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District Flavors, a celebration of local food

Nick Wiseman, right, and Seth Teicher are organizing a local food block party to raise awareness about food deserts in the District. (Roadside Organics)

Environmental groups have christened this Sunday – 10-10-10 – a global work party. Here in Washington, the party is focused on local food.

From noon to 4 p.m., a crew of chefs, hip-hop artists and local food advocates will host District Flavors, a block party to benefit non-profit Bread for the City's new green roof program. The larger mission: to raise awareness about the District's food deserts and reignite a food culture that values healthful, family meals. Speakers will include the Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus and the activist and chef Lauren Von Der Pool who will give a cooking demonstration.

The free event will feature food cooked by local chefs, including Marou Ouattara of Kora, Dan Giusti of 1789, Brendan Cox of DC Coast and Nathan Anda of Red Apron Butchery. Food is being supplied by Eco-Friendly Foods (founder Bev Eggleston is also a speaker), Tuscarora Organic Growers and Arganica Farm Club. Sweetgreen's Sweetflow Mobile will also stop by to serve yogurt with seasonal toppings.

The event's organizers are twenty-something DC natives Seth Teicher and Nick Wiseman. In July, the pair, best friends since high school, launched a media company called Roadside Organics that will promote healthful, eco-friendly food and food culture on the Web, in books and film. The event, says Teicher, is a great way to bring attention to the cause – and their new project: "Our goal is to break down the silos in the movement," he said. "We're bringing together chefs and leaders of the environmental movement to tell a story that is fun and accessible."

--Jane Black

The Local Food Block Party will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at 1525 7th St., NW. Entry is free.

By Jane Black  | October 8, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Sustainable Food  | Tags:  Jane Black, local food  
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