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Cork and Fork Free Wine Tasting

Cork and Fork Free Wine Tasting

From VA is for Lovers:

Every Saturday afternoon from 1-5pm Cork and Fork offers free wine tastings of anywhere from 4-12 wines, with the objective of providing our clients with an array of delicious wines to taste and sample. There are so many wines in the world, we all have to start somewhere!!

Cork & Fork
7333 Atlas Walk Way
Gainesville, VA 20155

Four Course Valentine's Day Dinner at City Square Cafe

Four Course Valentine's Day Dinner at City Square Cafe

From ASHA Public Relations, LLC: 

City Square Café in Old Town Manassas, Va. is featuring a homemade Valentine’s Day four-course dinner for two at $98 per couple, not including tax and gratuity on Sat., Feb. 12 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Mon., Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with live entertainment by local entertainer on both nights by David Elliot. For reservations, call 703.369.6022 or visit www.citysquarecafe.com.

Chili and Wine Night at La Grange

Chili and Wine Night at La Grange

From the Winery at La Grange:

This Friday, fill up a bowl with steaming chili and heap it with your choice of our classic toppings. Then choose a glass of your favorite of our classic wines to go with it and settle into one of our firelit parlor rooms for a while. Bring a friend or make a new one while you're here. We've got lots of cozy seating, fun games, interesting books and we're wireless if you just can't pry yourself away from the screen.

All of this for only $15!

(Additional wine available for sale)

Make your reservation no later than 6pm on Wednesday the week of the event so that catering can be arranged.

This is a 21 and older only event and runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Chili & Wine Friday Night Dates:

January 21 & 28

City Square Café Chef, Robert Barolin Teaches Teens How to Prepare Mediterranean Dish

City Square Café Chef, Robert Barolin Teaches Teens How to Prepare Mediterranean Dish

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Hard Times Cafe Brings Second Annual Wing Off

Hard Times Cafe Brings Second Annual Wing Off

Hard Times Cafe and 106.7 The Fan are proud to bring the 2011 Wing Bowl Championship to the area. There will be a total of 7 wing eating competition “Wing Offs.”

Hard Times Cafe General Manager, John Pecyncki, said this is the second year in a row for Hard Times to host this competition. All of the wings are Texas Hot Wings favor and the goal is to see who can eat the most wings in an allotted time. There are 2 rounds in the competition. The first round is to see who can eat the most wings in 10 minutes and then the top wing eaters advance to the “Wing Off” for another 4 minutes of wing eating.

“I guess they have to be used to eating large amounts of food,” said Pecyncki who thinks that people definitely practice before the competition. The winner of last year’s competition was a student from University of Maryland and did dry runs at local wing eateries.

City Square Café Debuting Winter Wine Classes with Chef Robert Barolin

City Square Café Debuting Winter Wine Classes with Chef Robert Barolin

Chef Robert Barolin at City Square Café in Old Town Manassas is featuring wine classes on Thursdays from Jan. 6 through Feb. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Barolin, a former wine representative for various vineyards, will teach a class about “Getting to Know your Wines.” He’ll discuss student’s wine knowledge, how to taste wine, what to look for when purchasing wine, which wines are trending, teach the names and origin of the wine grapes, discuss why the same grape tastes different in different regions, instruct about the best wine and food pairings and test students’ final knowledge with a blind wine tasting. Class size is limited to eight people. Cost is $35 per week or $250 in advance. Call 703.369.6022 to sign-up.

Two red and two white wines will be tasted in every class and paired with light hors d’oeuvres. Attendees must sign up for all eight classes.

Bertucci's Collects Toys for Tots

Bertucci's Collects Toys for Tots

It’s the holiday season, and it’s nice to see local businesses helping to bring Christmas to those less fortunate.  One such business is Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant at 8114 Stonewall Shops Square in Gainesville.  As I walked in for lunch today I noticed a box decorated with festive wrapping paper and bearing the familiar Toys for Tots sign.  The box was already half-full of games and toys.  I will be sure to swing back by and add to it very soon!