We would never discourage you from trying to build your own ramen crawl, but what if you could cross a couple of the area's heavy hitters off your list, in one place and in one afternoon?
That culinary Shangri-La exists, and it's called Ramen World.
Actually, it's called Ramen World 2. It's the sequel to last year's event, held at culinary incubator Mess Hall in Northeast, where this year's eating feast will be taking place on Feb. 28.
Ramen royalty and event co-founder Erik Bruner-Yang (Toki Underground, Maketto) is participating. So is Daikaya chef and co-owner Katsuya Fukushima, who will be offering the very first taste of Bantam King, the chicken ramen and Japanese fried chicken joint he and partners Yama Jewayni and Daisuke Utagawa plan to open in Chinatown this spring. Myo Htun of Chaplin’s, Jonah Kim and Mike Isabella of Yona and Patrice Cleary of Purple Patch will also be there.
While there's bound to be plenty of ramen, strictly Japanese fare will not rule the day. Expect other savory fare from PhoWheels (Vietnam), Purple Patch (Philippines) and Thip Khao (Laos). For dessert, there will be Burmese falooda (a shake-like concoction often featuring basil seeds, noodles and rose syrup) from the new Toli Moli and Taiwanese-style shave ice from Snocream Company.
Tickets to the event are $65 per session (there will be two) and include unlimited food, beer and cocktails. VIP tickets for $105 include lessons with Daikaya's Fukushima and True Syrups, which is helping with the day's cocktails, and other goodies. Donations for Miriam's Kitchen will be collected before and during the event.
Ramen World, noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., Feb. 28. Mess Hall, 703 Edgewood St. NE. messhalldc.com/ramenworld.