Are you an aspiring gourmet? Does your palate run toward the exotic or innovative? Perhaps you’re looking to expand your culinary horizons. Whether you prefer comfort food or inventive creations, Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week promises an unforgettable gastronomic adventure!
Held January 14-20, and sponsored by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, this delicious event is among the region’s most popular celebrations. More than 250 of the DMV’s finest restaurants offer $22 brunch, three-course lunches for $22, and three-course dinners for $35.
Four of the participating restaurants are located in Reston. These include:
Founding Farmers — As a farmer-owned restaurant, almost all of its delicious food and drink – from freshly baked bread and house-churned butter to craft cocktails with proprietary spirits – are made from scratch, using high-quality ingredients from American family farms. 1904 Reston Metro Plaza Drive; https://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/locations/reston/
McCormick & Schmick’s — Located in the Reston Town Center, this popular restaurant features fish and seafood from around the world, served in a traditional decor. 11920 Democracy Drive; https://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/
The Melting Pot – Discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines and cocktails, and fabulous four-course fondue dinners. 11730 Plaza America Drive; https://www.meltingpot.com/reston-va/
PassionFish – PassionFish is devoted entirely to the freshest bounty of the world’s oceans, lakes, rivers, and waterways, serving everything from ceviches and cioppino to lobster rolls and crispy whole fish. 11960 Democracy Drive; www.passionfishreston.com
Hungry yet? What are you waiting for? Get more information at http://www.ramw.org/restaurantweek.
Interested in seeing artwork that will make you think and may even challenge your view of society? Then visit the Greater Reston Arts Center to see CUT, which will be held through Saturday, February 18.
CUT is a free exhibit by six artists that explores scientific themes, the balance of civilization and nature, and spirituality through delicate and precisely crafted paper-cut pieces, animations, immersive installations, and transformative sculpture.
CUT is the final exhibition in a trilogy of shows organized by the center to spotlight labor-intensive, hand-manipulated contemporary artworks made from humble materials traditionally associated with domestic craft. To learn more, call (703) 471-9242 or visit http://restonarts.org/exhibition/cut/.
Give yourself a warm, rewarding feeling and help someone less fortunate stay warm this winter!
From January 9-20, the Reston Town Center will accept new or gently used winter coats (in good condition and cleaned) and new hats, gloves, and scarves. The donated items will benefit Cornerstones – a Reston nonprofit organization that provides support and advocacy to those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services.
Items will be collected in boxes located in various building lobbies throughout the Reston Town Center, including the lobby of The Avant! For more information about the coat drive, call (703) 579-6720. To learn about Cornerstones and its mission, visit https://www.cornerstonesva.org/.
(Photo: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center/Facebook)
Are you an aviation buff? Do you thrill to the roar of a jet engine, or are you fascinated by space travel? Then you’ll adore the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, an easy drive from The Avant at Reston Town Center!
Udvar-Hazy is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s annex near Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly. The center boasts two huge hangars (the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar) displaying thousands of captivating aviation and space artifacts — including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the space shuttle Discovery. If you close your eyes, you can imagine these impressive technological wonders taking flight!
The center also showcases the Airbus IMAX® Theater, a popular spot to see big-screen blockbusters like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Other features include the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower, which provides a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the surrounding area; the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, where preservation of the National Air and Space Museum’s collections takes place; and a glassed-in mezzanine with an up-close view of restoration projects in progress.
The Udvar-Hazy Center offers daily tours and educational activities for both children and adults — as well as scheduled lectures and events throughout the year. For more information, click here.
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
We are thrilled to announce our new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are up and running! In collaboration with SemaConnect, 2 brand new ChargePro stations are now located on the B1 level for resident use! Please contact us with any questions or to obtain your account to begin charging your vehicle today!