The Wrap-Up: The Week in Food

Every week we fill you in on what's been going on in the food and restaurant world.

• Eleven vendors have signed on for the first Grey Farmers Market, held this Sunday at Kushi in DC’s Mount Vernon Triangle. Among them will be Gourmet Cherry (vanilla bread pudding and other baked goods), Dre’s (ginger beer), White House Meats (brats, dry-aged beef), and Seasonal Pantry (pickles, jams, flavored salts). The entry fee is $2, and you can sign up ahead of time here to avoid a line at the door.

• It looks like Adams Morgan is getting a new pizza shop, and miracle of miracles, it won’t specialize in monster-size, grease-soaked slices. Atlanta-based Mellow Mushroom, which according to Prince of Petworth is slated to open in the old 18th and Red space on 18th Street, is known for buttery pizza-dough pretzels and Parmesan-sprinkled crusts holding offbeat toppings like jerk chicken and barbecue tofu. The current plan is for a May opening.

• “Significant pain,” and “loss of enjoyment” are just some of the accusations Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich is lobbing at four vendors that service the Longworth House Building cafeteria. Why? In 2008, he bit into a wrap containing an olive pit, which he says resulted in “serious permanent dental and oral injuries.” Gawker has the documents relating to the $150,000 lawsuit but also includes a C-Span video of Kucinich looking and sounding A-OK a few days after the alleged incident.

• We’re bummed to hear that seriously talented pastry chef Travis Olson is trading his post at Georgetown restaurant 1789 for a 2,181-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail. He’ll be replaced by Mallory Staley, who most recently handled desserts at the Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room in New York.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.