Announcing the Winners
of the 4th Annual Cherry Challenge
The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee is proud to announce the winners of their fourth annual “Cherry Challenge.”
The Cherry Challenge took place during the week of February 5-11th in twenty Alexandria restaurants, and featured cherry-inspired dishes, drinks, and desserts created by the restaurant chefs. Some of the restaurants have competed in the past, but there were several restaurants new to the competition…in fact, new to Alexandria, including RedRocks, T.J. Stones, Virtue Feed and Grain, and others.
Each person who ordered the dish or menu item was supplied with a ballot so that they could judge the menu item on taste, presentation and creativity. Scoring was done by rating both the number of ballots submitted, and how each dish rated in the palates of the citizens who ordered the items. All winning restaurants receive a handsome plaque and were presented in the George Washington Birthday Parade. The winning drink was featured at the Birthnight Banquet and Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.
2012 Participating Restaurants:
Del Ray/North End:
Old Town Alexandria:
Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub (last year’s “mains” winner)
Dishes of India (last year's "dessert" winner)
Tempo (last year's "starters" winner)
Entre: Murphy’s Irish Pub "Duck a la Cherry" (winner for the third year with this dish!)
Salad: Tempo Restaurant "Insalata di Ceresa e Mela di Fuji"
Dessert: Dishes of India "Cherry Kulfi"
Cocktail: Food Matters "Sweet Cherry Rye"