FYIDC: Think Local, Eat Local This Week

by Editorial

Think Local First hosts Eat Local First Week
By Tiffani Long

Purple Kohlrabi and Hakurei Turnips from Radix Farm in Upper Marlboro, Md (Photo courtesy of

Think Local First is a non-profit organization that means business.  Local business, that is.  Think Local First is a nonprofit organization with a mission of “transforming D.C.’s economy by strengthening the voice of the local business community and implementing programs that increase the sustainability of their business practices”.  From Saturday, July 9th through Saturday, July 16th, Think Local First is hosting, Eat Local First Week, a week- long promotion of locally grown food made easily accessible by local farms, restaurants, organizations, and people.  Below we provide a glance of the Eat Local First Week events for this week:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

WPFW Live @ Next Door
Ben’s Next Door, 1211 U Street NW
Support local talent.  Come and hear local singer and Ben’s Next Door’s own, Cassandra J, as she returns to the stage by popular demand.  Cost: Free.  Donations welcomed.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The CSA Movement in Washington, D.C.
Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street NW
Have you heard of CSA?  Learn about the Community Supported Agriculture Movement (CSA) in Washington, DC, and at George Washington University, and discover ways you can access locally sourced food.  Cost: Free.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Local Sourcing With RIS
Busboys and Poets
, 2021 14th Street NW
8a.m.- 10a.m.
Learn the business from a local chef.  Highly acclaimed and well respected chef and owner of RIS restaurant, Ris Lacoste, will share her journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur who sources her foods locally and gives back to the community.  Cost: $10 for Think Local First and Live Green Spot members; $25 for non- members.

Vegan Food Demonstration
FRESHFARM Market, 810 Vermont Ave NW (Between H St and I St NW)
3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m.
Learn vegan recipes at your local farmers’ market.  Jimmy Cooney of JavaGreen and Café Green will be conducting a vegan food demonstration with food from the FRESHFARM Market.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Edible Urban Garden Tour
Old City Green, 902 North Street NW
5p.m.- 8p.m.
Learn how to grow your own food. will offer a garden tour for the public to view city spaces and residential gardens and learn more about growing your own food.  Cost: $10.

Back Road Foraging Tour
Beginning on 16th and Columbia Road NW
10a.m. and 3p.m. (Two 90 minute tours)
Go on a foraging expedition right in your own backyard.  Roadside Food Projects will host an urban culinary foraging expedition throughout the city, guided by Steve Brill, the nation’s go- to- guy for foraging.  Cost: $15.

The Foraged Cocktail
The Gibson, 2009 14th Street NW
7p.m.- 9:30p.m.
Get a taste of the District.  The Roadside Food Projects and Atlas Obscura will host a soiree with District– foraged cocktails.  Cost: $60.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Farm- To- Street Party
V Street NW (Between 13th and 14th Street)
Come to the District’s first ever Farm- to- Street Party.  Unlike your average block party, this party will offer food and drinks from local farms, engagement with local entrepreneurs, chefs, and non- profit organizations that promote local food, music from local artists, and other activities for the whole family.  Cost: $15.

For more information about these events and for ticket information, visit

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