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Union Kitchen Grocery

Union Kitchen Grocery has opened its doors at 538 3rd St. NE.  Nestled in Capitol Hill and just steps away from the popular H st. corridor, UK Grocery is the go-to spot for all things made in DC.  The store features products from more than 50 Union Kitchen Members and Alumni including Popcorn Queens’ Junior Bags.  You can also find everyday essentials and delicious breakfast and lunch options at the Grocery which is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

On July 21st, Popcorn Queens hosted a demo at the store.  It was an opportunity for patrons to taste a few of the flavors available for purchase.  Scroll to check out a few photos from the demo.  Also, check out the article from Heard on the Hill HERE. They give a thorough review of the sandwiches available at the store.  We hope you’ll swing by to support UKG as well as our product.  When you grab some popcorn, try the Italian Cold Cut Sandwich and thank us later. 🙂

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The Beach @ The Building Museum

Last year it was a maze this year it’s a beach.
Washington, DC’s Building Museum has pulled out all the stops for their summertime tourist attractions in the past and this year is no different. “The Beach” is a public art installation in the museum’s main floor that includes a carpeted deck and the best part: a wading pool made of 1 million clear, recyclable balls.
The idea of “swimming” in balls (a la Chuckie Cheese) may have already sold you but there’s more. Union Kitchen, our shared incubator where our popcorn is produced, was tapped to run the snack bar. So not only do you get to act like a beach goer, you get to eat like one too!  Our popcorn is one of the many local, tasty treats on the menu so when you check out this fab exhibit, we hope you’ll support us.
The pictures you see here are courtesy of Washingtonian.com and you can check out their write up on “The Beach” HERE. We’ve also copied the dates and times for the exhibit below. Enjoy!
 
The exhibit opens July 4 and runs through September 7; open 10 AM to 7 PM Monday to Saturday, and 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday. Admission $5-16.

 

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DC Ladies’ “Pupcorn Bar”

When the DC Ladies asked if we’d be willing to provide popcorn for their “PAWTY” to celebrate their latest doggie adoption, we said “Sure!” My Mom and I are big time dog lovers so we couldn’t resist their idea of a “Pupcorn Bar.” It all sounded adorable and last week, when the pictures started rolling in, we were amazed at just how adorable it all was. These ladies went above and beyond for this fantastic event!
Besides “pup corn” the Ladies created a mini (hot) dog bar and doggie (rice Krispy) treats. Then there was the decor. The colorful, tasteful touches, we are sure, were enjoyed by both doggies and ladies alike.
We invite you to get inspired by the amazing images of the event brought to us by Lissa Ryan Photography. And do venture over to the DC Ladies’ web post where you’ll find even more “pawty” pics as well as useful tips and info about pet adoption.
ALL VENDORS
Venue: The DC Ladies
Styling: Shelley of The DC Ladies
Florals: Eight Tree Street
Caterer & Signage: Heirloom Catering & Event Design
Pupcorn: The Popcorn Queens
Puppy Confections: Dogma Bakery
Hair: -StyleMeBar-
Makeup: Izzy B Makeup
Rentals: Party Plus Tents & Events
Dresses and accessories: Undeniable Boutique
Dog toys and accessories and treats: Dogma
Welcome Bag Dogma & RestoraPet
Calligraphy: Heirloom Catering & Event Design
Invite Suite & Signage: Little Bit Heart
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Edible DC Feature

Just when we thought we’d shared all of the marvelous press we’ve received so far this year, another post came our way!  EdibleDC.com, one of my favorite foodie sites, did a short piece on local food artisans within Union Kitchen and featured The Queens!  Edible DC is a quarterly magazine and website whose mission is to “nourish, support, educate and celebrate the growing local food community within and surrounding Washington, D.C,”  We are thrilled to be mentioned on this site and similar to the BISNOW piece, we were excited to learn that our story stood out among so many great stories in Union Kitchen.

And speaking of UK, their tasting was certainly a good look for us because after meeting the amazing people they invited, we seem to be poppin up all over the web!  Shoutout to the UK admin team and Edible DC writer (and fellow English teacher) Rhea Yablon Kennedy for spreading the word about our biz.

Click HERE to read the article.

 Post by April Wardlaw – CEO and Co-Founder of Popcorn Queens

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BISNOW.com Feature

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In our last post, we mentioned Union Kitchen‘s first open house and tasting of 2015.  Just to give you a little more info, UK is always reaching out to local markets, retaurants and specialty food shops, inviting them to come and taste the amazing products that come out of their kitchen.  Occasionally these businesses come in and set up private tastings however, the kitchen administrators decided that larger “tasting events” are in everyone’s best interest.  Members will set up tasting tables and Union Kitchen would bring dozens of stores and restaurants to us.

This type of tasting event was scheduled for Jan. 9th and as the date approached, UK informed the participating members that they had 100 rsvps, many from DC food businesses and many members of the press.  One of which was a writer for BisNow.com who’s name I am pretty sure is Laura.  She said she writes for many publications but it turns out that she used our photo and story for a piece about Union Kitchen.

There were so many Union Kitchen members at the tasting, and all of us have great stories.  So we were thrilled to be highlighted in this piece along with our UK friends Timber Pizza.

Check out the article HERE

 

Post by April Wardlaw – CEO and Co-Founder of Popcorn Queens

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First Feature for Popcorn Day

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During Union Kitchen’s open house and tasting this past Friday, January 9th, we had the pleasure of meeting Holley Simmons, Dining Editor for the Washington Post Express.  Last year we’d already identified Holley as “someone we need to reach out to asap” but we always made up an excuse to wait.  Let’s wait on our website, let’s wait on our packaging, better pictures etc.

Then, as fate would have it, at the UK tasting, after our website went live with new pictures, packaging and products, Holley appeared at our table ready to taste our popcorn.  As she was snacking, I mentioned that we would be interested in working with her on a piece to help spread the word about our company.  “Well I’m working on a piece now for National Popcorn Day, maybe I can squeeze you in?”  YES! I replied. SQUEEZE. US. IN.

The next thing I knew, my Mom and I received an email from Holley Wednesday evening, telling us to look out for a “small mention” in Thursday’s express.  Neither my Mom nor I commute via the metro, but the students that I teach do.  So a fun fact is that I sent a message to a student offering him extra credit for bringing me an Express.  Well he brought me 10 copies so that worked!

I can’t even express (pun intended) the feeling of opening up a publication and seeing your name.  And for me it was doubly exciting because I saw Popcorn Queens’ name and MY name.  Needless to say, 2015 is off to a great start!

Check HERE to check out Holley’s piece online.

 

Post by April Wardlaw – CEO and Co-Founder of Popcorn Queens