Big things are happening in the nation’s capital. We recently celebrated the grand opening of our second DC location in Dupont Circle, our fearless founder, Nicole Marquis, spoke on a panel at the Google DC headquarters, and to top it all off, we’ve decided to partner with local nonprofit, Common Good City Farm. With so many amazing milestones, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the past few weeks.
Now Open in Dupont Circle
The Dupont Circle grand opening celebration was one for the books—complete with sweet potato fries, banana whips, giveaways, and pedicabs. Take a look at the beautiful new space, designed by Groundswell. Equal parts vintage and modern, it’s the ideal atmosphere for a quick weekend lunch.
Thanks to everyone who came out! If you couldn’t make the event, stop in soon to see the space, grab a Smokehouse Burger and peruse our new and improved merch wall.
Marquis & Co. Heads to Google
Sixty attendees, including prominent national and local journalists, and many important advocates and influencers from the environmental and plant-based movement gathered at the Google DC headquarters for a discussion on the plant-based movement and industry.
Panel speakers included our very own Nicole Marquis, Seth Goldman. Executive Chair of Beyond Meat, and Bruce Friedrich, Executive Director of the Good Food Institute. They discussed what upcoming trends and plant-based products we can look forward to, and delved into the significant effect that plant-based foods and brands like HipCityVeg are having on the nation’s economy and environment, including the fact that most meats will likely be derived from plants in the next 20 years.
Catch the full panel here
During the panel, Nicole announced our commitment to raise and donate at least $10,000 to Common Good City Farm by the end of 2020! As one of DC’s most impactful plant-based food-focused non-profits, selecting them as our new partner was a no-brainer. Their mission to create a vibrant, informed, and well-nourished community through urban farming perfectly aligns with ours. The non-profit also focuses on serving a multi-cultural, multi-racial, and multi-generational community and its diverse programs create an opportunity for people from all walks of life to spend time learning about healthy food and participating in the growing process.
Since opening the very first HipCityVeg in Philadelphia in 2012, we’ve been personally and professionally invested in local, sustainable food initiatives and supporting underserved communities in Philadelphia.
Now, with two locations in DC and a third on the way in 2020, we’re investing in and connecting more deeply with the city, making a long-term investment in its environment, economy, & community.