Lifestyle, Restaurants

Catch on the Ave. is here

Del Ray now has an option for fresh-caught seafood and craft cocktails when Catch On The Ave. opened this week. The new restaurant from Common Plate Hospitality opened at 2419 Mount Vernon Avenue.

Chef Eric Reid, formerly at now-shuttered Reserve in D.C., also runs the kitchen at months-old sister spot Augie’s Mussel House nearby.   His offerings at Catch all sound amazing.

Entrees such as beer-battered cod and chips, fish and grits, and pecan-crusted mahi mahi are offered. Brunch features tuna ribs, bacon cinnamon roll, barbecue octopus, and (wait for it) buttermilk biscuits with crab fat butter.

The family-friendly eatery will also serve a “Build Your Own Bento” kid’s menu featuring a choice of protein and three sides.

Hours will be Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight.

Alexandria natives Chad Sparrow, Justin Sparrow, and Larry Walston opened Mason Social nearby in 2015 and Augie’s Mussel House this summer.  Later this winter, the group plans to open Urbano 116, a traditional Mexican restaurant helmed by award-winning chef and Noma alum Alam Méndez Florián of Mexico City.

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Events, Local Business

23rd Annual Del Ray Artisans Fine Art and Fine Craft Holiday Market

 

There is one more weekend to catch the Del Ray Artisans Fine Art and Fine Craft Holiday Market.  Hours are Friday 6-9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm.  It will held at Del Ray Artisans gallery (2704 Mt. Vernon Avenue).

The Market offers unique handmade fine arts and fine crafts from local artists.  You will find pottery, ceramics, photography, jewelry, fiber, paper crafts, and glass for purchase.  There will also be 2019 wall calendars, cookbooks, and upcycled tote bags.

All artists will donate a percentage of their sales to help support Del Ray Artisans’ mission to promote art for the benefit of artists and the community.  This weekend’s artists include:

  • Marcel Artes Deolazo
  • Marsha Brown
  • Marie-B Cilia De Amicis, Marie-B Photographs
  • Chris Fedderson, MacroFine Photography
  • Lynn Fernandez, Now Brace Yourself
  • Sharon Harley, The Art of Sharon
  • Maria Frescas Illingworth
  • Nancy Kline
  • Liz Martinez
  • Stephanie Lynn Morse
  • Patti North, All Fired Up!
  • Claudia Olivos
  • Madeline Ramsey, Unique Stained Glass
  • Lisa Sikes, Heart & Hammer Furniture Co llc
  • Christine Vinh, StitchesnQuilts
  • Diane Wilson Burley, Craftstitches.com
  • Nancy Yonehiro

Admission is free.  Click here for more information.

 

Events

Third Annual Del Ray Candy Cane Bar Crawl

The 3rd Annual Del Ray Candy Cane Bar Crawl will take place this Saturday, December 8, from 2-6pm.  Put on some fun holiday attire and get ready for some cheer, cocktails, and raffles (all for a great cause). All proceeds will be donated to MVCS Blessings in Backpack and Cora Kelly ALIVE Weekend Food Packs.

Advance tickets are available for $15 ($20 at the door) and include drink specials at each of the participating restaurants, 50/50 raffles, and a grand prize raffle.  There will also be an Ugly Sweater contest.  Check-in starts at 1:30pm at Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap (401 E. Braddock Road) or Northside 10 (10 E. Glebe Road).

You can click here to register for this great event.

Events, Lifestyle

Get Ready for a Grand Weekend in Old Town

This is going to one weekend full of festivities.  The Campagna Center’s iconic Scottish Christmas Walk Parade takes place on Saturday, December 1 at 11 a.m.  You can view dozens of Scottish clans dressed in colorful tartans parading through the streets of Old Town.  You will also experience the stirring sound of Scottish bagpipes and drums, Scottish dancers, reenactment groups, Scottie dogs (love them!), dignitaries, classic cars, Santa Claus, and much more.  The parade begins at St. Asaph and Wolfe Streets and concludes at Market Square with a band concert.  The parade will take place rain or shine.  Click here for a link to the parade route.

More weekend events include the Taste of Scotland scotch tasting (November 30), a holiday Heather and Greens Sales (December 1) and Holiday Home Tours (December 1).