Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Eve Armstrong gives back to the local animal shelter.
On her birthday last April, Eve Armstrong, daughter of local restaurateurs Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong, decided she didn't want any birthday gifts. "When she turned thirteen, she said to me, 'I want to have a party but I don't want presents," Meshelle Armstrong said. "With her being a 13-year-old girl, Cathal and I were so floored." In lieu of birthday gifts, Eve decided she wanted friends and family to donate to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria to help the pets in need of forever homes. Eve, the namesake of Restaurant Eve, is a student at St. Louis School in Alexandria and dreams of being a veterinarian. The gifts to the shelter piled in. Meshelle said the gift drive was an "organic" idea. The idea spurred Restaurant Eve's April…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Cathal Armstrong has been nominated seven times for the James Beard Foundation award.
Will local chef celebrity Cathal Armstrong finally have the luck of the Irish when it comes to the James Beard Foundation awards? Armstrong, chef and co-owner of restaurants such as Restaurant Eve, Society Fair, the Majestic and other local favorites, is once again up for “Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic,” which includes chef competition from DC, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as Virginia. The award specifically mentions Armstrong for best chef, Restaurant Eve. The Washington Post said he “has many more nominations to go before he becomes the Susan Lucci of James Beard Foundation awards” before noting this is his 7th nomination. He still has 12 more nominations to go to match Lucci’s record. Lucci was nominated 19 times …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Looking for a place to eat on New Year's Eve? Here are a few suggestions of restaurants that are open for ringing in 2013.
Alexandria has a host of options for diners looking to celebrate out on the town. Grab a bite during the First Night Alexandria activities or ring in the new year right at a restaurant. Some suggestions around town: Old Town Bilbo Baggins 208 Queen St. 703-683-0300 American and English fare with a dash of Hobbit. New Year's Menu (PDF) Columbia Firehouse Restaurant 109 S. St. Asaph St. 703-683-1776 A modern American brasseries and bar. Party begins at 9 p.m. at $65 per person. Price of admission includes canapes, hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight. Cash bar available throughout the night. Eamonn's 728 King St. 703-299-8384 Fish, chips and more. Open until midnight Dec. 31. PX 728 King St. with reservations made online Fancy, fresh …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The foundation, which focuses on all things culinary, includes Restaurant Eve, PX and the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, in its list of semifinalists for a prestigious award.
Foodies, rejoice. Alexandria foodies, rejoice even more. The James Beard Foundation has named Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists, which include some well-known Old Town eateries of distinction. PX is in the running for “Outstanding Bar Program.” Restaurant Eve is up for “Outstanding Service,” “Outstanding Wine Program” and “Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic” for Cathal Armstrong. Greg Engert of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG) has made the first cut for “Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional.” Alexandria-based NRG owns restaurants such as Vermilion, Columbia Firehouse, Evening Star Cafe and Birch & Barley. NRG Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac was listed by the foundation as "Best Pastry Chef" for Birch & Barley in Washington, D.C. …
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Washington Post Runs Fall Dining Guide this weekend
Three Old Town restaurants got a rating of “regular-worthy” on Tom Sietsema’s Fall Dining Guide. The Washington Post is running the dining guide from restaurant critic Sietsema in the magazine this weekend. The three restaurants (and Sietsema’s comments) are: Restaurant Eve’s Tasting Room: (President and Mrs. Obama celebrated their anniversary at Restaurant Eve earlier this month.) “The chef constantly pushes himself to please.” Vermilion: “The restaurant makes every meal special.” Virtue Feed & Grain: “Among the virtues at Virtue are cocktails made with beer…”. (See Patch's "Eat Local" review here.)
Saturday, October 1, 2011
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dine at Restaurant Eve.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dined at Restaurant Eve in Old Town Alexandria Saturday night to celebrate their wedding anniversary, according to restaurant management, who tweeted the news while the Obamas were dining there. The neighborhood surrounding the restaurant Saturday night was fairly quiet, most likely due to chilly 50-degree weather and a light rain falling. A motorcade of black cars sat outside the restaurant. Other cars and an ambulance sat less than a block away on Prince Street, near the restaurant. The owners of the restaurant are award-winning chef Cathal Armstrong, who originally hails from Dublin, and his wife Meshelle; Cathal Armstrong is founder of Chefs as Parents, promoting healthy eating habits for …