Poste Courtyard Reopens Thursday for Earth Day, Will Roast a 400 pound pig

Sometimes I have to read emails a few times. But it’s true, in celebration of Earth Day Poste will roast a 400 pound pig. Am I the only one who finds that a bit odd? For the record, I think it will probably be delicious. But for Earth Day…

Poste is located at 555 8th Street, NW.

From an email:

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Poste officially re-opens its courtyard with a backyard bash. Bev Eggleston of Eco Friendly Foods will provide a 400 pound pig, which Chef Robert Weland and his team will smoke and roast for the celebration. From 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., a $15 entry free (cash only) will score a taste of the roasted pig from Eco Friendly Foods and one of mixologist Rico Wisner’s popular garden punches, which are back for the season by popular demand. At the event, all “Garden Menu” food and select drink items will be available for $4 each. Highlights of what will be available after the jump

· Garden Punches:
o Lucy in the Skyy with Drambuie: Skyy Infusions Ginger Vodka, Drambuie, lime juice, mango nectar
o TreePunch Cooler: VeeV Acai Spirit, Bluecoat Organic Gin, lemon juice, Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur.
· Selection of beer and red and white wine
· Items from Chef Robert Weland’s new “Garden Menu” (only available in the courtyard)**regular pricing ranges from $7-$18:

o Crispy Little Fish: lemon, parsley, aioli
o Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms: garden arugula pesto
o Selection of Farmstead Cheeses
o Crispy Pig’s Tail: deviled quail egg, mustard sauce
o Garden Crudité: green goddess dip
o Wood Grilled Fresh Sardines: garden lettuce hearts, grilled cheese
o Crispy Ipswich Clams with tartar sauce
o House-Made Charcuterie Board
o Pretzels: sea salt, mustard
o Pommes Frites
o Truffle Frites

**A percentage of the entrance fee and food and beverage sales will benefit both the Washington Youth Garden and Beet Street Gardens, a community garden project founded by Katie Aldworth, resident server at Poste. For more information on the Washington Youth Garden, visit and for more info on Beet Street Gardens, visit

17 Comment

  • Whenever I see the words “cash only” I think “tax evasion”.

  • Oh god – between the poop bag instructions, a 400 pound earth day pig, crispy little fish and organic gin (which is in itself all possible wrong in the world!) I am so not going to sleep tonight.

    But my captcha is “prozac lines” !!!!”

  • Pet peeve: calling bartenders “mixologists”

  • The Earth Day link is Bev Eggleston and Eco Friendly farms. If you haven’t read The Omnivore’s Dilemma it’s worth it just for a description of that operation.

  • Pig is a renewable resource. I fully support its use on Earth Day.

  • I went there two weeks ago for their happy hour deals and they were dismissive. My boyfriend and I were planning to sit at the bar and eat some of their exotic munchies but the bartender was so dismissive ( prob because we were wearing jeans) that we just got one drink and left. Granted we might not have been dressed to the nines but we were there to spend money – which they did not get in the end. This experience left a bad taste in my mouth and as much as I love pig and the idea of this celebration, I will not be going.

  • I never much cared for this place. It’s far too overpriced in my opinion for what you get.

  • I hope it’s a cage free pig.

    • saf

      It’s from Eco-friendly. They are fabulous, really.

      • No, not really.

        As one of EcoFriendly Food’s farmer/suppliers, I can offer this reality check: Eggleston gets the profits and glory (from attention like this blog and many others), while us farmers who do the real work get a minimum cut only after months and months of pestering him. Many farmers I know have stopped dealing with him in disgust.

        He’s either an utterly incompetent businessman or a self-aggrandizing charlatan, I can’t decide which. Please don’t think of Eggleston as a leader of the local/grass-fed livestock movement — the movement deserves better. There are plenty of other farms in the DC area that sell quality local meats: just check out or similar sites.

  • I always want Poste to be better than it is. I’ve always had awful service when there for drinks. I may try sitting in the dining room for a meal at some point but the service there is insulting.

  • Wow – it’s been years since we’ve been to Poste, but with that headline, no more for me, thanks.
    We’re supporting the places going all vegan that day (such as Bread and Brew).

  • I hate that place, but I may go just for the pig.

  • Hi Folks,

    I work with Eco-Friendly Foods to promote their products. We are a very transparent organization, and I think celebrating an event like Earth Day, with a sustainable and humanely-raised meal, is something we are exceedingly proud of.

    Our friends at Poste have been pushing the restaurant industry in a positive direction by some of the following specific actions:

    1) supporting whole animal utilization — when one restaurant buys a whole animal at one time, less fuel is used in transportation and less food waste is created

    2) supporting sustainable livestock — each time someone purchases from a small and responsible farmer or producer, more money goes directly individuals who are good stewards of natural resources, and away from industrial systems where people, animals and land is treated as a means to money only, and not as a holistic system for which we are all responsible and accountable.

    3) on-site garden program — by growing some of their own herbs and vegetables on the restaurant property, Poste has reduced their dependence on products that need to be transported long distances.

    So a big thanks to Poste for hosting this event. I hope to see many eco-conscious consumers turn out and I look forward to meeting some of you in the future.

    Happy Eating,


    • Readers: note how he left off “ethical business practices” from the list. A humane and environmentally sound alternative food system will not last unless it is also an economically sustainable food system. EcoFriendly utterly fails to provide that to its farmers/suppliers. It is VERY good, however, at taking the credit for others’ hard work.

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