The Royal Restaurant…..Since 1904

By Lani Gering The Royal Restaurant….Since 1904 “For over one hundred years, the Royal Restaurant has been the most popular restaurant in Old Town, Alexandria. Originally located next to City Hall at 109 North Royal Street, the family-owned Royal Café became Alexandria’s premier lunch time eatery for the then bustling downtown shopping district during the […]

Let’s Eat!!

Let’s Eat by Chef Charles Oppman Lamb Shanks With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to break out the lamb recipes. When we think spring lamb, most of think of that boneless roast or a bone-in leg, but let’s try something different. Of course, French cut lamb chops are wonderful, but expensive and lack […]

Petit Manseng

By Doug Fabbioli   Petit Manseng   One of the parts I like best about my job as a winemaker is the culture of sharing information in order to make better wines and, hopefully, a better industry. We just had a Winemaker’s Round Table where we tasted Petit Manseng from the 2016 vintage – all […]

“Chef’s Special” with Chef Peter Durkin

By Chester Simpson “Chef’s Special” with Chef Peter Durkin Hunting Creek 1106 King St. Old Town Alexandria 703-836-5126 Huntingcreeksteak.com When did you first become interested in cooking and what made you choose a culinary career? I was about twenty and I had friends that had gone to the Culinary Institute of America and so I […]

Castlebay Irish Pub – Great Eats, Good Craic and Guinness!

By Lani Gering   Castlebay Irish Pub – Great Eats, Good Craic and Guinness!   We decided to step outside of the box a bit with this month’s column. Instead of the “white tablecloth order an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert and a glass of wine” format, we decided to spend an afternoon in […]

Inaugural Maryland Wine Month. Visit St. Mary’s County wineries

Inaugural Maryland Wine Month Visit St. Mary’s County wineries By Bob Tagert           This month marks the first ever Maryland Wine Month. To uncork the month, they will have a calendar on their website consisting of events and activities happening at wineries across the state. They will also launch the Wine Month Challenge! Participants can […]

The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Wins 2017 Governor’s Cup

The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Wins 2017 Governor’s Cup ~The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Joins 11 Other Virginia Wines to Comprise the 2017 Governor’s Cup Case ~ Governor Terry McAuliffe awarded the 2017 Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) Governor’s Cup to The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards for […]

Behind The Bar: Katy Gorman

Katy Gorman Daniel O’Connell’s Restaurant & Bar 112 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-739-1124 DanielOConnells.com How did you get started in the bartending business? I was 20 and studying abroad in Northampton, England. What I thought would be a great adventure turned out to be a very stressful time. My dad, who was back home […]

Kill ‘Em With Kindness

By Doug Fabbioli Kill ‘Em With Kindness As spring approaches, I recognize that we are very fortunate to work in an industry where – overall – things are happy. People like to consume wine and generally they are in good spirits while doing it. Our staff enjoys serving the customers, growing the grapes, and making […]

Let’s get back to science!

By Doug Fabbioli   Let’s get back to science!   The great thing about science is that, to the best of our abilities, humans are able to research, replicate, analyze, study and conclude with relative accuracy, what happens to matter and why. Good scientists need to be able to defend their conclusions but also be […]