can bring up to 3 guests. Please note, guests are not allowed to attend unaccompanied by a member.
What dietary restrictions/food allergies can be accommodated at this event?
At this event, we will be able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and food allergies except for those with dairy, gluten, vegetarian, or shellfish restrictions. Please make sure to Update Your Dietary Restrictions within your Account Info before or after you purchase tickets, or email us at [email protected] after you purchase tickets to let us know what your allergies/restrictions are.
Will this event be handicap acccessible?
According to the restaurant, this event is handicap accessible. If applicable however, please email [email protected] with your needs to ensure proper accommodations.
What parking information has the restaurant provided for this event?
According to the restaurant, there is a nearby parking garage and/or lot, as well as street parking available. Parking is not validated.

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