The small scale local market is making a comeback. Dupont Circle residents stock up on local vegetables at Glen’s Garden Market; Pleasant Pops in Adams Morgan has milk and cheese from nearby cows; Mount Pleasant has Each Peach; and the Portland-inspired Little Red Fox will soon be a reality on Connecticut Avenue near Chevy Chase.
Before those came Seasonal Pantry. Since 2011, the rustic space has been an excellent spot to buy jams, olive oil and pickles, as well as prepared foods ranging from melt-in-your-mouth croissants to salads, soups and macaroni and cheese. In other words, owners Ali Bagheri and Daniel O’Brien have created a specialty store that feels extra special. (The market is open Thursday-Saturday from noon to 7 p.m.)
Seasonal Pantry stands out in another way: O’Brien hosts a supper club Wednesday through Saturday, inviting 12 diners to gather at a long wooden table to enjoy his hand-crafted menu, which he (along with a couple of other chefs) executes at a small workstation. The constantly changing multi-course meal ranges from $90 to $135, including wine, tax and tip.
– Stephanie Merry