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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!