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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 includesCHERRIES.  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

Chadwick's 
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

Laporta's
1600 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Las Tapas
710 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Light Hourse
715 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Majestic
911 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

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

Murphy's
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

Overwood
220 N Lee St, Alexandria, VA 22314

RedRocks
904 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Restaurant 219
219 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Rustico
827 Slaters Ln, Alexandria, VA 22314

Society Fair
277 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Southside 815
815 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Tempo
4231 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22304

Trademark
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




5th Annual Cherry Challenge
Participating Restaurants
(just click on the restaurant to see maps and other information):

Chart House

Dishes of India

Evening Star

Hank's Oyster Bar

King St Blues Old Town

Majestic

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub

Tempo

Trademark Drink & Eat

Union Street Public House

Virtue Feed and Grain

Whole Foods Market




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 WINNERS!
If you would like to participate in the 2013 "Cherry Challenge" please contact the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee via gwbcc@washingtonbirthday.net.

2012 Participating Restaurants:

Del Ray/North End:

Indigo Landing

Ramparts

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub

TJ Stones

Old Town Alexandria:

Bittersweet

Fontaine Caffe & Creperie

Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant

Hank's Oyster Bar

The Jamieson Grille

King St Blues Old Town

The Light Horse Restaurant

The Majestic

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub (last year’s “mains” winner)

Pizzeria Paradiso

RedRocks

Virtue Feed and Grain

Whole Foods Market

South End:

Dishes of India (last year's "dessert" winner)

West End:

Shooter McGee's

Tempo (last year's "starters" winner)




2011 WINNERS!


Entre: Murphy’s Irish Pub "Duck a la Cherry" (winner for the third year with this dish!)

SaladTempo Restaurant "Insalata di Ceresa e Mela di Fuji"

DessertDishes of India "Cherry Kulfi"

Cocktail: Food Matters "Sweet Cherry Rye"

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