Thank You

EatsPlace is closed today to celebrate a family Thanksgiving. And I have so much to be thankful for.


I’m so grateful for all the chefs, makers and eaters who have come through EatsPlace and made it their place. For the community who has supported us even before we opened our doors. For the amazing EatsPlace staff who keep us incubating, opening, and drinking day after day. I’m still stuffed from last night’s Pre-Thanksgiving Extravaganza from DC Born & Raised. But will bravely belly up and face another culinary challenge.

Besides coaxing Baba out of retirement to cook, a Thanksgiving tradition my family has is a tableau vivant where we play the part of various foods from the harvest in a cornucopia. It’s just our heads stylized with makeup and wigs. This is my pomegranate hairpiece test. No smiling when we go live, fruit do not have teeth! I’m gently but firmly reminded.


The babies plop down and make reliable pumpkins or sashimi. Yes, our autumn larder includes sushi! That’s how Asians roll tee hee. It’s chaos and communion with my frenetic family. What do you guys do?

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Thanksgiving Before Thanksgiving at DC Born & Raised @EatsPlace

Thanksgiving is here a day early on Wednesday 11/26 with DC Born & Raised. Chef Charles Lyons has cast iron dinner rolls, braised duck legs, seared lamb chops, and salmon stuffed crab. And don’t forget the slow smoked turkey! The sides include all the classics, including his famous mac and cheese. There’s always room for dessert when there are a selection of house baked pies and pastries. All for $25, from 5-10pm.

Besides the obligatory turkey, my family’s traditional thanksgiving includes Peking duck, abalone and wood ear, lobster and giant shitake mushrooms, and a suckling pig. Growing up, my friends and I had a tradition of popping over to each other’s houses to try Thanksgiving meals. I loved taking a look at (and taste of) another family’s interpretation of a bountiful harvest dinner. Maybe that’s why I’m so excited about Charles’s menu. It’s a peek into the DCBR family. Their full pre-thankgiving menu sample below:


Served Wednesday, November 26, 2014 from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
$25 Per Person (excludes drinks)

Celebrate Thanksgiving a little early at DC Born & Raised on Wednesday, November 26, 2014! Chef Charles is pulling out all the stops with a special menu showcasing the delicious seasonal foods of autumn. Enjoy a sweet potato pudding infused with marshmallow, drizzled with brown butter sauce. Or how about smoked herb chicken with fennel and a side of walnut stuffing? Of course the traditional turkey will be there – succulent from its 10-hour slow roast, and glazed with maple and Marsala wine. Check out the DCB&R Thanksgiving menu for the hearty flavors of fall.

Cast Iron Dinner Rolls – Old fashioned rolls the way Grandma used to make ‘em. Fresh from the oven, warm and flaky. Seasoned with brown butter. (Vegetarian)

Slow Roasted Turkey – Succulent bird glazed with maple, Marsala wine, and roasted for 10 hours to ensure the infusion of flavors. Sprinkled with a fresh sage and herb seasoning.

4-Piece Lamb Chops – Tender lamb with a basil-crushed pecan crust. Smothered in a mustard and pomegranate sauce and topped with fresh pomegranate seeds.

Smoked Herb Chicken – Seasoned with fennel and tarragon to bring out the chicken’s natural flavors. Served with a sliced walnut stuffing.

Roasted Stuffed Butternut Squash – Stuffed with wild rice, olive oil, fresh herbs, and root vegetables. A tasty vegan delight. (Vegan)


Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole – A fresh spin on an old classic. This isn’t the soup can recipe. Farm-fresh green beans and earthy mushrooms in a thick, robust sauce. (Vegetarian)

Baked Butternut Squash – A dish designed for the butternut squash season. Beautiful golden butternut squash ripe and flavorful; sweetened with a maple brown sugar combo. (Vegetarian)

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes – A Thanksgiving comfort food with a twist of roasted garlic to jazz up the flavors. (Vegetarian)

Twice-Baked Mac & Cheese – An American classic gets an update: Macaroni shells smothered in a rich cream cheese, mascarpone and sharp cheddar sauce. (Vegetarian)

Cornbread Stuffing – Spiced with fresh sage and warm from the oven. (Vegetarian)

Braised Collard Greens – Tender and delicious, marinated in the savory juices of smoked turkey.


Baked Sweet Potato Pudding – A new take on the sweet potato! Sweet potato and marshmallow base drizzled with a brown butter sauce. Spicy and sweet. Sure to be a Thanksgiving favorite.

Pecan Pie – Pecans, brown sugar, and vanilla combined together in a light, flaky crust – with a splash of rum to warm you up from the inside. A Thanksgiving classic served à la mode and hot from the oven. (Vegetarian)

Pumpkin Donut Holes – DCBR’s signature donut holes with a fall twist: Pumpkin! Served warm and coated with a light cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar dusting. Lightly drizzled with chocolate and accompanied by a side of velvety chocolate sauce – perfect for dunking. (Vegetarian)

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Yoga Heights x EatsPlace

EatsPlace is doing a special collaboration with our neighbor Yoga Heights on Saturday 11/22. Attend a yoga class (first class is free!) and DC Born & Raised @EatsPlace all you can eat brunch is only $22, 15% off the regular price. yogaheightsxeatsplace

Yoga classes start at 8:45am for Hot Flow and 9:30-11:00am Vinyasa Class. After class you will receive a ticket that you can use for brunch. And DCB&R brunch goes from 10am to 2pm. Among other items, brunch includes shrimp and grits, country roasted chicken, pecan salad, cast iron pancakes, biscuits and gravy and house made jams. We will also be sampling Senzu Juicery fresh pressed juices. Hope to see you there!

Yoga Heights is located at 3506 Georgia Avenue. A block away, EatsPlace is at 3607 Georgia Avenue between Otis and Princeton Streets (Petworth Metro).


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The 4 Apps Everyone in DC Should Have on Their Phones

Sponsored post: The 4 Apps Everyone in DC Should Have on Their Phones

DC is a cultural hotspot, and it’s pretty easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle. Not to worry though, as whether you’re new to the town or DC Born & Raised, your phone can be the single most important tool you could have for getting around.

And we’re not just talking about calling your friends for help with directions either. Gaming Realms, the company behind new gaming portal Total Gold, says that “There were an estimated 1 billion Smartphone users at the end of 2012, representing 17% of total mobile users”. With this number continually growing, there’s a good chance that you’re a smartphone owner too. What’s more, with some studies showing that most internet use is done through a phone, you’ve probably used your phone to access information about local gigs and restaurants in the past. You can, however, significantly cut back on the time it takes you to get around with some of these mobile apps:

1. DC Rider
People don’t usually drive around in DC, and many of them take public transportation to get where they need to go. DC Rider makes things so much easier and simpler by giving you updated time tables of the Metro. You can even see fare info with this app!

2. Happy Hour DC
Looking to celebrate happy hour but too far away from EatsPlace? Happy Hour DC gives you a list of bars and establishments offering happy hour nearby. The list of bars is pretty extensive too.

3. Going Out Guide
The Washington Post’s Going Out Guide promises to give you all the information you could ever need about DC’s entertainment scene. The app even lets you buy tickets to events online, so you can navigate DC with ease.

4. Open Table
Ever had to make restaurant reservations on-the-go? Open Table gives you the opportunity to do just that. Simply scroll through the restaurants with open tables, tap the table you want to reserve, and it’s yours! Over 20,000 restaurants in North America are compatible with Open Table, so you can use this app even outside of DC.

Do you have any other apps that help you navigate DC life?

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Ms. Chang Goes to Washington

Happy Entrepreneurship Month! Last week EatsPlace had the great honor of being invited to the White House as a winner of the SBA Growth Accelerator Fund competition.


Accelerators and incubators were invited to fly (in my case I took metro) to Washington for an innovation summit at the White House. It was a wonderful celebration of American hard work and ingenuity, as well as a great way to connect with fellow incubators. Thank you so much to the SBA, Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and Kim Peyser for organizing networking opportunities, briefings about both government and private sector resources, and making us feel like real Beltway insiders.

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Dwayne Moore, one of the owners of DC Born & Raised, was in attendance as an EatsPlace entrepreneur. DCB&R is currently serving dinner and brunch at EatsPlace. How far we’ve come…this is when we first met almost 2 years ago!


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