Friday, September 20, 2013

Restaurants in DC (DC history XIII)

This concludes my run on sharing bits of DC history.   The final history lesson comes from Streets of Washington's post Just published: Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats.   Since I like to cook and bake, this piece on John DeFerrari's latest book is a fitting last post about DC history.
The restaurant story is a fascinating one, offering a unique window into the city's soul. Washington's first true restaurants—places where you could choose when to eat, select items from a menu, and be served at a private table—appeared here by the 1830s, not long after they got started in New York. From these early beginnings through the flowering of ethnic restaurants in the late 20th century, Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats presents the sweeping evolution of the city's eateries, from exclusive bastions of haute cuisine like the Rive Gauche and Sans Souci to beloved diners like Hot Shoppes and Little Taverns.


I will be speaking about the book and signing copies on Tuesday, September 24, at 7pm at the Washingtoniana Division of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. I will also be at the 40th Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies at the Historical Society of Washington, DC on November 16, at Dumbarton House in Georgetown on December 4, and at other venues (details to be announced).

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