The Wrap-Up: The Week in Food

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Washington is well represented in this year’s compilation of the country’s best food writing—aptly named, well, Best Food Writing 2009. Washington City Paper’s Tim Carman, whose piece on the hiring of Eatonville’s chef is in the anthology, gives shout-outs to the other local writers who are included: Washington Post Food-section editor Joe Yonan and writer Jane Black; Washingtonian food and wine editor Todd Kliman; and Virginia-based cookbook author and food journalist Monica Bhide.

The latest addition to First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy-eating campaign—a farmers market right near the White House. The nonprofit FreshFarm Markets will set up the long-rumored producer-only market starting September 17. On Thursdays from 3 to 7, there’ll be 18 vendors on Vermont Avenue, Northwest, between H and I streets. The market will run until October 29.

More pizza on 18th Street? Prince of Petworth brings news that yet another pie joint, called Piccante Pizza, is coming to Adams Morgan.

Glenn Babcock, a former sous chef at the Oval Room, is now the top toque in the kitchen at Nage, the creative-comfort-food restaurant on DC’s Scott Circle. The 30-year-old chef has also worked in Chicago at La Piazza and La Petite Folie.

Gillian Clark, known for her comforting soul food at the shuttered Colorado Kitchen and the new General Store, has reportedly terminated her lease for a forthcoming Takoma Park restaurant, which was to be called Avenue Oven. A Don Rockwell forum participant, who relayed the news, didn't have many details on the termination but said it was a mutual agreement between Clark and the building's realtor.

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