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olistic market concepts are hardly new on the scene (Mario Batali has several Eatalys and José Andrés just opened Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards in Manhattan), but few high-profile projects have gone beyond already well-represented European cultures in the U.S. mainstream. As Jodie McLean, CEO of national real estate developer EDENS, points out Latin Americans are the fastest growing population in our country, so why not highlight their rich and vibrant cultures? Her words hold special weight considering the current political climate surrounding immigration.

CHRISTIAN IRABIEN AMPARO FONDITA The Mexican-born chef is bringing his family’s traditions from Chihuahua, Veracruz and Guerrero to the modern restaurant named after his mother and grandmother. “It serves as the perfect platform for me to not only present, and share the food I crave with my guests,” Irabien says, “but also as a hub for Mexican culture and identity. We look to create a welcoming table for all.” 34

DANIELLA SENIOR SERENATA + ZUMO Colada Shop founder Senior will serve juice and toast by day (Zumo) and dynamic cocktails by night (Serenata) as a way to show off what Latin America does best, she says. ALL ABOUT THE RUM: “We have such incredible rums in the Dominican Republic ... I can’t wait to showcase them in a way that highlights their beautiful and unique qualities.”

IRIS VERONICA JIMENEZ LA CASITA The traditional pupuseria will be a reflection of Jimenez’s family’s roots in the local food scene. The fast casual haunt will pay homage to Salvadoran street food using traditional ingredients. Additionally, diners can expect a cultural nod to Salvadoran hospitality, which includes an “inviting atmosphere, good food and personalized customer service to ensure that our space always feels like home,” Jimenez says. W A S H I N G T O N L I F E | A P R I L     | washingtonlife.com

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Washington Life Magazine - Summer 2019  

RED, WHITE & GROOVE - From Jazzfest to Funk Parade to a loaded lineup of summer shows, Washington's music scene erupts with talent.

Washington Life Magazine - Summer 2019  

RED, WHITE & GROOVE - From Jazzfest to Funk Parade to a loaded lineup of summer shows, Washington's music scene erupts with talent.