With Ketchup, History Tells its Future

We’re big fans of telling the storied history of ketchup and its diverse origins, not just because we love history, but because it’s interesting and relevant. It’s relevant because we firmly believe that ketchup’s history is also its FUTURE.

Here are two recent news items that convey this very point.

These are both such fitting stories, as diners and food consumers become not only more interested in what they are eating and where their ingredients come from, but also understanding the historic relevance in how certain foods came to be what they are today.

It’s an enlightenment of the mind and of the palate! And we could not be more excited to be a part of this movement.

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August Tastings @ Yes! Organic Markets

Come visit us at Yes! Organic Markets to taste ‘Chups paired with some of their other delicious products such as Applegate sausages and Quorn “chicken” nuggets! We will be at the following locations:

  • Saturday, August 2nd: Brookland 11a-1p & Petworth 2-4p
  • Sunday, August 17th: Capitol Hill 2-3p & 14th St. 4-6p
  • Friday, August 29th: HOT DOG TAILGATE COOKOUT! Petworth 4-8p

We will continue to post about tastings and events ahead of time as we schedule them. Hope to see you!

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.