Welcome to my blog, D.C. Food Rag! My name is Elizabeth Laseter and I am a food writer, professional restaurant cook and competitive runner/triathlete living in Washington, D.C.
I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a double major in writing and art history in 2011. Through writing internships in college, I eventually realized that I wanted to pursue food journalism. I attended culinary school at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Md., to learn more about food and cooking and to gain credibility as a food writer. The one-year program included six months in the classroom and six months as an extern at a fine-dining restaurant.
I am currently working as a full-time cook at Cashion’s Eat Place in Adams Morgan, my externship site. I have learned how to do just about everything on the line – I work the grill (my favorite station), sauté and salad stations. I am also a freelance food writer for publications and blogs in the D.C./Baltimore area. One of my favorite recent articles that I wrote was a chocolate chip cookie guide to D.C. for a New York-based food blog, Serious Eats.
When I’m not in the kitchen or at home writing, you’ll usually find me running in Rock Creek Park or doing workouts on a weathered public track near Georgetown University (sometimes I have to dodge small children and crazy dogs). At Hopkins, I was a member of the varsity Cross Country and Track team. I have worked hard to keep up with my training, focusing on the 5k distance (PR: 17:59). In addition to running, I also train for triathlons. This past summer, I competed in The Nation’s Tri in D.C., finished 5th in my age group and qualified for the 2013 USAT Olympic Distance National Championship.
I thrive off of a fast-paced lifestyle and am constantly on the go. I’ve been known to impulsively jump on a train to Philly for the day or board a bus to New York City, usually with a food destination in mind. In the little down time that I do have, I love to cook at home and develop my own recipes (many of which you’ll find on this blog).
So, with that said, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my blog, which has been my main creative outlet since I moved to D.C. for culinary school nearly a year and a half ago.