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Blue Fern Travel’s Five Women-Owned Food and Drink Businesses You Need to Know!

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This Women’s History Month, we wanted to take a moment to share some of our own  food and drink businesses within the DC area we love to support and you need to know!

As a women-owned business, Blue Fern Travel aims to showcase the diverse flavors and history within the DC region and we take pride in focusing our partnerships on women and minority owned businesses. These are what make DC so incredibly unique. Behind the guise of a marble city where our nation’s government convenes, there are women reimagining the local food scene. 

We hope you take some time this month to not only try some amazing food from these and other women-owned businesses, but to take some time to learn more about the historical achievements of women within our city, our country, and around the world. 

Here are Blue Fern Travel’s Five Women-Owned Food and Drink Businesses you need to know!


1. Colada Shop

Location: 1405 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009 and 10 Pearl St SW

Social Handle: @coladashop

After working under Chef Jose Andres, Daniela Senior called up her old friend Mario Monte with a restaurant concept to share their Latin American heritage and Colada Shop was born. Their restaurants give guests the feeling they’re on vacation, even if for just a moment. 

Our Must Try: Their namesake- The Colada Drink. A Cuban tradition, when you order a colada, you’re committing to slowing down, enjoying your coffee slowing, and sharing it with friends. 

Join us on our U Street Fork Tour and experience it for yourself! Tours are now running daily and COVID safety precautions are in place. 


2. Chaia Tacos

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Location: 3207 Grace St NW, Washington, DC 20007 and 615 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Social Handle: @chaiatacos

Bio: Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon are the fierce ladies behind Chaia Tacos. With a curated menu meant to fuel your body without limiting flavor, Chaia Tacos focuses on sustainability with their plant-based offerings that will make you feel good by eating well. 

Our Must Try: Order the Braised mushroom taco and we promise you won’t be disappointed! Or just be like us and order the Taco Family Box and be the most popular in your house. 

Chaia Tacos are partnering with us for our Cherry Blossom Festival Flavor Pass! Get exclusive deals and seasonal treats from a few of our favorite restaurants! 


3. Thamee 

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Location: 1320 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Social Handle: @thamee_dc 

Bio: A mother and daughter dream team Jocelyn Law-Yone and Simone Jacobson are sharing the delicious and vibrant culture of Bermese cuisine to the people of DC. 

Our Must Try: Their Ohno Khauk Swe is our new favorite comfort food- full of rich flavors, this dish is perfect for any day of the week.

Thamee is also a partner for this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival Flavor Pass! Grab your Flavor Pass booklet today and let show you some of the best places to eat in DC.


4. Puddin’

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Location: 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002 

Social Handle: @dcpuddin

Bio: Toyin Alli creates elevated comfort food for all to enjoy. She also uses locally sourced catfish from the Chesapeake Bay to create dishes that help the local economy and ecosystem. 

Our Must Try: Start with Po’ boy, made from the delicious local catfish and finish off with the signature bread Puddin’. Perfect for a picnic on the Mall or an afternoon at home. 


5. Republic Restoratives

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Location: 1369 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Social Handle: @republicrestoratives 

Bio:  Long time friends Pia Carusone and Rachel Gardner left their government positions and opened Republic Restoratives in 2016 as a way to pave the way for women in the drink industry and pay tribute to the city they loved. 

Our Must Try: Their Purpose Rye is a staple on our bar cart. And if you’re looking for a gift for that amazing feminist in your life, they have limited edition “I’m Speaking” Purpose Rye bottles engraved by Sam Testa of Painted Palettes in honor of our own Madame Vice President. 

Republic Restoratives is one of our guests favorite spots on our Ivy City Distillery Fizz Tour! Though our Fizz Tours are on pause until it’s safe to enjoy, join us for our Cherry Blossom Cocktails virtual experience to learn more about Republic Restoratives and how their spirits tell the history of DC!


DC is full of amazing flavors and stories that are just waiting to be shared. This Women’s History Month, support local women entrepreneurs and make a pledge to support local women makers all year round. 


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