Choose Your Own (Empanada) Adventure

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Tired of just taking what a restaurant is willing to give you? Do you want a place that finally listens to your needs? Well, this one’s for you, because Panas Gourmet Empanadas is taking it to the streets and taking it to the fans with their newest empanada recipe. The “Duponada” will be made completely of ingredients found at the wonderful Dupont Circle Farmers Market. And what will these fantastic ingredients be? That’s where you come in.

Panas is holding a contest to decide the final recipe. Entrants (that means you) may submit recipes or lists of preferred ingredients for the Duponada using up to four ingredients that can be found at the Dupont Farmers Market. The restaurant will develop these recipes, and on October 3rd, a panel of esteemed judges will choose the three finalists. Those three empanadas will be on sale in the restaurant for one week, where your adoring public will be able to vote for their favorite. The winner will be unveiled on October 10th and officially crowned the Duponada.

To enter, drop your recipe by Panas (2029 P St. NW) or email it to, subject “Duponada.” All entries must be received by September 24th.

Ashley Messick

Ashley is a born and bred Washingtonian who left for college but came running back to the District as fast as her little legs could carry her. By day she is a Capitol Hill brat, but by night she is a lean, mean, eating machine. It’s her goal in life to steal Anthony Bourdain’s job…by whatever means necessary. Contact her at Ashley (at) welovedc (dot) com or follow her on Twitter.

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