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Fontaine Caffe and Creperie Brings Cooking Classes and Vendor Carts to Old Town | Business

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Fontaine Caffe and Creperie Brings Cooking Classes and Vendor Carts to Old Town
Fontaine Caffe and Creperie Brings Cooking Classes and Vendor Carts to Old Town

Chef and Owner of Fontaine Caffe and Creperie, Kyong Yi, is excited to host yet another cooking class to teach others the craft of crepe making. In the past, the class has been limited to children, but Yi said lots of adults have been asking her when she will hold a class open to all ages. The hour long class will be held on Monday, February 21 at 11:00 a.m. The cost is $45/person and students in the class will learn how to make both sweet and savory crepes. The only requirement is that you RSVP and are at least 8 years old! So far there are 3 adults and 5 kids signed up; the back room where the class will be taught can hold a maximum of 12. 

Yi said she has hosted a handful of crepe making classes and she looks forward to the one on Monday. Her favorite savory crepe is the "Zentist," which I enjoyed for lunch today. It has lentils, spinach, tomatoes and is simmered in a coriander coconut curry sauce. It was delicious! Her favorite sweet crepe is their "Lemon Drop," which is a lemon cream with powdered sugar on top. 

Fontaine Caffe and Creperie just celebrated its 3 year anniversary on February 5th. The place started off as an idea for Yi because while she is now an Alexandria resident, she used to live in Arlington and would visit Alexandria regularly. She would run into Old Town or bike in to meet a friend, and found that there was no place to sit down and talk, besides Starbucks. She thought there were plenty of pubs and other eateries, but no "in-between" place, so that's when she thought of the concept of the creperie. Yi saw the demand for a place like it in Old Town and went with it. 

Yi graduated from California Culinary Academy in San Francisco in 1995. She has worked in many fine restaurants in Washington D.C., such as Teatro Goldoni and the Ritz-Carlton. She has a love of historic Alexandria and is happy to bring a unique place for people to meet for coffee, a meal, or go on a date. 

On October 26, Alexandria City Council approved a pilot program for food vendor carts that will be present in the City Square in early April. There will be a total of 8 different Old Town Alexandria restaurants participating and Fontaine's is one of them. "We are off King Street, so 95% of our clients are local. Most of them live or work in Old Town," said Yi. The City Square sees a different clientele because they are usually tourists. While Yi says she has mixed feelings about the vendor cart program, because it means hiring more staff and is a completely different business model than her sit-down restaurant, she is curious how it will work out for the city and her business.

So far, the restaurants participating in the program are Bread & Chocolate, Grape + Bean, Union Street Pub, and Columbia Firehouse. The vendor carts will be out from early April until October 2011. They will be available weekdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.