DC Food Recovery Week

From Saturday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 28, events across the region will spotlight, celebrate and advocate for all the ways we can reduce food waste and feed more people in metro DC.  Take a class. Go gleaning. Heroically sip limoncello made from lemon rinds. Whatever your tastes — we have an event for you! See our schedule below, and please note that some of these events require advance registration and have limited space. We can’t wait to tackle this important issue with you!

Press Release Documents
DC Food Recovery Week Press Release
About the DC Food Recovery Working Group
(Additional Flyers at Bottom of Page)

(Click on “Agenda” to view events in list)


All week:

When: Whenever participating restaurants are open
Where: Participating restaurants throughout the week
What: Select restaurants in DC will highlight items on their menus that make creative use of something that people might assume should be thrown away. Head to Santa Rosa Taqueria for pickled-cabbage-core and portobello-stem tacos, ANXO for cider made from foraged crab apples, and Teaism for pan-seared salmon belly with pickled collard stems. See the map above  and the list here for participating restaurants and check back as we add more. (Restaurants – it’s not too late to get involved in RescueDishDC! Tell us about your genius “use-it-up” creations: dcfoodrecovery@gmail.com)

Become a Food Rescuer with Food Rescue US
When: Whenever works for you (during Food Recovery Week and beyond!)
Where: Across the city
What: Want to do something about food waste and hunger on your own schedule? Become a Food Rescuer! Food Rescue US enlists volunteers to use their own cars to transport excess healthy food from businesses directly to agencies serving the food insecure. In addition to regular rescues, there is a large-scale conference in town during DC Food Recovery Week, which will require many additional runs. The challenge is on to recruit a record-breaking 50 new Food Rescuers during October so sign up at www.foodrescue.us (say #FoodRecoveryWeek sent you!) then claim a run and join us at the DC Food Recovery Week Happy Hour on Oct. 27 to celebrate.

Challenge Schools to be Food Waste Warriors with the World Wildlife Fund!
When: Sign up your class or school before November 1st
Where: All DC metro area schools
What: The World Wildlife Fund is recruiting schools in the DC area to become Food Waste Warriors! The Food Waste Warrior curriculum asks students and teachers to measure their food waste in the lunchroom while learning about its environmental impact in the classroom. A select number of schools will also receive one-on-one support from the WWF team over the course of the food waste audits and in-class lessons, in addition to Food Waste Warrior educational materials, posters and wristbands.
WWF aims to recruit 10 select DC schools by November 1st. If you or your school is interested in participating, please contact chloe.king-intern@wwfus.org for further details.

Saturday, October 21:

Ugly Pumpkin Block Party!
When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Old Market House Square (on 14th Street between V & U Sts. SE)
What: Enjoy free snacks made from recovered food, and pick out and decorate your very own rescued ‘ugly’ pumpkin. This event in Historic Anacostia will kick off DC Food Recovery Week by both bringing awareness to the problem of wasted food in DC, and celebrating the work that has been done to address this issue.

Del Campo Cooking With Food Waste Class
When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Del Campo, 777 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
What: Explore how to use your food scraps to create culinary masterpieces with James Beard-nominated chef, Victor Albisu, during the sixth installment of his 2017 seasonal cooking class series, Cooking with Food Waste. Learn to prepare menu items including: Stained Pastas, Scrape Tartare, Salmon Pate, and Pork Chicharrons. The day will begin with a welcome cocktail, followed by instruction from Chef Victor Albisu and lunch with wine highlighting the demonstrated dishes. Ticket price is $98 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity.
Space is limited. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/del-campo-cooking-with-food-waste-tickets-37396526016?aff=es2

Sunday, October 22:

Compost Cooperative Training and Volunteer Day
When: Sunday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Howard University Garden, 2255 Sherman Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
What: Need a free, local, always-open place to drop off your food scraps? The DC Department of Parks and Recreation runs 50 compost cooperatives that fit the bill. This training will allow you to join any cooperative in the network. Training activities will include turning the compost piles, moving the piles from one bin to the next, sifting finished compost, and maintaining the 3-bin system and garden. Participants are welcome to take home a sandwich sized bag of DC’s best compost (2016 and 2017 DC State Fair results)!
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/compost-cooperative-training-and-volunteer-day-tickets-38666339061

Monday, October 23:

Food Preservation Recipes with Food Recovery Network
When: Monday, Oct. 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Kenilworth Kitchen – 4321 Ord Street, NE, Washington, DC 20019
What: DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is opening up their food recovery classes, a part of their Cooking and Nutritional Certificate Course, to additional participants who want to learn about food recovery in DC. You’re bound to find at least one new and favorite method of food preservation after leaving this lecture-based workshop. Learn the how-to of homemade preserves – from canning to pickling – with Food Recovery Network Executive Director Regina Northouse.
Registration is required and space is limited so please register here: https://web1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/dcwashingtonwt.wsc/search.html?module=AR&fmid=4238797  (activity E055) If you have questions please email Joshua.singer@dc.gov and Kehmari.Norman@dc.gov.

Tuesday, October 24:

Food Waste and Sustainability at Large Organizations – Lunch & Learn
When: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 12:00- 1:30 p.m.
Where: National Geographic, 1600 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 (grab lunch and head to the north end of the NG cafeteria)
What: Attend a Lunch & Learn panel discussion with sustainability professionals to learn about best practices in limiting food waste and promoting food recovery at large organizations. The session will touch on menu planning, food recovery partnerships and tips on bringing these sustainable solutions to your company. Panelists will include Katharine Leigh, the Nature Conservancy; Adam Rubinfield, World Bank; Laura Monto, Sodexo/National Geographic; Monica McBride, World Wildlife Fund.
Space is limited so please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-waste-and-sustainability-panel-tickets-38547442438

Waste Not: Food Waste, Resource Conservation, and You
When: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
What: This class will review the causes of food waste and ways to reduce it, debunking myths along the way. (For example, is the food you are throwing out actually bad?). The class will be led by William Reid who, in an effort to prove a point, survived off of food waste for over two years.
Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waste-not-food-waste-resource-conservation-and-you-tickets-38668672039

Wednesday, October 25:

Food Recovery Advocacy Evening
When: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Teaism Penn Quarter, 400 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
What: It’s perfectly legal for businesses and restaurants to donate extra food to nonprofits, but a pending DC bill would make it even easier – and would provide tax incentives for keeping good food out of the trash. Come to this “working” evening learn about and advocate for the Save Good Food Act, whether as a DC resident, an agency that receives food donation or a business looking to donate extra food. Ona Balkus, legislative counsel in the office of DC Councilmember Mary Cheh, will be on hand to answer questions about the bill. We’ll also have materials available about a new DC compost bill and other legislative efforts to reduce food waste. While you’re at Teaism, make sure to order from their special menu of dishes made from foods that would otherwise have been thrown away — including a new item for #RescueDishDC.
Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-recovery-advocacy-evening-tickets-38668723192

Overview of DC Food Recovery & Edible Alternatives in the Garden
When: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Kenilworth Kitchen – 4321 Ord Street, NE, Washington, DC 20019
What: DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is opening up their food recovery classes, a part of their Cooking and Nutritional Certificate Course, to additional participants who want to learn about food recovery in DC. The class has two parts:
Part 1: Overview of Food Recovery in DC: 6:30-7:30pm
Currently in the US, 40% of all of our food produced ends up in the dump, while 13% of all homes nationwide are food insecure. In this class, we will discuss all the different local opportunities in DC for consumers and businesses to recover their food and make a difference.
Part 2: Edible Alternatives in the Garden: 7:30-8:30pm
The majority of what we grow in our gardens is edible yet we only eat a small part of each plant. Do you want to learn what flowers are delicious in a salad? What stalks make a great hummus or pesto? What seeds are good pickled? Which weeds are more nutritious than your crops? Learn to maximize your garden harvests or supermarket produce by using the parts of your plants you didn’t realize could be not only edible but delicious.

Registration is required and space is limited so please register here: https://web1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/dcwashingtonwt.wsc/search.html?module=AR&fmid=4239825 (activity E056) If you have questions please email Joshua.singer@dc.gov and Kehmari.Norman@dc.gov.

Thursday, October 26:

Gleaning at UDC Firebird Farm with Donation to DC Central Kitchen
When: Thursday, Oct. 26, 9 – 11 a.m.
Where: Firebird Farm, University of DC Research Farm, 12001 Old Baltimore Pike, Beltsville, MD 20705
What: Join us at the UDC farm to harvest produce that would otherwise go to waste in order to donate fresh produce to DC Central Kitchen. Produce gleaned by volunteers is used to make nutritious meals that are sent out to 80 social service agencies around Washington, DC. Firebird Farm is 30 minutes from the College Park metro station. Volunteers can provide their own transportation, arriving at the farm by 8:45 am. Otherwise, volunteers can meet at College Park metro station Kiss & Ride at 8:30 to carpool to the farm.
Space is limited, so please register here: https://dccentralkitchen.org/register or contact Megan Genova at mgenova@dccentralkitchen.org or 202-400-2804.

Gleaning at USDA-Beltsville with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)
When: Thursday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: USDA-Beltsville
What: Join the AFAC glean team at USDA-Beltsville to harvest winter squash for the families served by AFAC. Carpooling will be arranged. Please contact volunteer4afac@afac.org for details. Note this is activity is weather dependent.

RescueDishDC Happy Hour
When: Thursday, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Sheppard, 1337 Connecticut Ave NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20036
What: Come to this intimate speakeasy to celebrate all the delicious things we can make from food that might otherwise go to waste. Upon arrival, you’ll be presented with a limoncello made from lemon rinds. That night’s drink menu will also include a specialty zero-waste cocktail. Spirits expert David Strauss will give a brief presentation about how he minimizes waste behind the bar. Please register early – space is limited and registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rescuedishdc-happy-hour-tickets-38667085293

Friday, October 27:

Cooking with Seconds
When: Friday, Oct. 27, 1 – 3 p.m.
Where: University of DC Teaching Kitchen: Building 44, Room 110, 3303 Van Ness Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
What: This hands-on workshop will make tasty snacks with seconds recovered from our own farms as well as from a local food distributor. We will plan on an ugly butternut squash/pumpkin mac-and-cheese, as well as smoothies and a stew based on what other produce is available.
Space is limited to 20 people, so please register here:

DC Food Recovery Week Happy Hour
When: Friday, Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m.
Where: ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar, 300 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington DC, 20001
What: Network with other food recovery enthusiasts and activists while sipping cider made from foraged apples. Meet other Food Rescuers, chat with champion composters and sustainability proponents, mingle with foodies who go to creative lengths to avoid waste, and get to know the people making sure no one in the District goes hungry. Even if you’re new to the issue, we’d love to connect over cider to talk about what’s next for food recovery in the region.  ANXO, a #RescueDishDC participant, will offer happy hour specials from 5 – 6:30. Registration is recommended, but not required and can be done here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-food-recovery-week-happy-hour-tickets-38753756529?aff=es2

Saturday, October 28:

Worms & Coffee (Vermicomposting Training)
When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Where: H St. Farms @ W.S. Jenks and Son by Cultivate the City, 910 Bladensburg Road NE, Washington, DC 20002
What: Vermicomposting is a relatively easy process that can turn your day-to-day kitchen scraps into a very high-quality fertilizer. In this class you will learn HOW to vermicompost, and the science behind these beautiful worms! You may choose the appropriate ticket option to build your own to take home and start composting right away. The class will be led by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics and Master Urban Composter. Registrations costs $30-40 and is required- please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/worms-coffee-tickets-37970251043?aff=efbevent

DPR Cider Press Workshop with Apple Seconds
When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Twin Oaks Community Garden, 14th & Taylor Street NW, Washington, DC 20011
What: DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is opening up their food recovery classes, a part of their Cooking and Nutritional Certificate Course, to additional participants who want to learn about food recovery in DC. Become certified to use and borrow DPR’s cider press machine in this two-hour workshop. Be sure to bring a jar in order to take home a serving (or two) of hand-pressed apple cider!

Registration is required and space is limited so please register here: https://web1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/dcwashingtonwt.wsc/search.html?module=AR&fmid=4239974 (activity E057) If you have questions please email Joshua.singer@dc.gov and Kehmari.Norman@dc.gov.


Additional Flyers
DC Food Recovery Guide 2017
DC Food Recovery Week Event Schedule – Short Flyer
RescueDishDC List of Participating Restaurants
Food Rescue US Flyer
FRN Food Recovery Verified Flyer
Carbon Recovery Flyer
Food Recovery_D C _Final
Food Recovery in DC “What you can do” cards
Ugly Pumpkin Block Party