Every now and then we check back in with Union Market to see how it is progressing. One of the nicer improvements over time is the increase in prepared food vendors, making it a great place to eat and shop. The one downside is that I find it quite pricey. But, I’ll qualify that by saying that I think part of this is due to the very high quality and craftsman/artisanal approach of the vendors.For example, the meats are so fresh and come from “happy” free range animals, not mass production facilities. Because of this, the market has fallen into 3 categories of use for us 1) a source for amazing dinner party menu ideas and ingredients 2) a few “splurge” items like a nice hunk of fine cheese and 3) a great place to wow your out of town guests, especially those coming from far away places, like NW Washington DC. If you are looking for a reason to check it out, or want something fun and local to do, check out these upcoming events. The one we are most excited about is the drive in movie nights – how awesome does that sound?
Here is a rundown of upcoming events from the Union Market website’s events page:
Every Friday Beginning July 12 | 9:00PM
Washington, DC has never been home to a drive-in movie experience — until now. This summer, “DC Drive-In” will screen on Fridays at Union Market. Visit the DC Drive-In page for more information and reservations.
First Saturday of Every Month | Gospel Choir Brunch | 12:30PM
Experience our Gospel Choir Brunch on the first Saturday of every month with a dynamic performance featuring the Israel Baptist Church. Brunch specials are available from vendors.
Every Wednesday | Boogie Babes | 10:30AM
A live music performance for kids and their grownups! The Boogie Babes show begins at 10:30am. Admission is $5/child and siblings 6 months and under are free. Find out more about Boogie Babes online!
Thursday, June 27 | Righteous Cheese – Cheese Classes – Backyard Beer & Cheese | 7:00PM
It’s time for backyard BBQs and front porch lounging, which of course call for serious eating. Go beyond your average can of beer with refreshing craft brews and the best summertime cheeses to match. We’re tasting cheeses that are at their peak in the summer months – from light & zesty to firm & earthy – that can also get outdoors and handle the heat. Spend an evening with Righteous Cheese in an intimate class discovering and savoring seasonal, artisanal cheeses. We’ll explore the world of cheese pairing by tasting 4 cheeses and 4 beers that are perfect for summertime. Fromager Carolyn Stromberg will delve into the story behind each cheese, as well as give advice about selecting, serving, pairing, and more. Sign up now.
June 25 & July 9 | Peregrine Espresso – Espresso Fundamentals Class | 6:00PM
Join Peregrine Espresso for a two hour class at their coffee bar to learn the basics of espresso and milk technique. Learn from our experienced instructors–many of them award-winning baristas–on our professional equipment. By the end of the class, you will be equipped with the skills necessary to produce standard espresso beverages and will also receive a 12oz bag of coffee ($14 value) to practice with at home. Class is limited to six students. Sign up soon.
June 26 | Bazaar Spices – Indian Summer Cooking | 12:00PM
Ever wanted to learn how to cook Indian food? Join us in welcoming local chef and spice connoisseur, Deepa Patke of Aromatic Spice Blends, LLC., for our Summer Indian Cooking Class on Wednesday, June 26 at 12pm at Bazaar Spices in Union Market DC! What’s on the Menu: Indian style Moong Sprouts, Cauliflower with Garam Masala, Cumin Rice with Pilaf Spice. Hope you can join us! Register today!
July 21 | THE DC SCOOP | 1:00-4:00PM
The DC Scoop is back! Held on National Ice Cream Day in its third year, you can taste (and judge!) the District’s best ice cream, gelato, custard, frozen yogurt and other summer treats! Foodies, have no fear, you’ll be in good company! Stirrers and shakers of the DC Food Scene will serve on a panel of judges to determine the 2013. DC Scoop Winner! A kid-friendly event with activities for all ages.
Union Market is located at 1309 5th Street NE. Check out their website here.