Mess Hall

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Starting a business is a daunting task. Especially in a hyper-saturated, hyper-competitive industry like the food & beverage industry, it can be very difficult to bring one's food dreams to reality. Mess Hall makes it easier.

Mess Hall is a culinary incubator in Edgewood in Northeast DC. It supports emerging food & beverage entrepreneurs by providing them access to both facilities and social capital. It fosters a unique, vibrant, and diverse local food community dedicated to a collaborative, shared environment.

Launched in 2014, along with the first Launch Pad competition that brings new food concepts to the market, Mess Hall is committed to providing high-quality, innovative, and sustainable practices.

Mess Hall has supported some big names like Bullfrog Bagels and Mason Dixie Biscuit, but this holiday season, we’re highlighting some of their up-and-coming and equally awesome member businesses: Maré Naturals, Pinup Preserves, TRUE Syrup and Garnishes, Oh-Mazing!.  




A review of Mess Hall 2016, by the Washington City Paper


36 members

18 minority-owned businesses

20 women-owned businesses

6 members graduated to brick-and-mortar stores






Natural skincare and home goods made with honey and beeswax from a cooperative in Ethiopia

Maré Naturals is a natural skincare and home goods company that makes products using beeswax and honey from Ethiopia. Maré supports a bee farmer cooperative in Ethiopia that promotes sustainable farming practices and works specifically with women in the beekeeping industry. All Maré products are handcrafted right here in Washington, DC with quality and consistency.

The perfect holiday gift? Maré carries all-natural body butter, lip balm, body scrub, milk and honey soap, and beeswax candles. In particular, check out the mint coffee body scrub

Where can I find Maré? Maré products can be purchased online at or at holiday shows throughout December.  More information can be found at



All-natural, small-batch specialty Preserves


PinUp Preserves creates all-natural small-batch specialty preserves in unique flavor combinations with a focus on organic and locally-sourced ingredients. The results are Sassy, Sweet, Unique!

The perfect holiday gift? Red Hot Stomp Strawberry-Chili Pepper Jam - Spicy peppers and sweet strawberries pound out a funky beat of flavor. BOOM! Perfect for cheese plates and sandwiches.

Where can I find PinUp? Cheesetique (Del Ray, Ballston, and Shirlington - VA), House of Steep (Arlington, VA), The Organic Butcher of McLean (McLean, VA), A Baked Joint (D.C.), Soapstone Market (D.C.). As well as these upcoming events:

  • 12/16 - RIA Procrastinators Market

  • 12/22 - Heurich House Museum Mini Markt

  • 12/23 - Arlington Farmer's Market

Go to for an updated list of events and online ordering.



cocktail syrups AND GARNISHES with Real ingredients

TRUE makes cocktail syrups, garnishes, and ingredients the way they were made in the pre-prohibition era. Real ingredients, no artificial chemicals, no nonsense. TRUE wants your cocktails to knock your socks off.

The perfect holiday gift? TRUE Authentic Ginger Syrup packs a real ginger punch, because it's made from real ingredients- whole ginger root and organic evaporated cane juice, not extracts. They put a whole pound of ginger root in every bottle. It’s perfect for classic cocktails like the Moscow Mule and the Penicillin. This concentrate syrup is great mixed with club soda to make homemade ginger beer. 

Where can I find TRUE? TRUE Ginger can be found online at their website and at select stores in the DC/MD/VA area. Also find them at these upcoming holiday markets:

  • Van Ness Made In DC Market on 12/15

  • Winterfest at Wundergarten on 12/16 and 12/17

  • RIA Main Streets Procrastinators Market on 12/16



Yummy granola made with no nuts, no wheat, and only organic ingredients


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Oh-Mazing! Produces delicious granola intended to help you live your life with purpose and passion. With bold flavors from Cranberry Orange to Carribbean Delight and only organic ingredients, Oh-Mazing’s products are here to bring the adventure back to snacking, and better yet, celebrate YOU when your dreams are achieved.

The perfect holiday gift? Oh-Mazing’s 5-Flavor Sampler Packs make a great stocking stuffer for the adventurers in your life or those striving to snack more healthfully without compromising flavor

Where can I find Oh-Mazing? Oh-Mazing can be found on their website and at these select stores throughout the DC/MD/VA area.





703 Edgewood St NE, Washington, DC 20017


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