And the StartUp Kitchen finalists are…
Thank you to those who applied! Submissions were reviewed and the three finalists competing for the chance to open their own pop-up restaurant at Domku during Eat Local First Week 2012 are…
Finalist: Julien Shapiro
Food concept: Worthwhile Meats & Provisions
Food concept description: Julien Shapiro’s concept, Worthwhile Meats & Provisions, is a full-service specialty butcher store with prepared foods, bar and dining room offering classical French-themed bistronomique cuisine. The fixed-price three-course menu would feature specialty cuts and charcuterie in addition to dishes created from the products of the whole animal butchery. Julien is passionate about using his culinary repertoire to provide charcuterie, classical fabrications, and butcher’s cuts not readily available anywhere else in the city.
Finalist: Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon
Food concept: Chaya
Food concept description: Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon have developed Chaya, a “restaurant with a purpose — mostly plants, less meat, and superior taste and quality.” The menu will focus on their house-made griddled corn tortillas filled with vegetables, legumes, and whole grains finished with various fresh sauces and toppings. They hope to focus their efforts in the Shaw/Little Ethiopia and Foggy Bottom/West End markets.
Finalist: Priya Ammu
Food concept: DC Dosa
Food concept description: Priya Ammu’s DC Dosa offers dosas, the popular Indian lentil and rice pancake, three ways—3 fillings and 3 chutneys—made to order and ready to go. The fillings and chutneys vary seasonally and are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free. DC Dosa expects lunch and late night to be popular times for dosas among its urban, well-traveled, international, foodie clientele base.