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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.

5 Reasons Why Brunch Has Become Busiest Meal of the Week at Medium Rare

 5 Reasons Why Brunch Has Become Busiest Meal of the Week at Medium Rare

For many, brunch has become a trend that brings people together. While it was once only for those who slept in and looked for a late-served breakfast, today there’s a whole layer of style that goes along with it. Brunch is trendy, fun, and is now used as a social gathering for friends and family. It’s where laughs and memories are made, co workers, and neighbors gather, half tired to simply talk. As the work week winds down, there’s not many smart phones in hands or on tables. People just gather to be with each other.  And there’s one place, Medium Rare, in the Washington D.C. area, that has become the epicenter for the new meal to be seen out and the new rules for weekend brunch.

Medium Rare Offers to Cook Your Holiday Turkey, Help Keep You Safe

Medium Rare Offers to Cook Your Holiday Turkey, Help Keep You Safe

According to the National Restaurant Association, over 30 million people rely, at least in part, on restaurants for their Thanksgiving meal. While Medium Rare, a Washington D.C. restaurant with two locations, will be closed that day, it will still be a part of many local families’ dinner this holiday. Medium Rare is offering to deep fry turkeys for those in the public, so they can have all the delicious flavor, without all the fuss or the accompanying danger of doing it at home.

“This is a tradition that I started back in 2008 and it helps keep people safe from accidents they may have trying to fry their own,” explains Mark Bucher, co-owner of Medium Rare, with two locations in the D.C. area. “It’s great to be able to give back to the community like this and provide them with a service. We look forward to frying up more than we did last year, making new friends and helping people to have an even more memorable Thanksgiving.”