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D.C. native Arsha Jones dishes to WaPo about her special brand of mumbo sauce. Jones, 34, has bottled up her own version of the District's indigenous condiment, a staple of Chinese carry-outs across the city, which is slowly gaining  greater recognition beyond the local chicken-wing-lover demographic. Complex magazine, for instance, recently posted a guide to mumbo sauce hotspots in D.C.

Jones' own brand is called Capital City Mumbo Sauce, which she now sells online. The mother of four makes the stuff out of her home in Annapolis and sees great potential for popularizing the product beyond the inner-city subculture. One possibility: "Maybe mumbo sauce in grocery aisles in Bethesda."

Image courtesy of Capital City Mumbo Sauce

  • http://districtdiaires.blogspot.com/ The Diarist

    I may be an elitist purist here but I don't think you can call something "Capital City" while making it in Annapolis.

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  • Roy

    True dat! Talkin bout maybe in the aisles of Bethesda.....Annapolis is a hump from DC compared to bethesda.

  • william minor

    Dear Mrs. Jones,
    I wish you the best in trying to bring mumbo/mambo sauce to the general public. Many people fried chicken and made hamburgers, but the Colonel and Mickey D's; took it to another place.
    An African-American man, Mr. Raleigh, who owned the "Wings and Things" carryouts in D.C. created and popularized the original mambo/mumbo sauce. He also created a special coating to dip his wings into, before frying them; which has also never been reproduced.
    Mr. Raleigh's stores carried the slogan:" A chicken ain't nothing, but a bird; the wing's the thing"
    Thank you, for your efforts to carry on and broaden the appeal of a hometown favorite.

  • DINK

    I AGREE IN PART WITH ALL THREE INDIVIUALS...I THINK ITS GREAT THAT YOU TOOK THE INNER CITY IDEA AND MADE IT YOUR OWN BRAND AS WELL AS TAKING IT TO AREAS WHERE FOLK WILL TRY AND BUY. NOW ON THE FLIP SIDE I WOULD LIVE OUT THE PART ABOUT YOU LIVING IN ANNAPOLIS..IF YOUR ARE FROM THE CITY I WOULD SAY THAT BUT YOU WILL GET SOME RESISTANCE FROM HARDCORE D.C. NATIVES ABOUT BUYING SOMETHING THAT WAS MADE POPULAR IN D.C. FROM SOMEONE IN NOT ONLY MARYLAND BUT ANNAPOLIS MARYLAND. I WISH YOU MUCH SUCCESS AND BY THE WAY ANGELA WYATT IS A MUTUAL FRIEND AND SHE IS SUPPORTING YOUR PRODUCT.

  • GRACY WILSON

    HI,MS.JONES.PLEASE CONTINUE WITH YOUR WORK AND THIS IS WORK. YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB,IF YOU NEED SOME HELP FEEL FREE TO CALL ME. YOU HAVE MOUTHS TO FEED AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH WHAT YOU ARE DOING EVEN IF YOU RESIDED IN NEW YOUR CITY.KEEP THE NAME CAPITAL CITY.
    SOME FOLKS JUST HAVE TO COMPLAIN....SEND ME AN E MAIL, AND GOOD LUCK. I NEED 2 BOTTLES,..............

    THANKS MS.REDSKIN (AKA)GRACY

  • Dimples09

    I JUST WANTED TO SAY, "GREAT JOB" Ms. Jones. I STILL GO INTO THESE CHINESE CARRYOUT AND HEAR PEOPLE ASKING FOR CHICKEN WINGS W/MUMBO SAUCE ALL THE TIME, EVEN THOUGH THE TASTE IS A LOT DIFFERENT FROM BACK IN THE DAYS. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN DC AND I CAN REMEMBER CHICKEN WINGS LIVING OFF OF CHICKEN WINGS AND MUMBO SAUCE. THE FACT THAT YOU LIVE IN MARYLAND IS NO BIG DEAL. THE POINT IS YOU HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN FROM WHERE YOU CAME AND I APPRECIATE THAT. SO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND I LOOK FORWARD TO TRYING YOUR SAUCE.

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