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More than just “snap,” “crackle,” and “pop,” were present at Friday and Saturday’s Taste of Reston. Also in the mix were, “munch,” “crunch,” “sizzle,” “slurp,” “gulp,” as well as lots of, “yum’s” and “mmms”—and it should be noted that none of these guests of honor had anything to do with Rice Krispies!

27 of the Reston area’s favorite food accommodators, 24 sponsors of positive living, 12 supporters of prosperous work lives, as well as numerous entertainers gathered in RTC for Taste of Reston—a tasty and fun-filled festival to benefit the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Market Street was lined by dozens of white tents full of delectable smells. Tickets were the currency to tantalize one’s taste buds—whether used for hamburger sliders and crab cakes, or berry pound cake and gelato. Taste, however, was not the only sense to be satisfied, as warm breezes carried a feast for the ears, transporting pleasant sounds from the various music stages and artists throughout the premises.

President’s Park was the site for the Living Well Expo, which featured dance classes, sporting games, healthy living sponsors, and other activities to encourage physically healthy lives! From bubble-blowing clowns to Redskins Girls line dancing with civilians, many performers were present in the Living Well Expo to create a more interactive experience.

Just down the hill, in the North East parking lot lurked a festival overflowing with fun for all ages! Rides, carnival games, and cotton candy, set the scene for this section of Taste of Reston, adding just a little more flavor to the event.

Spicy seasonings perfumed Library Street on Saturday afternoon, as the Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-Off went down between our favorite hometown heroes: the Fire Department versus the Police Department. The Police Department’s “Reapers Stew” took the gold this time, leaving the Fire Department ready to bring it in 2012!

The event ended with a bang, as the Texas Chainsaw Horns took center stage. The zesty horn-based funk band was bursting with energy, able to capture the audience with their jazzy, soulful arrangements and vibrant attitude!

Thanks to all who came out to support the Reston Chamber of Commerce at the 21st annual Taste of Reston Event.  We hope to see everyone back in 2012 to see how the tastes of Reston evolve in the coming year!

For photos of the event, click here!

It’s here!

Once again one of Reston’s favorite festivals, Taste of Reston, will be lining Market Street with booths from dozens of area restaurants, live entertainment, kids activities and more!

Taste of Reston, Northern Virginia’s largest outdoor food festival, takes place Friday-Saturday, June 17-18 at Reston Town Center.  The event features delectable samplings from the region’s favorite eateries, live music both days, beer and wine gardens, fun and games at the Taste of Reston Carnival, competition at the Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-off, and lively advice from the Living Well Expo.

Brave Contestants in the "Guns and Hoses Chili Cook-off"

In addition to the restaurant samplings, the “Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-off” will pit area cops against firemen – the ultimate battle of the heroes – in Reston’s spiciest competition.  Together, a panel of five judges vote using the following categories: Aroma, Color, Consistency, Taste, and Aftertaste to determine the “overall best chili”. In addition to the award for best chili according to the taste tester judges, Taste of Reston attendees vote for the “People’s Choice.”  Last year the cops took it, defeating the firemen in what was certainly a heated battle.  Who will take it this year?  Will the hoses find retribution against the blazing guns?

The Living Well Expo is taking place during Taste of Reston at Reston Town Center! Presenting entertainment for families and children, exercise and cooking demonstrations, a Smoothie Shakedown, and Radio Disney! In their second year, they are the area’s first regional Health Expo, showcasing local and regional health organizations that will inspire you and your family to live well!

The Taste of Reston Carnival

Everyone’s favorite carnival will also be returning to turn up the fun for both the young and young at heart! Wind your way over to the festivities featured in this fun-filled festival zone to take a spin on your favorite ride. Carnival tickets are available on site and cost $1 per ticket, or $20 for 24 tickets (each ride takes 3-5 tickets to ride).  Take advantage of the carnival bonus day on Sunday, June 19, open 10am-8pm and purchase an unlimited access wristband for $25.

Restaurants include: American Tap Room, Big Bowl, Cookology, Vinifera, Jackson’s, Mon Ami Gabi, Clyde’s, McCormick & Schmick’s, M&S Grill, Il Fornaio, Obi Sushi, Finnegan’s, Flippin Pizza, Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern, Paolo’s Ristorante, The Counter, Melting Pot, Mamma Lucia, Buffalo Wing Factory, Milwaukee Frozen Custard, and more! On Friday, June 17, 5:30-10:30pm, The Fabulous Dialtones will entertain from the Town Center Pavilion. On Saturday, June 18, 7:30–10:30pm The Texas Chainsaw Horns will be lighting up the stage. The Family Fun Zone! will feature fun activities, interactive games, demonstrations, and arts and crafts for all ages.

Admission is free! Food tickets $1 each

Taste of Reston Festival: Friday, June 17,  3-11pm; Saturday, June 18, noon-11pm

Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-off: Saturday June 18, noon-4pm

Carnival: Friday, June 17, 3-11pm; Saturday, June 18, Noon-11pm; Sunday, June 19, 10am-8pm

www.RestonTaste.com

Produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

Tomorrow kicks off Reston’s own Restaurant Week – a local extension of DC Restaurant Week – and continues through August 29th! Enjoy prix-fixe menus at these Reston Town Center restaurants:

American Tap Room
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Big Bowl
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Il Fornaio
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Mon Ami Gabi
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M&S Grill
Market Street Bar and Grill (dinner only)
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Obi Sushi
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Paolo’s Ristorante
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Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Cafe
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Here’s your chance to try something new, or visit one of your favorite dining locations.  To view a full list of dining options at Reston Town Center, view our dining guide.
Bon appetit!

It’s here!

Once again market street will be lined with booths from dozens of area restaurants, live entertainment, kids activities and more during one of Reston’s favorite festivals, Taste of Reston.

Taste of Reston takes place June 18-19 at Reston Town Center featuring more than 30 area restaurants, a full line-up of musical entertainment, a kid’s activity tent and, for the first time, a chili cook-off pitting police against firefighters.

In addition to the restaurant samplings, the “Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-off” will pit area cops against firemen – the ultimate battle of the heroes –  this time in aprons in front of chili pots.  Attendees can vote for the “People’s Choice” chili. A panel of food writers and critics will determine the “overall best chili”.  The event’s masters of ceremonies will be MIX107.3’s Tommy McFly and NewsChannel8’s Katherine Amenta.

Restaurants include: Chef Geoff’s, Vinifera, Jackson’s, Mon Ami Gabi, Clyde’s, McCormick & Schmick’s, M&S Grill, Il Fornaio, Obi Sushi, Texas de Brazil, The Melting Pot, Mamma Lucia, Buffalo Wing Factory and Milwaukee Frozen Custard. On Friday from 5:30 until 10:30 pm The Fabulous Dialtones will entertain from the Town Center Pavilion. On Saturday, June 19, from 7:30 – 10:30 pm C.J. Chenier & the Redhot Louisiana Band will  perform. The Kid’s Corner tent will feature face painting, games and crafts for children.

Admission is free! Food tickets $1 each

Friday, June 18 – 3-11 pm; Saturday, June 19 – noon-11 pm

Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-off, Saturday June 19, noon- 4:30 pm

www.RestonTaste.com

Produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce


Whoa, Nellie! The horses are snowed in! Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides were cancelled Valentine's Day weekend due to the snow. But never fear - there are still plenty of great Valentine's Day activities at Town Center this weekend!

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday, February 14, and we’ve got the scoop on some creative and romantic ideas for your special someone! Remember your sweetheart with morning coffee, tasty treats, sweet gifts and reservations at your favorite Reston Town Center restaurant.

Looking for gift ideas? Check out our list of Reston Town Center Shops.  And don’t forget that you can have your gift beautifully wrapped at Appalachian Spring this Friday – Sunday to benefit Kids R First.  View the gift wrapping hours.

Haven’t made your dinner reservations yet? Check out these special valentine’s day events and specials that start as early as this Friday:

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DINING

American Tap Room – Valentine’s Weekend Special
Friday, February 12, 6 pm – 10 pm;

Saturday, February 13 – Sunday, February 14, 5 pm – 9 pm
Live Music and a three course meal, including a bottle of Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay or Cypress Cabernet. $100 per couple.
703.834.0400  |  americantaproom.com

M&S Grill – Valentine’s Weekend Three Course Dinner
Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14
Three course dinner for $29.95.  Appetizer selection: blue point oyster cocktail, five spice duck dumplings or baby spinach salad.  Entree selection: osso buco, grilled marinated shrimp or steak au poivre.  Dessert selection: white chocolate mousse and strawberry parfait or chocolate raspberry linzer tart.  Pre-order roses for your table – $15 single rose in a vase; $40 half dozen roses in a vase; $65 one dozen roses in a vase.  Reservations at 703.787.7766.
703.787.7766  |  mandsgrill.com

Market Street Bar & Grill – Valentine’s Menu & Bobbe Shore and First Call Live
Saturday, February 13, 8:30 pm – 12:30 am
Featuring an incredible Valentines menu and the cool sounds of Bobbe Shore and First Call.  Call for reservations: 703.925.8250.
703.925.8250  |  msbg.net

Yogen Früz – Be in lüv at Yogen Früz on Valentine’s Day
Sunday, February 14
Enjoy two small mix-it’s for you and your date for $4.98.  Yogen Früz lüv’s Ü.
571.526.9567  |  yogenfruz.com

Mon Ami Gabi – Valentine’s Day Pajama Brunch
Sunday February 14, 10 am – 3 pm
Come for brunch in pajamas and receive a gift card equal to the price of your meal for a future visit in 2010. The make-your-own Bloody Mary Bar will be fully stocked, ready for selection of favorite garnishes.  Reservations at 703.707.0233.
703.707.0233  |  monamigabi.com

Paolo’s Ristorante – Valentine’s Brunch and Dinner
Sunday, February 14, 11 am – 3 pm brunch, 5 – 10 pm dinner
Enjoy a lover’s chocolate fountain brunch and a special dinner menu for a special occasion.
703.318.8920  |  paolosristorante.com

Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Café – Sizzlin’ Dishes and Sweet Treats
Through Sunday, February 21

Serving up a plate of love for two – the “Plato de Amor” includes a cold water lobster tail, four shrimp brochette, chicken and beef fajitas, as well as guacamole and pico de gallo for $49.95. Guests can end the night on a sweet note with two delicious choices: mini cajeta served with sopapillas drizzled with a divine chocolate sauce and dusted with powdered sugar ($5.95) or Uncle Julio’s twist on a tradition, chocolate flan ($5.25).
703.904.0703  |  unclejulios.com


SHOPPING
Here are a couple of special sales this week related to Valentine’s Day:

Le Shoppe – “Sweet” Deals
Through February 14
Treat your sweetie to a day of pampering at Le Shoppe Salon and Spa, choose from one or more of the following “sweet” deals: Complimentary haircut with any haircolor service purchase; $25.00 off our Aromatic or Hydradermie Facial; Receive a free manicure with a pedicure, $5 off a manicure, or $7.00 off a pedicure service purchase; OR Complimentary conditioning treatment with purchase of a haircut service.
703.435.5555 | leshoppesalons.com

Midtown Jewelers – Love Match: Chocolate and Diamonds
Saturday February 13, 10 am – 7 pm

For anyone trying to find the perfect combination this Valentine’s Day, receive a delicious homemade chocolate treat and single long stem, red rose complimentary with any in-stock jewelry purchase of $25 or more.  Also enjoy a special incentive February 11 – 13.
703.707.9663  |  midtownjewelersinc.com

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Reston Town Center Gift Cards:
The Perfect Gift for Everyone You Love
Redeemable for all shopping, dining and fun at Reston Town Center!

Purchase locations:

  • Information Center Kiosk. 1800 Discovery Street (Skate Shop).  Available 24 hours daily at the vending machine!
  • Management Office. Two Fountain Square, Suite 100 (in the lobby).  Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm.


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