Greetings, Eaters! Have you been gluttonous or good this week? A cold has stifled both my appetite and my taste buds so I’m living vicariously through others.
- Like Chris Shott, who spent an evening comparing the pizza at 2Amys and La Forchetta. If you’re going to throw down the pizza gauntlet, you have to expect someone to take you up on it!
- DC area farmers markets have fairly staunch rules about what’s considered local, and for good reason. But a Washington Post article peeled the curtain back on how local food producers, such as coffee roasters, are excluded from markets because their goods (the beans themselves) aren’t local. As Modern Domestic noted, “ I don’t want to go to a farmers market and buy California tomatoes that are being passed off as local tomatoes. But Qualia has no choice but to source beans from tropical climates (as do all coffee roasters). The roasting process transforms a raw material into a unique product, which, in my mind, qualifies them as a local food producer.” Where do you stand? Would you mind seeing locally produced food products in the market stands even if the raw materials weren’t locally sourced?
- In other news, as the 14th Street corridor continues to become a city-wide dining destination, it also seems to be DC’s own very Little Italy.
- Rogue 24 has a new neighbor on Blagden Alley: Back Alley Waffles. The affordable cafe, which just recently opened, already has a lot going on. They’re the home to a green roof project and a gallery space which features local artists.
- Everyone raised an eyebrow when the Hilton brothers decided to open their latest venture, Chez Billy, in Petworth, but so far it seems like a promising destination for drinks and noshing. Will you be heading to Petworth for Chez Billy?
So what do you guys have on tap for this rainy weekend ahead of us? You’ll find me behind a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup most likely, re-watching Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones. Stay dry, DC!