My top favorite cooking and food blogs


A list and some descriptors of some of my top favorites cooking blogs. Let them inspire you, too

Last Tuesday dinner (new hours blog)

AVA Restaurant hours

We’re changing our hours to better meet your needs and ours!

Spring wine dinner with Prince Michel

drink local

A luscious menu and wonderful wine pairings set the stage for a great wine dinner evening. Join us Friday, April 24, for reservations anytime between 6 and 9 pm.

The whole wine world — fun book and graphics!

The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

A fun board book that makes wine accessible to everyone as whimsically illustrated and educational scratch-and-sniff board book!

The day the music died


Why we’re no longer hosting live music. And how the music industry is helping kill Main Street across the nation.

Best of Virginia voting time

Best of Virginia

Most of the time I’m writing to tell you about something new or interesting happening at the restaurant — or a fun story about my life with food. But today I’m writing to ask you if you would do something for me. Are you up for it? It’s pretty easy, actually. Our Best of Virginia […]

Holiday wishes and holiday hours

Merry Christmas postcard

Owning one’s own business is great. You’re the boss, the decision-maker, you get to choose the look and feel, and at the end of the day, it’s all yours! But being “all yours” also means the downside, which is almost always needing to be there to run the place. Small business owners take this in […]

A little holiday mood

Christmas card

I’ll admit that I have a bias against early holiday decorating. I love Halloween, so I want to enjoy it to the hilt in October, planning costumes and figuring out whether to hold the haunted bash, or attend one. When November rolls around, my mind is on all kinds of autumnal foods, seasonal foods, new […]

November wine expo & wine to go

AVA Wine Expo

Our love of wine only grows! That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about an upcoming event this weekend — November 22, 2014 from 2-5 — and events like it coming up each quarter. We’re hosting an on-site Wine Expo that’s designed to give you a taste of some of our top-of-the-line wines from all […]

New fall menu

Fall Menu 20143

We’ve been rolling it out and testing it on lucky tasters for weeks but now it’s official — it’s time to unleash our Fall Menu 2014. If you’ve been waiting for a good time to come in to AVA for dinner, now’s the perfect moment. You can savor delicious new fall flavors and dishes while […]