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Medium Rare Is Delivering Free Meals to Seniors Who Will Be Home Alone on Thanksgiving

Plus, Bresca and Sushi Taro welcome back dining room guests

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Medium Rare’s Connecticut Ave. location, photographed back in 2011
Photo by James M. Thresher for The Washington Post via Getty Images

During this very out-of-the-ordinary Thanksgiving season, local steak chain Medium Rare wants to cook for seniors who might not be able to celebrate the holiday with loved ones due to the coronavirus pandemic. A Medium Rare Facebook post reads: “Given the new rules for smaller holiday gatherings, if you know anyone over 70 that will be alone for Thanksgiving in the DMV area, we will deliver them a free Thanksgiving dinner. Email us name, address, and cell phone.”

The offer inspired Facebook posters to offer to chip in to help with Medium Rare’s efforts, with comments like “Can we donate? This is a wonderful gesture.” Owner Mark Bucher began donating meals to those 70-years-old and older back in March during the quarantine, according to WJLA, and he also started an initiative to install fridges full of free lunches at recreation centers in D.C., complete with a GoFundMe campaign.

Photo: Medium Rare/Facebook

Eater reached out to Medium Rare about the Thanksgiving donations and will update this post if necessary.

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  • Order a CSA box from Ivy City cafe Baker’s Daughter and then tune in tomorrow for a virtual cooking class from chef Matt Baker. He’ll demonstrate how to turn the ingredients in the box into a shrimp cocktail salad with green apple and Green Goddess dressing, a roasted scallops dish, and an apple galette. This is the second in an ongoing CSA box/virtual cooking class series.
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  • PLNT Burger’s already expanded rapidly throughout the area, but chef Spike Mendelsohn and cofounder Seth Goldman have ambitious plans for growth. According to a press release, the veggie burger chain will open even more shops in 2021.
  • In Georgetown, PoPville has it that Dog Tag Bakery will expand into the Georgetown Park mall for its holiday gift box operations.
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