Union Kitchen's Meet the Makers Returns!

WASHINGTON — Union Kitchen announced the return of Meet the Makers, the showcase of over 50 emerging food and beverage businesses headquartered in the DMV region. The event will feature prominent names in the DC food scene, like Swizzler, Compass Coffee, Mas Panadas, Revol Snax, and Snacklins. This is the first event since the COVID-19 pandemic and will also feature many brands who launched since 2020, like Ruani, Pinsa.Love, GreenIsland Bakery, and others. 

This event also celebrates the opening of Union Kitchen’s new manufacturing facility, a 30,000 sq. ft. space designed to bring best-in-class manufacturing to Washington, DC with businesses like Stone’s Throw Foods, Swapples, and Berg Bites moving manufacturing to Eckington.

The event will include an industry hour, where entrepreneurs can network with retailers, distributors, and other key contacts to grow their brand. The industry hour will be followed by a public open house, where individuals can purchase tickets to sample products and new innovations from over 50 participating businesses. The event will also have local beer and wine available for purchase.

“We’re excited for the return of Meet the Makers to show the community what we’ve been working on for the last few years and also showcase the incredible growth of our members.” Cullen Gilchrist, CEO and Founder of Union Kitchen says. “Since our last event, many of our brands have gone from local markets to national names.”

The event will kick off with a private industry hour from 4-5 and will be open to the public from 5-7. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite

About Union Kitchen

Union Kitchen is a Washington-based food business Accelerator that strives to empower local food founders by offering expertise and support from launch to scale. Since 2012, Union Kitchen has supported more than 120 brands through its four-phase Accelerator and on average launches products seven times faster than the national average. In addition to its Accelerator, Union Kitchen has six store locations throughout the DMV with products made locally and throughout the nation, plus everyday essentials.