My friend K and I headed to the Emporiyum, a food market featuring US artisans. There were samples, products, and food for sale. Fifty-eight vendors, many of them local to DC, all together under one roof.
These were some of my favorites:
The Hamachi Don at East Side King was perfection, I could have had a big bowl of this. The pork buns, made with savory pate, were also good.
Next stop was Woodberry Kitchen. Chef Spike Gjerde was working the line and serving lechon tacos and tortas. The tacos were topped with the delicious chicharron picture below. The tacos were amazing. They also had some of their Snake Oil hot sauce on hand to top the tacos with.
A stop at Jenis Splendid Ice Creams Truck was mandatory, although it was a really cold day. I tried the butternut pumpkin with amaretti cookies which is one of their seasonal flavors, and salty caramel.
I came home with Momofuku Milk Bar compost cookies, Sfoglini Pasta, and Geechie Boy Mill yellow grits and cornmeal. Geechie Boy Mill grits are a long time favorite, it was nice to be able to purchase them there and not have to pay shipping. These grits are handcrafted in small batches by a family in Edisto Island, South Carolina.
Other favorites were the winter sun iced tea at Running Byrd Tea Company, the 100% natural and preservative free vanilla almond milk at Udderly Nuts, and what I think was a s’mores pumpkin pie at Butter and Scotch.
Did you visit the Emporiyum? Which vendors were your favorite?