Photos from the Barracks Row's Culinary Education Crawl

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Last Sunday Barracks Row chefs taught courses from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to students eager to learn their secrets. Take a look at the photos from the classes: from Oyster Shucking at Senart's to Cupcake Baking at Hello Cupcake to Pizza 101 at Matchbox - a total of 9 different classes were held, some multiple times. Click here for photos. Special thanks to Penny Karas, owner of Hello Cupcake, who came up with this great idea!

Because of your enthusiastic feedback we will definitely organize another Culinary Education Crawl in the months ahead!

Hello Cupcake Chef introduces class to freshly baked Cupcakes

Matchbox Chef prepares class to begin creating pizzas

Countdown: Barracks Row's Culinary Education Crawl - ALMOST SOLD OUT!!

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Learn to Prepare Your Valentine's Favorite Barracks Row Recipes
We are in the final countdown to register for the first ever Barracks Row Culinary Education Crawl, Sunday, January 29, 2012.  Hosted by Barracks Row Main Street, this is the moment you have been waiting for: learn from Barracks Row's chefs how they prepare their specialties. Prices for 50-60 minute cooking lessons are all under $20.00 and often proceeds are being dedicated to a good cause: The Oyster Recovery Program, The Capitol Hill Village, Barracks Row Main Street. Sign up and surprise your Valentine! To get details and buy tickets click here.

Here is the class schedule. Classes run all day 1-29-2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SOLD OUT 9:30 AM -  Matchbox: The Art of Pizza: Follow along with the chef then eat your creation
SOLD OUT 10:30 AM - Senart's Oyster and Chop House: Oyster Shucking - Beer provided during class
SOLD OUT 11:00 AM - Hello Cupcake: Create a Valentine's Cup Cake Masterpiece
SOLD OUT 11:30 AM - Senart's Oyster and Chop House: Oyster Shucking - Beer provided during class
SOLD OUT 12:30 PM - Senart's Oyser and Chop House: Oyster Shucking - Beer provided during class
SOLD OUT 1:00 PM - Hello Cupcake: Creating Cupcakes for Football Season
SOLD OUT 1:30 PM - Senart's Oyser and Chop House: Oyster Shucking - Beer provided during class
SOLD OUT 2:00 PM - Spring Mill Bakery (class held at the Fridge) Secrets of Almond & Walnut Tarts
2:00 PM - Chat's Liquors (class held at 731 8th Street, SE #101) Champagne Comparison (STILL AVAILABLE!)
SOLD OUT 2:30 PM - Senart's Oyster and Chop House: Oyster Shucking - Beer provided during class
SOLD OUT 3:00 PM - Lavagna Ristorante Italiano: Home Made Pasta - Pasta and fillings; sample sauces
SOLD OUT 3:00 PM - Zest Bistro - Mixology: Learn to Make Bounceberry Sangria and Zest's Paloma
SOLD OUT 3:00 PM - Hello Cupcake - Secrets of Baking Perfect Cupcakes
SOLD OUT 3:30 PM - Senart's Oyster and Chop House: Oyster Shucking - Beer provided during class
SOLD OUT 4:00 PM - Capitol Hill Tandoor: Mulligatwany Soup, Magic Marinade Chicken Curry
SOLD OUT 4:30 PM - Senart's Oyster and Chop House: Oyster Shucking - Beer Provided during class
SOLD OUT 5:00 PM - Belga Cafe: Cooking and Drinking With Chef Bart: Beef Short Ribs; Salade
Roulde; Chocolate Surprise; Beers: Stella, Leffe, Hoegaarden

Photos from last week's Santa event now available!

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Photos from the Santa Arrives on 8th Street event from last Saturday are now online! Download them from either of these links:

Or go to this site to order prints directly:

Thanks to everyone who came out and made the event such a success!

Metro Mutts Announces Expansion onto Barracks Row!

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Award-winning pet store opens outpost in Southeast

AUGUST 29, 2011, WASHINGTON, DC - Metro Mutts announced it is opening a new location at 407 8th Street, SE.  The store will open the weekend of October 1st, and will be the company’s second location, after its flagship store at 508 H Street, NE.

The new location adds 1,000 sq. ft. of retail space for Metro Mutts, where the company will continue to carry only the highest quality pet supplies.  They will use the same meticulous approach to stocking foods they have become known for; foods pet owners can feel confident are safe and nutritious.  Dog walking and pet sitting services will also be offered at the new location.

Metro Mutts will be moving into the space of an existing pet store, Pawticulars.  “When we were first approached by Pawticulars about moving into their space, we saw it as a great opportunity to grow our business and take advantage of the commercial activity on Barracks Row,” said co-owner Lee Hartshorn.   He continued, “Our two stores have had a very cooperative relationship since Metro Mutts first opened in 2009, so this seemed like a very natural progression for us both.”  Pawticulars owner Jennifer Zatkowski echoed Hartshorn’s sentiments:  “After opening the store eight years ago, I found it difficult to devote my time to both the store and my family.  I am pleased and excited that Metro Mutts is moving into the space and am confident they will provide local customers the same attention and care they’ve come to expect.”

Between its three owners, husband and wife team Lee and Kelly Hartshorn and long-time friend Anna Lappas-Collins, the Metro Mutts team will be able to offer the same personalized, quality service at both locations that has earned the company’s products and services top marks on consumer ratings sites like Yelp!.  Metro Mutts also received recognition as the CHAMPS - Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Retailer of the Year, an award voted on by members of the Capitol Hill community.

“We are glad to see a dynamic company like Metro Mutts expand their presence on the Hill,” said Julia Christian, Executive Director of CHAMPS – Capitol Hill ‘s Chamber of Commerce.  Martin Smith, Executive Director of Barracks Row Main Street, also welcomed Metro Mutts to the corridor: “There’s a great deal of momentum for retail right now on Barracks Row and we’re pleased to continue to make the street a destination for pet owners.”

508 H Street, NE
Washington, DC  20002
(Transit: Union Station Metro)

407 8th Street, SE
Washington, DC  20003
(Opening October 1, 2011)
(Transit:  Eastern Market Metro)

10 am – 8 pm
9 am – 6 pm
10 am – 5 pm
Closed Mondays


Metro Mutts specializes in top-quality pet supplies and services for passionate pet owners and their dogs, cats and small animals.  Serving Capitol Hill and the DC Metro area, Metro Mutts opened its flagship store on H Street, NE in 2009.  Metro Mutts has been featured in Washingtonian, City’s Best, Best of Yelp! and was voted by the community as the Capitol Hill Chamber’s 2010 Retailer of the Year.  For more information, visit



President Obama visits Barracks Row!

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President Obama himself came to enjoy lunch at Barracks Row's Ted's Bulletin on Wednesday. Thanks to Perry Smith with the Matchbox Food Group for the photos!

Here's a link to some more great photos from NBC Washington's coverage of the President's visit.

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