EatsPlace's first restaurant-in-residence, DC Born & Raised, will serve its last Southern meal at the "pop-uppery" this Thursday. As the Park View food incubator prepares for its next guest chef, EatsPlace founder Katy Chang plans to take over the kitchen for a month, beginning Jan. 10, to prepare homemade dumplings and knife-cut noodle soup.
"I've just always wanted to get into my kitchen," Chang says. "I've built it partially because I needed to use the kitchen."
The menu will include both meat and vegan options and use Chang's Baba's Cooking School line of Chinese hot sauce. Nothing is more than $10. For dessert, look out for a Rice Krispies ice cream sandwich. Drinks will include Mai Tais, Chinese beers, and a Japanese yogurt drink called Yakult.
EatsPlace doesn't have anyone to operate in the mornings for now, but Chang says she's open to it. She explains it's more difficult to have someone operate in the daytime, because other food producers use the kitchen then. It's also worth noting that Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. pulled out of the food incubator less than three weeks into its three-month residency in part because of the limited foot traffic on weekday mornings.
Meanwhile, EatsPlace is rolling out its first class on Sunday: a three-part series for people in the food, restaurant, and hospitality industries that will cover everything from legal issues to funding. (Stay tuned for updates at eatsplace.com.)
EatsPlace is also starting an investment fund that will award its chefs and producers with capital to kick-start their businesses. More details to come.
In the meantime, check out Chang's menu below.
The dumpling and noodle soup pop-up will open Jan. 10 with limited hours from 6 to 9 p.m. to start. After that it will be open at 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Closed Mondays.)
EatsPlace, 3607 Georgia Ave. NW; (202) 882-3287; eatsplace.com
Photo by Darrow Montgomery