In the midst of a busy weekend with Nycci hosting the National Harbor Wine & Food Festival, the show must go on. This week on Foodie & The Beast, we got the lowdown on Dine-N-Dash, Soapstone Market, Arroz, and Shouk. In studio we had Brian MacNair, the Executive Director of José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, which is an international social enterprise that develops smart solutions to hunger and poverty through local programs promoting health, education, and jobs (in five countries and counting). Brian told us all about the organization’s annual event, Dine-N-Dash, which is a popular food event that supports the WCK’s main goals. Then, we ate our weight in cake, pastries, and cookies from Soapstone Market thanks to John Fielding, its cofounder. Soapstone Market is groceries, specialty gourmet foods, a butcher shop, a pastry shop, and a great neighborhood hangout. Another wonderful hangout that has opened up recently is called Shouk, which is Hebrew for “market.” Ran Nussbacher, Shouk’s proprietor, came in to give us a tatse of the new joint’s amazing cauliflower pitas and vegan burger pitas. Shouk offers 100% plant-based fast-casual food options for a reasonable price, including pitas, mujadra bowls, salads and snacks. We kept the Mediterranean vibes going with drinks poured by Arroz’s Beverage Director, Taha Ismail, and Jason Smith, the Beverage Manager. One of our favorites was their version of the gin and tonic—a favorite of Spaniards. To listen to the whole show, please click here.
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