Last Thursday, Brainfood hosted a Food Jobs panel at our Columbia Heights site. The panel featured five diverse, inspiring professionals from the food world. Their range of passions and skills, from gardening to entrepreneurship, demonstrated that there are many more options for careers in food than just becoming a chef! We heard from Rachel Couch, owner of A Muse Photography; Cullen Gilchrist, co-owner of Blind Dog Cafe, 2B Studios, and Union K

itchen; Arsha Jones, owner of Capital City Mumbo Sauce;  Kate Lee, Garden Director of DC Greens, and Amanda McClements, a food writer and owner of Salt & Sundry.

Of course, because this was a Brainfood event, there was great food in addition to great conversation. After a quick and delicious meal of enchilada casserole, homemade tortilla chips apple-broccoli salad, and oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies, students sat down to hear the panelists share about their work. Panelists discussed their backgrounds and how they became involved in the food world, showing that the path to s

uccess isn’t always straightforward.

Panelists then rotated between tables, talking to students about their experiences and answering questions such as, “What did you study in college? How did you decide to do this as a career? What’s your favorite part of your job?”

Students were especially curious about how to start a business. They asked panelists everything about the process, from finding and renting a space to marketing and selling a product! It looks like we’ve got some future entrepreneurs here at Brainfood.

The panel also sparked some great conversations about choosing a career, which is especially relevant for our graduating seniors.  Panelists assured students that they don’t need to know what they want to study in college or pursue as a profession right away. Moreover, panelists offered students this piece of advice: “You should do something that you’re passionate about.”

At the end of the day, the Food Jobs panel was interesting and inspiring for staff, students and intern


s. Like Brainfood, the Food Jobs panel was about more than just food – it was about taking initiative, being a leader, and contributing to the community in a meaningful and fun way.

Written by Casey Brand of BrainFood

showcase #1 The Lot

Stand aside Easter Bunny there’s a new holiday in town, and it’s celebrated with good food, good drinks, good music, and good friends. Saturday, April 26th, Union Kitchen and WRGW presents the season kick-off of music festivities at The Lot @ Union Kitchen.

The season’s opening Showcase begins with happy  hour from 3-5pm. After which begins the real music magic with Baby Bry Bry & The Apologist, The Walking Sticks, Haile Supreme & Sun Cycle, and Farma Wesley

While your audiovisual sensory system is being dazzled by the amazing music line-up, keep your taste buds stimulated with food from District Doughnuts, Motisola’s Chili, and Singer’s Significant Meats. Plus there will be plenty of beer, wine, & liquor to keep you happy long after happy hour.

April isn’t all about pastels and chocolate bunnies. It’s about life and enjoying the warmth. Come enjoy the warmth with Union Kitchen and WRGW with support by BYT and RIDESCOUT.

Find out more here


Celebrating Easter this weekend? UK’s members have you covered –from Easter baskets, to the Easter egg hunt, to dinner with the family.

Our members have everything you need for last-minute Easter basket that will put the Easter Bunny to shame. DC Patisserie Modern Peep Skip the Peeps and opt for DC Patisserie’s Modern Peep, a bright yellow macaron with vanilla marshmallow and lemon curd that’s an updated take on the classic treat.

A bag of popcorn from the Popcorn Queens, in flavors like Cinnamon Apple and Buttered Rum, also make a great and unexpected addition to any Easter basket. Or, let the Popcorn Queens do the work for you and order one of their picture-perfect Easter baskets.

After you work up a sweat on that Easter egg hunt, take a break and quench your thirst. Cool Easter Beveragesoff with Cherry Blossom Kombucha from Capital Kombucha , a fizzy blend of kombucha, cherry puree, rosewater, and honey that tastes just like spring in DC (without all the tourists crowding the Metro and the Mall). You can also sip on some Lemongrass White Peach Tea from Runningbyrd Iced Tea Company. A mix of Lemongrass, white peach tea and lavender, with no sugar added – it’s the perfect accompaniment to all those jelly beans.

Finally, our vendors have some great options to spice up your Easter dinner and make something more exciting than Seasonal Products for Easterthe usual leg of lamb or HoneyBaked Ham. Pick up some Peach Ketchup from ‘Chups, and get outside to grill some Peppered Peach ‘Chubs BBQ Ribs. If you just can’t let tradition die, try topping your baked ham with Mago Sambal from 3Anoa to add the spicy, tart kick of chilis and young green mangos. For dessert, bake a tart

Whisked Sea Salt Chocolate Chess Pieor kid-friendly thumbprint cookies filled with Agent Marmalade’s Pear and Tawny Port Preserves. Or, celebrate the end of Lent and the return of decadence with Sea Salt Chocolate Chess Pie from Whisked!. Trust us, it’s definitely worth skipping the wimpy chocolate bunny for this unbelievably rich pie. You can also add a touch of class to your Easter dinner table with Thunder Beast’s new Black Label Root Beer, packaged in refurbished wine bottles. It’s your favorite childhood drink, but all grown-up.

Now, hop to it! Tweet @DCPatisserie, @PopcornQueens, @CapitalKombucha, @runningbyrdtea, @ThreeAnoa@ChupsItUp, @agntmarmaladedc@whiskeddc, @ThunderBeasts, and @UnionKitchenDC and share your UK-inspired Easter ideas using #happyeaster.