DC Food Recovery Week

October 13-20, 2018


We are excited to announce an awesome schedule of events for the 3rd annual DC Food Recovery Week! Each fall, the DC Food Recovery Working Group organizes events across the region to spotlight, celebrate and advocate for all the ways we can reduce and divert food waste and feed more people in DC.  Take a class. Attend a film screening. Get trained to be a composter. Whatever your tastes — we have an event for you!

Moco Food Rescue Week

This year, we are partnering with Manna Food Center in Montgomery County, MD, who has organized a fantastic parallel week of events for Community Food Rescue Week, including a gleaning trip, trivia night, a cooking competition, and more! Find more information here: www.mocofoodrescueweek.org

DC Food Recovery Week Schedule

— Saturday, October 13th — 

ILSR Compost Training at East Capitol Urban Farm
Location: East Capitol Urban Farm, 5929 East Capitol St NE, Washington DC, 20019
Time: 9:30 -11:30am

ILSR will be hosting a hot composting class for composters interested in composting at home or joining the ECUF Compost Project.

Register and learn more at https://ilsr.org/dc-hot-composting-classes/

— Monday, October 15th — 

DC Overview of Food Recovery/Edible Alternatives in the Garden
Location: Kenilworth Recreation Center – 4321 Ord Street NE, Washington, DC 20019
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

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.

Register at https://web1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/dcwashingtonwt.wsc/search.html?module=AR&fmid=9788542

Food Revival: Think Before You Toss at AFAC
Location: Arlington Food Assistance Center, 2708 S. Nelson St, Arlington VA 22206
Time:  7:30-8:30 pm

Waste not, want not: think before you toss! With this hands-on class learn how to properly store your food and prepare some dishes to reduce food waste at home. Class is limited to 20 people. Suggested donation of $5 or 5 cans of food.

Register at https://afac.org/afac-events/afac-food-revival/

— Tuesday, October 16th — 

Food Waste and Sustainability in Restaurants- A Panel Discussion

Location: Teaism Penn Quarter, 400 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

You’re invited to attend a Lunch & Learn discussion with stakeholders from civil society, the private sector, and government on how to limit food waste in the restaurant industry.  The session will touch on ways restaurants can reduce food waste from menu planning to food recovery partnerships and provide tips on how to bring these sustainable solutions to your organization. Space is limited so register soon!

Please note: lunch will NOT be provided.  We encourage you to pick up a meal or snack from Teaism before the event.  Check out the trash or treasure section of the menu for some delicious examples of how they’re reducing food waste!


  • Monica McBride, World Wildlife Fund
  • Ellen Kassoff Gray, Equinox Restaurant
  • Additional panelists to be announced closer to the event

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-waste-and-sustainability-in-restaurants-a-panel-discussion-tickets-51271390108 

Food (Waste) & Faith: Regenerative Solutions for your Congregation
Location: Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Heritage Hall, 321 S Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

A delightful opportunity for all leaders of faith & anyone interested in increasing food recovery coherency at their worship home. Daniela Ochoa Gonzalez, a lifetime interfaith, food, compost and soil enthusiast, will share fun and deep connections between faith and food (waste). You will leave motivated and equipped with all the resources you need to walk the food recovery and regenerative walk.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-waste-faith-regenerative-solutions-for-your-congregation-tickets-50426959393

— Wednesday, October 17th — 

Food Preservation Recipes with Food Recovery Network
Location: Kenilworth Recreation Center, 4321 Ord Street NE, Washington, DC 20019
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Join Regina Northouse, the Executive Director of Food Recovery Network, to learn the how-to’s of homemade preserves – from canning to pickling. You’re bound to find at least one new and favorite method of food preservation after leaving this lecture-based workshop!

Register at https://web1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/dcwashingtonwt.wsc/search.html?module=AR&fmid=9788528

— Thursday, October 18th — 

Film Screening: Trash Empire
Location:  Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008,
Time: 7:00 -8:00 pm

Over the past two years, William Reid has only spent $5.50 on food. He survived off of food from the dumpster. Now he’s on a mission to better understand what is going on. Throughout the film, he leverages the absurdity of his diet to gain access to key people in government and industry while he explores the underbelly of American agriculture. The central question that Trash Empire seeks to answer is ‘How can we provide more nutritious food to people in need while creating less waste?’ This 35-minute documentary will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker William Reid.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-screening-trash-empire-tickets-50427020576

— Friday, October 19th — 

DC Food Recovery Week RescueDish Happy Hour
Location: ANXO Cidery and Pintxos Bar, 300 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Casual gathering for anyone with an interest in fighting food waste and hunger. Make sure to order S.O.A. (Save Our Apples!) a special cider that ANXO is creating in honor of Food Recovery Week! Additionally, anyone who signs up as a NEW food runner will receive a pour of ANXO’s flagship Cidre Blanc on the house.

Check out ANXO’s description of their new cider:
S.O.A | Save Our Apples! – 6.9%
Made from Dolgo apples rescued from the backyard of one of our Shaw neighbors and blended with juice leftover from an extra full tanker of locally grown Rhode Island Greening, this cider needs you to save it! Come by on October 19th and help these apples fulfill their destiny as the creators of a fine Mid-Atlantic beverage. In honor of RescueDish, we’re putting this cider on 50% off Happy Hour 5-6:30pm!

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-food-recovery-week-happy-hour-tickets-50807781442 

— Saturday, October 20th — 

Reduce Your Food Waste at Home: tips, tricks and more!
Location: Mt Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Time: 1:00- 2:00 pm

Learn tips, tricks, recipes, and more to help you reduce your food waste at home. Even if you think you’re already a food waste warrior, you’d be surprised at how much closer you can get to zero waste with some of these techniques! Dana Gunders’ Waste Free Kitchen Handbook will be given to the first 8 attendees to arrive. You will leave armed with all the info you need to stop wasting food and money!

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reduce-your-food-waste-at-home-tips-tricks-and-more-tickets-50427414755

RescueDish Restaurant Walking Tour
Location: Dupont Circle, Connecticut Avenue
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm 

Check out the waste-reducing magic that goes on in some of the most innovative kitchens between Dupont Circle and Farragut. On this insider’s walking tour we’ll stop at restaurants including Teaism, Firefly and Equinox, for bites and sips that they’ve made from ingredients you just might be throwing away at home. Broccoli stems? Lemon peels? The “spent grain” leftover from brewing beer? It all has amazingly delicious potential.

Get tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rescuedish-restaurant-walking-tour-tickets-50022988104

We look forward to seeing you at our events this year!

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