Thursday, January 31, 2013
How many "XXX" chicken wings can you can eat in 5 minutes?
Del Ray Pizzeria on Mount Vernon Avenue is hosting a chicken wing eating contest on Sunday during halftime of Super Bowl XLVII. “We were thinking we weren’t too excited about either of the teams, so we thought a wing eating contest might be a way to have some more fun,” DRP Chef Eric Reid said. The winner of the contest will be determined by who can eat the most “XXX” wings—the restaurant’s hottest variety—in 5 minutes. Those interested in competing can register for the contest at the DRP bar. There is a $15 registration fee. The winner will take home a $50 Del Ray Pizzeria gift card, a six-pack of Bell’s Hopslam Ale and a T-shirt. Along with the wing contest, Del Ray Pizzeria’s draft list on Super Bowl Sunday will exclusively feature …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Chef Eric Reid tinkers with sauce and lands more space to let dough age.
If you’ve been to Del Ray Pizzeria in the last few weeks, you might have noticed the pizza tastes a bit different. Chef Eric Reid recently tinkered with the sauce recipe and a new walk-in freezer upstairs at the restaurant has allowed him to age the dough for tastier results. The aging lets the dough rise slowly and the flavors develop, allowing more of a crispy, golden-brown crust. With the sauce, Reid said he had been playing with the recipe for a while. He sought feedback from friends and customers, not even telling them he made subtle changes and then poking them for answers. “I still don’t know anything about pizza,” Reid joked. He came to DRP just a few weeks after it opened to help overhaul operations despite pizza having never …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Reviewer praises chef Eric Reid's Southern dishes and American comfort food.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Competition raises $772 for Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia.
Reagan Feld woke up early Saturday morning while most of her family was still in bed and stepped into the kitchen to work her way through a new pecan pie recipe with a bit of help from her mother. The 9-year-old student at Maury Elementary School said she was “crazy nervous” upon entering her creation, titled “Reagan’s Awesome Pecan Pie,” into the youth field of the Art on the Avenue pie-baking competition. “I’ve made that type of flavor before, but not this recipe,” the fourth-grader said. When her name was called as the winner of the youth competition, Feld let out a yelp of delight. She had won first prize for the second straight year. Despite the soggy day, 36 pies were entered in the competition in two fields—31 pies in the adult …