Talk about the power of social media- it was a tweet about chocolate bread pudding by @FrenchiesDC that finally had me walking through the quaint little entrance to the Seasonal Pantry.
Located across from the BP gas station near 9th and N Street NW ( northwest corner of the Convention Center), the shop is easy to spot from the street: a welcoming warm glow emanates from the bay window where a red bike is parked, a perfect expression of the ‘hipster’ vibe the store exudes, without alianating the preppy and the ‘dc chic’.
The store is cute, quaint and different. A large whiteboard displays the menus for upcoming in-store dinners, apparently very popular since you need to book your place around the table weeks in advance. View the upcoming Supper Club menus and dates here. Large shelves on the left display various food items including the Beluga Lentils which I just had to have – now I can finally recreate a fun dish I had at Citronelle ( Beluga Lentil’s served in a tin can as ‘caviar’ in black squid ink)!
One of the owners, Daniel O’Brien, manned the store that night. As we chatted, he told me about the Supper Club, how the store was a vision which was realized only after the ice cream making business succeeded and how his mac-n-cheese has somewhat of a cult following among regular customers. More on their history here.
In addition to the Beluga Lentils, I bought the the chocolate bread pudding which I originally came for, along with a Manchego cheese for le boyfriend and two chocolate chip cookies ( why? because they looked good). None of the items have disappointed so far, and I look forward to keeping this store at the top of my list for future food purchases, be it for Citronelle-like creations or late night cravings.