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Bistro 360 Market Opens Tonight at 6

Posted by / Friday, October 17th, 2014

1800 Wilson Blvd.

Bistro 360 / Photo by Nicole Bayne

By Nicole Bayne

From Georgian cheese bread to the Central Asian rice dish, plov, Bistro 360 will serve dishes inspired from countries across the globe. There will be a market too, from Cassatt’s owner Art Hauptman, and is set to open tonight at 6 p.m.

Inspired by Hauptman’s love of international culinary practices—Cassatt’s features dishes from New Zealand—Bistro 360 will showcase Mediterranean fare with an emphasis on food found in the Northern Hemisphere, specifically French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and American.

“Some dishes will be traditionally prepared, while some will be prepared fusion style. There will still be food from a number of different countries that complement each other,” says Hauptman. Since most of these cuisines share the same base, like poultry, beef, lamb and vegetables, it will be up to the spices and oils to make each dish unique. 

Hauptman is not redoing the entire 140-seat space, formerly Cafe Assorti, but says Portuguese tiles will don “wall hangings from parts of Asia and a variety of countries.” The retail market offerings include meals to-go, wine, beer, cheese, charcuterie, breads, pastries, coffees and teas. “I’ve always loved interesting and good food at reasonable prices and that’s what I’m trying to do here,” says Hauptman.

Hauptman hopes to have the restaurant and wine bar of Bistro 360 open late next week. You can already view the bar menu on their website,, which should be live very soon. / Bistro 360, 1800 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703- 522-3600



Hungry For Linkage: Port City Releases Limited Edition Black IPA + Yoga in the Taproom + Paradise Springs Harvest Wine Dinner

Posted by / Friday, October 17th, 2014

Long Black Veil Black IPA/ Photo Courtesy of Port City Brewing Company

Long Black Veil Black IPA/ Photo Courtesy of Port City Brewing Company

By Susannah Black

The Whole Ox Butcher Shop of The Plains hosts farmer Judd Culver of the Britain-based KellyBronze® turkey farm from Fort Valley for a free turkey tasting today and Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m. [The Whole Ox]

Port City Brewing Company releases Long Black Veil, a limited edition Black IPA, today in their tasting room. The brew will also be available on draft in bars and restaurants. [Port City]

Alexandria-raised chef George Pagonis is the first of 16 contestants eliminated from this season of Top Chef. [WP]

Yoga instructor and Old Bust Head Brewing Company employee Jaimis Huff leads a detox/retox yoga class in the brewery’s taproom on Sunday ($12; does not include beer). [Old Bust Head]

Danny McFadden, former owner of Kitty O’Shea’s in Courthouse, plans to open The Celtic House on Columbia Pike in the next few weeks. McFadden says that the Irish pub’s menu will be broad, including both Irish and American fare. [ARLNow]

Paradise Springs Winery of Clifton celebrates a successful harvest with the annual Harvest Wine Dinner on Saturday. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with the winemaker and learn about the wine making process, followed by a five-course meal and wine pairing. [Paradise Springs]

Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub in the Village at Shirlington hosts a Balvenie Scotch Dinner on Monday that will include a three-course dinner paired with Balvenie 12, 14 and 17 year and a tasting guide presented by a Balvenie Brand Ambassador. [Samuel Beckett's]

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Goochland releases their bourbon barrel aged Virginia Black Bear Russian Imperial Stout on Saturday. [FB]


Celebrating Virginia Wine Month: 10 Northern Virginia Farmers Markets Selling Local Wine

Posted by / Thursday, October 16th, 2014


Central Farm Markets, Photo Courtesy of Debra Moser

Ballston FreshFarm Market / Photo Courtesy of Debra Moser

By Susannah Black

It’s not all apples and pumpkins. During Virginia Wine Month, check out these 10 farmers markets across Northern Virginia that host wine vendors in addition to providing a week’s worth of produce.

Arlington County
Two to three local, regional wineries will be participating in Ballston FreshFarm Market‘s wine and beer garden for a special Halloween market on October 30th. Guests can expect free admission with one free tasting and then may buy individual drink tickets for $5. / 901 N. Taylor St., Arlington. 

Fairfax County
Mosaic Central Farm Market, open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday through November, rotates hosting Barrel Oak Winery and Chateau O’Brien At NorthPoint. Participants may do tastings or buy full bottles. / 2910 District Ave., Fairfax.

Fabbioli Cellars alternates visiting the Smarts Market, Inc. farmers markets: Oakton Smart Markets Farmers Market and Springfield Smart Markets Farmers Market host the winery on rotating Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with the Oakton location continuing every other weekend through December. The winery visits Reston Smart Markets Farmers Market on Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. and the Chantilly Smart Markets Farmers Market on Thursdays 3:30-7 p.m. Samplers may get tastes of five different wines or buy full bottles to take home. / Various Locations.

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Two NoVA Chefs Star in Season 12 of Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’

Posted by / Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

By Stefanie Gans

Joy Crump, owner of FOODĒ in Fredericksburg and George Pagonis, an Alexandria native, join the newest cast of Bravo’s culinary competition “Top Chef.” FOODĒ started as a catering company in Atlanta, and in 2010, Crump brought it to downtown Fredericksburg as a small, counter operation with an emphasis on local food. This December, Pagnois, along with “Top Chef” alum Mike Isabella, will open Kapnos Taverna in Arlington. The restaurant is an offshoot of Kapnos in Washington, D.C, where Pagnois is executive chef. Season 12, shot in Boston, airs tonight at 10 p.m. 

(October 2014)


Hungry For Linkage: Virginia Named Best Food Region + Aladdin’s Eatery Closed + The Foie Gras Controversy

Posted by / Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Kitchensurfing's Chef

Launching today: Kitchensurfing / Photo courtesy of Kitchensurfing

By Nicole Bayne

Join chefs Bertrand Chemel from 2941 Restaurant and Lior Lev Sercarz, owner of La Boîte Biscuits & Spices, as they co-host  the 2nd Annual Eight-Course Spice Dinner at 2941 on Sunday, October 26 from 5– 8p.m. 

Launching today, Kitchensurfing lets customers hire local chefs to cook for them in their kitchen—and clean up. Area chefs include: Marysabel Taboada of McLean, a private chef in the residence of the French ambassador, classically French trained Nahum Jeannot of Falls Church, the southern chef Kimble Guzewich of Arlington, and Sona Creamery chef Frank Paris of Leesburg.

Foie Gras is still banned in California. L.A.’s Hot’s Restaurant Group challenged the ban based on interference of interstate commerce, but the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the argument yesterday. [LA]

Imagine a purpose for Starbucks cups without coffee. Artist Soo Min Kim turns these cups into masterpieces while filming the whole process. [GrubStreet]

Aladdin’s Eatery in the Village at Shirlington is now closed. It’s uncertain whether or not this will be permanent. [ARL]

The new app Pay with OpenTable is here ridding the world of the infamous “I’m ready for my check” hassle, and also cuts the end-of-meal uncertainty out of serving. [Washingtonian]

Virginia: Food Region of 2014. From the coast, to bakeries, to vineyards and craft beer breweries, it’s amazing this state hasn’t been given more recognition for it’s culinary endeavors. [Esquire]


Hungry for Linkage: Columbus Day Brunch at Copperwood Tavern + Kiddie Breakfast + Death to Pumpkin

Posted by / Monday, October 13th, 2014

Photo courtesy of Sisters Thai

Photo courtesy of Sisters Thai

If you’re honoring Columbus, weekend brunch service extends today (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) at Copperwood Tavern

What children around the world eat for breakfast. [NYT]

The people who harvest bananas. [WaPo]

My Thai Place to open in Centreville and Sister’s Thai to open in Mosaic District. [Eater]

Death to pumpkin. [WCP]


By The Numbers

Posted by / Friday, October 10th, 2014

Virginia's largest pumpkin.

Photo courtesy of Klaus Kaulitzki/

The number of pounds of Virginia’s largest pumpkin during it’s seven-year reign.

Grown by William Layton in Tyro, the pumpkin, named Last Chance, won the State Fair of Virginia’s 2007 Giant Pumpkin Contest and held its title as the largest squash until Sept. 29, when Hank Houston of Spotslyvania County turned in a 1,203-pound gourd. Last year Layton’s pumpkin, Lucky, clocked in around 640 pounds and came in second place. —Nicole Bayne

(October 2014)


Hungry For Linkage: Courthouse Arts & Craft Beer Festival + Oktoberfest Reston this Weekend + Tutto Bene Closes

Posted by / Friday, October 10th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Whyte /

Food Truck, Photo Courtesy of Jeff Whyte /

By Susannah Black

This Sunday the Courthouse Arts & Craft Beer Festival will feature local breweries, including Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Port City Brewing Company and Crooked Run Brewing. [Clarendon]

Fairfax County implements new zoning rules making it easier for food trucks to do business in busy shopping centers like Tysons and Reston. [WUSA]

Fall brews, food vendors, live entertainment and a chili cook off will be at Oktoberfest Reston this weekend. [Oktoberfest Reston]

Willow Restaurant of Ballston hosts its own Oktoberfest today, complete with a beer garden, seasonal wines, sausages, sauerkraut and house-made pretzels. [Willow]

Drink wine and get educated at Sunset Hills Vineyard‘s Vine to Wine Harvest Series, offered the next three Sundays. [Sunset Hills]

After more than 20 years, Ballston‘s Italian restaurant Tutto Bene closes its doors for business. [ARLnow]


One Year In, 78,000 Pounds of Compost for Alexandria’s New Resource Recovery Division

Posted by / Thursday, October 9th, 2014

By Susannah Black

After witnessing an unstaffed waste collection station at a farmers market while on vacation in New Mexico, Michael Clem was inspired to bring composting back home to Alexandria. For the last year, four farmers markets in Alexandria (Old Town, Del RayFour Mile Run and West End) collected compost from residents. 

As an environmental planner for Alexandria City, Clem started the Resource Recovery Division this past November, adding composting to the Alexandria City government-funded recycling service. Clem and his team have dedicated themselves to compiling compost—leftover food and other natural scraps—to reintroduce it to the earth, thereby creating healthy soil.

Joshua Etim, the Division’s resource recovery station manager, describes their mission as “encouraging a habit of composting in Alexandria … and diverting the organic waste out of the trash and into a better resource.” Other cities across the country have started aggressive campaigns to enforce composting, like San Francisco’s goal of zero waste by 2020. There’s also a group of eco-minded women from the Fertile Earth Foundation who put together a racy composting calendar (see above for the Kickstarter campaign) to garner attention for a less wasteful society.  

“During the week you eat all of this good food, instead of throwing it away… at the end of the week, you give us the food scraps,” says Etim. Donating the compose is completely free at the Alexandria farmers markets. Eligible materials include: fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee grounds, egg shells, breads, pasta, cereal, rice and flowers. Do not bring: meat products, oil, dairy or pet waste. Donators may bring their composting materials in bags or bins from home, or they can purchase a $5 composting pail at the market.

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Hungry for Linkage: Chef David Guas on “The Talk” + Capitol City Brewing Company takes Silver + New Restaurants in Crystal City

Posted by / Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

David Guas

Chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery / Photo by
Scott Suchman

By Nicole Bayne

Bayou Bakery chef and owner David Guas will share game-day dishes, tailgating tips and recipe ideas for Thursday night football on CBS’ “The Talk,” tomorrow at 2 p.m. 

Capitol City Brewing Company’s Amber Waves Ale takes the silver in the American Style Amber/Red Ale category of The Great American Beer Festival.

Why artificial sweeteners do more damage than their glucose counterpart. [NYT]

From the creators of Continental Pool Lounge comes Highline, a new restaurant and bar influenced by the third space trend, scheduled to open late this fall in Crystal City. [Eater]

According to a new report, 90 percent of women working in the restaurant industry experience sexual harassment. Women can submit their stories here. [Grub Street]


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