Soul N’ Vinegar has been a staple for the CHPN crew since it opened two weeks ago. The salads and the plantains are items I personally look forward to eating (and that pimento cheese!)
What’s amazing about eating there is that the portions are fair and you feel like you’re not breaking the bank as you would if you were eating at, let’s say, other to-go eateries offering similar things. If you haven’t checked it out, please do. It’s worth it. We’ll catch up with Michelle and Will and give you all some updates on the upcoming additions and the community garden!
A new Church Hill eatery and food shop, Soul N’ Vinegar, opened its doors Saturday, June 30, aimed at offering affordable, approachable and healthy meals to surrounding residents in the East End, an area considered a food desert of the city.
At the corner of R and 29th streets sits a converted 572-square-foot brick studio apartment, formerly Ruth’s Beauty Shop, and inside, owner Michelle Parrish, 34, is running the show, with the help of William Rimmell, formerly of Lemaire and Shagbark.
Parrish, a Massachusetts native, previously of Whisk, Secco, and Blue Talon in Williamsburg, knew she wanted to open a restaurant, but she also knew easing into the process was a wise decision. Her solution: catering.
Parrish launched Soul N’ Vinegar catering, the name an homage to her African-American and Korean ancestry and cooking roots, in January 2018.
“I like the word ‘soul’ because people connect with it and ‘vinegar’ because almost everything I make has vinegar in it,” says Parrish. “When people hear it, there’s a connection.”