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Vegetate Riffs on Sunday Dinner
The vegetarian haven in Shaw closes out each weekend with a freestyle menu using seasonal veggies, cheeses, and breads from nearby farmers markets
For many, fall is the ultimate season for cooking, and chef Caesare feels no differently. “It’s such a comforting time and gives people that warm feeling,” she says. “Plus I love apple season—I eat like six apples a day.”
For Assad, the farmers-market community spirit is integral to her food, and she makes weekly visits to markets in Bloomingdale and Penn Quarter and at 14th and U streets. She’s usually accompanied by Eddie Easter—an 18-year-old culinary student who worked his way up from dishwasher to quasi-sous chef over the last three months—who helps her brainstorm. “It’s like our little think tank,” Assad says.
Although Sunday dinner starts at 4:30, Assad is usually still scribbling down the menu when early birds stroll in. The artist in her—she studied painting in college—leads her to doodle artsy, hand-drawn pages with all of the farmers’ names and towns under each dish. And in keeping with Assad’s belief that “Sundays are about family and chilling out,” she’s made by-the-glass wines half price.
Sunday dinner at Vegetate (1414 Ninth St., NW; 202-232-4585; www.vegetatedc.com) runs from 4:30 to 8:45. Dishes are $7 to $18.
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