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My Kind Of Senor-Rita

My Kind Of Senor-Rita

Finally something that tastes as good as it looks in the picture. Rita's an ice cream parlor standing by its' mission of providing "Ice Cream Custard Happiness" has become a popular choice amongst District of Columbia and Maryland area residents. Originally started in the summer of 1984, Bob Tumolo, a former Philadelphia firefighter, opened his first store in Bensalem, Pa, deciding to name the then small time ice cream business after his wife, Rita. Initially developing the perfect flavors alongside his mother Elizabeth, the team concentrated on using fresh fruit and natural products in order to provide customer satisfaction.

härth: Tysons Corner Welcomes Delicious Farm Fresh Wood-Grilled Food

härth: Tysons Corner Welcomes Delicious Farm Fresh Wood-Grilled Food

Igniting Appetites

An abundance of fresh, locally grown and raised food is featured at Tysons Corner’s newest hot restaurant, Härth. Executive Chef Thomas Elder orchestrates a menu of locally sourced ingredients from farms scattered throughout Virginia’s Shenandoah countryside, some of which include Charlottesville’s The Organic Butcher, Ayrshire Farm in Upperville and Freestate, a co-op of family owned farms throughout the state. The property will also source locally, with a terrace level garden. Elder’s contemporary American comfort food will be offered from an open kitchen in a warm, inviting room, complemented by an extensive list of local and regional beers and wines.

Local CEO’s Square Off in $10K Charity Challenge with Celebrity Trainer Roger Mack

From Shadi Tahrawi:

Vienna, Virginia (May 12, 2011) – The owner of Michael and Son Services and Paisano’s Pizza are currently engaged in heated competition to loose the most body fat percentage over the next 60 days, the looser will pay $10,000 to the winners chosen charity. Michael and Son Services will continue their support for the Susan G. Komen Foundation as Pasiano’s Pizza will be donating to the Police Unity Tour supporting the families of fallen police officers.  


Stratford University Adds New “Street Food” Culinary Course

Stratford University Adds New “Street Food” Culinary Course

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States, around 2.5 billion people around the world eat street food each day. Street food, those ready-to-eat foods and beverages that are prepared and sold on the streets, play an important role in helping to support and identify cultures. The new Street Food course, at Stratford University, will focus on giving students an in-depth awareness about the sector, as well as how they may go about owning their own street food business.

“In today’s economy, it is more challenging to open a restaurant, yet it is a dream of many,” explains Charleen Huebner, the baking and pastry coordinator at Stratford University (www.stratford.edu). “Being a street food vendor is the perfect fit for millions of people around the country. It gives them an opportunity to have a small culinary business, but it eliminates the big expenses of having a restaurant.”


City Square Café, located in Old Town Manassas, Va. hosts Mother’s Day Brunch specials on Sun., May 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring:  Tropical Salmon, a grilled salmon over avocado slices in a mango salsa; Frittata, made Prosciutto ham with sautéed onions, oven-roasted tomatoes, parmesan cheese and thyme, topped with a petit salad of spring greens in Italian vinaigrette and served with home fries; the French Toast, a fresh French croissant deep in egg batter, grilled and filled with fresh strawberries and Chantilly cream; and Stuffed Crêpes with two savory crepes stuffed with sausage, mushroom and spinach in a cheddar sauce served with home fries. For reservations, call 703.369.6022 or visit www.citysquarecafe.com.

The regular brunch menu will also be served. Mother’s Day specials range from $10.95 to $16.95.

Exquisite Food Creations by New Corporate Chef, Robert Gadsby, of Ridgewells Catering

Exquisite Food Creations by New Corporate Chef, Robert Gadsby, of Ridgewells Catering

Corporate Chef, Robert Gadsby joined Ridgewells in February 2011 with a background of 15 years in world cuisine. Gadsby specialty is progressive American cuisine. In his capacity as Corporate Chef, Gadsby is responsible for overseeing and directing the culinary vision of Ridgewells’ Social, Corporate, and Major Events Division.

He did not disappoint when debuting his Taste of Spring menu, last month, for a group of Metro DC tastemakers.  The menu included:


Torched Yellow Tail

Sweet Corn Agnolotti

A Study of Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Poached Arctic Char

Wagyu Sirloin of Beef

Cheese Flight

Chocolate Pudding Cake

Popcorn Ice Cream

Roasted Peanut Caramel

Root Beer Gelee


RSVP Catering offers Wasabi Deviled Eggs for Mother's Day

RSVP Catering offers Wasabi Deviled Eggs for Mother's Day

From Bunny Polmer:

Whether you celebrate Mother’s Day by treating Mom to breakfast in bed, a picnic in the park, or by hosting a backyard barbeque for the extended family, here’s a recipe that will add a little zing to Mom’s special day. Honor your mother this year on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8. Call RSVP Catering, 2930 Prosperity Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22031 (703) 573-8700 or click on www.rsvpcatering.com.


  Wasabi Deviled Eggs
12 large eggs
2 qts.water
1T. kosher salt
½ cup wasabi mayonnaise
1 t. Dijon mustard
2t. lemon juice
dash of black pepper, freshly ground
½ oz. jar caviar (optional)