Passion, Commerce and Community Fuel DC's Growing Local Food Culture

Small Bites: Eat Local First DC

The Woolly Mammoth Theatre set the stage for the roster of noted speakers and kick-off party for the third annual Eat Local First DC week taking place July 22-27. Photo: Annette Nielsen

Washington, DC’s annual celebration of the local food scene, Eat Local First DC  kicked off last night with an event at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Leaders in the local food scene presented a series of short talks showcasing the innovation and passion that is growing DC’s food culture.

Small businesses, committed to changing the way we eat and passionate about their work, provide a strong foundation for the local food scene in DC. Forrest Pritchard, owner of Smith Meadows Farm, shared the joy that he, and the many people he employs and mentors, find in their work.  That same joy and passion led Chris Johnson, owner of Cured DC, to travel Europe learning how to cure the meats that he now produces and sells here in Washington. Ann Yonkers, Co-founder of FRESHFARM Markets, connected the dots, demonstrating how her work to bring together producers and consumers is growing small businesses.

Anita Adalja, Farm Manager of the Common Good City Farm and Josh Singer, Director of Wangari Gardens shared their missions to bring fresh, local food to all of DC’s residents. Through education and outreach they are working to get farm-fresh food into the hands of DC’s low-income residents while working to build and stabilize some of the rapidly changing communities in the city.

Eat First Local DC has a full week of events planned including Thursday night’s Foraged Cask event (beer!) at Meridian Pint. Saturday’s Farm to Street Party  held at Union Market, the co-sponsor of Eat Local First DC 2013, features chef’s demos and over 125 vendors.
 

Jonathan Bardzik is a storyteller, demo chef and food writer in Washington, DC. You can find him outside at Eastern Market, each Saturday morning, cooking with local, fresh produce. Jonathan’s first cookbook, Simple Summer is due out in August. Find out what Jonathan is cooking by reading his blog www.whatihaventcookedyet.com or his Facebook page of the same name.


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