For these wounded warriors, a chef-cooked meal is part of the healing process

Army Chief Warrant Officer Ryan Davis, the guest of honor at the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run, expresses his pleasure with a quail dish. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

At the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run, soldiers and their families get a taste of the VIP treatment. The Visiting Chef Program partners with exceptional volunteer restaurant, catering, military, and personal chefs who come to the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run in Haymarket, VA and create once in a lifetime extraordinary meals for our injured warriors and their families.

Source: For these wounded warriors, a chef-cooked meal is part of the healing process

Maple & Pine Restaurant

Maple & Pine Restaurant
(Inside the Quirk Hotel)
201 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220

American | $$$


Maple & Pine is in the trendy Quirk Hotel in downtown Richmond.


Sitting on the end of the bar you get a peak at a portion of the kitchen where dishes are finished.


The bread is fresh baked in house.




Braised Leek & Oyster Mushroom Fondue, with Gruyere and French Baguette.




Pork & Shrimp Dumplings, Shiitake Mushrooms, Dashi, and Charred Scallions. The appetizers are all amazing. Chef David Dunlap has created beautifully flavorful appetizers with which you can make a meal.


For my entrée I chose the Braised Beef Short Rib Strudel with a Sweet Potato Puree, Pickled Cabbage, and Beef Jus. The braised short bib just melts in your mouth. The strudel gave each bite a delicious crunchy taste.


My wife had the Black Pepper Cavatelli, Porcini Cream, Beech Mushrooms, and Parmesan. The porcini cream and parmesan was heavenly.


I am a big chocolate fan so this looked like a no brainer. Chocolate Ganache, Peanut Butter Foam, Bourbon Caramel, with Maldon Sea Salt.This was crazy good and as fine a dessert as I have had. If you have even the slightest fondness for chocolate you don’t want to miss this one.When it comes to flavor think Reese’s Peanut Cup on steroids.


My wife’s dessert was the Vanilla Almond Cake, Blueberry Compote, Anise Whipped Cream, and Cardamom Ice Cream. To be honest I was so focused on my own dessert that I didn’t notice or taste my wife’s dessert. I take her word that is was excellent.

Chef David Dunlap, formerly at The Ashby Inn, has created an awesome menu of unique flavorful dishes that are suitable for almost every palate. If you live, work, or visit Richmond treat yourself to a special dinner at Maple & Pine. Reservations are recommended especially on weekends.

How To Cook Bok Choy: 7 Video Recipes To Inspire You


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How many times have you passed on Bok Choy in the grocery store because you had no idea what to do with it. It looks beautiful but lettuce is easier. Fine Dining Lovers has collected a number of videos on how to cook Bok Choy. Check them out and pick up some on your next grocery run.

Source: How To Cook Bok Choy: 7 Video Recipes To Inspire You

Mike Isabella’s First Restaurant, Graffiato, Is Closed

The restaurant allegedly owes back rent Mike Isabella’s seven-year-old flagship restaurant Graffiato has shut off its lights for good, marking the latest piece of bad news for the troubled Top Chef alum. A source inside the restaurant group told Eater that Italian-inspired Graffiato is “indeed closed.” A Popville tipster noted the 130-seat restaurant was locked on Tuesday night during dinner service hours, with no explanation posted on the door.

Source: Mike Isabella’s First Restaurant, Graffiato, Is Closed

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Armand’s in Silver Spring Has Slung Its Last Chicago-Style Pizza Pie

Silver Spring stalwart Armand’s Chicago Pizzeria has closed after nearly three decades in business, reports Bethesda Magazine. An Armand’s employee confirmed the closure of the 29-year-old pizzeria to Eater D.C. The spot was beloved for its Chicago-style deep-dish pizza.

Source: Armand’s in Silver Spring Has Slung Its Last Chicago-Style Pizza Pie