Two women chowed down on Georgetown Cupcake at last year’s Taste of the Nation event — and they didn’t even have to wait in line. (Dakota Fine/Courtesy of Share Our Strength)

Hosted every year by Share Our Strength to support efforts to end childhood hunger, it’s the equivalent of the local dining Olympics, what with the table-to-table sprint required to sample every tartar, carpaccio and mini banh mi that Washington’s top restaurants have to offer, followed by several days of recovery/penance. (Think: juice fast, not to mention a few days at the gym.) Just check out former Guru Julia Beizer’s hilarious Tweetfest from her 2009 visit to Taste of the Nation.

Tickets are regularly $150 for VIPs (who will get an extra hour of gorging) and $95 for the masses, but on Thursday only, we’re giving Going Out Guide readers two ways to score a deal: You can try to win the pair we’ll be giving away in our weekly Going Out Gurus chat at 1 p.m., or you could go the less-risky route and buy tickets yourself with our handy discount code, GOG2011, offering 10 percent off any general admission tickets you buy Thursday only.

Either way, with restaurants such as Charlie Palmer Steak, Volt, Georgetown Cupcake, Michel Richard Citronelle and PS7's on the lengthy, lengthy list of particpating restaurants, we’re pretty sure you’ll make out like a bandit on this one.