Set up inside Ten Tigers Parlour (3813 Georgia Ave NW) as an ongoing pop-up restaurant, Short Eats serves delicious Sri Lankan rotis and curry bowls to Petworth residents in the know, and is one of my favorite new go-to places. And now a larger audience is getting the chance to experience this tasty pop-up as Short Eats has been selected to showcase their food at the Smithsonian's IlluminAsia Festival on October 14th and 15th.
IlluminAsia is the kickoff event in celebration of the reopening of the Freer and Sackler Museums in partnership with Smithsonian Folklife Festival. There will be a ton of activities and food and should be a great weekend activity.
Short Eats will represent Sri Lanka at the food market with grilled rotis and pol sambol, a coconut-onion based topping, together with home-brewed Ceylon ginger tea.
Saturday, October 14: 5p-12a midnight
Sunday, October 15: 11a-5p
Admission is free
Smithsonian Magazine also features Short Eats this month in an IlluminAsia Street Food Market article that also mentions another popular Petworth restaurant, Himitsu.
IlluminAsia is a festival of Asian art, food, and cultures on the National Mall to celebrate the grand reopening of the Freer|Sackler. Free and open to the public, the IlluminAsia festival will transform the museums’ grounds with an Asian food market, interactive cooking and art demonstrations and live performances. Inside, visitors can experience the reimagined galleries and innovative exhibitions, as well as performances, conversations, and other immersive activities.
Representing diverse traditions, DC-based chefs will each bring something special to share and taste. In this lively atmosphere, IlluminAsia food stalls pay homage to bustling street markets worldwide.
- Global spice lounge by Bazaar Spices
- Tea tastings by Ching Ching Cha
- Uyghur cuisine by Queen Amannisa
- Tibetan momos by Dorjee Momo
- Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine by Himitsu
- Asian-inspired beverages by Kruba
- Afghan cuisine by Lapis Bistro
- Pan-Asian bao buns by People’s Bao
- Sri Lankan rotis by Short Eats
- Hong Kong street food by Tiger Fork
- Middle Eastern street food by Z&Z