Posts Tagged ‘Gut Check’

Hungry For Linkage: Hot Chocolate Tasting at Artisan Confections + Bottling Day at Catoctin Creek Distillery + Thanksgiving Drinking Seminar

Posted by Editorial / Friday, November 14th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Artisan Confections

Artisan Confection’s chocolates / Photo Courtesy of Dan Chung

By Susannah Black

Restaurants may see a strong year in 2015: “Lower gas and commodity prices, coupled with high valuations and low debt costs, have generated some optimism for the restaurant industry heading into 2015.” [Restaurant News]

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a bottling workshop this Saturday at 9 a.m. Guests will learn how to bottle, seal, cap and label Catoctin’s Roundstone Rye. [Catoctin Creek]

Cobbler Mountain Cellars pairs up with Custom Adventure Tours for a three-day Cider Under the Stars camping, hiking and cider tasting experience. [Cider Week Virginia]

Artisan Confections will host an open house this Saturday at their Arlington location between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and at their Fairfax location between 4 – 8 p.m. Enjoy chocolate and hot chocolate tastings as well as discounts on in-store purchases. [FB]

A Drinking Seminar on Beverages for Thanksgiving will be hosted at The Whole Ox of The Plains tonight at 7 p.m. For $20, guests will taste wine, beer, cider and other specialty drinks along with light food pairings. [The Whole Ox]

Hungry for Linkage: MOM’s Organic Market Sells Its Own Oysters + Adroit Theory Releases 3 Beers this Week + Virginia vs Italian Wine

Posted by Editorial / Friday, November 7th, 2014

Herb IPA and Rye IPA / Photo Courtesy of Adroit Theory Brewing Company

Herb IPA and Rye IPA / Photo Courtesy of Adroit Theory Brewing Company

By Susannah Black


Early Mountain Vineyards hosts a wine education series with Sommelier Neal Wavra. This Sunday, the first session will explore the similarities in profile between Virginian and Italian wines. [Early Mountain]

Maryland-based MOM’s Organic Market will now sell its own oysters sourced off Fleets Island; available in Rockville, D.C. and Alexandria locations. [Washington Business Journal]

The Ashburn Farmers Market of One Loudoun has extended their fall schedule through Saturday, November 22. [Loudoun Farmers Markets]

Bluemont Vineyard pairs together yoga and wine at the Yoga on the Wine Trail by Yoga 4 Life this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. [Visit Loudoun]

Vermilion hosts its first beer dinner featuring Richmond’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery next Thursday, November 13th with four, paired courses for $55. 

Adroit Theory Brewing Company releases three new beers this week: Catoctin Creek Gin Herb IPA, a Rye IPA and a 6-month, rum-aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale which will be released on Sunday for club members. [FB]

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

Posted by Editorial / 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 Editorial / 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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Hungry For Linkage: Shirlington Oktoberfest This Saturday + Heritage Brewing Can Release + Tarara Winery’s 25th Anniversary

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Susannah Black

Photo Courtesy of Susannah Black

By Susannah Black

Dogfish Head Alehouse offers post-season baseball beer specials today from 7-9 p.m. [Dogfish Head] 

Capitol City Brewing Company hosts the 15th Annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest in Shirlington tomorrow.

Screwtop in Arlington offers a wine, cheese and charcuterie tasting with Tarara Winery‘s winemaker Jordan Harris today at 7 p.m. [Screwtop]

Chrysalis Vineyards celebrates the 14th Annual Norton Wine and Bluegrass Festival this weekend. [Chrysalis Vineyards]

Over the next two weekends, Heritage Brewing Company releases two flagship beers, no in cans. [FB]

Tarara Winery celebrates its 25th anniversary on Sunday with a cocktail reception and a five-course meal provided by local restaurants. Each guest will receive a bottle of 2013 Chardonnay, sourced from 25 year old vines on the property. [Tarara]

Bring the Funk: Find Fermented Kimchi Everywhere in NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 29th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Sea Pearl Restaurant

Braised Short Ribs with Radicchio Kimchi / Photo Courtesy of Sea Pearl Restaurant

By Susannah Black

Kimchi started as a traditional Korean side dish that, as the New York Times says is really “ketchup, mustard and relish, all in one.” Because of the funky, spicy cabbage dish’s versatility, it’s been popping up in restaurants that serve all sorts of food. Here’s where to find kimchi no matter where you dine. 

Braised Short Ribs Tostadas at Virtue Feed & Grain
This gastropub on Old Town’s waterfront lets 48-hour braised short ribs topped with housemade kimchi and cilantro-scallion relish balance on a fried corn tortilla for $11. / Virtue Feed & Grain, 106 S. Union St., Alexandria

Kimchi Dog at Angelika Film Center & Café
Selling much more than popcorn and candy, this cafe within a movie theater offers a kimchi dog—a hot dog topped with homemade kimchi slaw, green onions and crispy shallots for $7.50. / Angelika Film Center & Café, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax

Eggs & Kimchi at Maple Ave Restaurant and Water & Wall
Available at brunch, a dish of scrambled eggs, Chinese sausage, spam, caramelized kimchi, scallions and jasmine rice is available for $14 at this eclectic American restaurant. A similar dish ($10) is also available at Water & Wall. / Maple Ave Restaurant, 147 Maple Ave. W., Vienna & Water & Wall, 3811 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 105, Arlington

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A Guide to Oktoberfests in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Friday, September 26th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of

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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 Editorial / 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]

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

Posted by Editorial / 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: Pig Roast + Historic Manassas Restaurant Week + Good Year for Virginia Apples

Posted by Editorial / 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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