Singing (and Eating) the Praises of Union Market’s Gospel Brunch

by May 31, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]

"Union Market"

Union Market. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Depending on where you come from, weekend mornings are often all about going to brunch or going to church. Whether it’s locational or cultural, we each have our particular and fond memories of how those mornings played out.

Well now, one of our newest favorite institutions here in DC, Union Market, has found a way to blend the two (sort of). Starting this Saturday, Union Market will begin hosting a Gospel Brunch on the first Saturday of every month at 12:30 pm.

Some of the vendors that will be offering brunch include Buffalo & Bergen, Peregrine Espresso, Neopol’s Smokery and Border Springs Farm. The gospel choir comes from the Israel Baptist Church, an even older institution that has been a part of the community for over 20 years. This Saturday, June 1, the Youth Choir from the church will be putting on a performance for those in attendance.

A Refresher on Union Market

Union Market first opened back in September 2012 and is located in northeast DC, on Neal Place NE between 5th and 6th Street. It is in operation five days a week (Wednesday through Sunday) and is home to artisans and vendors selling things from espresso and soup to oysters, cheese, spices and much more. Union Market is even one of the main reasons that DC was listed by the New York Times as one of the 46 places around the world that are worth visiting in 2013.

The addition of the Gospel Brunch is just one more reason that Union Market, and DC as a whole, has become a more exciting place to be. So come this weekend, you’ll no longer need to feel torn between whether you should go for that great brunch or head to church to hear the choir — it’s now all been put together for you.

If you want to learn more about either of these two locations, head over to Union Market’s website or the Israel Baptist Church’s website.

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