Food Feature: Poke Pop-Up

Hawaiian Poke Makes Its Way to DC. As a former resident of the Aloha State, I’m very excited that poke (pronounced “poh-kay”) has finally found its way to Washington, DC. The dish is a raw, marinated fish salad that is ubiquitous in Hawaii—tasty versions are literally sold in grocery stores. Poke gets its name from the Hawaiian verb […]

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Food Feature: Drift on 7th

Start DC checks out a new seafood spot by local entrepreneur Ferhat Yalcin.   Drift on 7th is a reincarnation of Fishnet, Chef Ferhat Yalcin’s first seafood restaurant in the space that closed in late 2015. Yalcin learned the hard way that Shaw does not have a robust market for balik ekmek, the Turkish fish sandwiches he grew up […]

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Food Feature: Korean Food Vendors

Start DC talks with the founders of the popular K Street Korean Food Truck. The food cart is undoubtedly a part of the DC food—and entrepreneur—scene. Food carts need less capital to start than traditional restaurant spaces and can therefore be an important way for local chefs to test their concepts and develop a following before […]

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Doron Petersan: Sticky Fingers Bakery

Doron Petersan, founder of Sticky Fingers Bakery, chats with Start DC about finding and building a niche in the District. For over a decade, Sticky Fingers Bakery has been bringing vegan treats to the District. What started with determination and recipe development in Doron Petersan’s kitchen is now a Columbia Heights staple, with an expanded menu to include savory […]

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Josephine Chu: Zenful Bites

Local catering entrepreneur Josephine Chu chats with Start DC about building Zenful Bites. With post-holiday detoxing and a glut of resolutions for healthier eating, it’s perhaps a good time to introduce Zenful Bites, a DC-based social enterprise offering food education and catering services to promote a healthy, sustainable food system. Josephine Chu and Yolanda Hawthorne […]

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Shizu Okusa: JRINK Juicery

Shizu Okusa, co-founder of JRINK, talks trading Wall Street for DC entrepreneurship. Shizu Okusa and Jennifer Ngai started JRINK Juicery, their DC cold-pressed juice company, while working full-time at the World Bank. About six months later, in January 2014, they made the leap to full-time entrepreneurship. They use a cold-press process, with a high-pressure hydraulic […]

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Warren Brown: CakeLove

Warren Brown, DC entrepreneur, talks about his path to creating CakeLove. Fifteen years ago, Warren Brown took a break from his career as a lawyer to pursue a passion for baking. He never looked back. Brown’s leave of absence became the start of CakeLove, his DC-based bakery that launched in 2002. Founded on traditional cakes, CakeLove […]

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