Prescription Chicken (1819 Seventh St NW) is serving, and delivering, their fresh, homemade “grandma style” soups to the community. Cousins Valerie Zweig and Taryn Pellicone started their soup business after Valerie had laryngitis twice within the course of six weeks and craved chicken soup, but couldn’t find any in the area, and since 2016, their business has expanded to a variety of different homemade soups.
Current offerings include a variety of classic soups such as chicken noodle, matz ball and bone broth as well as vegan and vegetarian options. Pellicone called their signature homeade broth “the star of the show” and said it is what makes their soups so unique.
“The recipes come from a lot of time of Taryn and I cooking together and understanding how the ingredients perform,” Zweig said. “We are all about the broth. That is the thing that we think is really critical. The vegetables and the chicken are awesome, but the base and the backbone is really a great broth.”
The duo work together in a community kitchen alongside other restaurant owners in Shaw and expressed appreciation for the collaborative spirit within the kitchen. The once small soup delivery business has expanded past the DC location to Philadelphia as well as several grocery stores.
Zweig and Pellicone say the community in the District provides something special and while they don’t often get the chance to see customers face to face, they say the community feeling is ubiquitous.
“DC has helped us grow who we are,” Zweig said. “Everything we have done and how we’ve been growing our business is based off of our DC. The support system and the community is unbelievable.”
You can learn more about Prescription Chicken and place orders for pick up and delivery on their website (prescriptionchicken.com). The store operates seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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