Events, Restaurants

Galentine’s Day in the AVA

Leslie Knope, fictional superwoman and small town government employee from Parks and Recreation, played by Amy Poehler, created the newest holiday.  Galentine’s Day falls on February 13 and is a day to celebrate all the lovely ladies in your life.

Make your Galentine’s Day extra special at Mia’s Italian Kitchen!

Round up the ladies and head to Mia’s second-floor lounge on February 13th, from 5-7 PM to create your very own unique jewelry at their Kendra Scott Color Bar.  KS staff will be on hand to help!

And that’s not all – enjoy Happy Hour specials plus Wine Down Wednesday (half off bottles of wine) along with 15% off all jewelry.  Cheers to the ladies!

Events, Local Business, Restaurants

Voting is Open for 2019 Heart of Del Ray Award

       

 

Six Finalists Announced for 2019 Heart of Del Ray Award

Every February, the Del Ray Business Association presents the Heart of Del Ray Award to the business that serves as the heart and soul of Del Ray.  The winner is determined by a votes cast by you: the neighbors, clients and customers.  Finalists all demonstrate warm and welcoming attitudes as well as commitment, contribution and generosity to the Del Ray community.

The nominees for the 2019 Heart of Del Ray are:

Evening Star Cafe
The restaurant is a favorite in the region, recently making the Washington Post food critic’s list of favorite restaurants.  The Cafe offers a patio, bar and restaurant with a great menu.  They often sponsor community events, support local schools and non-profits, and offer their space for community events, such as free monthly film screenings with Del Ray Films.  

Four Direction Wellness
Four Directions Wellness has emerged as a leader in Del Ray’s health and wellness community. They offer health and wellness coaching for your body, mind and spirit. In addition to working with local non-profits, Four Directions Wellness offers “Mindfulness Mondays,” a free community meditation every other Monday that is open to all.

Nature’s Nibbles
Pet owners know where to go for their furry friends’ all nature diet. In addition to hosting adoption events for local rescue centers, the recent government shutdown was a reminder of how interconnected the Nature’s Nibbles community is; not only did the retailer provide discounts to furloughed pet parents, but a network of customers also provided a wall of gift cards for those impacted.

ROAM — Rock of Ages Music
ROAM was created to provide the area’s young people with all of its musical needs. They teach up-and-coming musicians how to rock, build a safe community for Del Ray’s kids, all while embracing the arts!  Kids are challenged and given a sense of accomplishment all while having fun performing around the city.  

Stomping Ground 
Biscuits, biscuits, biscuits and so much more!  Stomping Ground is a great neighborhood restaurant with amazing food, friendly staff, and locals!  They also have special events, like post-Halloween Parade porch parties and pig roasts, that bring the community together.  They often buy local from the Del Ray Farmers’ Market, and provide coffee and biscuits for the farmers on Saturday mornings.

Taqueria Poblano 
Taqueria Poblano is known for the area’s best margaritas, a welcoming atmosphere and dedication to the community.  The restaurant also supports community of events providing gift cards and donations to nonprofits.

Click here to vote but hurry, voting closes at noon on Thursday February 7.  A large heart-shaped award will be displayed on the winning business on Friday February 8 to greet them for the Valentine’s Day weekend.

     

 

Events, Restaurants

Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week is Coming

Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week will provide you with an opportunity to try a new restaurant that you have been wanting to visit.  Cuisines are varied and range from international, to BBQ, to Southern cooking.

For 10 days and two weekends, 65 restaurants in Alexandria will offer a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria’s Winter Restaurant Week January 18-27.  More than 35 restaurants will offer lunch menus at $15 or $22 per person.  Brunch lovers can enjoy brunch menus for $15 or $22 per person at 14 restaurants.

Several new restaurants are joining Restaurant Week.  Diya Indian CuisineOld House Cosmopolitan, and Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company are joining returning restaurants including Bastille Brasserie & BarBRABOChadwicksColumbia FirehouseDel Ray CafeThe Evening StarHank’s Pasta BarVirtue Feed & Grain, and Vermilion.

 

 

 

Starting in January, you can review the restaurants and menus being offered by clicking here.

For more information on the week click here.

 

 

 

Events, Local Business, Restaurants

Free Offerings for Furloughed Workers

Furloughed workers will get a little relief around Alexandria.

Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant (2312 Mount Vernon Avenue) announced that it would offer free pulled pork sandwiches to furloughed federal employees for as long as the government shutdown lasts.

Owners Bill Blackburn and “Mango” Mike Anderson published this statement on their Facebook page around 10:30 on Tuesday, January 2:

“We are all in.

We been getting questions about shutdown sandwiches. Starting today we are offering all out of work, furloughed federal government employees (and out of work federal contractors) a free pulled pork sandwich. We hope to see this end soon, the offer is good until this shutdown is over.”

Another generous offer comes from Diya Indian Cuisine (218 N Lee St 2nd Floor).  They are offering free buffet lunches to any Federal Government employee during the shutdown. This offer is available every weekday (Monday to Friday) from 11 am to 1 pm starting January 2nd, 2019 and ending January 11th, 2019 to any person who shows a current Federal Government employment ID.

And if you have always wanted to learn to knit, Fibre Space (1319 Prince Street) is offering knitting classes for furloughed federal workers.  Sessions run Wednesday through Friday at 2 pm and another at 3 pm. If you can knit but need to learn purl and ribbing, come at 3:30!  For those who can knit and purl already, they will add brioche classes next week!

Great offers all around!