Shaina: Not to be “too DC,” but what do you do?
Hilary: I currently the Head of Development for Plum Relish; we are a women-owned and managed “corporate catering” concept currently in the DC area. Our concept is geared to make the catering process super seamless, knowing the orderer is dealing with a handful of other tasks.
Shaina: What’s your favorite place to eat in DC?
Hilary: The hardest question! My answer will probably change depending on the day or neighborhood I am in, however one of my every day “go-tos” is Glen’s Garden Market. It’s a block from my house, they already have great prepared food at a decent price. and I am way comfortable drinking a beer there alone.
Shaina: What do you see as the intersection between Judaism and food?
Hilary: For me, food is Judaism. All of my favorite memories surrounding my culture are all food related, eating hamantaschen at the Purim Carnival as a kid, trying chopped liver at the Passover Seder at my Grandma’s house– or more recently throwing my first break-fast and scouring DC for good bagels (for those who are reading this Heckman’s in Bethesda sells an awesome product). I love that every celebration involves gathering friends and family to eat foods that our people have eaten for centuries.
Shaina: What’s your favorite Jewish food?
Hilary: An over-sized everything bagel with way too much schmear and a mountain of lox.
Shaina: Explain your ideal Sunday in DC.
Hilary: Sleeping in (that’s until about 8:00 am for me) heading to the gym then coming back home to lounge for the day, finally ending the weekend with a dinner with friends.
Shaina: Complete the sentence: When the Jews of DC Gather…
Hilary: multiple days worth of calories will be consumed…at least that my DC Jewish friends.