A look at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washingtonâs collection of community cookbooks reveals the importance of Sukkot to Washingtonâs foodies and some of the elaborate menus they planned to celebrate the harvest.
Do you hunker down with a few cookbooks to plan your holiday menus? JHSGW has a collection of community cookbooks from the 1950s to 1990s that give us a taste of what earlier Washingtonians have made.
It may have sleek, shiny counters, specialty shops and fancy food festivals now, but a whole generation of Washingtonians once depended on Union Terminal Market for most of the food that they consumed.
Simon Shermanâs first taste of business and entrepreneurship came in the form of Williams Frozen Custard. From there he expanded out to the suburbs, opening the areaâs first shopping mall, Wheaton Plaza.
Can you imagine summer in DC without outdoor restaurant seating? Prior to 1961, DC regulations didnât allow it. Bassinâs owner Henry Zitelman battled city officials to allow him to be the sidewalk-cafĂ© pioneer.
For 80 years, one establishment was responsible for catering most of DCâs synagogue events, bar and bat mitzvahs and shivas, serving up bagel platters as well as integration in a mostly-segregated city.
âWhere are you celebrating Passover?â is a common question, especially when youâre traveling or new to a city. In the early 1900s, DC organizations hosted many Seders for visitors and temporary residents.
When John Sauer started selling groceries in 1919 from his simple frame house in DC, he could not imagine that decades later it would still be a center for the community.
When Oscar Gildenhorn opened his business in 1940, the neighborhood wasnât called Adams Morgan. But as the area grew, so did Comet Liquors.
Harry Slavitt was an unabashed admirer of the military. When he opened a liquor store in1932 at 509 Seventh Street SW, the Army War College (at the Washington Barracks) and Army Industrial College (where Fort McNair now stands) were within walking distance. Fort Myer was just across the Potomac River. In 1943, he left the…