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New to the Retail Game, Little Sesame Lands Its Hummus in Whole Foods Aisles

Plus, a Pineapple & Pearls chef is heading up a new restaurant in Virginia’s wine county

The retail hummus operation for budding fast-casual restaurant Little Sesame just got a major boost. Little Sesame, which makes blitzed chickpeas the focal point of its bowls and pitas, began selling three flavors of a new, packaged hummus at Whole Foods last week. The company, which touts itself as eco-friendly and sources all of its beans from a regenerative farm in Montana, has a deal with the grocery chain to enter 13 locations across the Mid-Atlantic. Little Sesame introduced its retail hummus in May at farmers’ markets and boutique Foxtrot Market. In addition to cups and pints of its “smooth classic” hummus, Little Sesame is selling 8-ounce packages of a caramelized onion flavor and jammy tomato. Both of those options come with the toppings on the bottom, like yogurt with a hidden layer of fruit.

In other news ...

  • Bin Lu, the former head chef at Pineapple & Pearls, will start cooking this summer at a newly renovated inn called Blue Rock in Virginia’s Rappahannock County. Washingtonian reports that Lu will helm both a casual wine and beer tasting room and a full-service, 50-seat restaurant open for dinner only.
  • Bravo Bar is open again on Georgia Avenue and the reopening include a new facelift, per PoPville.
  • Tenleytown is now home to a new pizza and pasta chain called Squisito. According to PoPville, the restaurant is in soft opening mode now. There are Squisito locations throughout Maryland and in Virginia and in Tennessee. Expect to find dishes like eggplant parmesan, fettuccine carbonara, and chicken marsala in addition to pizza, Italian subs, and calzones.

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