Cherry Challenge

6th Annual Cherry Challenge Welcomes New Participants and Reigning Cherry Champs
"Cherry Challenge Week" is February 2 through 8, 2014!
The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee in Alexandria proudly announces the sixth annual Cherry Challenge.  In the spirit of the old cherry tree tale, we are celebrating George Washington's important presence in his hometown of Alexandria by inviting Alexandria restaurants to participate in this culinary contest!  We urge everyone to patronize the participating restaurants during the week of February 2 through February 8, 2014...and vote for your favorite CHERRY drinks, starters, entrees and desserts.

To participate, all you need to do is to enjoy the menu item that includes CHERRIES.  During this week, each patron who orders the item will have the opportunity to submit a ballot on which they rate the item on taste, creativity, and presentation.  At the end of the week, the ballots will be collected, and tallied.

Winners Announced!

Beverage:       Winner Society Fair -- Sponsor is The Hour
                             Honoarble Mention to Tempo, a very close second place

Appetizer:      Winner Evening Star -- Sponsor is Society Fair

Entree:            Winner Notting Hill -- Sponsor is Society Fair
                            Honorable Mentions to Southside and Murphy's with very high scores

 Dessert:          Winner Laporta -- Sponsor is Glynn Jones cut with Annetta
                            Honorable Mentions to Mt. Vernon, Tempo, and Majestic with very high scores

Restaurants Taking the Cherry Challenge:
(click the name to see more information)

Bilbo Baggins
208 Queen St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Casa Felipe
835 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314

203 The Strand, Alexandria, VA 22314

Chart House
1 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Del Ray Café
205 E. Howell Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301

Del Ray Pizzeria
2218 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

Dishes of India
1510 Belle View Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22307

Evening Star
2000 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

Gadsby's Tavern
138 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Hank's Oyster Bar
1026 King Street, Alexandria VA 22314

King Street Blues
112 North Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

La Bergerie
218 N Lee St, Alexandria, VA 22314

1600 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Las Tapas
710 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Light Hourse
715 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

911 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Mount Vernon Inn
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22309

713 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Notting Hill
1106 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Daniel O'Connells Bar and Restaurant
112 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

220 N Lee St, Alexandria, VA 22314

904 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Restaurant 219
219 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

827 Slaters Ln, Alexandria, VA 22314

Society Fair
277 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Southside 815
815 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

4231 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22304

2080 Jamieson Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314

Union Street Public House
121 S Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Waterfront Market and Café
7 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

The winners of the competition will receive the following:
  • Invitation to march in the largest George Washington Birthday parade in the country, taking place at 1 p.m. in Alexandria on February 17, 2014.
  • The winning restaurant's name and featured menu item announced from the parade grandstand during the parade.
  • Handsome plaque that can be displayed in your restaurant.
  • Press releases sent out to area publications announcing the winners.
  • Posters, by neighborhood, to be displayed by you and your neighbors with your name and information about Cherry Challenge event.

To sign up or to ask questions all you have to do is contact the Cherry Challenge Committee Chair Danny Smith at 703-505-7845 or
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