ICYMI: Cocina on Market launches house tequila-style spirit

Food news, plus a New York import in the Ethiopian restaurant scene (pictured: the chef).

Chef Mimi Tedla
Chef Mimi Tedla of Makeda, Photo by Fredde Lieberman

Cocina on Market links up with Catoctin Creek Distilling Company for a house agave: Dos Gringos. It launched the tequila-style liquor at the Leesburg restaurant this week. [Facebook]

The owner of Queen of Sheba in Manhattan and local investor Daniel Solomon opened Makeda, an Ethiopian restaurant in Alexandria’s Van Dorn section, with Senait “Mimi” Tedla as chef. [Eater]

Lyft is offering 20 percent off two rides starting Monday, Oct. 9, through the end of the month in conjunction with Virginia Wine Month (code: VAWINEMONTH20). New Lyft riders can get $5 rides (three total) using WINEMONTH15. Participating wineries include: Cana Vineyards, Bluemont Vineyard, 868 Estate Vineyards, Sunset Hills Vineyard, Tarara Winery and Willowcroft Farm Vineyards. [Visit Loudoun]

More proof that maple is the new pumpkin (says Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Chobani, Noosa, Einstein Bros. and Kettle Brand chips). [USA Today]

Chrysalis Vineyard will open a bakery and creamery with help from a state government grant. [Loudoun Times Mirror]

“A human emotion, it said, cannot be an ingredient in baked goods.” [Washington Post]