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, 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!

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.

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.