Chefs JJ Basil and Chris Wolff are making their way to DC and are on the prowl for a place to call their own. But D.C. being D.C., suitable places to house their culinary dream are few and far in between. Luckily for us at Union Kitchen, they’re looking for a way to use up some of their energy so they don’t go stir-crazy running around DC looking for spot to call home. From this need to assuage cabin-fever, arose 0º0′ (zero degrees zero minutes): a project that combines all the experience and fine-dining of two master chefs with the relaxed, fun air of a pop-up.
Union Kitchen will be hosting two such pop-up events in the coming weekend, 0º0′ @ Union Kitchen. The first will be on Friday the 30th, and the second will be on Saturday the 31st. Each night will feature a 6 course menu, amuses, petit fours, and coffee. The Spring/Summer sample menu is below and includes amazing, fresh products from Sycamore Spring Farm in Frederick, MD.
Both chefs are at the tops of their field: Chef JJ Basil, is most recently from wd~50 (NYC) and Chef Chris Wolff, is most recently of Viajante (London). Each an alum of wd~50, they have also worked at various other incredible restaurants including Torrisi, McCrady’s and Spago.
Salmon Roe, Barberry, Wild Rice
Live Scallop, Hot Mint, Cabbage
Squid, Fava Bean, Rhubarb
Geoduk, Oyster Mushroom, Asparagus, Coffee
Cod, Watercress, Chicken Skin
Eggplant, Borage, Pea Shoots
Hangar Steak, Celtuce, Hibiscus, Coriander
Dandelion Ice Cream, Tangerine, Oats
Be warned thought that seats are limited. Each ticket will cost $125 which includes bubbles on arrival, wine pairings, tax and attentive service. Tickets can be through eventbrite
This autumn, Washington will become a little bit sweeter and a little bit happier with the opening of the RareSweets bakeshop in Downtown’s CityCentreDC development. Founded by Meredith Tomason, the bakeshop will focus on seasonally driven American heirloom cakes, ice creams, and confections, featuring flavors that capture the seasons and take advantage of fresh flavors as they reach their peak.
Meredith Tomason has made it her mission to introduce D.C. to a world of sweets that delight with unexpected ingredients and textures; sweets that will leave customers awed and satisfied; sweets that will make one forget the world’s troubles. Expect to see stacked cakes with seasonal jams, layer cakes with rotating flavors such as vanilla bean with blueberry compote and orange blossom icing, and gingerbread cake with lemon curd, as well as a variety of breakfast pastries. Ice cream and sorbet flavors will evolve throughout the year, with highlights such as cucumber watercress sorbet, sour cream and sorghum ice cream, and milk chocolate and spiced pepita brittle ice cream.
This will be Chef Tomason’s first brick-and-mortar location but not her first foray into pastries. Initially an M.F.A recipient in playwriting and theater arts at Colombia University, Chef Tomason soon changed tracks and enrolled in the Pastry Arts program at the French Culinary Institute of New York. After which she held high-profile jobs as the pastry chef at Tom Colicchio’s Craft Restaurant, along with stints at Tribeca Treats and Magnolia Bakery.
After moving to D.C., Chef Tomason began operating out of Union Kitchen, producing her fruit-forward desserts and nuanced flavors. She will continue to make her goods available throughout the spring and summer via pop-ups around the city, as well as Each Peach Market, La Colombe, and Washington’s Green Grocer.
RareSweets, coming to CityCenterDC in Washington, DC in Fall 2014, is a DC-based bakeshop and dessert company that creates seasonally inspired cakes, ice creams, and confections, using as many local ingredients as possible. Founded by Pastry Chef Meredith Tomason, RareSweets will feature American heirloom recipes reimagined for a modern palate. RareSweets will be located at 963 Palmer Alley, NW, Washington, DC 20001. For catering or other special orders, call 202-499-0077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit RareSweets.com, like on Facebook, follow on Twitter and on Instagram
If cash is king, Kiva Zip is the handmaiden, making sure it gets where it needs to go. Union Kitchen became a trustee of Kiva Zip in 2013 and in the year since, we have connected 11 businesses with $35,000 in interest-free capital loans. This makes Union Kitchen one of the 10 most significant trustees in the world! A trustee is an organization that connects potential borrowers with Kiva Zip, supporting and vouching for the borrower and providing technical assistance.
Kiva Zip is a force of positive disruption. The online platform connects small businesses with individual lenders. Lenders give interest-free loans, which businesses can use for capital investments, hiring, building websites, putting down a security deposit for rent, or for many of the other cash needs an enterprise has.
Kiva Zip identifies trustees on the ground who work with small businesses, can provide technical assistance, and vouch for them as creditworthy. And that’s a critical point—Kiva Zip is crowd-sourced lending that doesn’t do the standard underwriting and credit checks, which perpetuate a system of preventing those with the greatest need from accessing capital.
Rather, Kiva Zip incentives borrowers and trustees to borrow and to repay. Borrowers and their lenders from around the world have a direct conversation, see photos of each other, and create a relationship that encourages the borrower not to disappoint their supporters. And trustees, as their borrowing businesses repay loans, can earn more slots to help businesses get loans and higher amounts of cash per loan to disburse.
In the coming months, we’ll work with Kiva Zip to share the stories of Union Kitchen Members who have borrowed through the program, showing how these loans have changed their businesses and lives.
945 Florida Ave NW is the new place to be for The Lot. Located across from the Blind Dog Cafe, The Lot @ Atlantic Plumbing will be housing the Showcase #2 of The Lot on May 31st. This will be the first show at a new outdoor venue, located in the heart of NorthWest.
The Showcase kicks off with happy hour from 5-7pm with Canines and Cocktails brought to you by Metro Mutts. So bring your pups and your IDs. Or just bring yourself and enjoy the puppypalooza.
As soon as happy hour ends the music begins, with more food, drinks, and festivities to keep everyone fat, full, and happy.
The music will being at 7pm and end promptly at 10pm. Food and liquor will be available onsite. Everyone is welcome to dance, eat, and liquor-up; unless you are under 21 then you are welcome to dance, eat, and hydrate-up.
More details of the show can be found here