We're not saying no one in the DC area should ever eat a banana again. We're just saying it's worth it once in a while to think about how often we eat locally. Why because eating local equals:
• Social responsibility. FACT: When you purchase food from local producers or restaurants who source their food that way, you’re helping the local economy stay afloat.
• Friend of the environment. FACT: Food grown and eaten locally doesn’t need to be shipped across the world, which saves on pollution from oil-based transport.
• Happier taste buds. FACT: Food made with locally sourced foodstuffs is by default fresher than food that comes from elsewhere.
In other words, in Michael Pollan we trust. Which is why we're not holding back when it comes to spreading the word about Eat Local First Week, which is currently underway in DC.
Having kicked off this weekend and running through Saturday, July 21, this week is going down as one of the tastiest ever. Join in on this close-to-home flavor fest at one or all of the following choice activities. What Would Michael Pollan Do? All of this:
Wednesday, July 18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Live Green's Summer Bash
1602 U St., NW
This rooftop party will have you sippin’ on drinks and scarfin’ up locally made food in honor of one of DC’s most influential environmental organizations, Live Green. A DJ will be on hand for your dancing pleasure.
Tix are $15 if purchased ahead of time.
Thursday, July 19, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Locally Sourced Cocktails
Tryst at the Phillips Collection
1600 21st St., NW
Check out the newest Tryst on the block and sip on some cocktails made by this joints expert mixologists. Musician Rene Moffat will be on hand to seranade you with sounds.
$10 donations suggested at the door
Friday, July 20, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
StartUp Kitchen Launch Party
821 Upshur St., NW
A reality show concept IRL, StartUp Kitchen’s concept is to help three amateur chefs make a move to a professional career in the food business. The finalists include a master butcher, a duo of veggie-centric ladies and a chef whose aim is to make Indian street food a stable in DC.
Tickets are free, but reserve yours ‘cause space is limited.
Saturday, July 21, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
V St., between 13th + 14th, NW
Start your day right by eating through an outdoor block party. Finish out the evening by enjoying a few drinks at Local 16. Free mustaches everywhere!
Tix are $25