713 Kennedy Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Cheesemonster studio formally announced today that they will be permanently closing their doors due to an untenable safety situation at their studio on Kennedy Street. As detailed by their public instagram post here.

One of their founders was sexually assaulted in broad daylight while attempting to do her job. Cheesemonster studio is owned by two women and is a true small business. It’s just the two of them. Read More

713 Kennedy Street, NW courtesy Cheesemonster

From Cheesemonster Studio:

Cheesemonster Studio is thrilled to announce its grand opening on Thursday, April 11, at 713 Kennedy St. NW. Cheesemonster was established two years ago as a mobile catering company by cheesemonger Alice Bergen Phillips. The brick and mortar location is a partnership between Bergen Phillips and beverage veterans Hilarey and Brian Leonard of Lost & Found and Free State bars.

The cozy space includes a full service catering prep kitchen for its signature artisan cheeseboards, cafe seating for 20 for cheese and charcuterie boards as well as wine and beer service Thursday-Saturday evenings 4-10pm, and space for private events and classes. Read More


713 Kennedy Street, NW

Thanks to Eric and Jeff for sending. The liquor license placard for Cheesemonster Studio says:

“New Restaurant specializing in creative cheeseboards with accompaniments such as cured meats, nuts, pickled vegetables and sweets. Will also have an array of light fare appetizers available. Cheese classes and wine tastings will be held. Sidewalk Café with 10 seats. Total Occupancy Load is 15 with seating for 14. Requesting an Entertainment Endorsement to provide live entertainment inside the premises only.”

Right next door to ANXO: Read More


Get ready for Uptown Main Street’s first walking food tour, featuring more than a dozen restaurants from Upper 14th Street and Kennedy Street NW.

This event is in a unique neighborhood that boasts independent businesses with authentic cuisines from around the world — perfect for food lovers!

Taste of Uptown is taking place on September 26 from 4-10 p.m.

For only $20, participants can visit five participating restaurants for food or drink samples, while soaking up the last days of outdoor drinking, catching up with neighborhood bartenders and meeting new friends.

For the adventurous foodie you can gain an all access pass for $40 or if time is not on your side enjoy one taste for $5. While attendees are encouraged to purchase their tasting passes in advance, you can register the day of by visiting a check in station (denoted with a * below).

How This Works

Pick up your tasting pass at one of our five conveniently located check in stations, head to a participating restaurant for your taste and enjoy your food or drink before heading to the next restaurant!

Getting Around
Get around by one of four free pedicabs reserved for the event. The corridor is also well-serviced by Capital Bikeshare, has ample bike parking and numerous bus stops. Guests are also invited to work off some calories by walking the corridor!

Participating Restaurants:

  • Andrene’s Soul Food & Caribbean Café
  • ANXO Cidery & Tasting Room*
  • Cheesemonster (a new cheese studio coming to Kennedy Street)
  • Highlands Café*
  • Jackie Lee’s*
  • JJ’s Restaurant
  • Las Placitas Restaurant
  • Little Coco’s
  • Little Havana
  • Lyman’s Tavern*
  • Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana
  • Moreland’s Tavern*
  • Red Derby
  • Salt & Pepper Grill
  • Soup Up

Supports a Great Cause

All ticket sales support Uptown Main Street; a group that helps our small and local businesses community thrive. Learn more about this organization on Facebook and be sure to purchase your tasting pass on Eventbrite or at the 14th & Kennedy Street Market or Petworth Community Market this Saturday!

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Eric Spiegel


ONE NATION?: Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, will be in conversation with Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance at Sixth & I. The two will discuss political tribalism, and the identity politics with the U.S. that contribute to it. (Sixth & I, 7 – 8:30 p.m., $20)

CROCK POT SIPPIN’: Drink for a good cause at the D.C. Distillers’ Crock-Off. Local distilleries like Cotton & Reed, Jos. A Mangus, and One Eight Distilling will be create one-of-a-kind warm winter cocktails in crockpots, each vying to put together the best recipe. After, each crockpot will be donated to Food & Friends, a nonprofit in Northeast that delivers meals and groceries to folks with life-threatening illnesses. (Free State, 7 – 11 p.m., FREE)

@ SCREENWRITERS: If you have dreams of writing hits in L.A. one day, check out the Screenwriters Roundtable. It’s a safe, welcoming space for screenwriters to come share their work, hear others, and get inspiration and helpful feedback. Come ready to read the first five pages of your latest work. (Interface Media Group, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $10)

MORE: Peace Corps Week (Locations, times, prices vary), Local Author Showcase: Jean Freedman (Busboys and Poets Takoma, 6:30 – 8 p.m., FREE), Fix a Flat Class (District Hardware and Bike, 6 – 7 p.m., $35), All That Sparkles: Grower Champagne (Tabard Inn, 6 – 8 p.m., $81), Min Jin Lee in Conversation with Bethanne Patrick (Politics and Prose at the Wharf, 7 – 8 p.m., FREE), Norfolk State v. Howard (Burr Gymnasium, 5:30 p.m., $10 – $15)

Photo by Mr.TinDC


FEELIN’ CHEESY: Let’s face it: Cheese = life. Meet up for Cheesemonster’s monthly Cheese Club. For February, it’ll be diving into the creamy, salty goodness that is L’Amuse Signature Gouda. Try the cheese (aged for over two years by a cheese master) and chat, snack, sip, and mingle. (Bureau, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $40 – $50) Read More


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