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Lamb and Barley Stew with Rutabaga & Kale

Makes 6 servings – Freezes well!
Special to Edible DC by Kathryn Warnes

¼ cup of olive oil
1 ½ lbs lamb shoulder chops
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
1 leek, trimmed, washed and thinly sliced up to the light green part (save the dark green part to make stock)
3-4 carrots, peeled and diced
3 celery ribs, diced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 medium rutabaga or 2 small turnips, peeled and diced
1/3 cup white wine
1 (14.5-15 oz) can of diced tomatoes
5 cups of broth (homemade or store bought chicken or beef)
2 bay leaves
2 tsps of fresh thyme
1 small bunch of kale (about 2 cups, torn up into pieces)
Salt & pepper to taste

1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season lamb with salt and pepper, brown both sides, … Read More

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Top Food Trends, Crazy Stuff–2015 Fancy Food Round Up

by Susan Able, Edible DC

What will you see next at the grocers? Among the 22,000 attendees at the largest specialty food trade show held June 28-30 at the Javits Center in New York were trend spotters. And they had their work cut out for them. There were 2,600 purveyors of drinks, sauces, cheeses, condiments, chocolates and more and over 50 countries representing a global spectrum of food.Fancy Food show logo

An overarching trend was present throughout the show: The push of savory into sweets, and sweets into savories and the interest in sharp, unusual flavor pairings. Think pepper ice cream or sugared bacon spread or chocolate with pine tree oil.

From the press office, the panel of professional trendspotters who follow food trends for a living paired their picks down to the five top trends:

1. Gazpacho to Go–an number of companies offered individual bottled portions of an amazing variety of … Read More

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Local Food Companies Shine at Summer Fancy Food Show

By Susan Able, Edible DC

The Capital Region’s food artisans were well represented at the Summer Fancy Food show in NYC.

Just closing yesterday afternoon, the 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show (SFFS) held June 28-30, had over 2,600 product vendors pitching everything from sriracha flavors, to exotic teas, cheese infused with kale, goat milk caramels and lavender chocolate nuts. Over 22,000 attendees crowded through the Javits Convention Center on the west side of Manhattan to taste, talk and size up the vendors as they searched for new, novel, great tasting and on trend products for their stores or customers. The great news was that all the packaged food samples are collected at the end of the show and given to City Harvest, a NYC gleaning non-profit. 200 volunteers gather up all the specialty foods and fill more than six tractor trailers to give to the hungry.

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Hello Celtuce, a New Veggie in Town

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Celtuce grown at Mountain View Organic Farm in Purcellville, VA.

by Tyler Baer, special to Edible DC

With as many names as flavors, this Chinese lettuce is best described as a mild, yet nutty mix of water chestnut, celery root and bok choy.

Championed as a versatile veggie obscure to most, but known by super savvy chefs, it’s rare to come by, so if you happen upon it while strolling through your neighborhood grocer or farm market – grab it!

Great for summer eating, its leaves cook up like spinach while the thick central stalk peels away to reveal a nearly translucent and green, celery-like crunchy core that’s perfect when sliced thin with carrots, mushrooms, and any summer squash. It’s extra scrumptious with a squeeze of olive oil and citrus to really make it pop.

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Summer Squash and Celtuce Ribbon Salad, recipe courtesy of From the Farmer.

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Nonprofit Co-Founded by Colicchio Keeps Progressive Food Policy in Front of Congress

by Susan Able, Edible DC

 

Food Policy Action (FPA) was founded in 2012 by Tom Colicchio, Ken Cook and other food policy leaders to advocate for progressive food and farming legislation by educating elected officials and holding them accountable on their voting record.

FPA’s main focus is on promoting policies that support healthy diets, reduce hunger, improve food access and affordability, uphold the rights and dignity of food and farm workers, increase transparency, improve public health, reduce the risk of food-borne illness, support local and regional food systems, protect and maintain sustainable fisheries, treat farm animals humanely and reduce the environmental impact of farming and food production.

It’s a big agenda, but according to Claire Benjamin, FPA’s executive director, “It really is about education and accountability. If we can educate the public on the key issues, show that there are legislative solutions that can help solve some of the … Read More

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EdibleDC Pride Guide + Rainbow Punch

by AJ Dronkers, Associate Publisher & Digital Editor

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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 @ Arena Stage. The flashback theme is great for bringing out old workout clothes, neon colors and your treasured spandex.

Before: Swing by 17th street the original DC gayborhood and visit a number of businesses … Read More

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Bastille French Cuisine in Alexandria

By Jai Williams, Special to EdibleDC

When Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux decided to move Bastille from its Old Town Alexandria location to the Parker Gray neighborhood, many may have thought “Why?” Yet the pair knew exactly what they were doing as their new community has embraced them with open arms and their bistro expansion continues. Situated on the corner of Pendleton and N. Fayette Streets, the restaurant boasts large, striking windows with generous patio seating indicative to the upcoming warmer months. Aesthetics aside, it is the Poteaux’s passion and commitment to executing delicious seasonal French cuisine that makes this restaurant a neighborhood gem.

A delicacy in their own right, the frog “wings” had a crisp exterior as each piece was broken down individually making it easy to eat with a knife and fork. Accompanied by a Roquefort dip and Espelette sauce, when eaten together the subtle heat and smokiness … Read More

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Cheers to the Cocktails of Summer

IMG_0301Buckle up, roll down the windows and get ready for an amazing summer cocktail cruise. We are happy to share with our Edible DC readers the full lineup of amazing summer cocktail recipes and specialty drinks served at the Edible DC Cocktail Derby on May 9. The event featured top shelf distillers of whiskey, bourbon, gin and new local craft distillers of a Virginia scotch-style whiskey. Beverage artisans True Tonics and Runningbyrd Tea were on hand to provide samples and mixers. Horse racing season inspired the decor and attire; hats and snappy outfits were everywhere. The event was catered by Poste Modern Brasserie and held in the outdoor courtyard of the Hotel Monaco.

Vendors included Whistle Pig, James River Distillery, Koval, Catoctin Creek, Copper Fox, Virginia Distillery and Bernheim Wheat Whiskey. Special thanks to Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, Typecase Industries, Amarillyis Floral + Event Design, and Elizabeth Duncan Events. Many … Read More

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The WastED Burger and More: The “Not-Festival” Food at Sweetlife

by Avery Morrison, special to Edible DC

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The burger made of food waste–and it was delicious. The WastED Burger from Blue Hill.

A true confession, I was there for the food. Sweetgreen’s annual music festival, Sweetlife, took place last weekend at Merriweather Post Pavilion. True to the Sweetlife brand, the food available to concert goers focused on a blend of sustainable and healthy food creations from Sweetgreen salads, a “Chef’s Corner” with featuring DMV star chefs, food trucks, wonderful concessions and a marketplace. (Chaia Tacos was one of the concessions; their carrot taco is on the cover of our Spring 2015 issue.)

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Trickling Springs whipped cream over local strawberries.

While the music lineup was exciting, the food lineup was out of this world and reinforced the message of sustainable and local, which meant sampling everything from DGS’ falafel wrap to Erik Bruner Yang’s bao to Sweetgreen’s local strawberries with Trickling … Read More

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The Completely Fabulous Chef Patrick O’Connell

 

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An evening celebration in early May was highlighted by VIP attendees and fans of Chef Patrick O’Connell and his inspired vision that created one of the most highly regarded hospitality experiences in the United States. The remarkable story of the architecture and interior design of America’s most famous country inn and restaurant. The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession was released Monday, April 20 and tells the story of what locals call “The Inn.” From its beginning as a country garage to a lavish hotel, the books talks about the design and vision of Chef O’Connell and the teams of designers, including famed British designer, Joyce Conwy Evans.

DC VIPs and food super stars turned out in abundance to celebrate with Chef O’Connell, including Jose Andres, Phyllis Richman and Joe Yonan.Edible DC captured some of the party highlights to share with readers.

Chef Patrick O’Connell with special guest

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Spring Tacos? It’s a Thing! Chaia Shares Farm-to-Taco Recipes

tacos with ringWords by Susan Able with photographs by Hannah Hudson and styling by Raisa Aziz.

If you’ve been smitten by the flavorful vegetarian tacos served up by Chaia at FRESHFARM’s Dupont Circle market, then you’ve joined the throngs who waited patiently in line and then plopped down on the nearest curb or bench to devour them. Chaia’s first retail space will be opening later this spring in Georgetown. Here, Chaia founders Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon share some of their early spring recipes with Edible DC, highlighting the season’s freshest vegetables loaded in their handmade corn tortillas. Try the taco mavens’ spring salsa and roasted carrot tacos, recipes below.

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Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern, the founders of Chaia DC.

 

Sorrel and Jalapeño Salsa

Sour and lemony, this bright green sauce really stands out when paired with our potato and kale taco, or the sweet roasted carrots below. This seasonal … Read More

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