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Regardless if you associate locavorism with Portlandia or otherwise, the benefits are overwhelmingly positive.

Local chefs like Spike Mendelsohn and Carla Hall among numerous contemporaries and predecessors embrace the freshness, taste, and environmental viabillity of sourcing ingredients locally. Sure, you can write a senior thesis on the topic (halfway through one currently). Or, you can celebrate the hell out of DC’s local food scene (which Eat Local First has the pleasure of bringing to you with parties and talks starting Monday, July 22).


“How Local Food Grows Our City” Flash Talks and Kick Off Party

Place: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St NW
Date: 7/22
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Price: $35

The official kick-off event for Eat Local First week, the flash talks feature Ann Yonkers from FRESHFARM Markets, Richard McCarthy from Slow Food USA, among a score of other foodies. The open discussion culminated with

Femivore Talks and Awards Happy Hour

Place: Heurich House Museum 1307 New Hampshire Ave NW Washington, DC 20036
Date: 7/24
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Price: $35

More than just a discusion, the Femivore Talks and Awards Happy Hour offers a $1,000 grant to one of the Ted-Inspired Talk givers, with themes including “inspire,” “nourish,” and “grow.”

Foraged Cask Event

Place: Meridian Pint, 3400 11th St NW
Date: 7/25
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Price: $12/two drink tickets

Local eating: awesome. Local drinking: awesome-er. Celebrate with eight local breweries who each will creat a “foraged cask ale.” Simply put: each tapped beer or ale will feature ingredients you could forage for in the D.C. area.


Edible Urban Garden Tour + Happy Hour

Place: Bloomingdale and Big Bear Cafe, 1700 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Date:: 7/26
Time: 5 – 8 p.m
Price: $15

Bring a bike for a comprehensive tour of the Bloomingdale area, with garden stops in backyards, balconies, rain barns, and others throughout the community. As a reward, Big Bear Cafe is offering a seasonal garden cocktail.

Farm-to-Street Party

Place: Union Market, 1309 5th St NE
Date: 7/27
Time: 1 – 7 p.m.
Price: Free (suggested $5 donation)

Eat Local First truly makes this an all-week party, and their final event at Union Market is no different. Opt for the $20 donation ticket which gets you guilt-free entry, two drink tickets, and a special pint glass.