Posts Tagged ‘Gut Check’

It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time: Sprelly to Open As Nut Butter Haven in Fredericksburg

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Sprelly's nut butters / Photo by Mike Ramm

By Allison Michelli

The classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich is getting a makeover with the help of Sprelly, a new nut butter company from Fredericksburg sales director-turned-entrepreneur, Adrian Silversmith. The brand, which already sells a variety of nut butters at Northern Virginia farmers markets, is now branching out with the opening of a brick and mortar location in downtown Fredericksburg. 

Starting in October, Sprelly will have a permanent counter space in the Made in Virginia Store, offering both retail, fresh-churned butters and jellies from Fresh Batch Jams and a cafe with sandwiches, crepes, coffee and dessert. 

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City Tavern Moving to New Location within Old Town Manassas

Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 21st, 2014

Photo by Allison Michelli

By Allison Michelli

After 20 years, City Tavern in Old Town Manassas is relocating, though only less than a mile from the original location.

Housed in the Olde Town Inn, City Tavern will move into the the former location of KC’s Restaurant, which has been closed for about 4 years. Olde Town Inn manager Gita Shingala (her husband Dharmesh Shingala is the owner of the building) says the City Tavern was coming up on the end of its 20 year lease, and with rent raised to reflect current market prices, City Tavern owner Pete Veltsistas decided to move the business.

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Hungry for Linkage: Wildfire Hosts Brewery Dinner + Electronic Music Sriracha Festival + Coffee Infused Wine in a Can

Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 21st, 2014

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By Allison Michelli

Wildfire in Tysons Corner will host a crab-inspired brewery dinner. For more information on this event and more like it, check out the calendar to see what’s happening this week on the NoVA food scene.

Breaux Vineyards says cheers to live musical performances, proving that “pairing fun music with fine wine is good for business.” [Loudoun Times]

Beer-themed books for the bookworm that enjoys a good brew along with a good read. [ARLNow]

Sriracha sauce and electronic music combine for a spice filled weekend at the Electronic Sriracha Festival. Line-up to be released today (Noon EDT/9 a.m. PCT). [Grub Street]

In case you’re already having withdrawal from National Ice Cream Day, here more can’t miss treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. [CN Traveler]

Coffee-infused wine in a can: the newest novelty wine mash-up offers 6 percent alcohol with a touch of caffeine. [Thrillist]


Hungry For Linkage: Free Creamy Corn at Copperwood Tavern + Bonefish Grill Opening Arlington Location + American’s Coffee Consumption by the Numbers

Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 14th, 2014

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By Allison Michelli

Lindt chocolate makes plans to buy Russell Stover Candy [NYT]

Bonefish Grill’s first Arlington location set to open middle of August. [ARLNow]

Dunkin’ Donuts sells 30 cups of coffee every second, plus a whole video of coffee stats. [WaPo]

D.I.Y. ice cream treats to keep you cool this summer. [Buzzfeed]

Your guide to the best bacon in America. The results will make you squeal with joy. [CNN]

Make a dinner reservation at Copperwood Tavern for Monday, July 14 using OpenTable and get a free creamed corn side with the purchase of an entree.

Control stress levels by choosing the right foods to eat. [NPR]

Warrenton’s Historic Jimmie’s Market Plans to Close After 75 Years of Business

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Jimmie's Market

By Allison Michelli

After 75 years in business, Jimmie’s Market, Kidwell Caterers and The Madison Tea Room in Warrenton will be closing their doors this October.

Original owner Jimmie Kidwell opened the market in December 1939 after the A&P he worked at initiated self-service shopping—a more conventional form of  shopping—where customers didn’t need to directly interact with store employees to pick out their grocery items.

According to a statement provided by Jimmie’s current owner, Susan Feely, this allowed Jimmie to move his clientele to his new business where fine service was the standard. Jimmie’s Market sold specialty foods like hand-cut veal liver, fresh meats and produce and Italian, Spanish and Greek specialty food from D.C. Feeley remembers that Jimmie’s was the first store in the state of Virginia to sell Birdseye frozen vegetables. She explains, at that time the owner of Bird’s Eye frozen foods had a home in Warrenton and he wanted to show off his new products so he sent Jimmie a freezer so that he could sell the frozen vegetables in the store.

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Hungry for Linkage: Bistro 360 and Taylor’s Gourmet Opening Soon + McDonald’s Launches Fast Food App + Saucy Regional Side Dishes for the Fourth of July

Posted by Editorial / Monday, June 30th, 2014

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By Allison Michelli

Regional side dishes are all the rage this Fourth of July. [Washington Post]

New restaurant, wine bar and gourmet market Bistro 360 plans to open in Arlington by the end of summer. [Washington Business Journal]

Vegetarian children, a brand new generation of picky eaters. [VICE]

With all the World Cup frenzy and Fourth of July hoopla in the air, learn how to bring a sweet slice of America to the office this week. [Yahoo]

Taylor Gourmet’s opening in Ballston may happen sooner than we think. [ARLNow]

McDonald’s pilot app “McD Ordering” makes getting that Big Mac even faster. [FoodBeast]


Bacon, Cold-Pressed Coffee and Yoda: The Hipster Dream is Alive with Fairfax’s Cafe Kreyol Piggy Coffee

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Cafe Kreyol

By Allison Michelli

Put a little oink in your morning cup of joe. Starting July 4, Fairfax wholesale coffee distributor, Cafe Kreyol will begin selling a cold-pressed bacon-flavored coffee. CEO Joey Stazzone says he was inspired to make this particular flavor because of his “love for bacon and coffee and the desire to consume both at once with minimal effort.” The drink is made by combining Cafe Kreyol’s signature cold-pressed Yoda Brew, made with organic Haitian blue coffee and organic bacon-flavored syrup.

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Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Hands NoVA Chefs, Butchers and Restaurateurs Rammy Awards

Posted by Editorial / Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Pastry Chef Caitlin Dysart / Courtesy of 2941 Restaurant

By Allison Michelli

On Sunday, June 22 The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) honored the best of restaurants, chefs, restaurateurs and managers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area at the 32nd annual RAMMY Awards

The 20 award winners included a smattering of Northern Virginia culinary figures: Caitlin Dysart of the 2941 Restaurant (Falls Church) was named Pastry Chef of the Year and Michael Babin of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group was named Restaurateur of the Year

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Fairfax County Debates Adding Meal Tax

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, June 19th, 2014


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 By Allison Michelli

After 22 years the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors wants to initiate a meal tax, but just like in April 1992, citizens and business owners are divided on the issue. If a meal tax is passed, it has the potential to directly impact all Fairfax County restaurants including grocery stores and convenience stores selling prepared foods like ready-to-eat meals and drinks, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages served with a meal. The meal tax won’t apply to vending machine items.

Citizens opposing the tax organized the group No Fairfax Food Tax and argues on its website that “the food tax poses just another burden on busy families that already have enough to worry about. It affects low- to middle-income families disproportionately, as they are the primary consumers of prepared meals.”

According to the Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget a meal tax could potentially generate up to approximately $88 million in annual revenue for the county. This tax revenue could then go to directly benefit county schools, libraries and other services.

Currently Fairfax City has a meal tax and restaurants in the area have noticed its negative impact on business.

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Iconic 29 Diner in Fairfax Plans to Reopen in Late July Under New Ownership

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of John K Wood

By Allison Michelli

Northern Virginians won’t have to wait much longer to get their 29 Diner fix. New owner and Fairfax native, John Wood hopes to reopen the doors of this iconic establishment in late July.  “We just signed the lease,” says Wood. “As soon as we get all of our marching orders from the Virginia Board of Historical Resources we will reopen. It is going to be the same classic diner that it has been for the last 67 years.”

Maintaining the original infrastructure and classic diner touches like chrome detailing and swivel bar stools, the 29 Diner is undergoing only a “cosmetic remodel” to “polish the place up,” says Wood, who identifies as a service-disabled veteran and has been in the restaurant business for the last 30 years.

According to Wood, the diner will also be keeping its traditional menu, featuring American comfort foods like barbecue chicken and meatloaf and milkshakes. / 29 Diner, 10536 Lee Highway (Rt 29), Fairfax.

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