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Washington, D.C.’s First Latin Market Opens Fall 2019

by Brandon Schultz

Aug 1, 2019

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Opening this fall, La Cosecha will be Washington, D.C.’s first Latin market, boasting 20,000 square feet of culinary and retail vendors, art and culture just two miles from the White House at 1270 4th St. NE. Latin-owned businesses account for $700 billion of the United States economy, and La Cosecha is attracting the attention of some major players within the Latin culinary world.


Chef Iris Veronica Jimenez’s La Casita will offer elevated takes on the street food offerings of larger, open-air markets of El Salvador. Jimenez and her family have fed D.C. for 35 years, beginning with a market stall and now helming a collection of popular restaurants around the area.


Roberto Garza and Estefani Portillo will bring traditional tortillas back to life with Milpa, using the ingredients and techniques of Garza’s grandfather, who opened the family’s first tortilleria in Monterey, Mexico, in 1973. Milpa will source only 100 percent heirloom, non-GMO corn from small farmers across Mexico and the United States, assuring the quality and integrity of tortillas as they were originally intended to be, and preserving tradition and technique for future generations.


Juan Manuel Barrientos will open a second U.S. location of El Cielo at La Cosecha after the success of the first in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. Look out for the traditional influence of Colombian culinary heritage reinterpreted with modern techniques like molecular gastronomy.


Mezcal lovers will appreciate the beverage program at Christian Irabién’s modern-Mexican Amparo, while Daniela Senior’s dual-concept Serenta + Zumo will offer fresh juices by day and craft cocktails by evening, alongside plenty of upscale snacks.


Bolivian-American Chef Sebastian Quiroga will serve plant-based fine dining at Ali Pacha, and Giuseppe and Mario Lanzone will launch their first brick-and-mortar location with Peruvian Brothers, offering the sandwiches, empanadas and hot sauces for which they’re beloved. Expect an impressive variety from La Cosecha as it seeks to embody its name, meaning “the harvest,” this fall.


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