In the Northern Hemisphere, "dog days" are considered to begin in early July, when the hot sultry weather of summer usually starts. Hence, the dog days of summer are officially here!In the Northern Hemisphere, "dog days" are considered to begin in early July, when the hot sultry weather of summer usually starts. Hence, the dog days of summer are officially here!
Every month, we highlight an employee who displays not only kindness and exemplary service to our guests, but is a hard-working and valued member of our team. This month we’re highlighting Ben Brown, a star bartender at Rhodeside Grill. We asked Ben to share with us what he likes about his job and what he does when he’s not making Rhodeside’s guests happy and full!
“My favorite part about working at Rhodeside is by far the people. I enjoy everybody I work for and work with, but more importantly I enjoy the regulars who come in. We have so many friendly customers and you never know who is going to pop in. It's so much fun when the bar is packed with familiar faces for a big game that's on TV. Rhodeside has the ultimate neighborhood bar atmosphere where you know you’ll get a cold beer and can always find somebody you know.
After working at Rhodeside for a little over a year now, I think one of the biggest things that determines quality of service is your attitude. One of my favorite personal sayings is that you can always control your attitude. If you work with a smile on your face and have an enthusiastic attitude I promise, you'll give better service to our customers and they'll be more inclined to come back. Attitude and enthusiasm can make a huge difference!
As far as what I like to do on my days off, I like doing anything active. I love to run along the GW Parkway and also love playing golf or softball with friends. If there's a baseball, football or basketball game on, there's a good chance I'm watching it and an even better chance that I'm watching it at Rhodeside!”
Thanks Ben, we definitely appreciate everything you do!
Do you love chicken & waffles as much as we do? We’ll bet you didn’t know that Pilgrims are responsible for bringing waffles to America in 1620, after discovering them during their brief stop in Holland. Additionally, Thomas Jefferson reportedly started a mini American waffle craze during the 1790s when he returned from France with a goose-handled waffle iron.
The earliest American chicken & waffle combination appeared in Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1600’s, when home cooks made waffles and topped them with pulled chicken and gravy. A different, decidedly soul food-inspired approach worked its way into popular culture much, much later with the opening of Wells Supper Club in Harlem, New York, in 1938. Known simply as “Wells” to regulars, it became a late night hotspot for jazz musicians, who would stop by late at night after their various gigs. The musicians, arriving too late for dinner but too early for breakfast, enjoyed the appetizing compromise of fried chicken & waffles.
So what is it about chicken & waffles anyway? Is it that crispy seasoned chicken skin? The fluffy waffles enveloped in melting pads of butter? That warm, sweet syrup drizzled over the top? Or is it that first bite, when all of the ingredients come together in perfect, soul-stirring harmony?
While you think about that, we’ll be looking forward to visiting William Jeffrey’s for their Wednesday Chicken & Waffle Night! If you can’t make it – don’t worry, it’s EVERY Wednesday!
Did you know Dogwood Tavern is a tribute to our home state? It’s True! As the Dogwood is Virginia’s state tree & flower, we thought the name was perfect to represent our love of all things Virginia.
The name “dog-tree” was used in 1548 and then Dogwood cemented its current name in 1614. A fun fact - Dogs afflicted with mange were treated using a wash created by boiling the Dogwood’s bark, hence the tree’s name!
Food and drink have always been impressive throughout the Old Dominion’s history, but in the past five years, we’ve seen the rise of some amazing breweries within just twenty miles of Dogwood Tavern. Whether it’s Lost Rhino, Ocelot, and Old Ox out in Ashburn, Port City in Alexandria, Fair Winds in Lorton, Caboose in Vienna, or Hellbender in D.C., we want to carry the best that our region has to offer. Expand that to include Hardywood in Richmond, O’Connor in Virginia Beach, or Jailbreak in Maryland and you’ve got a can’t-miss lineup of stellar craft beverages. We feel that it’s important to designate approximately half of our beer menu to the rising stars that call Virginia home.
Locally sourcing products is a huge part of who we are. By investing in other neighboring businesses, Dogwood Tavern is also committed to strengthening our local economy. We will always strive to provide the best product available for our patrons; it just so happens that we have an amazing selection of brews that are born and bred in our home state! We’re not sure if it’s us or our patrons who are luckier, but there’s one thing that’s for sure, as Hunter S. Thompson once quipped, “Good people drink good beer.” Cheers, to old Virginia!
Comedy is a funny business — it can be an amusing movie with a happy ending, or a story that has you on the floor, laughing until you can’t breathe. Comedy tries to entertain through honest depictions of life, but it isn’t as easy as one would think - just ask Rahmein Mostafavi, who produces the successful showcase Cool Cow Comedy around the DMV every week.
Rahmein’s natural joke writing ability, combined with his acting chops, won him rave reviews in both the Washington area and around the country. He addresses social and political topics with a combination of satirical and observational comedy, leaving audiences with a greater sense of purpose, sex appeal and the occasional leg cramp.
Why do we love him so much? Because every Wednesday, Rahmein brings the comedy and production of “Cool Cow Comedy” to Ragtime! Wednesday’s at 8:00pm, there will always be a fresh crew of stellar comedians (no open mic nights – promise!) hand-picked by Rahmein for your laughing pleasure.
Admission is free, so be sure to get here around 7:30 to get a great seat!