You say you don’t have a ticket to tonight’s sold-out Capital Food Fight?

Not to worry: I’ll be there, serving as your eyes and ears (and unfortunately for you) your palate. Dozens of chefs and restaurants will be on hand, passing out samples for the annual fundraiser for D.C. Central Kitchen. I’ll give you a taste of what I’m tasting via Twitter photos and commentary.

Okay, so it’s not your own personal doggie bag, but come on: You’re used to vicarious salivation by now after all those hours zombified in front of the TV, watching Giada and Mario and Paula prepare countless dishes. Right?

I’ll also be on hand to chronicle the battling chefs themselves, which this year include Todd Gray (Equinox, Watershed), Haidar Karoum (Proof, Estadio), Jeff Black (Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Black’s Bar & Kitchen) and Brian McBride (the departing Blue Duck Tavern toque). I’ve heard there may even be a surprise chef tonight.

The event is hosted by Anthony Bourdain and chaired by Jose Andres. The guest judges tonight include Ted Allen, chef Ming Tsai and Washington cookbook author Joan Nathan . Follow along in the Twitter box below and, if you feel like it, join the conversation with the hashtag #foodfight.