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In the six months since she quietly opened Nürish Food + Drink in Anacostia, Kera Carpenter has learned to make the most of her small kitchen. She has seared pork loins using a panini press and blanched asparagus using an espresso maker.
“I have ‘MacGyver-ed’ some pretty amazing food out of this kitchen,” Carpenter said, gesturing toward the countertop that holds all of the cafe’s equipment: a microwave, panini maker, espresso machine and a small convection oven Carpenter has dubbed her “tiny Easy Bake Oven.”
She bakes all of her pastries here, and creates tartines, chicken confit and blueberry cheesecakes in the cafe’s open kitchen. The idea, she said, is to help bring fresh, healthy food to a neighborhood that has long relied on fast-food eateries and carry-out restaurants for meals.
The French-themed cafe and wine bar comes nearly a decade after Carpenter opened Domku in the District’s Petworth neighborhood before it became the trendy hotspot it is today. With Nürish, Carpenter is forging a similar path with hopes of helping draw more entrepreneurs to Anacostia.