Union Market has a lot to celebrate this time of the year. The new building, which is packed with specialty foods and products, is expecting a full-service restaurant this spring. If you’re looking to step outside of the neighborhood for some cheer, the market is also hosting several seasonal events, including a holiday cheese class at Righteous Cheese.
Union Market’s new restaurant
Union Market is adding to its rows of pop-up stands and artisan bars. This spring, the market will welcome a full-service restaurant.
Last year’s New York Rising Star Sustainability Chef John Mooney is spearheading the new restaurant, which will have a contemporary American menu with a focus on sustainable, locally sourced foods. Most of the food items used in the menu will be sourced from Union Market vendors and a rooftop garden he plans to construct on the top of the Union Market building.
Union Market is celebrating the season this year with several events for children and adults
- Primetime Libations with the Grinch: This happy hour party will occur every Friday from December 7 through December 21, from 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm. Guests will enjoy live entertainment and holiday inspired drinks and will even be treated to an appearance by the Grinch.
- Holiday Toy Drive: On December 14, Union Market will collect toy donations for the children at My Sister’s Place.
- Gingerbread House Making: On Sunday, December 9, kids and adults are invited to attend a gingerbread making party from noon until 6 pm. The cost is $10.
- Holiday Cookie Decorating: On Sunday, December 23, Union Market will offer holiday cookie decorating and hot cocoa at noon.
Holiday cheese classes at Righteous Cheese
Whether you are hosting or just attending holiday parties this season, having a little bit of extra cheese wisdom is always a safe bet. This month, Righteous Cheese will hold two cheese classes to discover and discuss six different types of cheeses, paired with three wines. Each class is $49 and is limited to 10 participants. Tickets and more information are available online.
Union Market is located at 1309 5th Street NE.
As of this Saturday, Union Market (1309 5th Street NE) is now open five days a week. Union Market officially opened in September, but has kept limited operating hours, until now.
The indoor market, which runs along Neal Place NE between 5th and 6th Streets, plays host to 40 local vendors that offer everything from fresh vegetables to cheeses, oysters, meats, tacos and home decor.
Union Market celebrated its expanded hours with this weekend’s Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair, a special broadcast of Foodie & The Beast and specials and activities at the Market’s pop-ups.
Union Market is now open Wednesday – Friday from 11 am until 8 pm and Saturday – Sunday from 8 am until 8 pm.
Seasonal Pantry and Righteous Cheese are celebrating fall this month with classes in seasonal cider and cheese pairings. The intimate classes allow participants to delve right into the creamy world of cheese, homemade compotes and beverage pairings with fromager Carolyn Stromberg.
The cheese classes will take place on Monday, November 12th at 7 pm at Seasonal Pantry (1314 9th Street NW) and on Thursday, November 15 at 7 pm at Stromberg’s new shop in Union Market (1309 5th Street NW), Righteous Cheese. Each class is $49 and limited to 12 participants. Tickets are available online.
Stromberg will also host Righteous Cheese’s grand opening on Saturday, November 10th at Union Market. The fully-stocked cheese counter will include more than 70 hand-picked and unique cheeses. Righteous Cheese is open from 8 am until 8 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and is also open Wednesday through Friday 11 am until 8 pm.
Seasonal Pantry and Righteous Cheese are teaming up to host three cheese classes this month. The classes will focus on the food and culture of Northern Italy, especially in the regions of Veneto, Lombardy, Tuscany and Piedmont.
The small classes (limited to 12 people) are held in an intimate setting, allowing participants to fully interact and engage with course instructors and one another.
Each class will feature six cheeses and three wines, with housemade accompaniments by Seasonal Pantry’s Dan O’Brien. Fromager Carolyn Stromberg will tell the story behind each cheese, as well as give practical advice about selecting, serving, pairing and more. Each class is $49; tickets are available online.
Upcoming Dates for The Cheese Course
- Monday, September 17, 7 pm at Seasonal Pantry
- Monday, September 24, 7 pm at Seasonal Pantry
- Saturday, September 22, 3 pm at Righteous Cheese (at Union Market)
See more photos from Sunday’s celebration at Union Market. Photos by Luis Gomez Photos.
The buzz around Union Market has been building for a while, and finally, DC’s new hub for culinary artisans is open. True, it’s a few miles beyond Borderstan, but I have a feeling the market will rapidly become a regular go-to-spot for a lot of people in the neighborhood.
The year-round, indoor market (which is beautiful, by the way!) runs along Neal Place NE between 5th and 6th Streets and plays host to 40 local vendors that offer everything from fresh vegetables to cheeses, oysters, meats, tacos and home decor. Some of Union Market’s vendors include Rappahannock Oysters Co., Buffalo & Bergen, Amanda McClements’ lifestyle boutique, Righteous Cheese, Peregrine Espresso, Lyon Bakery, Trickling Springs Creamery, Harvey’s Market, Oh! Pickles, Almaala Farms, DC Empanadas and TaKorean.
The official opening of Union Market took place on Saturday, September 8 and, in celebration of the opening, Union Market hosted the Second Annual DC Scoops (an annual artisan ice cream tasting event and competition) on Sunday, September 9.
Looking to grab something for lunch at the new food hotspot? Unfortunately, Union Market is only open Friday through Sunday for now. However, in November, the Market will expand its operating hours and open six days a week.