Sunday, March 16, 2008

Lucy Saunders in Purcellville, Virginia

Tempura Rockfish at Maggie'sIt's a 50 mile bicycle jaunt from the Washington Monument to the terminus of the paved Washington & Old Dominion Trail in Purcellville, Virginia.

And sitting there, a few yards from the trail, is the outdoor patio of Magnolias at the Mill, a Purcellville restaurant and beer pub.

During her event-full week in the DC/VA/Baltimore area, Lucy Saunders accepted a luncheon invitation from the restaurant's Executive Chef Mark Marrocco and Manager Kim Ross.

So one afternoon, we were there at Maggie's, sipping on beer—Lucy, a Stoudt's Scarlet Lady, I, a Bell's Two-Hearted Ale—and enjoying a special tasting menu Chef Marrocco had prepared.

  • Dark beer & cheese fondue
  • Tempura Rockfish
  • Short Ribs over white beansTempura faux Rockfish at Maggie's
The photo to the upper left is of Tempura Rockfish with capers and aioli, on a bench of house-cut fries. Now, to the right, look at the veggie zucchini version—faux Rockfish—that Chef Marrocco made for me. Very clever and very tasty!

More photos here.

I return to Magnolias—without Ms. Saunders, but with the brewing team from Clipper City— on Thursday, 22 May, for a Clipper City Beer Dinner. Mark, Kim, and I are working on the details. Details here on the Organic Beer Dinner.

Bike ride, anyone?

1 comment:

  1. If you're not up for the full 100-mile round trip, take your bike on Metro's Orange line to any of several stations that are not far from the W&OD bike trail. That's how I managed to bike from my home in Silver Spring to the Old Dominion beer fest year after year. Last year I enjoyed some wonderful Loose Cannon I think it was, fresh from the firkin, and had a great time chatting with Tom and some of the other nice folk from Clipper City.


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