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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Taste Team is at it again - kicking off the 2012 Taste of DC season with a VIP reception to offer Washingtonians a Taste of what's to come in the fall.

The Taste of DC headquarters in NW underwent a patriotic makeover courtesy of Capital D├ęcor and Events in preparation for the foodie fete. Red, white and blue were the colors of the evening - perhaps a nod to new sponsor (The USO)? Also on hand to lend support (and savory samples) were Ben's Chili Bowl and Geppetto Catering, washed down with Stella Artois. Those feeling sweetly cheeky enjoyed bite-sized whoopee pies from local favorite Making Whoopie.

If the kickoff celebration was any indication of the flavors to come, you'll want to mark your calendars now for Taste of DC's main event taking over Pennsylvania Ave on October 6-8, 2012.

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