Food Day

GO MONDAY: Chefs as Catalysts for Change 2015

You know it’s fall in Washington, D.C., when there’s a panel discussion every afternoon and a new restaurant opening (or reopening) every night of the week. It’s our annual, pre-hibernation fall fest, and we do it well. Still, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be this time of year, when the leaves tempt us with their … Continue reading

The Bolton family preserving foods.

Summer in Review

I’m sitting on the deck at our new house, feeling fall between my toes. They didn’t see much sand this summer — unless watching other people vacation on Instagram counts — but I’m OK with that. I did other things. There was the aforementioned purchase of our first house in good ole’ Northern Virginia, which basically … Continue reading

Reggia di Venaria, Turin

Europe: five cities, five days (and the food)

I’m back from a whirlwind walking tour of Paris, the Chablis region of France, a factory in Germany, Turin in Italy and the World Expo in Milan. Let’s hit the highlights… Though I minored in French in college, this was my first time stepping foot outside the Paris airport and onto Parisienne soil. So, despite getting … Continue reading

Expo US photo

Off to the Expo…

Early this summer, I was moping a bit about how our every-other-summer overseas trip was not likely to happen. Last summer, I was too pregnant to justify a 10-hour flight somewhere (or so the doc said), and this summer was getting away from us quickly. There’s the we-have-a-10-month-old thing, which is entertainment enough to never … Continue reading


Urban Farming (and me) on The Kojo Show

As my food nonprofit friend put it to our little book club, I’m GONNA BE ON THE KOJO SHOW, and I’d love for you to tune in Wednesday at 1 p.m. [UPDATE: You can listen to the segment on the show at this link. Enjoy!] After listening to Food Wednesdays for as long as I’ve lived in … Continue reading


Curbing food waste (convictions) on the home front

I often come home from interviewing a farmer or a chef or an environmentalist of some stripe and find myself convicted about where my food is coming from, how I’m cooking it and its impact on the world. As a writer, I don’t necessarily have to act on these convictions. If I acted on every one … Continue reading


Small Farms Making a Living on Leased Land

This past summer, I had the pleasure of traveling across Virginia’s Piedmont region (and a little south) to capture the stories of eight farms. My photographer friend Jami McDowell traveled with me for most of them, capturing these beautiful photos (despite very real fears that she might have to deliver my baby on that last … Continue reading


Food, wine & water: Things to do in April (that don’t all have to do with cherry blossoms)

With April flowers come… lots and lots of DC tourists. They know that Washington is one of the best places to be this time of year, and not just for cherry blossoms. But, it turns out, the best events are mostly for us locals. There are cherry blossom donuts to be eaten, cherry blossom cocktails … Continue reading

Lamb chops

Glorious lamb — what’s on your Easter table?

I have lamb, spring and Easter on my mind, so I thought I’d reshare a post from two springs ago, when I wrote about lamb four ways for NPR’s Kitchen Window. We will be joining these same lamb-loaded friends for Easter this year, and I’m still deciding on the side dishes. Until then, enjoy some lamb-spiration … Continue reading


Culinary professionals converging on DC this weekend @IACPculinary

A food-focused conference is converging on Washington this week, putting DC’s still-under-discovered culinary scene in the spotlight and bringing national contacts within arms reach. And you can still register to attend! I remember following with rapt attention the tweets from last year’s International Association of Culinary Professionals conference and wondering if I’d get the chance to … Continue reading