D.C. VegFest

D.C.VEGFEST

DC Vegfest is coming up this weekend. It’s a great celebration of how tasty being a vegetarian can be. The event is packed with speakers, cooking demos, free samples, and commercial food vendors. Union Kitchen members 2Armadillos and Banana Love Muffins  will have a booth and will have discounts and coupons featured at the table for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the most prominent mainstream advocate of the health benefits of a plant based diet.

 Vegfest is going on at the 200 block of Tingey St SE (between New Jersey Ave SE and 3rd St SE) on Saturday, September, 28. It starts at 11amwith the first speaker going on at 11:30. Free bags will be given out to the first 1000 people who show up. It’s also totally free to anyone who shows up! Dogs are allowed and there will be special events for kids. In addition to the tasty vegan food offerings, they are providing free water to keep you hydrated.
There will be an impressive collection of speakers all day, talking about topics from vegan endurance training to musical performance to how a plant based diet can save your life. And that’s on top of more than 100 food vendors selling everything from crispy chickpeas and muffins to vegan pizza and beer. Vegfest promises to be packed with people embracing an active and fun lifestyle sampling delicious treats! We’ll plan to see you all there!

CuredDC Gets Busy Building

Cured DC has been busy, very busy. We hired on some help in the form of three apprentices. James Brosch (full time) and Brian Chiu and Alicia Grant will be working at Cured part-time. I think it’s important to get interested people learning and making cured meats. There is no other way to pass on the tradition than a good old fashioned apprenticeship.

Our products are now available in places like the Blind Dog Café, where they make a killer Chorizo and Cheese sandwich, MockingbirdHill and now the Columbia Room on their tasting menu.  We also started selling at Penn Quarter Farmer’s Markets and will be part of the UK tent at Taste of DC.

We’ve also been building. James and I, and honestly mostly James, have been building our new curing chamber. It’s a bit complex given the materials and the temperatures and humidity. We needed to make sure we had something that was well insulated but holds up to the high humidity.

The first stage and one of the most important was building out the floor.

 CuredDC humidore pic

Then came some of the walls

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James, my apprentice looking good.

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Insulation and more walls. We should be finishing up the whole project this week. By the end we will have expanded our curing capacity by almost 5 times. That should last us 12 months…hopefully.

 

 

Each year, one of the major highlights of the culinary calendar in the nation’s capital is the Taste of DC, a two-day, outdoor event that spans five downtown blocks and features creations from the regions most exciting culinary minds.  This year, Union Kitchen members will be well represented:

http://thetasteofdc.org/restaurants-2/

Come down, check it out, and eat well!

Taste-of-DC_Crowd-ShotOctober 12-13.

542814_208231312648465_1410691126_nJoin Meg Murray from Thunder Pig Confectionery and DC Metro Chocolate Tours this Saturday, September 21st for a truffle making class in Georgetown.

This hands-on Chocolate Workshop provides a marvelous way to spend a Saturday morning among friends! Even culinary novices will leave with a full understanding of where chocolate comes from and where it’s going. Learn to make show-stopping truffles filled with things like seasonal fruit ganache to chocolate peanut butter!

You will leave the Truffle Making 101 Workshop with a box of truffles you made yourself (that you can indulge in later, or show off to your friends and family), along with the recipes so you can make them again at home!

Class registration can be found at the link below:

http://www.dcmetrochocolatetours.com/private-events/truffle-making-101/

Homo Sapiens find themselves with rotary satisfaction at the Milk Cult x Union Kitchen Two Wheel Worship event.

The Wheel- which scholars estimate was invented sometime in the 1970’s is one of the great Simple Machines. It has proven itself useful and reliable in moving mankind from one place to the other. Here in the United States the automobile became the de facto method of transportation as a result of the sprawling American Highway Administration big push. But these days some of the alternately inclined folk such as ourselves have decided that maybe we want to roll down a different path…

It was a splendid day, and all the people of the kingdom came to show their reverence for both the Wheel and the Dairy Gods. The moped bastards over at Hole In The Sky showed up with a murder of mopeds. Bicycle House came and showed the people how to handle their own steeds. The true and honest Dynamite Dave came with some beautiful Motorized Machines to show off. City Bikes was there to lend a hand with the stables and those who brought their own rides. Last but certainly not least the Men of Union Kitchen were on hand to dispense grog to all of the lovely people.

Of course the young gentlemen of Milk Cult held guard, serving out a feast worthy of any exhausted and embattled knight coming in from the battlefield. On tap was cold brewed coffee, delicious medieval tacos, and of course- ice cream- a blessing from the Dairy Gods.

The event would not have been as much a celebration as it was if not for the lovely townsfolk who made their presence know in great numbers. Take a look at many of those that chose to join in the festival of the wheel:

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