Obscura Society

Alongside our esteemed friends at Hendrick’s Gin, we’ve put together an edible tour through the streets of DC to discover the abundance of wild plants, berries and herbs that grow steps from our homes…

Urban Foraging Expedition

On Friday July 15th, as part of the Eat Local First week, Atlas Obscura’s Obscura Society has joined forces with Roadside Food Projects and Think Local First DC to lead a back road, urban foraging expedition through the Nation’s Capital.


‘Wildman’ Steve Brill, America’s foremost urban forager, will guide the culinary exploration. This edible tour will lead participants through Mt. Pleasant in search of wineberries, dandelions, wild mint and all the other undiscovered wild foods that grow in the city.

Curious expeditioners will meet at the park at the corner of 16th Street and Columbia road for two 90-minute, hands-on tours that will focus a new lens on the urban landscape and illuminate the rich ecology hidden in plain sight between the city streets. 

To conclude the tour, Pleasant Pops will serve up special ‘foraged’ popscicles featuring fruits and herbs collected in the District. Steve Brill will curate the tour and lead a discussion about how our conventional food system has drawn our attention away from the abundance that grows just steps away from our homes. 

Tours will take place at 10am and 3pm. Tickets are available at $15 and can be purchased here

The Foraged Cocktail

After a day of foraging through the roads of the city, join us for a gin-soaked soiree at The Gibson for ‘foraged’ cocktails–urban elixirs of yesteryear!

The Gibson’s talented bartenders will mix scattered wineberries, summer greens and other unusual urban botanicals with the most curious Hendrick’s Gin for a tasting of the Nation’s Capital’s very own wild bounty. 

The event will take place at The Gibson at 2009 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20009 from 7-930pm on Friday, July 15th. Tickets are available for $60 and can be found here