Anna Bran-Leis starts a second act and finds culinary and personal success

Anna Bran-Leis starts a second act and finds culinary and personal success

“There are so many challenges to being a woman in the culinary industry,” Anna said. “You don’t know how many times we go to events and set up tasting stations, and my sous chef is a guy, and they come up and say, "‘Hey chef,” talking to him. You’re automatically, as a woman, not given the same respect and the same recognition.”

Anna appreciates where she is now and what the future holds. She believes in helping others, like younger female entrepreneurs. “You have to reach back,” she said. “Whether she’s an immigrant or she’s not. The next generation of women that are coming up behind us, it’s our job as women, that they’re better than we are. That they surpass anything that we’ve done. We reach back and we help them.”

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A night of events at Del Barrio's "Night of 1000 Frida Kahlos"

A night of events at Del Barrio's "Night of 1000 Frida Kahlos"

Taqueria del Barrio is sponsoring a celebration of artist Frida Kahlos with events starting at 4pm happy hour and a special photography class at 9pm on Friday, January 25th.

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Join Mary's Center and Taqueria del Barrio for a special Toy Drive & Drag Bingo!

Join Mary's Center and Taqueria del Barrio for a special Toy Drive & Drag Bingo!

Join Mary's Center at Taqueria del Barrio for a fabulous evening of Drag Bingo on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:30pm-10pm.

Mary’s Center serves thousands of children every year through their comprehensive healthcare, education, and social service programs. With the holiday season coming up, Mary’s Center is partnering with Taqueria del Barrio to support their annual toy drive and give at least 1,000 children the chance to welcome the holidays with a gift. 

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Taqueria del Barrio brings a unique take on a Thanksgiving Turducken (and Drag Brunch on Nov 18!)

Taqueria del Barrio brings a unique take on a Thanksgiving Turducken (and Drag Brunch on Nov 18!)

Taqueria del Barrio is keeping things exciting in Petworth with the next Drag Brunch set for Saturday, November 18th... and creating a unique Thanksgiving special to order ahead for the holiday. Plus, the restaurant is now open for lunch on Saturdays, (excluding when a special drag brunch is held), opening at 12pm and staying open through dinner service with the full menu available.

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Taqueria Del Barrio & Gina Chersevani bring fun seasonal cocktails to Upshur

Taqueria Del Barrio & Gina Chersevani bring fun seasonal cocktails to Upshur

Taqueria del Barrio has amped up its cocktail menu just in time for Fall, working with renowned beverage consultant, Gina Chersevani, to create playful & tasty new choices in tune with the season. (Sponsored)
 

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"So many options..." a Petworth taqueria taste-test

"So many options..." a Petworth taqueria taste-test

Last month, newly minted Taqueria del Barrio on Upshur Street joined Taqueria Habanero and Mezcalero Cocina Mexicano on 14th Street to form a sort of Petworth "taqueria trifecta" of taquerias. Three trendy taco joints, all opened recently or in the last few years, at all around the same price point, within half a mile of each other. When you want a taco, what's a hungry resident to do?

Contributing writer Yuliya Panfil decided this called for a taco taste test. Here's her report...

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Taqueria del Barrio brings something new to Upshur Street… dinner reservations

Taqueria del Barrio brings something new to Upshur Street… dinner reservations

After being open a few weeks, Taqueria del Barrio (821 Upshur St NW) has decided to start offering reservations for dinner. They have new operating hours as well (opening at 4pm), with brunch and lunch coming in a few months. 

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Taqueria Del Barrio looks to bring a taste of Mexico to Upshur Street

Taqueria Del Barrio looks to bring a taste of Mexico to Upshur Street

The new restaurant on Upshur wants to excite your taste buds with original and traditional Mexican dishes, with a focus on great flavor.

For dining options, Upshur Street has a diner, a Japanese-inspired restaurant, a Latin wine bar, a cocktail bar, a saloon, a wood-fired oven pizza place and heck, even a fast-food Chinese restaurant. And opening Thursday, March 30th, it also has a Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Del Barrio.

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