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DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

Medium Rare to Host 2nd Annual New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch Party

Medium Rare to Host 2nd Annual New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch Party

According to History.com, the earliest recorded New Year’s celebration goes back 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. Centuries later, we still ring in the New Year with parties and festivities. This year, Medium Rare invites all families and friends to their own unique New Year’s party. On New Year’s Day 2015, Medium Rare will be open for business, hosting the 2nd Annual Bottomless “Pajama Brunch” at both Washington, DC locations.

“New Year’s Day is a great time for taking stock in your life and investing in a new you. Why not start off the year with great brunch, meaningful company and some bottomless drinks?” says Mark Bucher, co-owner of Medium Rare, with two locations in Washington, DC. “Most people stay up late to ring in the New Year. For those who stayed up late and for everyone, we’re offering a brunch you can attend in your comfy pajamas.”

DROP OFF TOYS FOR CASA at MONZA/CARMELLO’s and GET $10 GIFT CARD

DROP OFF TOYS FOR CASA at MONZA/CARMELLO’s and GET $10 GIFT CARD

From now through Dec. 24, Manassas residents can drop off toys for CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Children) of Manassas, Va., at Monza and Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. in return for a  $10 Monza/Carmello’s gift card. For more information, go to www.carmellos.com.

“CASA is a tremendous support for kids in need of support, guidance and love, and we want to be able to bring them some extra kindness during the holidays, by offering them some surprise holiday gifts,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va.

CHRISTMAS EVE and NYE's DINNER at CARMELLOS

CHRISTMAS EVE and NYE's DINNER at CARMELLOS

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. is offering a Christmas Eve a la carte dinner on Tues, Dec. 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Menu prices vary. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.

Appetizer selections include: Brick-oven Oysters Rockefeller, Spitada de Camarao, Mini-Beef Wellingtons, Risotto Fritters and Calamari Fritti, as well as two soups, Lobster Bisque and Roasted Butternut Squash.

Autumn Mesclun Salad, Caesar Salad and Chopped House Salad will be offered along with several entrees, including Lobster Mascarpone Ravioli, Deconstructed Veal Agnolotti Lasagna, Pan-seared Filet Mignon with Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, Pan-roasted Fish of the Day, Slow-braised Beef Short Ribs, Portuguese Paella Valenciana and Red-Wine Braised Duroc Pork Shank.

Medium Rare Shares the Secret to Creating the Perfect French Fries

Medium Rare Shares the Secret to Creating the Perfect French Fries

They may be called french fries, but Americans consume around 2 million tons of them per year. Whether dipped in ketchup, covered in chili and cheese, or served up another way, we just can’t get enough of them. Most of the time people are dining on french fries from restaurants or frozen ones, but for those who want to make their own at home Medium Rare is dishing up the tips on how to make them perfect.

“The perfect fry is really a labor of patience and love,” explains Mark Bucher, co-owner of Medium Rare, with two locations in the D.C. area. “From finding the perfect potato, to the cutting, soaking, drying, blanching, then overnight refrigeration, before the last fry, the process takes will take over 24 hours, just for a french fry.”

CARMELLO’s/MONZA RAISE MORE THAN $1000 to SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

CARMELLO’s/MONZA RAISE MORE THAN $1000 to SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Carmello’s and Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. donated 10 percent of all brick-oven pizza orders and 10 percent of all Lamb Meatball Fettuccine orders in October to support Breast Cancer Awareness. From those orders, they raised more than $1000 to donate to the American Cancer Society. For more information, go to www.carmellos.com or www.eatmonza.com.

“Simply by enjoying some good eating, people can help give back, and we’re so grateful to our customers for helping us give back to support Breast Cancer Awareness,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va.

DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA, Wed., Dec. 17

DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY BEER DINNER at MONZA, Wed., Dec. 17

Monza is hosting a Dogfish Head Brewery Beer Dinner on Wed., Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for $75 inclusive, per person. The four-course dinner will feature Dogfish Head beers that complement new fall menu items. For reservations, go to eatmonza.com.                                         

The four-course dinner includes the 90 Min IPA with Meat and Cheese Platter; Namaste with Namaste Drunken Smoked Bacon Mussels, includes garlic, shallots, scallions, dijon crème fraiche and crostini; Punkin Ale with Four-Cheese Ravioli, served with wilted spinach, diced tomatoes, parmesan, creamy alfredo and pumpkin seeds; Indian Brown Ale with All Natural Braised Beef Ragu and Butternut Squash Gnocchi, served with carrots, celery, arugula, parmesan and olive oil ; and Aged-World Wide Stout with Homemade Bread Pudding, includes chocolate, cherries and crème anglaise.