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A Guide to Oktoberfests in Northern Virginia

Posted by / Friday, September 26th, 2014

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Where to find beer, sausage and sauerkraut at Northern Virginia’s Oktoberfests. 

By Susannah Black

Lovettsville’s Oktoberfest
September 26-28
The Town of Lovettsville hosts Oktoberfest: Beer taps at 10 a.m. while an Official Keg-Tapping Ceremony commences at noon, with dances, live music and various competitions continuing until late evening. Close-by restaurants including Andy’s of Lovettsville will be offering food specials. / Pennsylvania Ave., Lovettsville 

Mad Fox Brewing Company’s Hoppy Oktoberfest
September 27
The 4th annual, IPA-inspired Oktoberfest is free to attend but there is a $20 tasting fee to try up to 60 beers, nearly double the beers available last year. A fan-favorite voting contest enables participants to potentially win prizes. Live music and a Mad Fox menu will also be available. / 444 W. Broad St., Falls Church

Fort Belvoir Oktoberfest 
October 2-5
For Belvoir offers an opportunity to try three German beers on draft, a 5K race, authentic German food and live music. Kids activities are also available. / Fremont Field, Fort Belvoir, Fairfax

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Hungry For Linkage: Heritage Brewing’s Bacon Beer Release + Clarendon Day 2014 + Beltway Brewing Company’s One Year Anniversary

Posted by / Friday, September 26th, 2014

Photo by Susannah Black

Photo by Susannah Black

By Susannah Black

On Sunday, Heritage Brewing Company releases a Bacon Beer Stout while The Bone serves BLTs and brisket chili. [FB]

Willow Restaurant of Ballston offers chef/owner Tracy O’Grady‘s favorite hometown dishes at Buffalo Night the last Friday of every month. [Willow Restaurant]

 Café Aurora celebrates its 10th year anniversary on Saturday with a dinner and dance. [Café Aurora]

Drink craft beers, run a 10K and experience live music on Saturday at Clarendon Day 2014. [Clarendon]

Beltway Brewing Company hosts its one year anniversary party on Saturday; a specially brewed beer and DC Sliders Truck will be present for the occasion. [FB]


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Witch’s Brew: Where to Find 14 Pumpkin Beers from NoVA Breweries

Posted by / Friday, September 26th, 2014

Corcoran Padawan Pumpkin Ale

Illustration by Agnes King.

 

What Evil Lurks Imperial Pumpkin
by Adroit Theory Brewing Company in Purcellville (for members only)

Pumpkin Saison
by BadWolf Brewing Company in Manassas

Dr. Punkinstein Pumpkin Porter
by Capitol City Brewing Company in Shirlington

Padawan Pumpkin Ale
by Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville

Jake O’Lantern Pumpkin Ale
by Crooked Run Brewing in Leesburg

Pumpkin Roggenbier, Pumpkin IPA, Pumpkin Stout and Pumpkin Saison
by Forge Brew Works in Lorton

Bradford Amber-Brown Ale and Chocolate Pumpkin Peanut Butter Stout
by Heritage Brewing Company in Manassas

Pumpkinator Pumpkin Beer
by Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church

Pumpkin Ale
by Mad Horse Brewpub in Lovettsville

Pumpkin Ale
by Old 690 Brewing Company in Purcellville

Old Jail Pumpkin Ale
by Old Bust Head Brewery in Warrenton

The Oxorcist Pumpkin Brown Ale
by Old Ox Brewing Company in Ashburn

Ghost Town Pumpkin Ale
by Sweetwater Tavern in Centreville, Merrifield and Sterling

Pumpkin Ale
by The Beer Joint Brewing Leesburg in Leesburg

(October 2014)


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Arlington’s Trade Roots Expands Fair Trade Practices with the Opening of New Coffee Shop

Posted by / Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Lisa Ostroff of Trade Roots coffee shop

Lisa Ostroff at f Trade Roots’ new coffee shop / Photo courtesy of Lisa Ostroff

By Nicole Bayne

“People should know fair trade is about more than just coffee and tea,” says Lisa Ostroff , the owner of Trade Roots in Arlington. Beyond the products, the concept of fair trade fosters a system that pays reasonable prices for certain goods in developing countries. 

Started as a shop to sell eco-friendly, recycled and eclectic jewelry and art handmade from small villages around the world, Trade Roots recently expanded the space to include a coffee shop and cafe, with the roasting done by Equal Exchange.

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Hungry For Linkage: Reagan Airport Expands Dining Options + Souping is the New Juicing+ More Burger Joints in NoVA

Posted by / Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

burgers

Courtesy of Jody Fellows

By Nicole Bayne

Dulce Crepes campaigns on Kickstarter to open in Fairfax. [Eater]

From learning about seasonal ingredients to embracing fats, lessons from cooking on a farm. [Bon Appetite]

Updates on the openings of Social Burger, Citizen Burger Bar and Zinburger. [Burger Days]

Juicing is out, souping is in. [Well and Good]

Mike Isabella will be opening another location of his restaurant, Kapnos Taverna, at Reagan National Airport, along with other local chains, Lebanese Taverna and Cava Mezze Grill. [WBJ]

Virginians like drinking Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. [Leesburg Today]

 


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Farm-to-Table Turns Corporate: True Food Kitchen Opens Today in Mosaic District

Posted by / Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

True Food Kitchen

Photo Courtesy of Fox Restaurant Concepts.

By Susannah Black

The restaurant’s concept is simple: “farm-to-table, organic, local foods,” says Sam Fox, owner of True Food Kitchen. It’s the same ethos which has been driving the modern mom-and-pop shops and now is showing up in corporate America.

The East Coast’s first True Food Kitchen, based on the Mediterranean-leaning anti-inflammatory diet developed by Dr. Andrew Weil, opens today in Merrifield‘s Mosaic District.  

Weil, a renowned doctor, professor and author, collaborates with Fox to create this nutritional menu. With Weil’s assistance, Fox says “all of the food on the menu has been thought out about how it reacts in your body.”  For example, Fox says “a lot of our dishes are gluten-free or dairy-free” and added are “special spices and herbs to reduce inflammation,” as “Andy believes that inflammation is the root of a lot of diseases.” 

Also behind the menu, Michael Obermeier, Fairfax’s True Food Kitchen’s executive chef, relocated to the D.C. area from West Palm Beach after becoming connected with Fox: “Fox found me … I was looking to broaden my horizons and when this opportunity came my way, I kind of jumped on it.” Obermeier reiterates Dr. Weil’s and Fox’s dedication to a menu with nutritionally high standards. “Everything that we do is supposed to be natural … introduce nothing but good products.”

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Hungry for Linkage: Virginia Wine Country + Bone Broth + Hershey’s Candy Corn Creme Bars

Posted by / Monday, September 22nd, 2014

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By Stefanie Gans

José Andrés  shows off Virginia wine country. [F&W]

Life is like a latte. [Cupcakes for Breakfast]

Recipe: gluten-free quinoa cakes from Arlington‘s Willow. [WaPo]

For the love of bone broth. [New Potato]

“If I close my eyes and use my imagination, there’s something slightly fruity at the end as if someone spliced Cadbury Egg Crème with dehydrated strawberry nubs, but it’s more about the abundance of sugar and texture: melty, melty, melty,” on Hershey’s Candy Corn Creme Bars. [The Impulsive Buy]


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Hungry For Linkage: Pig Roast + Historic Manassas Restaurant Week + Good Year for Virginia Apples

Posted by / Friday, September 19th, 2014

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By Susannah Black

River Bend Bistro hosts Port City Brewing Company’s first pig roast on Sunday: a whole hog from Serenity Farms in Maryland will serve as the main course along with side dishes like balsamic-braised swiss chard, applesauce, corn on the cob and fried pig ears. ($45/pp) [Port City]

Historic Manassas Restaurant Week begins this Sunday, with such restaurants as Malones, City Square Cafe and Carmello’s participating. [Historic Manassas Restaurant Alliance]

Society Fair and TNT on Columbia Pike are expected to close its doors for business by the end of this month. [ARLnow].

Eat BBQ and drink Mad Fox Brewing Company’s Keller Kolsch, Defender APA, Stir About Oatmeal and Saison on Saturday at the Beer Bourbon BBQ Festival  in McLean. [Mad Fox]

Experience an authentic German food buffet, drink beer by not-yet-opened Portner Brewhouse and play board games in Alexandria today at Okto-Board-Fest. [Portner Brewhouse]

Stephens City apple farmer Dudley Rinker says that despite this summer’s “dry spell,” apple pickers can expect “a fairly large crop for 2014.” [NVDaily].


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Technically, It’s Still Summer: 7 Season-Spanning Chambourcin Rosés from Northern Virginia Wineries

Posted by / Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Photo By Susannah Black

Rappahannock Rose Fizzy 2013/ Photo By Susannah Black

By Susannah Black

What is a dedicated drinker to do while moving from summer to fall? Jim Livingston of Hartwood Winery suggests that a a chilled Chambourcin Rosé is “naturally good for transitioning” from summer to fall because of its “dry, lighter…. and very refreshing” tasting notes. This rosé, a medium-bodied, fruit-forward, off dry, wine with mild earth tones and herbal notes, will satisfy summer’s dedication to drinkable, light wines while providing the richer, fuller notes of a colder-weather wine. Here are seven wineries in Northern Virginia that offer a noteworthy Chambourcin Rosé. 

Dry Mill Winery 2013 Chambourcin Rosé
Winemaker Karen Reed describes this $20 rosé as “reminiscent of summer’s first strawberries,” finishing with noticeable acidity and mild sweetness. / 18195 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg.

Hartwood Winery 2013 Rappahannock Rosé
This $19 French-style rosé won the bronze metal at Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.  General Manager Beverly Livingston suggests the “soft cherry-like flavors” and “hints of citrus” are well-suited to “light foods.” / 345 Hartwood Road, Fredericksburg.

Hidden Brook Winery 2010 Rosé
Tasting room manager Ken Strasberg suggests “this is not your typical rosé;” it is “very spicy” and collaborates with a “blend of lemon, blueberry, grapefruit and blackberry.”  This $20 wine pairs “great with Thai and Mexican.” / 43301 Spinks Ferry Road, Leesburg

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From City Bartender to Country Farmer, Gary Hall Opens Brassicas Farm Fresh Market & Cafe

Posted by / Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Photo by Stefanie Gans

Photo by Stefanie Gans

By Susannah Black

For the last eight years, Gary Hall worked at various establishments in various positions: bartending and cooking at Local 16 in D.C., bartending at Rocket Bar in Chinatown, and bartending and managing at Chi-Cha Lounge on U Street. While Hall’s work history gave him experience within the industry, he says he eventually became “interested in growing ingredients locally.”

Last year, Hall’s desire in “providing fresh, healthy, seasonal food in an accessible way” inspired him to temporarily move from D.C. to Loudoun County in order to open Brassicas Farm Fresh Market & Café. “I decided to give it a shot,” says Hall. 

Opened last month in Aldie, Brassicas is both a restaurant, market and farm. The locally sourced ingredients on the menu are as close by as the restaurant’s backyard, where a large garden provides much of the menu’s produce and the chickens living on the land provide the eggs. Other products are sourced from Quarter Branch Farm, with cheeses from Oak Spring Farm and George’s Mill Farm and smoked bacon from Spring House Farm, all in Lovettsville

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