Here’s Your Chance to Eat on Television

A new “secret hit” TV show comes to Washington.

One of Jeff and Barbara Black’s restaurants may host a television crew filming for a new TV series. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Does dining on five courses while being filmed for a new food television series sound enticing? If so, you can buy tickets now to be among the guests on The Cooking Cult—billed as a “secret hit TV series airing in 2014”—hosted by “Adventure” Aaron Carotta, whom you may know from his other show, Catch and Cook, on MavTV. The film crew touches down in Washington on July 16 for a 7 PM meal.

In each episode, filmed nationally, Carotta teams up with an “expert gatherer” who catches the makings for a five-course meal, prepared by a top local chef. The toque and ingredient are kept semi-mysterious, but the riddle you must answer to procure tickets is about as hard to crack as its soft-shelled subject.

“I’m soft with an interesting pinch as I scuttle onto your plate. It will be a cinch, especially with a date. For this event, I prefer a restaurant that includes ‘Black’. See you there and I will let you have a soft crack.”

As for the chef, let’s just say he’s the one that runs, oh, five restaurants with “Black” in the name. 

Tickets start at $150 for the meal with wine pairings, and go up to $8,000 for a three-day “VIP experience” and a case of Ghost Horse cabernet provided by cult winemaker Todd Anderson, who serves as the show’s sommelier. Spots at the event are limited to 110 people, so get a-riddling for your space.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.