Born out of a college study abroad stint in Amsterdam, and an obsession with tasty, stacked sandwiches, the team works hard to bring high-quality, fresh broodjes (Dutch for "sandwiches") to DC.
|4 tickets worth of broodjes samples|
After 30 minutes, the B&B team finally allowed people in the store to get their tickets and at least get beer, while the sandwiches were still being cut. The Belgian beer featured was a farmhouse seasonal from Ommegang Hennepin. It tasted like a fruity hefeweizen akin to Blue Moon. A Strawberry Rosemary Borrel punch was also available for those who wanted something else.
The line to get sandwiches was incredibly long and caused the Silver Spork staff to become cranky and snap at customers for holding the doors open. Once you got to the front of the line, many of the sandwiches were no longer available. Again, why didn't they have multiple sandwiches premade and precut? They should have known how many tickets they sold and thus could easily calculate how much food to have on hand.
As most of the options were no longer available I used my last ticket up on a "breakfasty" option. The Goudemorgen came with vlaaskaas cheese, slices of granny smith apple, and European butter on walnut raisin bread. It was very simple and reminiscent of what one might prepare for oneself at a continental breakfast. I could see myself easily making this at home for a quick snack.
Despite the hiccups, the sandwiches featured during the pop-up event were decent with fresh ingredients, yet could use some improvement. The bread was the clear star and the flavor combinations were very European. I am not convinced the Broodjes & Bier team are ready for a full blown store of their own just yet. Perhaps they should start out with a food truck to gain the ropes a bit more. It would have been nice if they took a minute to address the crowd, explain their concept, or get first hand feedback but they were clearly overwhelmed by the response, and swamped trying to keep up with demand. If you missed this event, you can still try your own broodjes available on the Silver Spork shelves. Look out for future events - I am sure the B&B team learned a lot and know where to improve next time.