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Hungry for Linkage: Red Apron Butchery is Animal Welfare Approved + Things Michael Voltaggio Hates + Jaleo’s Tour of Spain Wine Dinner

Posted by / Wednesday, June 26th, 2013


All hogs served at Red Apron Butchery are now from Animal Welfare Approved farms. Next stop, chicken. [WBJ]

Bon Appetit interviews Neil Patrick Harrisself-proclaimed food porn expert. When asked what his favorite meal is, he responds…In-N-Out burgers. But not too often. I have to watch my girlish figure.” [BA]

Ten Things I Hate About You…food stuff, by Food & Wine‘s Best New ChefMichael Voltaggio. [Food Republic]

In other news: sugar is taking over. Little Debbie is bringing back Drake’s Cakes (Coffee Cakes and Ring Dings) this fall, y’all! [Grub Street]

Paula Deen makes it to the “Today” show and Matt Lauer gives her a real run for her money (or whats left). [Eater]

Jaleo is hosting a Tour of Spain Wine Dinner program, starting tonight. For more information and other food and wine events, check out our calendar. [NVMwire]



The Reign of Hot Dog Pizza Bread: Mike vs. Jireh Cafe’s Savory Pastry Tarts

Posted by / Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

“This is exactly what I want to have when I come home [from a late night],” says Mike, after his first bite of Jireh Cafe & Bakery‘s hot dog pizza bread with cheddar, provolone, mayo and a sweet drizzle of tomato sauce. That sentiment soon came to an end with the bite of the spicy ham pizza round. Pastry and meat. Too much for a sober Mike. 

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Hungry for Linkage: Paula Deen Tries to Save Face + Arlington Restaurant Taxes Rise + Celebrity Delly’s Ten Percent Off Deal

Posted by / Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Celebrity Delly

Paula Deen will try to save face tomorrow on the “Today” show. Butter will not make this better. [HuffPo]

Arlington restaurant taxes will see a rise from nine to ten percent, starting July 1. [ARLnow]

Hosting an event? Throwing a party? Celebrity Delly is offering ten percent off of six foot subs, three foot subs and sandwich platters. [NVMwire]

Starbucks may be upping its prices, but how can you resist this cup o’compliment? [HuffPo]

Don’t freak out: Buzzfeed‘s 8 Dangerous Foods list isn’t life or death. [NPR]


A Glimpse at the 2013 Rammy Awards

Posted by / Monday, June 24th, 2013

By: Rachel Saenz

It was a night to remember at yesterday evening’s 31st Annual RAMMY Awards. Chefs, restaurant owners, journalists and food enthusiasts made their appearance at the ceremonies, conducted in Washington D.C.’s Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Between cocktails, great food and the constant chatter, the event perfectly embodied this year’s theme: Restaurants in Bloom.


Hungry for Linkage: Green Pig Bistro’s Scot Harlan Wins at the RAMMYS + Capitol City Brewing Co. Starts Patio Parties TODAY + Twinkies Make a Comeback

Posted by / Monday, June 24th, 2013

Blue Dream Cocktail

Blue Dream Cocktail /Courtesy of Capitol City Brewing Co.

Starting today, the Shirlington location of Capitol City Brewing Company will kick of weekly Patio Parties. Every Monday from 4 to 7 p.m., a burger and a pint of beer is $10. Though take note, folks: this deal is cash only. Cap City Brew Co. will also offer guests specialty, summer-themed cocktails for the rest of the season at $9. Think Tequila Sunrises and doctored-up ice teas. [NVMwire]

A warm congratulations to Scot Harlan of Green Pig Bistro for winning the “Rising Culinary Star” Award at the 2013 RAMMYS Awards last night. The RAMMYS, the annual gala/fundraiser of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), is the place to be for anyone in the cuisine scene in or around the Washington D.C. area. [NVMwire]

Herndon: on its way to food hub greatness? [Patch]

Bringing sexy sugar back. Yes, Twinkies are making a comeback next month. [HuffPo]

These coconut truffles are drool-worthy. [Vanilla Sugar Blog]


Weekend Deal: Honor James Gandolfini with a Tony Soprano Sub From Bronx Pizza

Posted by / Friday, June 21st, 2013

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To celebrate the life and career of James Gandolfini, Bronx Pizza and Subs will give away a free fountain drink and bag of chips to customers who purchases its Tony Soprano Overstuffed Sub. Heres to you, Tony.  / Bronx Pizza and Subs, 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington.


Friday Food Fizzle: The Goings-On This Weekend

Posted by / Friday, June 21st, 2013



If checking out our June Food and Wine Calendar is too hard of a task (we know, it has been a long week), we’re making it extra easy for you to find out what food events are happening in NoVA over the weekend. Organized by date and then time, we’re giving you the short and sweet summaries. From barbecues, grand openings to wine festivals, there is plenty to do, and even more to eat. Bon appetit, food friends.

Jackson 20′s Welcome Summer Party has been canceled—all tickets will be refunded. We’ll keep you posted on if and when Jackson 20 decides to reschedule!

5 p.m. Schlafly Draft Night at Rustico Ballston + Meet Co-founder Dan Kopman: Schlafly brews all night, by bottle or four ounce taster. / Rustico Restaurant, 4075 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.


11 a.m.-5 p.m. A Mid-Summer Festive at Philip Carter Winery: Enjoy a mid-summer night (without Shakespeare), food stalls, wine samples, live music and a big ol’ bonfire. / Philip Carter Winery, 4366 Stillhouse Road, Hume; $10.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Elevation Burger Grand Opening in Vienna Celebrate the newest edition to the Elevation Burger chain in Vienna, support a good cause and possibly go home with a free t-shirt. / Elevation Burger, 142 Branch Road, Vienna.

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Coming Soon from Local Restaurateur Mike Cordero: Flat Iron Steak & Saloon in Alexandria and Tacos and Beer in Arlington

Posted by / Friday, June 21st, 2013

Flat Iron Steak & Saloon / Photo by Lindsey Jenkins

After being in the restaurant business for 35 years, Mike Cordero, 54, has seen his fair share of ups and downs. Almost two years after his Latin-inspired restaurant, Agua Viva, opened its doors, they closed for good. “I think I missed the boat with Agua Viva,” admits Cordero, “I was too modern, too Miami.” With three restaurants in the NoVA area—Primetime Sports Bar and Grill in Fairfax, A-Town Bar & Grill in Arlington and Bronx Pizza and Subs in Clarendon— Cordero decided to close shop and give his Old Town restaurant a complete makeover. Its replacement, Flat Iron Steak & Saloon, a made for the Old Town Alexandria, “old world” crowd, is set to open July 10. 

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Hungry for Linkage: Paula Deen is in Trouble + Free Drinks at Tropical Smoothie Cafe + A Kosher Pig

Posted by / Friday, June 21st, 2013

Photo courtesy of Jake Levin

Art and being kosher: “Delving into Jewish dietary laws and new ethical systems of animal welfare and artisanal cookery,” states a press release, artist Jake Levin “created a utopian object: a ham and its accoutrements which he suggests is “kosher” (fit for ritual consumption) because it adheres to ethical values of egalitarianism that would only come with the Messiah.” / Towson University Center for the Arts Gallery

Jeremy Hoffman of Restaurant Eve was named as one of the nation’s most important young chefs. [Eater]

No socks? No problem. Tropical Smoothie Cafés around the  nation are celebrating National Flip Flop Day by giving customers with their toes showing a free 24-ounce smoothie from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Chi Mc replaces Bon Chon in Annandale—and it’s all good with Don Rockwell. []

Accused racist Paula Deen bails on “Today” show appearance. “Today” tweets in anger. [Eater]


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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