Sunday Supper Jubilee at Union Market Kicks Off Summer on June 5th


WASHINGTON, May 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — DC’s acclaimed Union Market welcomes the 5th Annual Sunday Supper. On June 5th, Washington’s culinary stars and special guests will be taking it to the streets for an exceptional evening of food and music to benefit the James Beard Foundation and the Executive Education Program for Women in Culinary Leadership.

Beginning at 4:30pm, guests gather outside Dock 5 for a reception of savory bites from Women Chefs & Restaurateurs’ members and renowned chefs, Mikala Brennan of Hula Girl, Ruth Gresser of Pizzeria Paradiso and Veloce, Jamie Leeds of Hanks Oyster Bar, Janis McLean of Seasons Culinary Services, Christianne Ricchi of i Ricchi, and Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern of Chaia.

Cocktails are followed by a sit-down family-style meal crafted by a lineup of stellar chefs, featuring Karen Akunowicz of Myers & Chang in Boston and a 2016 nominee for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Amy Brandwein of Centrolina, Jennifer Carroll of Requin, New York City-based chef and author Elizabeth Falkner, Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Ripple, Roofers Union and the upcoming Smoked & Stacked, and Nick Stefanelli of Masseria.

James Beard Foundation Board Chair, Award-winning pastry chef and Sunday Supper Chef Chair Emily Luchetti of Big Night Restaurant Group in San Francisco leads the dessert showcase along with DC rising stars Camila Arango and Tom Wellings of Bluebird Bakery, Christina Marie Chambers of Black Pearl Tarts and Union Market’s own Violeta Edelman and Robb Duncan of Dolcezza.

Throughout the evening guests will be able to sip on a selection of cocktails, wines and beers, including Tears of Llorona and t1 tequilas from master distiller Germán González with a cocktail crafted by Gina Chersevani of Buffalo & Bergen.  The best drinks from the region will be on offer from Caboose Brewing Company, Cotton & Reed, Early Mountain Vineyards and select Virginia Wines. This year’s Supper is made extra special through the support of culinary artisans such as ‘Chups, Gordy’s Pickles, Hot Bread Kitchen, Joyce Farms, Manchester Farms, and Videri Chocolates.

This year’s Supper Jubilee will feature an amazing lineup of live music from Marc Silver & The Stone Throwers, Cottonwood Line & Marc Anderson and Virginia’s own bluegrass sensation Jackass Flats.

Sunday Supper at Union Market is a major fundraising effort for the Executive Education Program for Women in the Culinary Industry, a collaboration of the James Beard Foundation and EDENS—the developer of Union Market and one of the nation’s premier retail real estate companies—to provide important scholarships to identify, cultivate and advance the next generation of business leaders. “Having women in executive leadership roles and women in equity positions, is not just a social good, it’s good for business,” explains Jodie W. McLean, CEO of EDENS and member of the James Beard Foundation’s National Advisory Board. This intensive leadership course will provide the tools, techniques and financial training to support women entrepreneurs in food and beverage. With a strikingly small percentage of culinary leadership positions in America held by women, the Executive Education Program is aimed at experienced female chefs and craftspeople that aspire to top jobs and ownership of restaurants or culinary business. Joining McLean at Sunday Supper will be James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro and Executive Vice President Mitchell Davis along with a host committee of culinary greats and avid supporters of women in the culinary industry, including chef Ris Lacoste and author Joan Nathan. “Three years ago we launched our JBF Women In Culinary Leadership mentoring program for junior chefs. Thanks to Jodie McLean’s leadership, and WICL’s success, we are delighted to take this important initiative to the executive chef level,” says Ungaro. 

TICKETS FOR SUNDAY SUPPER are $250 per person ($200 for James Beard Foundation members). Proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation and the Executive Education Program: $150 of the ticket price is tax deductible, $125 is tax deductible for the Member ticket.

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Sunday Supper is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors, including Whole Foods, CBRE, Securitas, Bohler, rand* construction, MV+A Architects, and TEEL Construction.

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit

Union Market, located a short walk from the NoMa/Gallaudet metro, is a 45-acre district that is planned for over 8 MSF of development. EDENS has a clear vision to redevelop the district into one of DC’s most vibrant, diverse and thriving neighborhoods—a living laboratory for a sustainable urban community. Since opening in September 2012, The Market at Union Market, the acclaimed food market with over 40 local artisans, now averages 15,000 visitors per weekend and has hosted over 400 events. Union Market is a place where businesses scale and grow – where neighbors, students, DC transplants, artists and tourists come to find a community they can shape and call their own. For more information about Union Market, please visit

EDENS develops, owns and operates community shopping centers in primary markets across the country. Focusing on innovative development and redevelopment together with key acquisitions in urban areas, the company has built an institutional-quality portfolio of 136 retail centers. EDENS has regional headquarters in Boston, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Miami, Houston and Columbia, SC. For additional information about the company and its retail real estate portfolio, please visit