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Venezuelan arepas eatery joins R. House food hall lineup

Venezuelan chef Federico Tischler brings modern arepa bar White Envelope to R. House this fall.

Venezuelan chef Federico Tischler, most recently of Canton restaurant Alma Cocina Latina, will bring a dash of his country to the R. House food hall in Remington this fall.

Tischler is opening White Envelope, a modern arepas bar that will put a spin on the traditional Latin American comfort food, which is composed of a Venezuelan cornbread split open and stuffed with a variety of ingredients.

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Tischler's renditions will go beyond the basic ham and cheese stuffings, featuring sweet, savory and spicy ingredients like caramel braised beef, blood sausage and citrus-white chocolate mayonnaise.

"We want to use White Envelope to show my culture and my country's culture and all of our love of our food," Tischler said in a recent promotional video.

The menu will include flavorful concoctions like the "Paint in Black," which will feature beef cooked in dark caramel sauce with a spicy plantain puree and a crunchy tostones topping; "The Illustrious Pig" with roasted pork leg topped with lime-mayonnaise, fresh tomato and arugula; and "El Rompe Colchon" (in English:"The Mattress Breaker"), with shrimp and squid drenched in a tomato-orange sauce, according to a recent news release. Arepas will cost about $7 each.

White Envelope is the latest addition to the food lineup at R. House, a food emporium set to open this fall in Remington. Other offerings include stands specializing in fried chicken and wings, Korean barbecue, Mediterreanan food, breakfast dishes and vegan/vegetarian eats.

Located at the corner of Remington Avenue and 29th St., the Seawall Development Co. project will also include office space and a fitness studio.

Baltimore Sun reporter Sarah Meehan contributed to this article. 

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