Posts Tagged ‘Gut Check’

Hungry For Linkage: The Beer Joint (formerly Vintage 50) Files for Bankruptcy

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Mexican peppers, cinnamon and cocoa nibs for the / Photo Courtesy of Lickinghole Creek

Mexican peppers, cinnamon and cocoa nibs for the Mexican-spiced Imperial Stout / Photo Courtesy of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

By Susannah Black

The grand opening of the Sugar Shack in Alexandria is Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Guests who show take a “selfie” at Sugar Shack and post it to their social media page will get a free donut.  [FB]

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery releases Heir Apparent, a Mexican-spiced imperial stout this Saturday. [FB]

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week runs through this Sunday and Alexandria Restaurant Week starts on today. [RAMW, VisitAlexandria]

After rebranding this summer, The Beer Joint—formerly Vintage 50—files for bankruptcy. [WTOP

Get a preview of Portner Brewhouses‘s brews this weekend. [FB]

Be creative (pottery!) and eat chocolate at the annual Death by Chocolate Ladies’ Night at Art from the Heart in Stafford tonight. [VA]

Hungry For Linkage: Now Through Monday, Say “MLK” at Ben’s Chili Bowl to Get 10 Percent Off

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 16th, 2015

Bill Cosby's Originial Chili Half-Smoke / Photo Courtesy of Ben's Chili Bowl

Bill Cosby’s Originial Chili Half-Smoke / Photo Courtesy of Ben’s Chili Bowl

By Susannah Black

North Carolina-based pizza chain is under construction in Clarendon. [ARLnow]

Airlie of Warrenton hosts its first Signature Dinner Series of 2015 along with Catoctin Creek Distilling Company this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. for $89 per person. [Airlie]

Copperwood Tavern offers a special MLK Brunch this Monday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. [FB]

Now through Monday, say “MLK” at Ben’s Chili Bowl in Rosslyn to get 10 percent off. [ARLnow]

Chipotle stops serving pork in a third of its locations. [wtop]

On Saturday at 3 p.m. Little Washington Winery hosts a seminar on cheese. For $40, guests will learn how to distinguish between cheeses and will pair artisan cheeses with Virginia wines. [FB]

Heritage Brewing Company releases new brews this weekend. [FB]

Where to Dine for New Year’s Eve

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014



By Susannah Black

Keep your champagne glass and your New Year’s resolutions (or try to), but change up your typical New Year’s Eve soiree with one of these local celebrations.

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Hungry for Linkage: Red, Hot & Blue Closes + Heritage Brewing’s Ugly Sweater Party + The Year in Restaurant Ups and Downs

Posted by Editorial / Friday, December 19th, 2014

Kite-Kit /

Kite-Kit /

By Susannah Black

Enjoy holiday music and movies, specially-infused Kings Mountain Scotch Ale and hideous sweaters at Heritage Brewing Company‘s Ugly Sweater Party today at 5 p.m. [FB]

Old Bust Head Brewing Company hosts the all-female, UVA-based a capella group Sil’hooettes for a special taproom concert on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. [FB]

National Restaurant News looks at 2014′s ups and downs in nationwide restaurant successes. [NRN]

Because Trummer’s On Main will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, they will have a special Monday opening with a specific holiday menu, including turducken. 

Fredericksburg‘s Adventure Brewing Company hosts the UFO food truck this Saturday. Later, guests can participate in Adventure’s Bad Movie Night event: It’s A Wonderful Life will be playing. [FB]

Arlington’s Red, Hot & Blue is closing this Sunday. [ARLnow]

Perfect Thanksgiving Pairing: 8 Classic Thanksgiving Dishes + 8 Local Boozes

Posted by Editorial / Monday, November 24th, 2014

By Susannah Black

From hard cider with turkey to whiskey with pumpkin pie, experience your traditional Thanksgiving meal with these 8  boozes local to Northern Virginia.

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Cravings: Roasted Bone Marrow at Columbia Firehouse

Posted by Editorial / Friday, November 21st, 2014


Photo Courtesy of Susannah Black

Photo by Susannah Black

By Susannah Black

Dish: Roasted Bone Marrow, $12

Where: Columbia Firehouse, 109 S. St., Asaph St., Alexandria

Taste: Two luges of bone, plump with delicate, beige-colored tissue, sit crisscross on a white plate accompanied by a touch of greenery and toasted bread on which the marrow can be eaten. I scoop out the silky marrow (or attempt to) with the tip of my knife and onto a crunchy slice of bread, and I vacillate between feeling like a scavenger of the Ice Age and a refined Frenchman with a proclivity for delicacies. The marrow is briny, a slippery tissue of rich earthiness and mild sweetness. A marmalade topping couples the cloying flavor of honey with the pungent kick of a shallot, complimenting the marrow’s salty and savory tang. The flavor of toasted hazelnuts within the marmalade completes the dish with a nutty and buttery finish. Scavenger or Frenchman, this dish satisfies the primal and the pretentious in us all.

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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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