Sunday, April 28, 2013
Event will be held May 3 at the Old Dominion Boat Club.
Mark your calendars! T.C. Williams Crew will hold its annual barbecue and bluegrass fundraiser this Friday. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at the Old Dominion Boat Club, 1 King St. The food will be provided by Pork Barrel BBQ. Music will be provided by City Farm—and it’s not your grandfather’s bluegrass, according to PTSA announcement. There will also be a silent auction featuring trips, services, merchandise, restaurant certificates, music events, movies, theater and sporting events. Tickets are $40 or two for $75. The price includes the silent auction, food, drinks and music. Tickets must be purchased in advance online through Paypal. Visit the event website for more information.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
"Mango" Mike Anderson says new sushi spot will be exclusively for the 18-and-over crowd.
The folks behind Pork Barrel BBQ and Holy Cow will round out their restaurant trilogy in the 2300 block of Mount Vernon Avenue with an R-rated sushi bar. “Mango” Mike Anderson tells Patch he and his partners are installing furnishings and meeting regularly with a sushi consultant in preparing to open an 18-and-over sushi bar that will be advertised by a single, yet-to-be-determined Japanese character above the door. It was previously given the working title "Dragon." “When people call, the staff on the phone will just say ‘sushi bar,’” Anderson said. Details continue to be sorted out, but Anderson said the bar will include more than 20 different kinds of sake. He installed a “SOON” sign in the windows of the space last week. The 18-and-…
Friday, February 8, 2013
Del Ray Business Association presents the award to business that best demonstrates commitment to customers and community.
Voting is now open for the “Heart of Del Ray” award, presented by the Del Ray Business Association. The award is given annually around Valentine's Day to the business that best demonstrates a warm and welcoming attitude to customers, shows generosity and commitment to the community and contributes to making Del Ray a great place to live, work and shop. Five businesses are nominated this year: Voting is open on the DRBA website until 5 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will be handed the award—a large cardboard heart—on Wednesday morning. Click here to vote. Last year, more than 500 people voted for the award, which was won by The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray. Past winners include A Show of Hands and local realtors Jen Walker and Bobi Bomar. …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Teenager finds his groove dancing to dubstep.
If you’ve been out and about in Del Ray any time in the last year, chances are you’ve seen Rayvonne Lewis. The tall, skinny teenager is a regular in the heart of busy Mount Vernon Avenue, where he is often seen dancing by himself on the brick sidewalk near Holy Cow and Pork Barrel BBQ. His music of choice is dubstep, an electronic genre defined by its wobble bass. Sometimes Lewis wears headphones so only he can hear the pulsating “wub.” Other times he unplugs his headphones so people on the street can hear the music. But the tunes are secondary to Lewis, who has delighted neighborhood children and adults alike with his gangly, robotic moves—even if he’s only practicing. “I like the fact that that when I’m moving to the beat I can get …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
DC's Meat Week promotion makes a stop in Del Ray.
Steven Claremon was named winner of "High on the Hog" eating challenge Thursday night at Pork Barrel BBQ in Del Ray as part of DC Meat Week. Pork Barrel BBQ debuted its "High on the Hog" eating challenge with a timed contest between three competitors. The winner was Steven Claremon, who devoured all of the following in 45 minutes flat: Now anyone who wants to take the "High on the Hog" challenge and attempt to beat Claremon’s record can do so by giving advance notice to the restaurant. Contest rules: If someone completes the challenge, they will receive a t-shirt, a $50 gift card to Pork Barrel BBQ, and their name in the “High on the Hog Challenge” Hall of Fame. If the challenger fails to complete the challenge, they will be required to …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
The week-long barbecue event highlights eight local businesses, including Del Ray's Pork Barrel BBQ.
Meat Week is an eight-day celebration of the DC's areas best and newest barbecue restaurants. This year's even begins Sunday and runs through Feb. 3. "The focus of Meat Week is barbecue — meats cooked 'low and slow' and bathed in wood smoke throughout the cooking process. DC Meat Week celebrates all regional ‘cue traditions, from dry-rubbed Texas brisket to vinegar-mopped Carolina pulled pork to sweet and spicy sauced ribs from Kansas City and Memphis," according to a press release. The 2013 Meat Week calendar of events includes its first ever Barbecue Food Truck Face-Off, hosted by Living Social. Pork Barrel BBQ, 2312 Mount Vernon Ave., will participate in the Meat Week festivities Thursday starting at 7 p.m. Pork Barrel will offer the a…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Tree will be recycled by the city's Department of Transportation and Environmental Services.
On Monday, members of the Del Ray Business Association and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne took down the 800-pound holiday tree in the farmers market lot at the corner of Mount Vernon and E. Oxford avenues. The tree was donated by “Mango” Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn of Pork Barrel BBQ and Holy Cow restaurants. It was plucked from a farm in Maryland. A crane was needed to install the tree in early December and a cherry picker was used decorate the arbor. “We owe Bill Blackburn and Mike Anderson such big thanks for all they did from start to finish,” DRBA officer Gayle Reuter said. On Monday, Anderson, Blackburn and other DRBA members pulled the tree over and snipped some of its branches. An inmate detail from the Sheriff's Office was called in …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The Mayan calendar turns over on Friday and the folks at Pork Barrel are throwing a party.
The world probably will not end Friday, but that’s not stopping some people from preparing—or partying. The Mayan calendar turns over Friday, which also happens to be the first day of winter. Some people believe this will be the start of the end of the world. The date even has its own website and one NASA scientist told CurrentTV there may be 25 million people in the United States who believe the end of the world will happen. In response, Pork Barrel BBQ on Mount Vernon Avenue is hosting an End of the World Party from 9 p.m. to close on Friday. The event will include a “Last Supper” special available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $14.95. The evening will also include games, prizes, party music and a confession box that was the brainchild of …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Pork Barrel BBQ restaurateurs preparing new burger venture with a charitable arm.
The folks behind Pork Barrel BBQ are preparing to open their next restaurant venture called “Holy Cow, Del Ray’s Gourmet Burger Joint.” Bill Blackburn promises—with a nod to the barbecue’s delayed opening—the fast-casual burger spot located next the The Dairy Godmother on Mount Vernon Avenue will open before the end of the year. Holy Cow will offer natural Angus burgers, potato and sweet potato fries, shakes, beer, wine and sodas. Other menu items include Quinoa veggie burgers, turkey burgers and chicken breast sandwiches. Blackburn said the restaurant did some rigorous taste-testing to come with a fry recipe “unlike anything else.” He said the restaurant will have a dedicated gluten-free fryer. The working menu includes 10 different …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Fundraising drive exceeds goal of $200,000 in 24 hours.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Drew Hansen
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Nearly 3,700 people donated $319,333 for 75 participating Alexandria nonprofits on Wednesday during Spring2Action, a 24-hour online fundraising drive presented by Virginia Commerce Bank and put on by ACT for Alexandria and ACTion Alexandria. The event surpassed its fundraising goal of $200,000 and its donor goal of 2,000. Three Alexandria restaurants hosted “give-togethers” at different times on Wednesday. The events, held at The Uptowner, Bittersweet and Pork Barrel BBQ, gave people representing different nonprofits a chance to compete for donors.