Over 60 food vendors from around the country came together for the first time during the DC EMPORIYUM Food Market in Northeast DC from November 15-16. The event, held in a trendy warehouse space, provided diners with rows and rows of stands serving delicious food. We chose 7 of the top food vendors at the event, all of which you can or will soon be able to purchase in or around DC. Regardless, you will want to remember them,
7. DOUGH – A District Bakery cranberry muffin
Yes, there are thousands of bakeries in the world. Why is this one unique? While gluten free bakeries have caught on in NYC (because New York has everything), Washington has yet to indulge in this trend. And has still yet to indulge, because DOUGH won’t open until the summer of 2015. Owner Hilary Tomney told us she isn’t exactly sure where they will open, but she hinted it would be somewhere in Capital Hill.
And while gluten free treats have a tendency of tasting like cardboard sprinkled in sugar, these baked treats are actually delicious. Hilary tells us DOUGH uses a special blend of gluten-free ingredients to make, well, the dough, which gives their products a quality taste.
6. Mast Brothers Chocolate “Belize” chocolate
Don’t know Mast Brothers? Brothers Michael and Rick Mast (as the name would suggest) started experimenting with chocolate in 2006, according to Bon Appetit. Sales Director Erin Weber tells us Mast Brothers chocolate is dedicated to the people behind their products. The Origins collection features replicated maps of the countries the cocoa beans originate from on their signature vibrantly colored packaging. The prints, created by former menswear designer Nathan Warkentin, are meant to honor the devotion and craft of their farmers. Based out of Brooklyn, you can buy their products in many DC locations, thankfully. Try Whole Foods at 2201 I St NW.
5. Woodberry Kitchen “lechon” pulled pork taco
Baltimore, to many DC residents, may seem like the equivalent distance from Washington to Mozambique—but after tasting one of these pulled pork tacos, it may seem worth the trip. Manager Alison Kirby tells us Woodberry Kitchen hand-presses their tortillas in house, which make for a great fresh taste.
4. Sir Kensington’s sriracha mayo
You can thank Sir Kensington’s for bringing together this unusual, although surprisingly fitting pair of condiments. In 2008, Brown University students Scott Norton and Mark Ramadan started the company, and have since been providing high-quality ketchup and other fine condiments to the public. The Sriracha mayo is the perfect blend of creamy and spicy, and works well on sandwiches, salads, etc. Buy it online or at Whole Foods.
3. Momofuku Milk Bar Crackpie
Milk Bar announced several months ago that it would open a new location in DC sometime in 2015. What’s the big deal? Milk Bar has hooked a number of customers on its signature “Crack Pie®”, found in its New York stores. Yes, yes, we know. New York has everything. But clearly we’re catching up a bit. Need it now? You can still get your dose of Crack Pie® and many other treats at the Milk Bar online shop.
2. Bread Furst levain country loaf
The bread is great, but the man behind is bread is what really makes Bread Furst extraordinary. Mark Furstenberg started the bakery at 75 when many of his contemporaries were making plans to retire to Florida. Furstenberg was at his stand this weekend, now 76-years-old. And he is a wonder to behold in person. And so is his levain country loaf, which doesn’t resemble a traditional loaf of bread as many have come to known it. But at first taste? Ah, yes, it is most certainly bread, and it is very delicious as well. Give it a try at 4434 Connecticut Avenue NW.
1. Toki Underground fermented pork ramen
It really says something about your food when other vendors at a food festival are coming to eat at your stand. Toki Underground, located at 1234 H Street, NE, is only open limited hours during the week, which makes their ramen hard to get. But many Emporiyum goers seized the opportunity to grab a bowl of fermented pork ramen – it seemed as if nearly everyone at the event had a bowl at one point or another. While the dish normally isn’t served in their restaurant, you should still try their Red Miso or Taipei Curry Chicken ramen if you get a chance.