Teppanyaki Anyone??

By The Gastronomes Teppanyaki Anyone??   Let’s start out with the basics. What exactly is teppanyaki? According to the gurus I consulted via Google, it is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan, which means iron plate, and yaki, which means grilled, […]

Chef Anthony Gitangu

  By Chester Simpson Chef Anthony Gitangu Old Hickory Steakhouse Gaylord National Resort National Harbor 301-965-4000 Gaylordnational.com Chef Anthony Gitangu moved to America from Kenya in 1996. In 2007, he graduated from L’Academie de Cuisine culinary school in Gaithersburg, MD. Gitangu then went to work and train at Vidalia restaurant in Washington, D.C. under chefs […]

Winter Work

By Doug Fabbioli   Winter Work When the weather gets colder and the leaves have fallen off the vine, the grower gets a chance to take a nice slow, deep breath. Another season is in the books and the vines are not susceptible to the diseases that we scouted for over the last 7 months […]

Behind the Bar: Mumtaz Rauf

Mumtaz Rauf Hummingbird 220 South Union Street Old Town Alexandria 703-566-1355 Hummingbirdva.net           Mumtaz conjures up the Hummingbird Dark and Stormy with Thrashers Tonics & Elixers.   How did you get started in the bartending business?   High hopes of money, women and fame.   What is your biggest bartender pet […]

Warm Up In Wine Country: 5 Loudoun Wineries That Will Warm Your Soul This Winter

By Nancy Bauer Warm up in wine country 5 Loudoun wineries that will warm your soul this winter Steve Carell’s hot wax scene in the 40-Year-Old Virgin is an apt metaphor for 2017, but it wasn’t all misery: Finally, Virginia’s long-suffering grape growers were rewarded with a copious crop and, for many, a vintage year. […]

Virginia Chestnuts Bring Back a Holiday Classic

Virginia Chestnuts Bring Back a Holiday Classic   By Lauren Evoy Davis   Did you know that a chestnut orchard is thriving in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains? It’s true. Virginia Chestnuts is a family owned and operated orchard that has deep roots in the heart of Nelson County. Although orchards can take […]

Landini Brothers – Setting the Standard in Old Town!

By the Gastronomes   Landini Brothers – Setting the Standard in Old Town! The above moniker for one of Old Town’s most iconic restaurants has graced the pages of the Old Town Crier more than once over the past 29 plus years. Landini Brothers Restaurant opened their doors in 1979 and has been a favorite […]

Gleeful Gifts of Virginia Wine

By Nancy Bauer Gleeful Gifts of Virginia Wine Unusual bottles from Virginia Wine Country, for the wine-o who has it all. For wine loving-Virginians, day trips into our backyard Wine Country have become as common as Chardonnay and Cab Franc in tasting rooms. So even though your wine-loving wife or BFF might welcome a gift […]

When a Crop Creates a Home

By Doug Fabbioli When a Crop Creates a Home As a farmer and a business guy, I always have an eye open while traveling looking for what people do in a certain town, valley or region. A crop, a factory, a land feature, there is usually something that has folks settling in an area making […]

Chef Amadou Quattara

By Chester Simpson Chef Amadou Quattara Bond 45 149 Waterfront Street National Harbor 301-839-1445 Bond45.com When did you first become interested in cooking and what made you choose a culinary career? When I was 15. I did a lot of cooking with my mother on the Ivory Coast of Africa. She is my inspiration. Who […]