RescueDishDC is on! Go to these restaurants & fight food waste with your fork


This weekend #RescueDishDC kicks off, with more than a dozen DC restaurants highlighting how delicious minimizing food waste can be.

From ricotta made from extra latte milk to cabbage cores pickled for taco fillings, these restaurants are showcasing their ingenuity as a part of DC Food Recovery Week. Whether you care deeply about sustainability, or just want to try something you’ve never tried before, #RescueDishDC will make you rethink “waste.” For a full list of participating restaurants go here.

Restaurants, which often operate on slim profit margins, have long been skilled at making sure very little goes to waste. #RescueDishDC is designed to celebrate and spotlight that creativity, while also inspiring home cooks to reexamine the potential tasty ingredients that they may be throwing away. Carrot greens, pickling brine, extra dough, herb stems, lemon rinds–all of them can live on in delicious ways.

Hungry yet? Here’s a quick sample of what’s on offer for #RescueDishDC (Click here for a full list and more details on the dishes):

  • ANXO – Cider made from foraged apples
  • Little Red Fox – roasted carrots with latte-milk ricotta and carrot-green pesto
  • Mellow Mushroom (Adams Morgan) – Caesar salad with bread-end croutons & bruschetta with tomato ends
  • National Geographic Cafeteria – veggie chips made from pulp leftover after juicing
  • Santa Rosa Taqueria – Taco stuffed with pickled cabbage core and portobello stems
  • Teaism – salmon belly served with pickled collard stems

#RescueDishDC, in its inaugural year, is organized by the DC Food Recovery Working Group and goes from Saturday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 28.

“We have a great lineup of restaurants,” said Rachael Jackson, a Working Group board member who writes about funky-looking food dilemmas at “I’ve learned so much from their creative dishes and can’t wait to visit them all during DC Food Recovery Week.”

As if supporting efforts to reduce food waste and enjoying fantastic food weren’t enough, you can also win a restaurant gift card via the #RescueDishDC initiative. Just tweet or post public Facebook images of your food and/or drinks with the hashtag #RescueDishDC and you could win a meal at one of the participating restaurants.

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