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A Locavore’s Guide for Day Tripping to Bluemont, Virginia

By Chelsea Moore, Photography by Yetta Reid. From our Spring Issue 2016.


There’s a little village nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains that is making a name for itself as a destination for wine and food lovers. Located in western Loudoun County, it’s home to a quaint village, expansive farmlands and stunning country views.

In the early 1900s Bluemont was the last stop on the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, and was a popular destination for Washingtonians seeking to exchange city life and sticky summers for cool mountain air. With the development of air conditioning, Washingtonians had less need to seek shelter from summer heat, and Bluemont became a sleepy town. Whether you bring the family or seek a romantic getaway, a visit to the village of Bluemont will leave you refreshed.


Dirt Farm Brewing

A rustic farm brewery, Dirt Farm Brewing serves hand-crafted beer and savory … Read More

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Local Pit-Master Hopes to Smoke the Competition

Women’s Competition is Hot at this Weekend’s Giant National BBQ Battle


Jenny Windsor, Severna Park-based pit-master who competes nationally is part of Fire & Ice, a national women’s grilling competition sponsored by Cowboy Charcoal.

By Susan Able, EdibleDC

Jenny Windsor is ready to rumble this weekend and step up to win points toward the Cowboy Charcoal Women’s Fire & Ice Championship BBQ Series, part of the 24th Annual Giant National BBQ Battle held Saturday and Sunday, June 25 & 26 in on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown DC.  Jenny, a national competitor for 9 years, is owner of Black Cat BBQ from Severna Park, MD and is passionate about grilling on her Big Green Egg. A member of the Kansas City BBQ Society and the head cook for Black Cat BBQ, Windsor is one of a growing number of woman-led BBQ teams. She’ll be competing both days and encourages people … Read More

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After a Dozen Years, We Say a Sad Goodbye to Domku

By Hope Nelson, contributor to EdibleDC


Washington D.C.’s authority on Swedish meatballs, pierogi, aquavit, and all other things Scandinavian, the venerable Domku in Petworth is closing its doors by the end of the month, owner Kera Carpenter says.

It’s not a decision she made lightly – nor one she necessarily even wanted to make. But the market climate required it.

“The rent is going up so much I can’t afford it,” Carpenter says, adding that the building’s landlord aimed to raise the rent by 75%. For a small business like mine, that’s just not sustainable.”


And so it’s come to pass that Domku must close. This has been the final week of service, ending with a final dinner and garage sale on June 26. Since the announcement was made several weeks ago, the community has come out in droves for one last bite of their Scandinavian favorites.

“The community support … Read More

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Foodie Guide to DC Pride 2016

by AJ Dronkers, Associate Publisher & Digital Editor


June is a month celebrated around the globe to rejoice and reflect on LGBTQ history. This weekend is DC Pride, and DC has a long history of celebrating this weekend in high style. The Capital Pride Alliance works hard year round with a coalition of area groups and volunteers to pull together an incredible celebration of LGBTQ diversity. Here are some of our highlights, tips and a recipe for “Edible DC Rainbow Punch” that is sure to quench your thirst during this weekend heatwave.

Friday Night

BYT (Brightest Young Things) is known for throwing epic parties and they are back again with the  Capital Pride Kick-Off Party @ Dock 5. The magic theme is great for bringing out old costumes or just a ton of glitter.

Before: Swing by H St NE or Union Market for some grub.  Our picks would be … Read More

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Federal Negroni Recipe & Negroni Week

by Roberts & June, special to EdibleDC

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With all apologies to the martini and the Manhattan, if we could rescue only one cocktail recipe from the apocalypse, it would be the Negroni. To our taste buds, nothing rivals the exquisite balance of floral, bitter, and sweet found in the original Negroni. And nothing is more satisfying than riffing off of the original recipe’s template of one part spirit, one part liqueur, one part fortified wine. The possibilities are endless, and almost always worth drinking.  We’ve been especially delighted by this all-local variation, which somehow manages to be both traditional and original, paying deep homage to the Negroni’s Italian roots with ingredients made entirely in the District. You can practically taste the loving care in Don Ciccio & Figli’s easy-drinking, hand-crafted Luna Amara, and the spicy, fruity brightness of Capitoline’s vermouth brings a richness to the drink that we think—dare we … Read More

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Recap: Embassy Chef Challenge

by Clara Ritger, special to EdibleDC

Uzbekistan, plov (rice with meat and carrots).

Uzbekistan, plov (rice with meat and carrots).

As I rode the escalator down into the pit of the Ronald Reagan Building, I could already see the crowds of people gathered around the booths of the 18 countries represented at the 2016 Embassy Chef Challenge.

They might as well call it the Embassy Chef Olympics, because it was the Olympics of food. Every dish being served, and every facial reaction from the people consuming it was a matter of national pride. Each morsel was part of a unique meal crafted by the chef to represent the best cuisine of his or her country, and it was all a big show in the hopes that the taste of the country would leave a lasting impression on potential tourists.

It was delicious.

Ecuador, shrimp ceviche.

Ecuador, shrimp ceviche.

Tickets for the evening sold out, and despite there being 18 cuisines … Read More

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End of the Road: Timber Pizza Plants Roots in Petworth

Words and photography by Kate Headley


The vehicle: an azure 1967 Chevrolet pickup truck, obviously named “Blue.”

The oven: a custom-designed dazzling copper wood-fired oven recently affixed to its new home in Petworth on Upshur Street NW.

The team: a classically trained Argentine chef, Daniela Moreira, and the owners Andrew Dana and Chris Brady, two DC–area natives with a bond rooted in a shared affection for pizza.

The genesis: Andrew and Chris’s mutual promise to leave their respective jobs at local startups to deliver the perfect pizza to the city they love.

These elements collectively form Timber Pizza Co.—executing an eclectic and fresh twist on our favorite Neapolitan dish since 2014.


Timber began with a dream and “Blue” hitched to a wood-burning oven-on-wheels at the USDA’s popular Friday market. It has since expanded to two other FRESHFARM Markets, the Georgetown University Farmers Market, collaborations with local coffee shops and restaurants, … Read More

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Inside DC’s First Pot Food Festival

By Allie Wilkinson, special to EdibleDC

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The MunchBox cannabis burger by PornBurger author Matthew Ramsey. (Photo by Matthew Ramsey)

I have a confession. I haven’t thought about marijuana edibles in nearly a decade. But when I saw an announcement about Baked and Glazed, which billed itself as “the first pot food festival”, my curiosity was piqued. So on Sunday, May 15th I attended the event at culinary incubator Mess Hall in Northeast DC, along with 300 other people hoping to learn more about cooking with cannabis.


Attendees for Baked & Glazed gather at Mess Hall. (Photo by Allie Wilkinson)

The festival was broken up into five ticketed time slots, each one featuring a trio of cooking classes—“How to Make Cannabutter” and “The Art of THC Tinctures”, both taught by Matthew Doherty, co-creator of East Coast Grow, a forthcoming fictional comedy series about DC’s marijuana industry, and a third … Read More

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Shore Bets: Smoked Oysters, Crab Cake Scotch Eggs, and much more at Dogfish Head’s Chesapeake & Maine

by Tim Ebner


Photo courtesy Dogfish

Memorial Day weekend marks the start to summer, and hopefully it means that you’re heading to the beach soon. In last year’s Edible DC has spent a lot of time in one beach town, Rehoboth, Delaware. In our fall Issue last year, we even mapped out several dining destinations in this food-rich beach resort.

But, there’s a new seafood restaurant in Rehoboth that demands your attention, and it comes from Sam Calagione, a guy more commonly known for beer. This March, Dogfish Head Brewery opened a restaurant adjacent to its brewpub called Chesapeake & Maine.

The menu was inspired by the summers Dogfish founder Sam Calagione spent in Maine, as well as his connection to Delaware shore, where he now lives. Everything on the menu is sourced from either the Chesapeake or New England region, including the dessert — the Smith Island Cake … Read More

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Philly’s HipCity Veg: More Plants Coming to the People of DC

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By Susan Able. Photos by Katie Borrazzo.

Opening June 8th by the Verizon Center, Washingtonians can now get behind what has captured the hearts of Philly vegetarians and carnivores alike—a 100% plant-based menu of burgers, fries, smoothies and shakes.

We chatted with CEO Nicole Marquis, 34, this morning as the HipCity Veg team readies their stylish new space and team for opening day.

Edible DC: You launched in 2012 with your first fast-casual restaurant in Philly’s Rittenhouse Square—how did you choose DC as your first “out of town” expansion?

Nicole Marquis: I looked at a lot of other cities—Manhattan, Chicago, Miami are just a few. But DC felt like the best place to go HipCity Veg 2.0. It’s a city that has real neighborhoods and when I came down to scout locations, people were so friendly and welcoming, it just felt like … Read More

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