A Dinner in the Vineyard

By Karly Murphy special to EdibleDC

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Dinner setting on the lawn at Early Mountain Vineyards.

Dinner under the stars is pretty hard to beat. Even more so when it consists of handsomely prepared, locally-sourced dishes paired with wines grown and made a few hundred feet from the dinner table.

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Harvest table at sunset.

Early Mountain’s lower barn before sunset.

Early Mountain’s lower barn before sunset.

Last Friday, a beautiful, crisp October evening, Early Mountain Vineyards hosted their first Winemaker Field Supper in Madison, Virginia. Presented by winemaker Ben Jordan and Chef Harrison Keevil of Charlottesville’s Brookville restaurant, along stylists Joy Jaynes of Mornings Like These and Rebecca Gallop of A Daily Something.

The night began with a glass of sparkling Virginia wine and a stroll through the vineyard to the barn, where we enjoyed a selection of hors d’oeuvres around a fire pit as the sun went down. Rappahannock oysters, kim kim glazed pork … Read More

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Washington’s Critics Dish about Guiding our Dining Decisions

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Photo Credit: Kyle Schmitz

Inside the Minds of DC’s Top Food Critics

By Whitney Pipkin, Edible DC contributor

Phyllis Richman may be retired from her reign over DC’s dining scene, but the former Washington Post food critic still delivered the most memorable punch lines — including a tale about dropping her pants to get into a restaurant — at an event that brought five Washington-area dining reviewers together to dish about their jobs on Sunday night.

Hosted by the Smithsonian Associates in collaboration with Konnected Media Group’s Kyle Schmitz, the evening drew a packed house to the Navy Memorial (and they weren’t just there for sips from Todd Thrasher and Gina Chersevani).

On what other occasion do Washingtonians get to not only ask the critics their burning questions but also see the most well known among them in unabashed disguise and candor?

Northern Virginia Magazine’s Stefanie Gans won the costume … Read More

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Behind the Scenes: Savory S’more Cover

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by AJ Dronkers, EdibleDC Associate Publisher

Some people called us crazy for starting EdibleDC Magazine a little over a year and half ago. As we ran the idea past friends and mentors, hearing “isn’t print dead?” wasn’t uncommon. Despite the fear we took the entrepreneurial plunge backed by our award winning Edible Community. Releasing each issue is like dropping your kids off at the first day of school, you question all your decisions from editorial to design. The good news, after a year and a half with lots of bumps and bruises we are thriving.

The DC community has embraced our vision of promoting our local farmers, artisans, chefs and we’ve built a family among the creative community of writers, photographers, stylist, and designers. One of our greatest pleasures is hearing your feedback especially when we release the new cover. The recent Fall Savory S’more cover generated some of the … Read More

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Long Black Veil Beer Released Among Strangers, Friends

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Port City Brewing Hosts a Release Party with a Spooky Theme

By Hope Nelson, special to EdibleDC

At first blush, it seems a bit odd to throw a party to commemorate the anniversary of a stranger’s death. But it gets stranger when you add the fact that this is the 199th anniversary of said death … and that the stranger is in fact the legendary Female Stranger of Alexandria … and a local 21st-century brewery has released a beer in her honor … well, it’s still odd. But it’s incredibly festive!

HopeNelsonPartyCrowdSuch was the scene at Gadsby’s Tavern on Wednesday, Oct. 14, as Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Co. released the second edition of its Long Black Veil Black IPA. Some of the festivity stemmed from the fact that Port City is the recent winner of three awards at the Great American Beer Festival, including Small Brewing Company of the … Read More

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Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

 by AJ Dronkers, Associate Publisher EdibleDC

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I was enjoying my weekly tradition of watching Whine About It video series – the topic this week, “The Worst Things About Fall”.

Between laughing and listening to an internet rant about fake pumpkin favors a la Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, I realized I’ve seen far too many basic pumpkin recipes being spread across the internet. These pumpkin popups sometimes even just use pumpkin spice as a stand-in for the real thing, too many of these things are really just lazy cooking where brands pay online sites to gin up recipes so that they too can hop on the pumpkin spice train in the hope they go viral.

To restore my faith in cooking I reached out to our baking muse, Meredith Tomason, of RareSweets, and asked her for an inspired pumpkin recipe. What she gave me defied my expectations – mini … Read More

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Trends on Trends – Breakfast Club DC

by Raisa Aziz, special to EdibleDC

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Naturally, it takes the promise of delicious food to get myself out of bed on the morning of a hurricane. And so, swaddled in blanket scarves and my pretence for a raincoat,  I found myself at Maketto for the first #breakfastclubdc Friday, October 2.

Started just over a year ago, founder Emily Elyse Miller (of creative agency Trends on Trends) envisioned #breakfastclub as a series focused on culinary trend forecasting that brings together creative communities to share a great meal and creative conversation in the morning.

Full disclosure: I was a little intimidated by this crew when I first walked in. I immediately gravitated towards safety (the food table), piled high with buttery Frenchie’s pastries and a Noosa yoghurt bar. The light was soft and the space was beautiful and expansive. With Stumptown coffee in hand, I gradually made my way towards the crowd. … Read More

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Hometown Heroes

FRESHFARM co-founders Ann Yonkers and Bernie Prince make way for a new generation

Words by Marian Burros. Photo by Maria Bryk. From EdibleDC’s Summer Issue 2015.

Every Sunday for almost two decades one of Washington’s busiest traffic circles morphs into a village square where cars are banned and carefree pedestrians stroll with their dogs and toddlers and baby carriages, stopping to chat with their neighbors, sample endlessly, nibble on buttery croissants and buy the freshest ingredients available in town.

Ann Yonkers and Bernie Prince, the co-founders and co-executive directors of the area’s FRESHFARM Markets, can take full credit for the weekly miracle that takes place at Dupont Circle, the most famous and largest of their 13 markets.

But after almost two decades of work, the two women are ready to move on and turn over their jobs creating and nurturing these producer-only markets to a new generation. In the process, … Read More

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Chef Tarver King Recipe Preview from The Farmland Feast

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Tickets Available Now for Cocktail Opener!

The “First At The Feast” cocktail party on November 2 kicks off FRESHFARM Markets Farmland Feast evening in high style. Farmland Feast is one of DC’s most noted events celebrating local farmers and local food and serves as FRESHFARM Markets largest fundraiser. This year’s line up of food and drink is outstanding. Attendees can get fresh, local oysters, belly up to the beer bar, both curated by Rappahannock Oyster Company. And then the highlight of evening: Delicious small bites from eight of the city’s most talented and committed locavore chefs, regional wines and seasonal cocktails crafted by six of the best bartenders in DC. This event will sell out – so make sure and get your ticket asap here:  tickets

2015 Farmland Feast Chefs

Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve ⋅ Amy Brandwein, Centrolina ⋅ Tony Brown, … Read More

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Alice Waters Revolutionizes Simplicity

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From Candles to Cafeterias, Alice Waters Never Thinks Small

Words by Marian Burros

“Alice was a force to reckon with from the beginning,” says Marion Nestle, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University. “On some level, she appears as some sort of ethereal creature in a tiny little voice and she’s made of steel. No one can say no to her; she never raises her voice and she hangs around with the Prince of Wales,” a reference to Alice’s considerable skills at making friends and allies of powerful and wealthy people, such as the environmentally conscious heir to the British throne.

That’s Alice Waters, of course, the owner of Chez Panisse, the legendary restaurant in Berkeley, California, where Waters has championed cooking with local, organic foods since 1971. For the last seven years Waters has brought her convictions and fundraising prowess to … Read More

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A Day in the Field with American Lamb

by Eden Stiffman, special to EdibleDC

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Our field trip ended with a visit to the lambs at Mill Road Farm.

Virginia Sheep and Lamb Producers Find Niche Markets

The American Lamb Board, an industry association for sheep and lamb producers, organized a field trip designed to educate food influencers about local lamb. And so, a group of around 15 DC-area food writers, bloggers, chefs and their friends boarded a bus in Clarendon on Sunday, October 4 to visit Virginia sheep producers. Our trip also included a butchery tutorial, whole animal utilization discussion and a lamb-centric lunch.

Our first stop was at Zephaniah Farm Vineyard in Leesburg, VA owned by brothers Bill and Chris Hatch. These farmers also have Mill Road Farm, which produces pasture-fed Angus, lamb and honey just a short walk away. The group sampled wines while nibbling on savory bites of rosemary-flavored lamb sausage made by Patchwork Pastures … Read More

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