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Reverse Trend: Goodstone Inn Sells Leftover Produce at NoVA Farmers Markets

Posted by / Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Goodstone @ at the Leesburg Farmers Market

Goodstone @ at the Leesburg Farmers Market/Courtesy of Stefanie Gans

By: Rachel Saenz

Normally, restaurants head to farmers markets to buy ingredients for dinner. But in Middleburg, the farm at Goodstone Inn and Restaurant produced enough from the garden that it could sell at the market. Starting in early May, Goodstone took surplus  flowers and produce to both the Leesburg and Middleburg farmers markets. With a garden that’s just a fifth of an acre, the Inn’s farming department not only provides produce for Goodstone’s guests, but also for the community.

“We were already using herbs and other produce from the garden in the kitchen, but the owner really wanted to expand that program even more,” says Meredith Kope, the Farm Gardener at Goodstone. “Our goal was to have an outlet for excess produce.”

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Hungry for Linkage: Ignore La Tagliatella + Fruit & Fashion + Subway’s Lost Vegan Sandwiches

Posted by / Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Focacce Liguri, a duet of focaccia breads / Photo Credit La Tagliatella

WaPo food critic Tom Sietsema on the Arlington outpost of La Tagliatella:

“The Italian concept, an unfortunate import from Europe that plays up 400 combinations of pasta and sauce, is so distasteful on so many different levels, I was tempted to dismiss it after just one visit. I changed my mind when I considered its prime corner real estate in Clarendon and the Poland-based chain’s intention to expand elsewhere in the United States.

Someone needs to put a stop to this threat to our nation.”  He also dishes on writing negative reviews in his weekly chat. [WaPo]

Oh meat. Why so delicious? Why so unhealthy? New study: red meat linked to diabetes.  [Branain]

Pizza Paradiso to release cookbook. [WCP]

Fruit and fashion. [Madewell]

Trains and a road beer. Thank you, Grand Central. [BrewYork]

Watermelon nails. It’s a thing. [Refinery 29]

Subway urged to debut vegan sandwiches after an initial test-run in Washington, D.C. [Compassion Over Killing]

Summer foodie reads. [Food Tank]


The Ice Cream Man Is Here: Woody Lashley Moves Back to Fairfax, And Above his Shop, Woody’s Ice Cream

Posted by / Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Woody's Ice Cream: Under Construction but Still Serving Treats/ Photo by Lindsey Jenkins

Inside a little trailer at the end of Stonewall Avenue in Fairfax City stood WoodrowWoody” Lashley, 72, retired mechanic, longtime Northern Virginia resident and now, beloved ice cream man. Fast forward 15 years and in Old Town Fairfax, and you’ll find Lashley, serving the same soft-serve ice cream to fans big, small and furry (vanilla only for the pups). Though the ice cream and service  haven’t strayed from its familiar friendliness, there have been some changes made to Woody’s this year—Woody is, literally, in the building.

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Hungry for Linkage: Welcome To The East Coast, True Food Kitchen + EatBar’s 5th Annual Beach Blanket Wine Bash + Fit for Hope D.C. Challenge

Posted by / Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Sweet November studio/

Later this summer, True Food Kitchen will open its first east coast location in the Mosaic District. [NVMwire]

EatBar‘s 5th Annual Beach Blanket Wine Bash is happening this Saturday. Get your tickets now. [NVMwire]

Check out the Mosaic District‘s film center, Angelika‘s screening of SOMM and sample some Beringer wine, tonight at 7:30 p.m. [NVMwire]

Mike Isabella teams up with American Cancer Society to launch the first Fit for Hope D.C. Challenge with competitors like Will Artley of Pizzeria Orso and Eat Good Food Group‘s Todd Thrasher and Ryan Wheeler. [NVMwire]

Its Free Chips and Guac Day at California Tortilla (with the purchase of any entree). California Tortilla customers are also invited to enter the First Annual Avocado Art Contest and play some trivia via Facebook and Twitter throughout the month of June. [NVMwire]


Lick Your Screen: Italian Sweets Edition

Posted by / Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Photo by Stefanie Gans

Tiramisu never goes out of style. | Zibibbo 73 | Stafford

[Do you have a lick-worthy photo? Send it in: food desk]


Hungry for Linkage: Boozin’ + Chris Cooley + Tacos & Tortas

Posted by / Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Courtesy of Fuego Cocina y Tequileria

Wendy’s customer really, really doesn’t want cheese on his hamburger. [Gawker]

Former Redskins tight end, Chris Cooley adds a personal touch to Teddy and the Bully Bar. [WaPo]

Boozin’ outside in ClarendonYes, please. [Zagat]

Who needs a champagne toast when you can cheers with something brewed. [HuffPo]

Get in on Fuego Cocina y Tequileria‘s Tacos & Tortas Tour noon to 4 in June and July and win a lunch for two


BadWolf Brewing Co. Opens Wednesday with Beer and Barbecue

Posted by / Monday, June 17th, 2013


BadWolf Brewing Co.

Courtesy of Sarah Meyer

By: Rachel Saenz

Craft brew lovers, get prepared for Wednesday. The grand opening of Manassas’ BadWolf Brewing Co. is happening this Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m. (or until the beer runs out).

According to co-founder Sarah Meyer, of the husband and wife team, the night is going to be pretty laid back. Festivities will include socializing and eats (for purchase) from Bristow-based Smokes BBQ, as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony with Manassas Mayor Harry J. Parrish II. And of course, there will be beer.

“We’re just really excited for people to try local, tasty craft beer.” says Meyer.

The couple plans to offer guests 6-ounce tasters throughout the night and one growler per person (a slight difference from their online flyer). Their lineup includes six different brews, including a saison, an IPA and a mystery flavor.

Judging from their Facebook page, the Meyers will be in great company. Nearly 90 people have RSVP’d for the opening party and they already have over 700 likes. Meyer’s noted that “BadWolf is the first craft brewery of Manassas” and it seems that folks are ready for some local flavor.

“This is a home brewer’s dream come true,” says Sarah Meyers. “We’ve been in the area for a while and are excited to offer something as unique as this to the community.” / BadWolf Brewing Co. 9776 Center St., Manassas


Hungry for Linkage: Cloud Lounge Hookah Bar and Restaurant Opening in Arlington + PBR Sells WWII Patriotic Beer Cans to China + Ranch-Flavored Soda

Posted by / Monday, June 17th, 2013

Hookah Lounge

Courtesy of Natalia Sidorova/

By: Rachel Saenz

Cloud Lounge, a hookah bar and restaurant is expected to open this summer in Arlington [ARLnow]

The new Elevation Burger location in Vienna will donate 10 percent of all sales in their opening week (June 17 to June 21) to the Autism Society of Northern Virginia. [NVMwire]

PBR is selling patriotic WWII commemorative beer cans solely in China? Yep. [Grub Street]

Need a new, go-to ice cream flavor? Pick from this assortment. [HuffPo]

Ranch Dressing Soda: Just no. [HuffPo]


Fairfax County Invites Food Trucks to Apply for Pilot Program

Posted by / Friday, June 14th, 2013

Food Truck

Nuno Andre/

By: Rachel Saenz

The food truck-less days are over for Fairfax residents. Starting in early July, food trucks will station themselves at each of the nine county parks.

“We want [the trucks] out there,” says Judy Pederson, the Public Information Officer for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Pederson sites wanting to support local businesses and provide an amenity to park-goers as the main goals of the pilot program. 

The park authority invited about 100 vendors who previously expressed interest in holding a food truck license to participate and notified others via through the website and a press release. With a June 21 deadline, three food truck operations have sent in applications thus far. While specific businesses can not be revealed, Pederson notes that so far barbecue, Indian cuisine and ice cream are represented in the applications. “We’re trying to be as culturally diverse as possible,” says Pederson.

A selection process will take place about a week after the deadline. They’re trying to fill nine spots, or one food truck for each park. Truck owners will set their own schedules (according to park operating hours) which means they’ll be available more than a few times a week.

The park authority remains hopeful about the program and also encourages food truck owners to apply. (There’s still time!)

Here’s to summer Little League and pulled pork sandwiches in the park.


Hungry for Linkage: Ah Love Oil & Vinegar’s B-day Party + Welcome to NoVA, Osteria Marzano + Ben & Jerry’s D.C.-Inspired Ice Cream

Posted by / Friday, June 14th, 2013


Photo Courtesy of Osteria Marzano

Ah Love Oil & Vinegar is celebrating its second birthday in style tomorrow with giveaways, randomly awarded coupons and new products such as Spanish wine vinegar from Marquez de Valdueza, WhoopAss— a popular spice blend from Teeny Tiny Spice Company and Man Can candles (scents include Grandpa’s Pipe and New Mitt.) [NVMwire]

Next week marks Osteria Marzano‘s soft opening. Check out Alexandria’s newest Italian restaurant for chef and owner, Carmine Marzano’s signature brick-oven pizzas or dessert pizza—yes, a pizza with pistachio, Nutella, sea salt, whipped mascarpone and baby marshmallows. [NVMwire]

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream is looking into making a D.C.-inspired flavor pint of icy deliciousness…with Route 11 potato chips. [WaPo]

Bracket Room gives followers a sneak peak of the new restaurant’s…bathroom. Hey, the tile looks nice! [NVMwire]

Help Cheesetique protest the FDA ban on Mimolette, a French hard-aged cheese, by eating it for free. [NVMwire]

Society Fair uses every single piece of the animal—whether it be for the plate or for the wall. [CP]


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