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Bastille Brasserie & Bar

Old Town Alexandria

Michelle Poteaux

Since 2006, Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux's award winning brasserie and wine bar located in Old Town Alexandria has continued to offer guests a contemporary spin on French cuisine set within a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere.

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Ben's Chili Bowl  

U St. Corridor/Atlas District  

Virginia Ali &Sonya Ali

Virginia Ali is now 85 years old and she started the restaurant with her husband Ben when she was only 24.  Her daughter in law Sonya is now part of this iconic restaurant in DC. Ben’s Chili Bowl is celebration of DC’s African American history, culture, and character.  It’s a celebration of our city, and U Street’s resilience.  Our Black community is front and center in this story and Ben’s is a perfect case study – in their quest of freedom and it’s ongoing re-definition.

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Shannan Troncoso

Located at the corner of 12th & Jackson in Northeast, Washington DC, Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen features classic American cuisine with a bistro flair.

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Gina Chersevani

The jolly, larger-than-life personality and myriad scattershot interests of Gina Chersevani belie this renaissance woman’s ability to apply intense focus to any task at hand.  Whether she’s practically inventing a professional field from her passion for ultra-creative mixology, or securing DC’s only mobile liquor license for her 1967 Airstream bar.

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Call Your Mother

Timber Pizza Company

Park View/Capitol Hill/Georgetown

Daniela Moreira

Daniela Moreira is the Executive Chef of DC’s award-winning Timber Pizza Co. and buzzed about new sister restaurant, Call Your Mother, (a Jew-ish deli). Daniela grew up in Argentina learning to cook alongside her mother who provided meals for the family’s summer campground.

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Cane

H St.

Jeanine Prime

A family operation, led by brother and sister, Chef Peter Prime and Jeanine Prime, Cane is all about bridging cultures through food. Its concept pays tribute to the siblings’ native Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago, where African, Indian, Spanish, French, and East Asian food and culture all weave deeply throughout the country’s unique history.

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Centrolina 

Piccolina  

City Center

Amy Brandwein

At Centrolina restaurant and market in CityCenterDC, Chef and Owner Amy Brandwein shows Washingtonians the versatility, grace, and overall delicacy of Italian cuisine. The four- time James Beard Award nominee believes food should taste as good as in Italy, plated with pose, and viewed through the seasonal lens of the Mid-Atlantic—tenets she instills in her fast- casual project, Piccolina, an osteria that opened across the alley from Centrolina in July 2019. 

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Chaia Tacos

Georgetown/ Chinatown

Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon

Founded by Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon, Chaia is a female led, female run business that believes everything’s better in a taco and making the world a better place starts with the food we eat. From a stand at the Washington D.C. farmer’s market to our first Georgetown spot, Chaia is expanding in the nation’s capitol and beyond.

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Sarah Dwyer

Custom chocolates. Does it really get any better than that? Chouquette (pronounced shoo-ket) is an artisanal handmade chocolate company in Bethesda, MD. Small batch orders are their speciality allowing the users custom logo, or one of their choosing, to shine. Perfect for holiday gifts, corporate events, birthdays, weddings, or just to say thank you, this company allows you to buy locally and get detailed customer care. 

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Samantha Giordano Kim & Michelle Giordano

a small, family-run cookie business based in the greater washington, dc area. we are cookie-loving sneaker-heads in pursuit of the perfect cookie. impressively stuffed, never too⁠ dense with a slightly undercooked-esque center, our cookies are BIG, baked fresh, and sell out fast.

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Colada Shop

DC Wharf/14th St. Corridor

Daniella Senior

Welcome to a lively spot where the colors are as vibrant as the flavors. Share in the Cuban way to start and end the day. At Colada Shop we bring people together by transporting them into a space where conversation is flowing, strong coffee is brewed, food & cocktails are made with the flare of Cuban flavor and life. Coladas and conversation go hand in hand. Reach for a cup. Stay for a snack.

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Compass Rose

Maydan

14th St. Corridor

Rose Previte

Rose Previte comes from a food loving Sicilian-Lebanese family. She spent years helping to run her mother's catering business and later her restaurant. Rose spent over a decade working in bars and restaurants. She worked at Mike Schuster's Pour House for over six years, while getting a master's degree in Public Policy from George Mason University.

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Cookology

Ballston Quarter/Dulles Town Center

Maria Kopsidas

Since 2009, Cookology has touched the lives of thousands of people at our locations at Dulles Town Center and Ballston Quarter. The goal is simply to inspire people to connect with friends and family over a great meal. We teach folks to do this everyday by offering professionally taught, hands-on cooking classes in our safe commercial kitchens.

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Diane Gross

Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts opened Cork Wine Bar in January 2008 in their Logan Circle neighborhood with the dream of creating a welcoming space for people to come with friends and family to try outstanding wines, often from unexplored regions of the world, paired with delicious, simple, local food.

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Denizens Brewing Company

Riverdale Park/Silver Springs

Julie Verratti and Emily Bruno

Co-founders Emily, Jeff, & Julie opened the doors to Denizens Brewing Co. in 2014 as the first production brewery in Montgomery County, MD. A place to enjoy high quality, locally made craft beer and hard seltzer in a warm and welcoming space that is inclusive of everyone. Craft beer doesn’t need to be exclusive, and that is why we started this company.

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Dolcezza Gelato

Dupont Circle/Logan Circle/ The Wharf/

Moasic District/Bethesda/City Center

Violeta Edelman

The idea for Dolcezza was birthed in Buenos Aires in the year 2000, that first, warm humid night in South America, under the lights at the popular gelato shop. Violeta and Robb opened their doors in Georgetown in July 2004 without having ever made one batch of gelato, we just knew we wanted to create something with our own hands, something we would be proud of and something delicious, and we did.

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District Doughnut

Capitol Hill/The Wharf/Georgetown/

Union Market

Christine Schaefer

Founding Pastry Chef Christine takes no shortcuts in crafting the world’s most delicious gourmet doughnuts. From the scratch-made Vanilla Bean yeast dough to each of our pastry creams, jams, glazes, and ganaches, she uses only the finest ingredients Callebaut® and Valhrona® Chocolates, Dulce de Leche imported from Spain, Nutella®, real fruits, milk, eggs, and cream.

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Hollis Silverman

Hollis Silverman is the founder and owner of The Duck & The Peach, the first restaurant from her Eastern Point Collective. Inspired by fresh, laid-back Northern California cuisine with a dose of cozy New England comfort, this is an American concept with a passion for creating extraordinary food from simple, local ingredients. Both elegant and playful, The Duck & The Peach celebrates the flavors and the conversations that bring people together at the table.

Patio dining available and coming soon, La Collina and The Wells, opening next door!

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Each Peach Market

Columbia Heights

Emily Friedberg and Jeanlouise Conaway

Jeanlouise and Emily met in 2002 in Washington, DC while working together on USAID projects in Africa. We decided to open Each Peach Market because we want to share our love for good food and the DIY culinary spirit with our community.

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Equinox

Lafayette Square

Ellen Kassoff

Equinox Restaurant is a family-owned and operated fine dining institution located a block from the White House. Generations of Washingtonians have been enjoying Chef Todd Gray’s sublime regional seasonal cuisine since he began as a young cook in DC in 1989. In 1999, with his wife and business partner, Ellen Kassoff, Equinox Restaurant was founded. The food and culture of Equinox has consistently reflected the couple’s principal mission for over 21 years: serving innovative cuisine with an unyielding commitment to sustainability.

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Fare Well - H St.

Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats - Columbia Heights

Doron Petersan

The owner and chef behind two of D.C.'s trailblazing vegan eateries, Doron has made her mark. Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats and Fare Well opened to rave reviews and became one of the most popular bakeries in the city - that just happens to be vegan. 

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Fetching Goodies

Alexandria, VA

Rachel Mastandrea

Fetching Goodies is a small, woman-owned & operated bakery in Alexandria, Virginia. Rachel creates classic yet innovative baked goods – cookies, quick-breads, muffins, and, her favorite BARS like brownies, blondies, pumpkin bars, apple pie bars.

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Swati Bose

Flight opened in January of 2014 when the city had just a few wine bars. Owners and sommeliers, Kabir Amir and Swati Bose, have traveled the world selecting the wine for their robust wine list consisting of over 600 wines in various formats including 22 wine flights and 35+ wines by the glass. They focus on small, family-owned estates, and lesser known varietals and regions.

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Maya Fiellin

Founded by Maya Fiellin in 2020, Fuck the System hot sauce is here to support marginalized communities while disrupting the status quo. All profits are donated to organizations that are fighting injustices in this country. We aim to bring awareness to BIPOC and female excellence, to raise awareness for organizations doing incredible work in the field of justice and equity, and to deliver an equally spicy and delicious hot sauce.

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Good Stuff Eatery

Santa Rosa Taqueria

We, The Pizza

Capitol Hill/Crystal City/Georgetown/Ballston

Catherine and Micheline Mendelsohn

The Mendelsohn family - Harvey, Catherine, Micheline and Spike -run a restaurant group headquartered in Washington, DC. They specialize in dynamic American comfort food concepts, elevated through chic atmospheres, high quality local ingredients, and a Chef's touch.

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Laurie Bell

Certified Tea Specialist, professional chef and educator Laurie Bell has seen a need for expanding the public’s awareness of the depth and diversity and sheer pleasure that can be derived from indulging in a freshly brewed cup of premium tea.

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Hanks Oyster Bar

Dupont Circle/DC Wharf/Old Town Alexandria

Hank and Mitzi's Italian Kitchen

Old Town Alexandria

Jamie Leeds

Chef Jamie Leeds is a pioneering and tenacious female entrepreneur who has spent her career fostering community, mentoring other female business owners and culinary professionals, and supporting sustainable practices across her restaurants and the seafood industry at-large.

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Shana Greenbaum

Founded in 2016, Healthy Fresh Meals was born out the need for a home cooked meal that was healthy, convenient, and delicious. We believe that high-quality, healthy food should be accessible to everyone. Headquartered in Hyattsville, MD, the team focuses on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, that are prepared by professionally trained chefs.

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Janet Yu

Serving Authentic Hong Kong Style Cuisine since 1996! 

 

It’s a little strange to find some of the area’s best dim sum in a shopping mall, no matter to all of owner Janet Yu’s groupies, who happily sit in the black and red dining room ogling dishes on carts during weekends and ordering dim sum from the menu on weekdays. Try the glutinous rice dumplings with shrimp and pork and the Hong Kong shrimp dumplings in XO sauce

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Hook Hall

Park View

Anna Valero

 

Anna Valero is president and co-founder of Pirate Ventures, a hospitality and media company which focuses on Delivering the Unexpected by curating environments and experiences where people feel welcome, acknowledged and safe.
She transformed an 80 year-old former drug store into Hook Hall, DC’s premiere 13,000 square-foot multi-flex venue where corporate events, neighborhood gatherings, weddings, bar mitzvahs and community programming are hosted.

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Hummingbird Bar + Kitchen

Old Town Alexandria

Meshelle Armstrong and Zena Polin

A waterview restaurant. HUMMINGBIRD; is an energetic bar and kitchen inspired by the American spirit of cherished traditions: Clambakes and crab boils, fish fries and oyster roasts.

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Victoria Lai

Victoria started Ice Cream Jubilee to share her passion with others and encourage people to explore the pursuits that make them as happy as ice cream makes her. She started making ice cream in her apartment kitchen in 2009.

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Jarabe

Mobile Pop Bar

Diana Rios Jasso

Jarabe Gourmet Pops is an inspiration from my childhood upbringings of seeing my father sell paletas and raspados (Mexican pops and shaved-ice) from a push-cart in the streets of East Los Angeles. Jarabe (pronounced hah-rah-beh) which means “syrup” in Spanish specializes in serving handcrafted Mexican-style pops and sweets.

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Lapis - Adams Morgan

The Berliner - Georgetown

Lutece - Georgetown

Lapop - Adams Morgan

Chef Shamim Popal & Fatima Popal

Their adventure in this exciting business began 12 years ago when they decided Washington needed a little European flair by opening a Parisian-inspired crêperie. Over the years, they've opened a sister French bistro, a private event space in a historic 20th century ice warehouse, and a modern Afghan bistro.

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Lebanese Taverna

Pentagon Row/Woodley Park

Grace Shea and Gladys Abi-Najm

Lebanese Taverna was born between two great cities: Beirut, Lebanon and Arlington, Virginia. The restaurant was founded in Arlington’s Westover neighborhood in 1979 by Tanios and Marie Abi-Najm, who had escaped civil war in Beirut just three years earlier. Lebanese Taverna introduced classic Lebanese family cooking to the D.C. area and over the next four decades became a beloved local institution.

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Le Mirch

Connecticut Ave.

Rumana Tarin

Le Mirch is a South Asian restaurant that brings the taste of South Asian delicacies to Washington DC. We always serve freshly cooked food just the way our customers want to ensure they are satisfied. Our spice level is always the customer's choice. We have been impacted by covid as well but we are here to serve people.

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Yamrot Ezineh

 

Yamrot Ezineh hails from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and gained valuable experience working in a family-owned restaurant in the United Kingdom. This experience would later play a crucial role shaping her outlook of the restaurant business. After living in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington DC since 2008, she concluded that there was an unmet need of offering quality Ethiopian cuisine to further contribute to the diversity and vibrancy of the neighborhood.

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Little Wild Things Farm

Dupont Circle Farmers Market & Delivery

Mary Ackley

Little Wild Things City Farm produces soil­-grown microgreens, shoots, and edible flowers on less than one­-quarter acre in the heart of Washington, D.C.

They believe that environmentally sustainable, commercially viable farming is possible in urban landscapes.

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Susan Soorenko

Moorenko’s is a family business founded in 2002 by Susan Soorenko.  She wanted a pure, delicious ice cream that she could feed to her children without reservations - so she decided to create her own.
After studying under renowned ice cream experts in New York and a master gelato maker in Italy, Susan worked hard to perfect her own process and recipes before setting out to make ice cream on the highest possible level - rich, decadent, and as wholesome as possible - and Moorenko’s was born.

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La Tejana

H St.

Ana-Maria Jaramillo

Inspired by the countless taquerias that co-founder and McAllen, TX native Ana-Maria Jaramillo grew up with on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border, La Tejana offers a slice of the rich culinary traditions of the Rio Grande Valley in DC. With house-made flour tortillas and simple, no-frills ingredients made from scratch with mucho amor and no corner cutting, La Tejana seeks to pay homage to the countless mom-and-pop taquerias that we can't get enough of across the state of Texas.

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Fiona Lewis

The District Fishwife is a family-owned small business operated by partners Fiona Lewis and Ben Friedman, who have lived together in the Washington, DC area since 2009. Fiona and Ben share a passion for all things aquatic and a commitment to promoting healthy and abundant oceans for future generations. Fiona’s upbringing in Australia was marked by her family’s passion for fishing, seafood, and conservation of local fish species in her native state of Victoria. Prior to moving to the United States, Fiona was a seasoned hospitality professional working in both casual and fine-dining establishments in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.

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Mary Johns

“Food has played a vital role in helping me connect with others throughout my life, and for years I’ve considered how I could help others make similar connections with their immigrant neighbors. The D.C. area has some of the best, and most diverse, immigrant-owned restaurants in the nation. Many of these restaurants are hidden gems, and I want to help others discover these culinary treasures.”  -Mary

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Pizzeria Paradiso

DC : Dupont Circle/Georgetown/Spring Valley

MD : Hyatsville

Ruth Gresser

We opened Pizzeria Paradiso so we could make the kind of pizza we longed for but couldn’t find in the DC area; the kind of pizza where the crust was the most important part - lightly graced with the finest quality toppings, finished with extra virgin olive oil and baked in our wood fired brick oven. The restaurant received immediate critical acclaim and has consistently been ranked among the best dining in Washington, DC.

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Camila Arango

Pluma is a café concept from the folks behind D.C.'s acclaimed Bluebird Bakery. After providing Washingtonian restaurants and cafes with signature, high-quality wholesale pastries for years, proprietors Camila Arango and Tom Wellings are thrilled to be serving guests in their own bakery.

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Margaux Riccio

POW POW is an award winning plant-based Asian, organic and kosher certified fast-casual restaurant located in the heart of the popular H Street, North East corridor of Washington, DC. 
Adapting classic Chinese, Japanese and Korean techniques through corporate American food models, POW-POW creates its version of “New Asian” cuisine. Serving creative plant-based salads, hearty bowls and Egg rolls the size of your arm.

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Valerie Zweig and Taryn Pellicone

Valerie Zweig and Taryn Pellicone have a new nickname: The Soup Ladies. The gals behind Rx Chicken™ started delivering soup to hungry bellies through the Washington, DC area in September of 2016. Valerie and Taryn, in addition to being soup aficionados, are cousins who have strong hospitality backgrounds. They channeled their love of all things chicken soup to create a business dedicated solely to churning out bowls of liquid gold

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Puddin'

Union Market

Toyin Alli

Toyin Alli, the Owner/Chef of Puddin' got her start ten years ago as a street food vendor at DC's historic Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. Since her start, Puddin' has grown to include Union Market, various local markets and two food trucks.  

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Purple Patch Restaurant

Columbia Heights

Patrice Cleary

Patrice Cleary’s passion for cooking came at a very young age. Born in the Philippines to a Filipino mother from Bicol, and an American father from Massachusetts, her family moved to the U.S. when she was still a baby. Her mother’s desire to acclimate herself and her children to the American way of living but still hold onto her Filipino roots was a challenge but ultimately she did it through food.

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Razzicakes

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Razieh (Razzi)

Razieh (Razzi) who founded Razzicakes Bakery - had the courage to launch her new small business in the midst of COVID. Razzicakes is a custom home based bakery business. All of the ingredients in thecakes and icing are all natural/ organic. Razzi believes that it takes clean and simple ingredients in order to indulge in the best tasting cakes.

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Pia Carusone and Rachel Gardner

A small batch, women-owned distillery and craft cocktail bar in the heart of Washington, DC.

We celebrate an outspoken and disruptive attitude towards the production of quality American spirits. In life and business, we are inclusive but opinionated. We are founded by friends, women owned and led, funded by the community and unafraid of challenging convention. Working with us means betting on the underdog. We aren’t defined by being women-owned or crowdfunded but it’s the heart and hustle of our company.

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Charese John

Charese John is more than a “chef” and way beyond the title of “designer.” John is a creative force with plenty of innovation, vision, and talent. She can see the horizon and she knows how to build it. John has roots in the soil of Corporate Hospitality via Fortune 500 companies like Safeway and Dean & Deluca. Those roots grew stronger as co-owner of Revive Events & Catering, a boutique catering business in Washington, DC. 

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Ris

West End/Foggy Bottom

Ris Lacoste

Ris Lacoste is one of the most respected and dedicated chefs working in Washington D.C. today. She has earned her reputation built upon high-quality ingredients, bold innovative technique, and food that is both familiar and simply delicious. A James Beard nominated chef, Ris Lacoste is chef and owner of her West End DC bistro, RIS.

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Ristorante I Ricchi

Dupont Circle

Christianne Ricchi

It is 2020, and we have just celebrated 31 years at the helm of the DC restaurant scene! My 18 years in the Tuscan countryside fueled the passion, authenticity and the magic for i Ricchi that has earned us accolades and awards such as the Hottest Restaurant in Washington and One of the Best Italian Restaurants in the World.

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Maria Iturralde

Maria arrived to DC in 1999 to study engineering at George Washington but her passion for food took over. Saya Saltenas delivers Bolivian street food - showcasing her culture through food.

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Simply Fresh

McLean, VA

Rana Sersy

Simply Fresh was born in 2015 when Rana quit her professional career and sought to turn her vision into a realty. It was not an easy start but with her determination and hard work she grew her own business.
Simply Fresh is a unique Mediterranean American restaurant in the heart of downtown Mclean. It’s a neighborhood attraction that brings together families, businesses and locals. The fresh ingredients and herbs around the patio give the place a nice touch.

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Small Cakes Cupcakery & Creamery

Del Ray- Alexandria, VA

Breanna

Smallcakes was originally founded in Kansas City in 2008 by Jeff Martin. 
We opened our doors as a part of the Smallcakes family in July 2018. Smallcakes NOVA is a locally women owned and operated franchise nestled in the heart of Del Ray-Alexandria, VA.  All of our cupcakes are made by hand in small batches  each and every morning!
Don't forget about our ice cream which is also made by hand in small batches!

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Sara Quinteros Shilling

Shilling Canning Company is a modern Mid-Atlantic restaurant where Executive Chef Reid Shilling and his wife Sara, serve their take on seasonal cuisine highlighting ingredients from around the Chesapeake region.

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Sloppy Mama's

Arlington/Ballston

Mandy Neuman

Mandy and Joe Neuman founded Sloppy Mama’s BBQ in the summer of 2014. The couple catered their own wedding several years before, a proper pig picking, in the style of the pig pickings from years spent in Southern Virginia. From the catered wedding, family and friends starting asking for pig roasts of their own. They bought a food truck and set out to make the best bbq they could with one goal in mind…making people happy.

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Candy Schibli

​Southeastern Roastery, the coffee brand of Southeastern Roast and Brewery, started in 2016 with roots in Isle of Wight, Virginia and Washington D.C. Beautifully southern, it is committed to promoting the cultural exchange, open dialogue, and collective creativity that coffee communion has historically and internationally nurtured. Southeastern Roastery unabashedly continues in this warm tradition by offering fresh, high quality, specialty coffees and sharing inspiring roasts in love.

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Jana

Take your thyme was my lifelong dream! After a vast experience working in different areas of gastronomy, I’ve finally decided to pursue this dream of launching a startup and also because I now have more time to explore my skills and create unique menus. I’m Brazilian born and mixing my country’s culinary background with my experience, I bring you a comfort fusion cuisine deliciously fresh menu to be enjoyed either at the comfort of your home or even at work.

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Anna Bran-Leis

Taqueria Del Barrio is the Mexican concept from the owners of DC Empanadas; Chef Anna Bran-Leis and Shawn Leis. Our menu features many authentic Mexican recipes as well as some modern takes on classic Latin American dishes. Everything is made daily, from scratch including our hand made corn tortillas. Our bar menu was crafted by Bar Manager and features a wide array of classic and signature cocktails

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Teaism

Dupont Circle/Union Market/Penn Quarter

Michelle Brown and Linda Neumann

We founded Teaism in 1996 with the goal of making exquisite loose leaf tea accessible to all. In a time and place where tea was conceived as either a dark powder in a bag with a string - to be sweetened heavily and discarded - or a stuffy afternoon affair with china and linens, we wanted to highlight the beautiful diversity of the camellia sinensis plant itself. We wanted our guests to be enrolled in their choice to drink tea and have a relationship to the leaf.

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Elizabeth Christian

Baking is in my blood and I have been doing it for as long as I can remember. Growing up, my grandmother taught me that the only tool you need is a wooden spoon and you could bake anything. The Wooden Spoon Cakery is a place for me to stretch my creative limits one baked good at a time. Everything that I make comes straight from my kitchen baked with the freshest ingredients and a great deal of love and care. 

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