Mary Beth Harris

About Mary Beth Harris

Mary Beth Harris is the proprietress of AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar. She's been in the restaurant business for 12 years and is the former owner of The Darjeeling Cafe.

Valentine’s Prix Fixe Dinners All Weekend

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We’ve got a special Valentine’s Menu offered in three tiers — 3 courses @ $45 for two; 4 courses @ $75 for two; 5 courses @ $125 for 2 — from Thursday – Sunday nights.

Big News — AVA to Close at end of February


It’s time to announce that we’re set to close on February 26. Please plan to visit us this month before closing for V-Day, music, wine, special events and more!

Winter Holidays Wine Expo, Dec. 12th, 3-5pm

holiday wine expo

Join us for another in our Wine Expo Series. We’ll taste 13 wines for $15/per; includes light appetizers. Bottle discounts, great wine advice for the holidays.

Ladies Appetizers and Eco Swap Dec. 5

Domestic Abuse Staunton

Come out to our Naked Ladies Eco Swap and trade “gently used” but no longer wanted clothes with other women. Also, donations to the domestic abuse shelter will be collected.

Pre-Thanksgiving Wine Expo & Catering Tasting

Thanksgiving Staunton

This Saturday from 3-5:30pm enjoy a broad and comprehensive wine tasting with light hors d’oeuvres that double as a sampling of our Thanksgiving catering sides.

Friday October 30: Michael David Wine Dinner

Michael David Wine Dinner

Join us next Friday for a stunning 5-course wine dinner accompanied by California’s Michael David Wines. The dinner focuses on hearty fall flavors and red wines.

Foodie Road Trip: Cleveland Rocks!


I recently got out of Dodge — in a Dodge! — and hit the Midwest (Cleveland to be exact), with a fury. Food, museums, sports, food, food, food — I did it all!

Food truck face-off

Food Truck Battle Crowd

The recent Food Truck Battle at the Frontier Culture Museum brought out throngs of supporters to benefit the Madee Project. I was a food judge and had a blast!

Creative, no-tree nut school lunches

School Lunches

Has your kid’s school banned tree nuts in school lunches? Here are ideas to help you keep it fresh and nutritious for your child each day and easy on you!

Thank you for supporting downtown Staunton

Thank you cards letterpress

Last week’s restaurant week was a huge success but the bigger success goes to our community year-round, with its many reasons to enjoy — and support — downtown Staunton!