Summer is back and so is D.C.'s Potomac River food boat, Nauti Foods.
The food boat (think of a food truck, but sans wheels and a road) first took to the Potomac late last summer, and its owners Tamar Berger and Ari Fingeroth are gearing up for another season and some exciting additions.
This summer, Nauti Foods has been approved for beer sales, which Fingeroth says should start around Memorial Day weekend. The business is partnering with local breweries Right Proper, Atlas, DC Brau and 3 Stars to keep a rotating supply of fresh pints on tap. Yes, on tap!
Fingeroth, who stresses a two-beer maximum to ensure safe boating, says the boat will be equipped with two types of beers on any given weekend. In addition to beer, the boat will also have some cold brew coffee from Compass and "some fresh lemonade concoctions from Mike Isabella's G restaurant on a nitro tap."
"We have also partnered with Bullfrog Bagels, they will be making us some jump pretzels and their home made dijon dipping sauce," Fingeroth says.
The classic Nauti dog will be back, as will the gelato, ice cream and other staple snacks.
Fingeroth says another big Nauti development is the business' partnerships with several river conservation groups.
"Our hope is that the more people enjoy the river through boating, they will also have an increased interest in preserving and protecting the water. We will have several programs going on this summer to help get out different action items that people can do and trying to educate people on the
Nauti Foods hopes it can help make the river a nicer place, too. It has a few projects in the works, such as a cleaner and quieter generator, a cleaner and quieter motor, a new keg system, etc.; it launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds needed.
"[We're] looking to expansion to multiple boats in the area and expansion beyond the immediate waterway," Fingeroth says. "We hope that the more areas we can visit, the more people can learn about and enjoy their own local waterways. think Nauti Lake Anna, Nauti Annapolis, Nauti Austin, Nauti Boston..."