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Saturday night, we headed to the Washington Hilton for the 35th annual Taste of the South gala.

Taste Of The South!

We snapped agriculture consultant Kevin Bailey with CoBank's Lauren Sturgeon and American Action Forum press secretary Patrick Hefflinger

Taste Of The South!

The annual event brings together hundreds of attendees for a celebration all things Southern. Over a dozen Southern states were represented, with each state committee providing select food, drinks, and gifts for attendees. Here, the University of Cincinnati's Chloe Adkins joins former TOTS chair Megan Jackson with TOTS Committee-member and Kentucky's Chase Hieneman, former TOTS chairman and District City Consulting's Lesley Elliott with Texas member Kyle Jackson and Cue the Deer band member Billy O'Brien

Taste Of The South!

This year's event theme was "A Salute to the Stars and Stripes," with all proceeds benefitting charities supporting military families. Here, Chris Hansen joins Quicken Loans' Megan CummingsVirginia Moncure, Bockorny Group and Virginia Committee chair Allen Jamerson and Virginia Committee vice chair Erin Wilson

Taste Of The South!

Prior to the main event, VIP guests had early access to the main ballroom. Here, Strategic Partners & Media's Nicole Drummond with Mark Szeliga, Sen. Lamar Alexander's press secretary Taylor Haulsee and his fiancee, View PAC's Katie Delzell

Taste Of The South!

Attendees also had access to the VIP lounge, aptly named the "Officers Lounge," featuring a private reception space with their own bar, silent auction and buffet with shrimp and grits and other Southern delicacies. Here, The Tenant Agency's Lewis Sloan, Greenberg Traurig's Killoran Long, Bloomberg BNA's Mary Squire and Microsoft's Tosh Bance

Taste Of The South!

Later in the evening, attendees danced to live music from several bands. Here, web designer Chelsea Allen joins software developer Scott Moss and Clemson student William Valainis

Taste Of The South!

Adam Baron with healthcare consultants Jenna Riley, Charles Smith and Devin Airey, with Valerie Mack and NAM's Lauren Wilk

Taste Of The South!

TOTS committee members Stephanie Belk and Marianna Knister with Glo Airlines' Jordan Mitchell and TOTS volunteer Justina Rusch

Taste Of The South!

Hill staffers Quinton ScholtzMcKinley MasonSydney Cason and Chafer Stanley.

Taste Of The South!

DC friends Nick PearsonLauren O'BrienBen Mosely and Jacque Chevalier