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CARMELLO’s and MONZA to HOST FIVE-COURSE BEER DINNER, SEPT. 5

CARMELLO’s and MONZA to HOST FIVE-COURSE BEER DINNER, SEPT. 5

 

Carmello’s and Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. are hosting a five-course beer dinner, featuring beers from Flying Dog Brewery of Frederick, Md. on Thurs., Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. for $70 inclusive. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

The five-course dinner will be paired with select Flying Dog Brewery beers including:

‘Greeter’ Beer: Pineapple Saison
First course: Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA served with Oysters Florentina
Second course: Old Scratch Amber Lager served with Beer Cheddar Soup made with Old Scratch Amber Lager
Third course: Dogtoberfest with Pork Ribeez served with homemade coleslaw
Fourth course: Year Around Brew with Portuguese Paella
Fifth course: The Fear Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale paired with Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf served with vanilla ice cream

CARMELLO’s WINS WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE’s 2013 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

CARMELLO’s WINS WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE’s 2013 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

 

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. recently earned Wine Spectator magazine’s 2013 Award of Excellence for the fourth consecutive year, noted for its vast Portuguese wine selections. For more information, call 703-368-5522 or go to www.carmellos.com.

Carmello’s offers more than 100 Portuguese wines from Portuguese regions, such as Alentejo, Douro, Doa, Estremadura and Vinho Verde, and presents one of the largest Portuguese wine lists in the United States.

 “We invest a lot of time and diligence in our extensive Portuguese wine list, so it’s always exciting and an honor to be named by Wine Spectator magazine,” said Miguel Pires, general manager of Carmello’s and Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va.

FATHER’s DAY FREE CUPCAKE, WHEN YOU BUY THREE at OCCASIONALLY CAKE

FATHER’s DAY FREE CUPCAKE, WHEN YOU BUY THREE at OCCASIONALLY CAKE

On Sat., June 15 and Sun., June 16, Occasionally Cake of Old Town Alexandria is featuring their Maple-Chocolate-Chip Pancake cupcake with Candied Bacon for Father’s Day. Buy three cupcakes of your choice and get the Maple-Chocolate Chip cupcake for FREE. Father’s Day cupcakes are offered at both the Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon cake shops. Call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

“Our Maple-Chocolate-Chip with candied bacon flavor combines the sweetness of breakfast and dessert together,” said Sabrina Campbell, Occasionally Cake owner. “We take our hats off to all the dads, grandfathers and the special men in our life,” said Campbell.

Recipe: Crab Soup That Will be Served at President Obama Inaugural Gala

Recipe: Crab Soup That Will be Served at President Obama Inaugural Gala

Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring, MD, is sharing the recipe to its award-winning Crab Soup that  will be served January 20 at a President Obama Inaugural Gala hosted by the Delaware, Maryland and New York State Societies of Washington, D.C. The Gala will be held at 7 p.m. at The Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. The more than 300 invited guests will include elected officials, friends of the states, and guests from all corners of the globe. Riderwood chefs will serve the soup to attendees.

The recipe follows:

Thunder Burger Dishes Up Top Chef Presidential Food Picks for Inauguration

Thunder Burger Dishes Up Top Chef Presidential Food Picks for Inauguration

 

The Presidential inauguration is just around the corner. Millions of people will be scrambling to see the President, the historical sites, and the food. Food plays a big role in any high-profile event, including the Presidential inauguration. As a result, many local restaurants will be making their Presidential picks for a feast fitting of the highest office in the land.

“Picking the Presidential meal is a fun and challenging task that we look forward to,” explains Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef of Thunder Burger. “In our pick, we wanted to incorporate a little of the President’s Hawaiian roots. We think this is a meal that the First Family would enjoy, as well as those looking for an authentic inauguration meal.”

Chef Ryan’s Presidential meal pick for the 2013 inauguration includes:

5 Ways to Celebrate National Meat Month

5 Ways to Celebrate National Meat Month

January is known as National Meat Month. It’s a great time to pause and take a look at just how much America loves its meat, as well as uncover new ways to enjoy and celebrate it. In fact, during 2012, over 52 billion pounds of meat was consumed in America, for an average of 270.7 pounds consumed per person. Compare that to the worldwide average of 102.5 pounds per person consumed yearly and it’s easy to see where America stacks up.

“Meat is a tradition for many people, as well as a great source of numerous vitamins, minerals, and protein,” says Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef at both the Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge and Thunder Burger & Bar. “People may want to expand their horizons this month to see what else is out there, beyond what they are used to eating.”

Here are 5 ways to celebrate National Meat Month:

Got Brunch? 5 Reasons to Try Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

Got Brunch? 5 Reasons to Try Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge now offers a brunch menu in addition to their regular lunch menu. The brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The menu features a variety of sweets, eggs, omelets, and more.

“Brunch is a special time of the day for many people,” says Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef of Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge. “Brunch is a great meal because you get so many good options to choose from, and you don’t have to get out of bed early to enjoy them before the breakfast menu is no longer available.”

Here are 5 reasons to make a point of going to brunch:

1. Power up to power shop. Those who will be engaged in heavy holiday shopping will need to fuel up in order to keep going. They can get all the energy they need by attending a brunch. Whether going before heading out to shop, or stopping in after they get that party started, the food will be ready and waiting.