Founded in late 2019 by avid chef, traveler, and farmers' market enthusiast, Mapp'd was created to build a bridge - connecting our passion for flavors and textures from around the world with locally sourced and sustainably grown ingredients.
Through our unique lineup of internationally inspired foods, we seek to expand palettes and celebrate the diversity of flavor, all while supporting small scale farmers in the region. At Mapp'd, we embrace the adventurous and don't shy away from the unfamiliar.
Inherently curious and ready for an adventure, Dani Karnoff embarked on the ultimate journey in 2010. She moved to the South Pacific and lived with local families in Samoa and Fiji for more than two years. She learned all she could about local food traditions and how critical those customs were to preserving island culture for future generations.
Her travels and food explorations continued from there - taking her throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and South America, eating local food all along the way. Through these experiences, she developed a hunger and a palette for unique, regional specialties, made by locals for locals.
Upon settling in DC, Dani worked at regional farmers' markets - selling pickles and learning about the benefits of fermentation, eating locally, and sustainable food systems.
When trying to replicate delicious and flavorful foods she enjoyed while traveling, Dani realized she could utilize local ingredients, and support local farmers, all while featuring the phenomenal flavors found in cuisines from around the world.
With that spirit, she began hosting small dinners for her friends and family to recreate the foods from her travels. The food was an instant hit and inspired her to start her first company, Mapp'd!
Farmers' Market Squad
Upper Left: Frannie, Emily, Maital, David, Danielle
Bottom Left: Sophia, Aida, Katie, Melissa, Dani
A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER
You may have noticed some rather significant changes that have happened at Mapp’d over the last few months. As a solo business owner, I have made important decisions so that we can continue to serve you our globally-inspired foods throughout my pregnancy and maternity leave. Here is some more info...
I will be expecting twins in September!
Due to this major life change, I have scaled back on our number of weekly farmers’ markets for the rest of the year. We will continue on at Mount Pleasant and DuPont Circle Farmers Markets markets every weekend, serving hot jianbing, but have paused operations at our other locations for the time being. Due to proximity to our kitchen and where most of our staff are located, it only made sense to continue at our chosen locations.
Unfortunately, our last days at Bethesda Central Farm Market and Petworth markets were this May, and we finished our run at Mosaic District during the winter. We hope to return to these markets next year once things have calmed down.
We have also paused our rotating selection of ready-to-cook and prepared meals, though we will continue serving our Hot and Dry Noodles for the foreseeable future. These meals have carried us through the pandemic and have allowed our kitchen creativity to shine. Due to our need to standardize, we will focus on serving jianbing for now.
Thank you for your support, your understanding, and we hope to see you are markets soon!