October Charitable Events: Taste of the NFL & Can Drive


Please join us in helping to provide meals for Feeding America and donations to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank by participating in our October charitable events.

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!

New summer menu 2015

Summer Menu

After thoughtful perusings of recipes and cookbooks, some experimentation and taste testing, I’m finally ready to unveil my summer menu. Come in to try it!

Summer lovin’

Curren Group Blog Graphic

This is a great time of year to experiment, do menu planning for caterings and in the restaurant, and to feel so excited about the possibilities in food.

Trump wine + Virginia foodie dinner May 8th, 2015 at AVA


This wine dinner promises the best of the season from local farms along with award-winning Trump Winery wines. Make reservations for May 8th!

An experiment in budget eating


Culinary delights don’t have to break the bank. And simple eating doesn’t have to mean low quality. Check out my take on stretching dollars and cooking creatively!

Thanksgiving catering to go!

Design: Curren Media Group.

Okay here it is, perhaps the best moment of the year, when the tastes of Thanksgiving start to make their way onto our restaurant and home menus. As I’ve been saying all autumn long, this is one of my favorite seasons and Thanksgiving is at the top of my list of favorite holidays. Gift-giving at […]

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 […]

My own restaurant history

Mary beth Harris

After over a decade in the restaurant business it occurs to me that it’s been a pretty interesting road that got me to the place of restaurant ownership. Where it all began Like many people I started working at restaurants to work my way through college, in my case at Mary Baldwin here in Staunton […]