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What Goes Into D.C.’s Best Veggie Burgers?

Chefs consider nutrition, climate change, and labor costs when deciding to make their own veggie patties or source them from "tech meat" companies like Impossible.

In February, the London-based policy institute Chatham House released a study with a conclusion that doesn’t mince words: Global dietary patterns must shift to be more plant-based because of the impact animal farming has on the environment. But according to recent reports, although Americans are eating less beef than they used to, overall meat consumption […]

Patron Alleging Racial Profiling Incident at Martin’s Tavern Remains Frustrated With Restaurant’s Lack of Response

Kristi Riggs says proprietor Billy Martin Jr.’s silence after an online meeting with her is an attempt to stonewall her.

Kristi Riggs, a Black woman who accused two Martin’s Tavern employees of racially profiling her in February, crafted a list of five demands that she hoped would lead to reconciliation with the historic Georgetown restaurant in the aftermath of the encounter. The owner, Riggs says, initially agreed to her terms verbally, but has since gone […]

Eight Memorable Sandwiches for Sampling in D.C. This Spring

Where to try pan con chicharrón, a mee goreng dog, Baltimore pit beef, and five other compelling sandwiches.

Sandwiches continue to be one of few reasons to crack a smile during the pandemic. The past year has brought boundless creativity between bread to the District as chefs looked to make their menus both crowd-pleasing and portable. We told you what to order in the fall and winter to get you through the cold […]

Sandlot’s Ian Callender Calls Himself a Cultural Architect For Good Reason

Meet the person transforming abandoned buildings and vacant lots into pulsing cultural hubs.

When you first spot Ian Callender, you’re tempted to shift your gaze away from his brown eyes down to the floor instead. It feels a bit rude, but everyone wants to know what’s on his feet. He’s been a sneakerhead since he was a student at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville in the 1990s. […]

Seven Japanese Treats for Marking the Start of Cherry Blossom Season

From bento boxes and katsu sandwiches to sushi splurges and sake that pairs well with spring

You’re supposed to be picnicking under a cherry blossom tree contemplating the impermanence of life. At least that’s what goes down in Japan during the few short days when cherry blossom trees are fully in bloom. The tradition is called hanami, which translates to “flower viewing.” “The blossoms only fully bloom just for a few […]

How Four Latina Food Entrepreneurs Found Their Way in D.C.

Immigration status, lack of access to capital, language barriers, and systematic racism are obstacles that Latinas face locally.

Most restaurants in the city count at least one Latina on their team. They are chefs, restaurant owners, cooks, and servers. Some were raised in the region and went on to take over their parents’ restaurants, others immigrated with the dream of building their own legacies, and still more arrived with plans to work in […]

Anju’s Danny Lee Vows to Be Relentless in His Fight Against Racism

The Korean restaurant will host a dinner benefitting EmbraceRace on April 21, featuring a line-up of chefs committed to unity and diversity.

Restaurateur Danny Lee has a message: “Be relentless, do not stop, do not be silent.” That’s how he signed an Instagram post that has since been seen and shared by hundreds of people. Taking the time to post any message condemning racist hate, he argues, is not trivial. Even if you only have one follower, […]

How Two Black Hospitality Pros Plan to Make Dining Out More Inclusive

Introducing Empowering The Diner—a virtual event series from sommelier Erica Christian and bartender Kapri Robinson.

A Black-woman led educational events series that aims to empower diners to have better experiences in restaurants is launching in D.C. Its chief goal is to give customers, especially BIPOC customers, the confidence to walk into wine shops and restaurants and engage with sommeliers and other hospitality professionals in more meaningful and inclusive ways. Empowering […]

Much of D.C.’s Vaccine Information Is Only in English. Some Change is Coming.

Absent adequate translated materials, community members pool resources to support immigrants. One ANC filed complaints with the DC Office of Humans Rights.

When Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration launched its pre-registration portal for the COVID-19 vaccine March 10, it was only available in English. The government website that hosts vaccine information and links to the portal, vaccinate.dc.gov, can be translated into Amharic or Spanish using Google Translate, but the actual portal where D.C. residents and workers enter their […]

D.C. Restaurant Workers Are Now Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine

The city will extend the 10 p.m. cut off on alcohol sales to midnight on March 22, but did not lift seating capacity limits.

DC Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt announced today that restaurant, bar, and coffee shop workers are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in D.C. They can register on the city’s new vaccine portal. Previously, only grocery store workers were the only food sector workers who could book appointments for the vaccine. Some local restaurant […]

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