Friday, March 22, 2013
Restaurant is lone Del Ray representative on Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington award list.
Del Ray’s Evening Star Cafe is a finalist for the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 2013 RAMMY Awards announced earlier this week, according to Washington Business Journal. Evening Star is a finalist in the “Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year” category along with Cleveland Park’s Ardeo + Bardeo, North Old Town’s Bastille, Nellie’s Sports Bar on U Street and Ballston’s Willow Restaurant. Meshelle and Cathal Armstrong’s EatGoodFood Group, which includes several Old Town restaurants, are up for multiple awards. Check out the full list of finalists. • Interested in getting Del Ray Patch directly into your inbox each morning? Learn more about our daily newsletter.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Evening Star Cafe Executive Chef Jim Jeffords offers his Turkey Day side dish recipe.
With Thanksgiving coming up Thursday, many folks around Del Ray are looking for a special recipe to liven up their Turkey Day feast. Jim Jeffords, the executive chef at Evening Star Cafe, offered up his recipe for Sweet Potato Gratin that’s currently on the menu at the Star: Sweet Potato Gratin Evening Star Cafe Executive Chef Jim Jeffords Serves 6 Ingredients Process Assembly Using a casserole dish, make one layer of sweet potatoes covering the bottom of the dish. Next, take half the kale and layer over top the potatoes and then sprinkle the roast garlic mixture on top of the kale. Next, pour half of the béchamel sauce over the dish and then sprinkle half the grated parmesan cheese. Repeat this once more. For some added crunch, you can …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Del Ray restaurant will add 30 outdoor seats next to Planet Wine.
Evening Star Cafe is getting more outdoor seating. The Alexandria City Council approved a permit on Saturday to add 30 new outdoor seats in the patio area next to Planet Wine. Evening Star Cafe and Planet Wine, which both sit under the Neighborhood Restaurant Group umbrella, may install a retractable canopy or other shelter over the patio. NRG purchased the patio and the two buildings next to Planet Wine in 2011. Evening Star currently has 20 outdoor seats on the south side of the building. The addition of 30 seats on the north side would increase the total number at the restaurant and attached lounges to 150. The approved application included a requested parking reduction of 13 spaces. Speaking at the Alexandria Planning Commission …
Monday, September 24, 2012
If application is approved, Evening Star may install a retractable canopy or other shelter over 30-seat outdoor patio.
Evening Star Cafe on Mt. Vernon Avenue is seeking the addition of 30 new outdoor seats in the patio area next to Planet Wine. The Alexandria Planning Commission will consider the restaurant’s application for the increased seating on Oct. 2. Evening Star Cafe and Planet Wine, both under the Neighborhood Restaurant Group umbrella, may install a retractable canopy or other shelter over the proposed new outdoor patio. Evening Star currently has 20 outdoor seats on the south side of the building. NRG purchased the patio and the two buildings next to Planet Wine in 2011. The addition of 30 seats on the north side would increase the total number at the restaurant and attached lounges to 150. When Planet Wine hosts a special tasting or dinner, the…
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Beginning Aug. 3, restaurant will host a dance party, barbecue, fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria and more.
Evening Star Cafe is celebrating its 15th anniversary next month with a weekend of special events featuring fun, food, drinks and a bit of toe tapping, too. In honor of the decade the Star opened its doors, the celebration will kickoff at 6 p.m. on Aug. 3 with a dance party in the No. 9 Lounge featuring hit tunes from the 1990s (Mark Morrison, anyone? Maybe 4 Non-Blondes? What about "a game of horseshoes?"). The bar will be stocked with complimentary snacks and specialty cocktails mixed by a guest bartender, who is described only as a blast from the past. The dancing will be followed on Aug. 4 with a BBQ Block Party featuring live music from noon to 5 p.m. Chef Jim Jeffords is planning a menu that will feature ribs, housemade half-smokes …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Saturday block party will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Evening Star Cafe Executive Chef Jim Jeffords has assembled an impressive list of ingredients for Saturday’s lowcountry boil block party. To start, there’s the order of 210 pounds of crawfish that’s expected to arrive from Louisiana sometime on Friday. Then there’s 200 pounds of Andouille sausage, 200 pounds of corn and 100 pounds of shrimp. Oh, and lots of potatoes, too. “We’ve been piping out the sausage after service hours,” Jeffords said. All the ingredients will be thrown into pots, seasoned and cooked until the chef has it just where he wants. A Georgia native, Jeffords took over the kitchen at the renovated Evening Star Cafe seven months ago. The seafood boil is a fun, social tradition he wanted to share in the neighborhood. “It’s a…
Monday, June 4, 2012
Del Ray Pizzeria and Evening Star Cafe take top awards at 2012 Taste of Del Ray.
Residents of the Del Ray community and beyond came out with a hunger like no other Sunday for the fourth annual Taste of Del Ray. “Tickets for entrance to the Taste of Del Ray went extremely fast today,” said Gayle Reuter, a board member with Del Ray Business Association. With ideal weather conditions, the number of attendees exceeded the 1,000 mark with ease, Reuter said. She estimated that this year’s turnout in the parking lot behind the Virginia Commerce Bank surpassed previous totals, noting that the DRBA had to stop selling tickets in order to ensure that paid entrants would get their money's (and tummy's) worth. With celebrity judge Rock Harper on hand, a dozen local eateries went toe-to-toe vying for top positions in two categories…
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
According to a Northern Virginia Magazine report, the Neighborhood Restaurant Group is considering sprucing up the former Barkley Square patio for a rotating lineup of pop-up restaurants.
Neighborhood Restaurant Group owner Michael Babin is considering hosting month-long pop-up restaurants featuring NRG chefs in the patio space in front of the former Barkley Square building, according to Northern Virginia Magazine. Babin is considering building a utility kitchen “in a small building in the back of the patio” and filling the patio with picnic tables and covering them with a retractable awning, according to the report published Wednesday on the magazine’s Gut Check blog. No word if the “small building” is the Barkley Square space. Babin purchased several of the buildings in the 2000 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue last year, including those that held his Evening Star Cafe and Planet Wine as well as the Barkley Square building and …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
For now, lunch service will only be available on Fridays.
Evening Star Cafe is resuming lunch service on Friday. At least for now, the restaurant will be serving lunch only on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., according to Neighborhood Restaurant Group Public Relations Director Megan Bailey. Evening Star Cafe hasn’t served lunch since October. The restaurant closed for renovations in November and reopened in December with new Chef Jim Jeffords in the kitchen. Weekend brunch service at the Star resumed in January. Bailey said Jeffords’ lunch menu includes items like a deviled Caesar salad, market vegetable and fried chicken salad, a grilled cheese with Cajun ham served with tomato soup, an egg-salad sandwich and a “Star Burger” with sharp cheddar, pulled pork, arugula and pickled red onion …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Former Evening Star Cafe chef now baking authentic Neapolitan pizzas.
Will Artley, the former chef at Evening Star Cafe and purveyor of February’s Project 2312 pop-up restaurant, has landed a new full-time gig in Falls Church. The chef is now making Neapolitan pies at Pizzeria Orso, located just off Route 29 at 400 S. Maple Ave. Tom Sietsema of The Washington Post recently wrote of Artley’s transition to the pizzeria on the newspaper’s Going Out Gurus blog. Monday marked Artley’s first day at Orso, which was named "Best Upscale Pizza" in Washingtonian Magazine's annual "Best of Washington" issue. Orso’s owners recently sent Artley to Marina del Rey, Calif., for instruction on how to make authentic Neapolitan pizza—something that came very naturally to Artley, according to Sietsema’s blog post. After parting …