Culinary Architecture Market + Kitchen Coming to Pigtown Main Street

| October 14, 2015 | 1 Comments

IMG_20151010_152533Magnum Construction owner Mark Smith, who also owns and renovates many of the retail properties on Pigtown Main Street, had been holding onto 767 Washington Blvd. until he found the right tenant, which he hoped would be a restaurant. That tenant has been found as Culinary Architecture Market + Kitchen has leased the space and is working to open by January.

Culinary Architecture is the creation of Sylva Lin and Piper Booher. Lin is a Union Square resident and chef. Lin was most recently the Mid-Atlantic Corporate Catering Manager for Le Pain Quotidien and was previously a personal chef for many politicians and professional athletes in Washington, DC. Booher has a public relations and campaign marketing background, though Lin described Booher as an “excellent chef.”

Filling the 2,000 sq. ft. retail space, half of Culinary Architecture will be a brand new commercial kitchen and half will be a local market. At the market, customers will be able to pick up ready-made meals. Culinary Architecture will also offer a personal chef service that will customize meals to individual lifestyles, as well as a catering service.

It will sell prepared foods, local artisan groceries, and a small daily to-go menu with items including sandwiches, salads, soups, quiches, and Australian meat pies. Menu items will vary based on what is available from local farms.

Groceries at the market will include custom-made sauces and jams, rice, greens, dry goods, waffle mixes, baked good, cheeses, homemade yogurts, canned goods, food packages, and more. It will also host a Bacon of the Month Club. Beverages will include coffees, teas, and two house-made beverages each week. Customers can also pick up custom fruit syrups to make drinks at home.

Culinary Architecture will not have interior seating, but it plans on hosting dining events in its outdoor space out back during the spring, summer and fall.

Culinary Architecture will also be partnering with local artists on the packaging of its homemade items. A design competition will take place about every six months and a certain percentage of sales of those items will go back to the artists.

Lin has been actively planning this new business for three years and closed on a lease at the new space about three months ago. She credited Smith, Pigtown Main Street Executive Director Ben Hyman, and Andrew Krienik, Senior Business Strategist at the Small Business Development Center of the University of Maryland, Baltimore in helping make this new business a reality.

IMG_9798Lin is excited about Culinary Architecture’s location in Pigtown after looking at many locations around SoWeBo. “It’s a great space and a great area with good parking and visibility. We are bringing another level of food business to the Westside so people won’t have to travel across town or to Whole Foods,” said Lin.

“We are excited to welcome Culinary Architecture to Pigtown Main Street,” said Hyman. “This business will provide a much-desired amenity for both local residents and visitors alike. Culinary Architecture represents another positive addition to Main Street, which has added seven new businesses in the past six months.”

Culinary Architecture is currently working through the permitting process to build its new kitchen. Lin is hoping to hear from the community about food suggestions for the new market and asks neighbors to reach out to her at [email protected]

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  • Lauren

    So ready for this!