Since there have been a number of very positive posts on here about Restaurant Eve, I thought I would pass on this excerpt from the Arlington Farmers' Market newsletter in case any chowhounds are interested in meeting the chef and getting his take on things.
The Arlington Market is at the Arlington Courthouse Saturday mornings from 8:00 to noon. The chef events begin at 10:00, I think.
2004 Chef at the Market Series
Shoppers at the Arlington Farmers' Market will think they have been transported to a quaint European town this year when local chefs take them on Market tours to demonstrate their knowledge of preparing fresh, local produce. The Series is intended to highlight seasonal produce and inspire Market patrons to purchase the featured ingredients.
Upcoming Chef at the Market tours:
Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve on August 21st
Equinox Chefs on October 21st (more details to come)
Cathal Armstrong (the "t" is silent) of Alexandria's Restaurant Eve inspired by his parents' own passion for food, began to develop his culinary skill at an early age in his native Ireland. His family was unlike any other in Dublin at the time; they grew their own fruit and vegetable garden, ate plenty of garlic and had a thriving travel business. From the mountains of Spain to the piazzas of Italy, Cathal experienced the tastes and aromas of fresh paella and pasta and began to develop his appreciation of gastronomy. But it was in France, at the tender age of seven, that Cathal began his annual student exchange and his food curriculum for life. In 1998, Bistro Bis opened in the Hotel George, where Cathal took the reins of the new kitchen as Chef. During the four years the kitchen was under Cathal's direction, the restaurant received local and national accolades.
Now the husband and wife team of Dublin native Chef Cathal, and restaurant veteran, Meshelle Armstrong, have created Restaurant Eve from a passion based on their culinary experiences with a name lent by their first child. Located in Old Town, Alexandria, a once historic warehouse is now converted into a quaint yet sophisticated 130 seat restaurant. Restaurant Eve offers two unique dining experiences, The Chefs Tasting Room and The Bistro; to make reservations, please call 703.706.0450.