JULY MADNESS. A ‘Chups-date.

It’s amazing how the weeks fly by without an update here. Things have been so busy with ‘Chups, it’s hard to find the time to sit down and write. Here’s what’s going on …

 

EVENTS

Coming up this weekend, we will be at TWO events:

Saturday 7/19: The Lot @ Atlantic Plumbing is a FREE concert event from 5-10pm, put on by our Union Kitchen comrades. We’ll be selling hot dogs and ‘Chups along with some of our other UK members including Timber Pizza, Capital Candy Jar, Popcorn Queens, Matisola Chili, and Haute Saison Catering. Musical performances by local artists BRNDA, Yonata Goat, Big Hush, and DJ Ayescold.

It’s a great time and highly recommend checking it out!

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Sunday 7/20: We’re partying it up for Yelp’s 10th Anniversary in DC! We’ll be serving ‘Chups with chicken and sausage to the masses. Event is currently full but sign up and get on the waitlist! 

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PRESS

Right before the 4th of July holiday, ‘Chups was featured in an article in the Washington Post food section! This was exciting enough that Tim Howard’s hanging head on the FP barely phased us.

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Thank you to Holley Robinson for the excellent write-up! (Our online checkout lane thanks you too.)

NEW PARTNERS/LOCATIONS

We are also excited to announce a few new ‘Chups partners and locations where you can pick up your jar (or bottle) of fruit ketchup!!!

DC/MD:

Starting this weekend, we will be carried in 5 local Yes! Organic Markets – Petsworth, Capitol Hill, Hyattsville, Brookland, and 14th St.

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VA:
For those of you who live out in the beautiful hills of our home state, you can find ‘Chups at Heritage Hollow store in Sperryville, VA. We dropped the order off on our way to the Wallace farm on the 4th of July and it’s a BEAUTIFUL spot. You should definitely drop-in and say hello to them!
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We will continue to announce new partners in the coming weeks!

 

HIRING

Since the demand of ‘Chups continues to grow, over the next several weeks, we’ll be interviewing candidates to hire to our team!!!

 

Initially, we will be hiring for help in the ketchup production process. We are working with Union Kitchen to fill these roles, but if you have anyone you would like to send our way, we’re of course very encouraging of referrals! Send them our way.

 

 

We’re excited for many more busy weeks of ‘Chups and we’ll continue to keep you updated on our whereabouts as we expand! And we’d love to hear from you if you have questions, feedback, ideas, introductions … we are always grateful for your time and thoughts. The Ketchup Revolution will not happen without the power of the people.

 

OK IT’S CHEESY BUT IT’S TRUE.

 

A Successful Summer Shindig – The ‘Chups Launch

This past Thursday, we celebrated the official launch of ‘Chups with a Summer Block Party! The turnout was great, the food was devoured (thank you District Doughnut, B.Lin Catering and Ravioli Revolution!) and the tunes were turnt up (thank you DJ Esso)!

The party took place right outside of Union Kitchen, on Congress Street, and provided a perfect backdrop on a quintessential summer evening. Here are some pictures:

If you were unable to attend, never fret! We hope to make this an annual event and are thinking about something for football/tailgating season already … :)

‘Chups Block Party – June 26!!!

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The countdown is ON to the ‘Chups Summer Block Party! We are just about 2 weeks out from what is sure to be a jolly June evening at our home away from home, Union Kitchen.

We are SO VERY EXCITED (as we often get in our blog posts) to announce the vendors who will be in attendance to share with you their delicious delights:

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District Doughnut — On the verge of launching their storefront in Barrack’s Row, District Doughnut is HOT HOT HOT and well, it really goes without saying, their doughnuts are DIVINE. Dare you to try just one.

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Ravioli Revolution — Ravioli like you have NEVER HAD IT, brother’s Michael & Daniel Porzio are changing the face of one of your favorite pastas. Fun, original, and fresh are just a few words that describe what this duo is bringing to the table.

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BLin Catering — Want a flavor bomb to do a waltz with a flavor firework in your mouth? Private chef and caterer Ben Lin WILL make that happen. You don’t want to miss what his team will be serving up.

We are so very, very honored that this culinary cast of characters will be joining us for our summer shindig. We greatly look up to them and what they are doing with their businesses and in the DC food community as a whole.

If there’s a reason to come out on the 26th, it’s to take a taste parade and support these amazing local businesses. Please join our Facebook event and bring out your friends, your dogs, your kids, your latest Tinder connection … we welcome all with open arms and hungry tummies.

 

‘Chups Featured at New José Andrés Spot in Tysons Corner

The past few months in ‘Chupstown has been a heads-down-grind to complete a laundry list of tasks: fulfilling Kickstarter rewards (almost done!), coordinating tastings, and shipping orders just to name a few.

But this week we were finally able to pick our heads up for a second and acknowledge the outcome of one special effort, which started as a late-night ketchup conversation with José Andrés back in December.

After our Kickstarter success and move to Union Kitchen, José’s folks reached out to us this April about using ‘Chups at one of his restaurants. In May we delivered a few gallons of ‘Chups to Nate Waugaman and Aaron Helfand at the upcoming America Eats Tavern for some testing. We had high hopes, but tempered our expectations.

Early this week we noticed the AET menu had been posted online… and we were ecstatic to see several ‘Chups varieties listed smack dab in the middle of it!That’s right– ‘Chups is an official purveyor of ingredients for America Eats Tavern. (And the only purveyor officially located in Washington, D.C.) Check it out!

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As the menu states, “every country has a story that can be told through its cooking”. ‘Chups exists to re-tell a small chapter in America’s story, from a time when people cooked with what they had, and ate what was good. We are honored that José and his team are including ‘Chups as part of their re-telling of America’s history through food.

Stay tuned for updates, and we hope you are able to swing by America Eats Tavern in the near future to try out blueberry, peach, and plum varieties.

And most of all, thanks to everyone who has supported us and helped us reach this point!