"We’re keeping the food scene and the District of Columbia interesting, fun, sexy and diverse. We’re creating opportunities for people who don’t necessarily have the ability to overcome the startup barrier."
Al Goldberg runs Mess Hall, a kitchen space dubbed “food incubator” in Edgewood, where hundreds of D.C. businesses have started, like Arepa Zone, Maydan, Pluma by Bluebird Bakery and LUCKY BUNS to name a few.
Read our full Q+A with Goldberg: https://districtfray.com/articles/mess-hall-al-goldberg/
This month, we’re highlighting some of the ways our city embodies hustle year-round, whether through active life, entrepreneurship, or creative pursuits.
We are taking a deep dive into the culture of all things skate in the District: roller skating, roller derby, skateboarding and more.
Cover subject Alex Appah a huge advocate for D.C.’s roller skating community, spoke with Colleen Kennedy about why skating brings her so much joy.
Abi Newhouse reached out to other skating communities, interviewing locals about how they found their respective sport, what makes it unique, and how folks can learn more and join •
Brandon Wetherbee rounded up 21 locals with innovative professional hustles, from prolific artist Holly Bass and 730DC publisher Hayden Higgins to composer Nikhil Rao of Bottled Up and Mess Hall founder Al Goldberg.
Read these pieces and so much more in our August issue: https://districtfray.com/august-september-2022/
Cover 📷 by Scott Suchman + design by Julia Goldberg.
MYC: you don’t want to miss this! ~ Spanish Diner Block Party (7/30) + Mess Hall The Office trivia night (7/27) + CHIKO family-style dim-sum brunch (7/23) + Cheesetique—Jill Erber, Cheese Lady July wine expo (7/28) + Stable DC Swiss National Day celebration ++
Mark your calendars! ~ Officina cooking class & dinner experience (5/26) + Drink Eat Relax Events DC Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (6/4) + NRG Provisions menu (pick up 5/29) + Mess Hall whole Tuna cutting demonstration (5/9) ++
Mark your calendar! ~ Cheesetique—Jill Erber, Cheese Lady Dutch Gouda cheese online class (1/27) + Mess Hall whole Maguro Tuna cutting demonstration (1/27 & 1/28) + Wine Scholar Guild Science of Wine Tasting series (2/14) ++
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year! What’s your drink of choice tonight? 🥂
Featured| Bella Gold Glassware • Copper Moscow Mule Mug • Irish Coffee Mug
1st & 3rd Photos: Creative Team| Planning & Design: Simply Breathe Events // Photography: Anaisabel Báez Photography
// Catering: Eleven Courses // Florals: Love Blooms DC // Paper Goods: // Venue: Mess Hall // Rentals:
2nd Photo: Creative Team| Planning, Design & Catering: RSVP Catering// Photography: Deb Lindsey Photography// Rentals:
Thanks to DCist for listing our Procrastinator's Holiday Market Pop-Up with metrobar DC on their list of things to do this week! We will be there with 5 vendors to offer you a little mini market on Thursday December 9th from 5-8p, before we head to the main Procrastinator's Market on Saturday. Come join us!
Mayapple Soaps - handmade small batch soaps and scrubs, all made in Brookland
Art Enables - ornaments, art prints, and more, all supporting their mission of working with adult artists with disabilities
Nicole's Kitchen - delicious baked goods prepared out of Mess Hall
Drip Drop Art - acrylic pours on wood and handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry including rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings and cuff links
and B.Birdwatcher Spiritual Stones - handmade bracelets and other jewelry
Launching a foodservice brand can be incredibly difficult. First, you need the capital to rent a space, and then you need to figure out how to market your new concept to the masses. Mess Hall made it easier for new companies to achieve success by providing all of the things they needed in one place: https://camb.ro/3Fp0o39
Today we celebrate entrepreneurs! In honor of , we wanted to share a bit about our founder, Sahar Roques! Sahar grew up passionate about Persian culture and food and helping her mom make the spice mixture and prepare the vegetables, she learned from the best. Dissatisfied with the lack of healthy, fresh options in the stores and lack of cultural cuisine diversity, Sahar started her entrepreneurial journey by making her own home cooked meals to share with friends and family.
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We are excited to announce our September Dinner & a Movie: She's The Man event on September 18.
Tickets will go on sale THIS Tuesday at NOON. Last month, we sold out in 48 hours, so don't wait!
Dinner will be by Farm to Feast Catering operating out of the Mess Hall and our friends from the Folger Shakespeare Library will be on hand to talk about our movie, She's The Man
Check out our event page for details OR follow this link for tickets:
Is Available At Mess Hall