It's what we're all about: exposing Georgetown students to new foods and cultures. We want to take members out of their culinary comfort zones and teach them about gastronomic traditions around the world--all while having fun and doing good. We plan excursions to unique restaurants to give members one-of-a-kind experiences in a way that is friendly to a college student's budget. We taste cultures from Lebanese to Vietnamese, Italian to Peruvian, and enjoy cooking demonstrations in D.C.'s best kitchens from renowned chefs. On campus, we partner with Georgetown cultural organizations to bring all students access to cultural cuisine. These GUESx events are an incredible opportunity to learn from members of these organizations about food from their worlds by cooking together. These events are often open to the entire student body, so everyone can enjoy a taste of a new culture. We've had GUESx events with GU French Cultural Association, German Club, Arab Society, Spanish Club, Italian Club, and others.
GUES came to campus in the fall of 2016 and has quickly become a pillar of the Georgetown community. Since our first semester, we've eaten at restaurants like Zancchi, Lebanese Taverna, D.C. Harvest, Via Umbria, China Chilcano, B Too, Agora, and many others. By building relationships with the teams and chefs behind places like Jose Andres' restaurants, Al Volo, and Maketto, our members have had the chance to get a behind-the-scenes peek at some of D.C.'s best restaurants. But we're not just about having a good time! Each year, we partner with a local charity to support the community that gives us so much.
The GU Eating Society (GUES) was founded in 2016 by Brittany Arnett (COL '19) and Alex Heintze (MSB '19). After meeting at a party their freshman year, they immediately bonded over the running bucket list of D.C. restaurants they both kept on their phones. The next week, they became best friends over dinner at Mandu.
Brittany and Alex wanted to eat with other people who appreciated food in the same way they did--as something emblematic of another culture, not just a source of nutrition. Tired of how exclusive clubs were at Georgetown, our co-founders wanted an easy way to find a group of like-minded friends. They realized food could be a rallying point for a new kind of club--an eating society. The rest, as they say, is history.