MoCo Made Happy Hour at True Respite

Throughout the summer of 2019, the Food Council will be hosting a series of MoCo Made Happy Hours in partnership with local breweries. These events will bring together community members, partner organizations, local food and beverage businesses, and County leaders to support MoCo Made and celebrate our amazing local food and beverage sector.

Montgomery County is home to more than a million residents, thousands of businesses, hundreds of farms, and roughly a dozen breweries. These breweries offer a space for residents to try new things, to unwind, and to enjoy a cold glass of beer. Like beer, people also love food. What better way to bring together community members than in support of local brews and good eats?!

Our MoCo Made Happy Hour series was born out of this idea, and our first Happy Hour was held on May 9th at True Respite Brewing Co in Derwood. The MoCo Made initiative was launched in November 2017 in partnership with the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation to increase the visibility of our thriving local food and beverage sector. True Respite has been a fantastic partner in our MoCo Made initiative, even incorporating the MoCo Made logo onto their beer can labels in 2018. We invited three MoCo Made food businesses to join us at the event: Caulfield Provisions Company, Poppy’s Green Tomato Salsa, and Tsiona Foods.  Each of these businesses have been active participants in the MoCo Made program since joining, and we were excited to showcase their delicious products to our Happy Hour attendees.

With True Respite providing the drinks, and a diverse spread of tasty snacks for sampling, we kicked off our MoCo Made Happy Hour series with a bang! More than 50 Food Council and Board Members, staff, alumni, and community partners were in attendance, including our County Executive Marc Elrich, 4 County Council legislative aides, the County’s Small Business Navigator, and representatives from the City of Gaithersburg, MCEDC, Nonprofit Village, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, One Montgomery Green, 7 MoCo Made Businesses, the Compost Crew, Zero Waste Enterprises, and UMD Extension. 

True Respite sold hundreds of beers during the two hour event, and each of the three food businesses had successful sales as well. We are incredibly grateful to True Respite for donating 10% of the profits from beer sales during the event to the Food Council in support of the MoCo Made initiative!

Our next MoCo Made Happy Hour will be at Denizens Brewing Co in Silver Spring on Monday, July 15th, from 4-6pm. The Red Bandana Bakery, Cheryl’s Kitchen, Mayorga Organics, and Shafa Blends will all be selling their products at the event. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

May 17

Food Security Community Call

Every other Monday, 1:00 to 2:00pm. Please register in advance.

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May 18, 25, June 1

Spring Speakers Series

The Montgomery County Planning Department would like to extend a special invitation to you, your organization, clients, and/or stakeholders to attend the 2021 Spring Speakers Series starting Tuesday, May 18th from 6-8PM.

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May 19

Food Economy Working Group Meeting

Third Wednesday of each month, 9-10:30am via Zoom.

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May 19

Food Assistance Resources in Montgomery County with the Montgomery County Food Council

11AM-12:15PM - Tune in to learn more about food insecurity in the County and the County’s COVID-19 food assistance response.

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May 23

One Acre Farm: Spring Farm Tour

Come out to One Acre Farm to meet Farmer Mike, the team, and learn about how One Acre Farm grows veggies and maintains (and improves) the health and resilience of the farm's soil!

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May 25

Food Education Working Group Meeting

4th Tuesday of each month, 9:30-11am via Zoom.

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May 25

Creating A Thriving Volunteer Team: Best Practices for Effective Recruitment, Management, and Retention in a Food Assistance Organization

11AM-12PM - Join us for a virtual training to learn best practices for recruiting and managing volunteers in your food assistance organization.

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Jun 1

Environmental Impact Working Group Meeting

The first Tuesday of the month from 9:30AM-11AM via Zoom.

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July 27th, Oct 26th

Gardening Grant Showcase

The Food Education Working Group (FEdWG) would like to cordially invite you to our Gardening Grant showcase that we will be taking place over the course of four (4) FEdWG meetings in 2021.

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