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Culture and Cooking With Chef Tim Ma (5/20/2014) - TweetChef Tim Ma shares how he risked everything in search of the American dream. Eun Yang reports for our News4 Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month special. Watch Now on NBC4 Washington
Tasting Table: Offal is Good May 1st (5/2/2014) - TweetSo you may or may not know that biweekly Maple Ave holds a “under the radar” Tasting Table dinner in the back dining room. Yes, we have a back dining room and it’s a secret shhhh! No, but seriously we hold these dinners biweekly Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm for up 6 guests. Each dinner […]
Press: The Washington Post “Creme Fraiche Wings” (5/2/2014) - Tweet    Want to know the secret behind our creme fraiche wings? Check out the article that Bonnie Benwick wrote in the Washington Post Food Section.   Photograph by Renee Comet for The Washington Post MAY 2, 2014 These wings have become a signature dish at Maple Ave Restaurant in Vienna. The no-cook sauce relies […]
PRESS: Eater DC “The 38 Essential Washington Restaurants” (4/2/2014) - Tweet Humbled that our tiny little 9 table restaurant has made Eater DC’s “Eater 38″.  This list is known as the list that Washingtonian’s consider essential restaurants in our area. Thank you all for the love! EATER DC: It’s time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, “Can you […]
PRESS: Washingtonian “100 Very Best Restaurants 2014″ (1/31/2014) - Tweet     Beyond speechless to find out we made it on Washingtonian’s “100 Very Best Restaurants 2014″ feature for the second time.  Thank you all for all the continued love and support you show all of us! A $250-per-person modernist joy ride with José Andrés at the wheel. A $12.50 takeout box of the […]
PRESS: Asian Fortune News, June 2013 (10/19/2013) - TweetOne Of D.C.’S Hottest Chefs Follows His Passion, Changes Careers Posted by: Asian Fortune on June 19, 2013 in Profiles Leave a commen “One of D.C.’s hottest chefs follows his passion changes careers” By: Marlena Chertock Years ago locals came to 147 Maple Ave W. looking for a doughnut. Now, the restaurant at the same location serves American food with […]
PRESS: WaPo Express October 2013 “The Tastemakers” (10/18/2013) - TweetThank you WaPo Express for including Chef Tim Ma in October’s article “The Tastemakers”   Tim Ma Secret Ingredient: Perseverance Maple Avenue Restaurant (147 Maple Ave., Vienna) was days away from bankruptcy when Tim Ma figured he might as well start cooking whatever he wanted at the nine-table eatery he opened in 2009 with a […]
Press: Mother Home Buzz (5/30/2013) - Tweet may 20, 2013 THE MAGIC OF MAPLE AVE RESTAURANT Vienna is known for many good things, but until a few years ago, it was never known for being any sort of hip culinary destination.  Joey Hernandez and Tim Ma changed that when they took over the old Anita’s building on 123 (the original Anita’s […]
PRESS: RAMMY Nomination Article by DC Dining (4/28/2013) - Tweet   Family and Friends, Excited to share that Tim was nominated for RAMMY under the category Rising CulinaryStar of the Year!  The nominee is an “up and coming” chef who demonstrates exemplary talent, shows leadership and promise for the future. The nominee must have been based in the Metropolitan Washington area for a minimum […]
Press: Washingtonian, February 2013 “The 100 Very Best Restaurants” (3/9/2013) - Tweet The MAR crew is excited to share with you that Maple Ave was included in the 2013 Washingtonian’s Top 100 Very Best Restaurants. Also, thrilled to be included in this years Top 10 HOT LIST. This is what they said:  Who wouldn’t be skeptical of a suburban restaurant that charges upward of $20 for […]
PRESS: NOVA Magazine, March 4th “The Ultimate Macdown” (3/9/2013) - Tweet   “For the Perfectionist: Maple Ave. Vienna is packed with great, local restaurants, one of which serves some serious mac. Maple Ave‘s baked mac comes with Gruyere, Vermont cheddar mornay, fusili, and herbs de Provence panko crust. Though the pasta, in writing, looks very similar to Cheesetique’s mac and cheese, the al dente noodles are larger and the dish—noodles, cheeses, […]
PRESS: The Hungry Muse, February 2013 “Five Things: Turning 24″ (3/9/2013) - Tweet“This is one of Chef Ma’s latest creations. I have my brunch go-to’s at Maple Ave, but Maple Ave is one of the few restaurants in NoVA with rotating dishes you won’t regret taking a chance on. The basil ice cream melts into the creamy risotto when the dish arrives, creating a rich, gold-colored sauce […]
PRESS: The Hungry Muse, January 8 2013 “The Ma’s Third Baby” (1/22/2013) - Tweet9 Things To Love About Maple Ave by The Hungry Muse   1) Indian In The Cupboard At the Maple Ave Market, you’ll find boxes of fresh produce, shelves of local honey and peanut butter, refrigerated glass cases of cheese and meat; and much more. Around the corner, by the freezer of Trickling Springs ice […]
PRESS: Washingtonian, Reader’s Favorite January 2013 (1/17/2013) - Tweet Thank you so much for all the support!
PRESS: Northern Virginia Magazine, Top 50 Restaurants 2012 (12/4/2012) - Tweet 50 Best Restaurants 2012 By Stefanie Gans / Photos by Jonathan Timmes / Illustrations by Matthew Hollister Maple Ave – Ranked #6 Modern American | $$ 147 Maple Ave. W, Vienna; 703-319-2177; mapleaverestaurant.com The doctrine of today’s urban kitchens managed to zip around the Beltway, 30 miles out and around and into a humble space […]
Meet the Farmer, Meet the Chef Dinner: November 1st (11/1/2012) - Tweet MEET THE FARMER, MEET THE CHEF DINNER  first course:  two squash soup, microgreens second course:  MAM winter radish and turnip salad, fresh arugula third course: sous vide Millcreek Farms short rib, charred onions, fresh radish, poached beets fourth course: seared fuyu persimmons, housemade vanilla bean ice cream Nowadays it’s rare to know what comes […]
DC Farms to School: Tim cooks at Eaton Elementary School (10/20/2012) - Tweet  GROWING HEALTHY SCHOOLS WEEK (October 15-20) “Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of schoolchildren in the District of Columbia, and of our local environment and food economy, by increasing access to healthy, local, sustainable foods in all Washington, DC schools; and to connect DC schoolchildren with where their food comes from.” […]
Press: Washingtonian, October 2012 (9/27/2012) - Tweet TOPS FOR FOOD “If your idea of brunch is a hopscotch among stations to load up on waffles, omelets, and steamship roast beef, you might look askance at Chef Tim Ma’s menu, which at times seems to turn breakfast into dinner.  Fortunately, his eclectic and playful sensibility is backed up with attention to detail, […]
Global Street Food and Local Beer Tasting Dinner (9/14/2012) - Tweet   When you visit a different city, a different country you learn a lot about the culture through the food. Some even say that the soul of the city lies within the food sold on the streets of a city. So our dinner will feature street food with a culinary twist from our chefs […]
Press: Washingtonian, August 2012 (8/30/2012) - Tweet CITY COOL At the tiny, glass-wrapped Maple Ave Restaurant chef/owner Tim Ma—who studied under bad-boy chef David Chang at Momofuku Ko in New York City—has created a locally sourced menu that nods toward Asian, Latin, and French cuisines. Moroccan-spiced chicken leg gets a creamy swoosh of cool saffron, shrimp and grits is made new with blueberry-studded […]
Annual Chef Tour at Polyface Farms (8/8/2012) - TweetEvery year we have the honor and privilege to tour Polyface Farms with Joel and the Salatin family.  These are pictures from this year’s visit.  
Press – The Washingtonian (8/3/2012) - Tweet 6 Places to Eat Soft-Shell Crabs This Month   Suppliers say the season will last into September. Here’s where to try some.By Jessica Voelker Maple Ave Restaurant This little Vienna spot loves to deep-fry stuff, and soft-shells are no exception. Two crawlers are quartered, fried to a crisp, and served with a tasty yellow curry, […]
Tasting Table 7.19 (7/6/2012) - Tweet   On Thursday, July 19th, Maple Ave will host the next dinner in their special monthly tasting series.  The restaurant will offer six guests a sneak peek of Chef Tim Ma’s new menu items, followed by a full four-course menu including dishes that feature organic tomatoes, a tartare appetizer, rabbit for the entree and blueberry pie […]
PRESS – EATER DC (6/14/2012) - Tweet DC’s Finest at CityEats Tasting Event Thursday, June 14, 2012, by Cristina Cerullo On Monday night, 100 lucky Eater readers gathered at the Adams Morgan hotspot Mintwood Place in celebration of the launch of CityEats, the newest online destination for restaurant reservations. iPads were on-site for guests to book tables directly through CityEats, while a crew of celebrated […]
FREE TASTING EVENT (6/5/2012) - Tweet FREE TASTING Join CityEats and Eater for an exclusive tasting experience, Monday, June 11th from 6:30-8:30p at Mintwood Place. We’re bringing together some of DC’s most celebrated chefs for a free private tasting, including Mintwood Place’s own Cedric Maupillier, Todd Gray of Equinox and Watershed, Tim Ma of Maple Ave, Ryan Wheeler of Virtue […]
Maple Ave 2? Maybe… (5/29/2012) - Tweet Opening a MAR 2 has been a thought in our minds for quite sometime.  While we love our tiny 9 table restaurant we are dreamers and the current dream is to add to the MAR family.  Well, Chase and LivingSocial want to help fuel that dream by awarding up to 12 individual grants of $250,000 to 12 small businesses. […]
Tasting Table 4.25 Photos (5/3/2012) - Photos from 4.25 tasting table
Todd Kliman on Maple Ave (4/26/2012) - Maple Ave makes it to Kliman's weekly chat.
Join the Maple Ave Crew (now hiring) (3/23/2012) - Tweet   Maple Ave Restaurant serves eclectic American Cuisine in the heart of Vienna blending American with Asian, Latin American, French flavors and techniques. Recently named top 50 restaurant by Northern Virginia Magazine. We are currently hiring for the following positions: hostess and servers. We also have 2 culinary internships available. Please send resume to […]
10″ Yuzu Lime Pie for Easter (Order Online Here) (3/16/2012) - Tweet10″ Yuzu Lime Pie for Easter $29.  Order by Sunday, April 1st. Pick up anytime between Tuesday April 3rd and Sunday April 8th.  Please let us know when you check out via PayPal when day and time that you would like to pick up.
Food in Focus: Maple Ave Restaurant (by Justin Rude) (3/16/2012) - TweetFood in focus: Maple Ave Restaurant By Justin Rude A dish of Moroccan-spiced chicken leg, couscous, roasted seasonal vegetables and cool saffron cream sauce is a winner at Vienna’s Maple Ave Restaurant. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) In Sunday’s dining column, Candy Sagon fills in for Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema. Sagon visits Vienna’s Maple Avenue Restaurant , […]
Washington Post Review – March 2012 (3/10/2012) - Maple Ave gets reviewed by The Washington Post
Mixed Berries Recipe (3/6/2012) - Tweet For berries 1 cup fresh raspberries 1 cup fresh blackberries 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 cup fresh strawberries, cleaned and quartered 1/2 cup creme fraiche Cookie of your choice (included here is a shortbread cookie recipe) Shortbread cookies 1 cup AP flour ¼ cup sugar ¼ tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ cup […]
Sweet Blast From the Past (2/28/2012) - Tweet
Tasting Table #4 – 3.7.12 (2/28/2012) - Tweet Tasting Table March 7th at 6:45pm Four courses with wine pairing $59pp Course 1: Gnocchi-stuffed Tortellini, sauce basquaise Course 2: Charcuterie, house-made accompaniments Course 3: Seared duck breast, roasted bone marrow, carrot puree, clementine jus Course 4: The return of Red Velvet Cake, or variation thereof Complimentary wine pairing for first 3 courses. Coffee pairing […]
PRESS (2/26/2012) - Tweet DC Dining by Don Rockwell February 13th 2012 Maple Ave. Restaurant (Vienna) – There are so many things about Maple Ave. Restaurant that I like – it’s a true mom-n-pop, owned by Chef (and pop) Tim Ma, and GM (and mom) Joey Hernandez, a lovely young couple – and relatively new parents – who have […]
Tasting Table #3 – Feb. 22, 2012 (pics) (2/24/2012) - TweetTasting Table 3
Our Latest Craving: Girl Scout Cookie Truffles (2/21/2012) - Joey's latest craving - girl scout truffles a la Maple Ave!
Updated Valentine’s Day Menu (2/10/2012) - Tweet   We have decided to expand the Valentine’s Day menu choices. Choose one each from small plates, main plates, sweet plates – $35/pp. Add a bottle of anciano tempranillo, entwine chardonnay, friexenet cava for $25. Deal runs from Thursday the 9th through Valentine’s Day. In addition, we’ve added a few dishes to choose from: […]
Goodbye MAX the food truck, Hello new member of MAR family (2/3/2012) - We bid farewell to our beloved truck MAX and welcome a new member to the MAR family.
Tasting Table 2 photos (2/3/2012) - Pictures of Tasting Table 2
Tasting Table #2 (2.1.12) (2/1/2012) - Tasting Table 2
Brunch for 2 (photos by Angela Wu) (1/25/2012) - TweetWe got an e-mail yesterday from one of our MAR customers and she shared a blog about her brunch for 2 experience.  She was kind enough to let us use her pictures. Thanks Angela and Ingrid!
Butternut Squash Soup (1/24/2012) - Recipe for Butternut Squash Soup.
Tasting Table #1 (1.18.12) (1/11/2012) - Every other week we will host a Tasting Table. Tasting Table will be open to 6 to 8 guests and the menu will vary from week to week.
Restaurant Week 2012. 3-course dinner $35.12 (1/7/2012) - Restaurant Week at MAR Jan 10th - Jan 15th. 3-course dinner $35.12.
Farm Trips 2011 (1/6/2012) - MAR team travels to Polyface Farms, Tuscarora co-op, Maple Avenue Market Farm.
Merlot Mondays at MAR (we no longer open on Mondays, sorry friends) (5/25/2011) - TweetFor most MAR friends, Monday = the first day of work after an awesome weekend. At MAR Monday = 1/2 price Merlot and 1/2 price Chardonnay. After all, why should you wait until Thursday/Friday Happy Hour to enjoy a glass of wine? Well, yesterday not only did MAR friends enjoy 1/2 price wine but they […]
Maple Ave Mullet (5/21/2011) - TweetYes, I refer to Maple Ave as a Mullet… business in the front (front dining room) and party in the back (back bar). As the days get nicer and nicer our MAR guest get more and more into the party mood and opt to sit in the back dining room… where the windows are open […]
The Bigger Picture (5/28/2010) - TweetFor the love of food…… We opened our doors to the public August 15th last year. The road to getting Maple Ave Restaurant aka MAR was not easy but no one ever said opening your own place would be. We had a lot of support and then a lot of “you two are crazy” kind […]
Take 5 Torte (5/20/2010) - TweetHave you had the Take 5 candy bar? Well, Tim loves the Take 5 candy bar. The problem is that we can’t seem to find the actual Take 5 anywhere. The Solution – have one of our fab. MAR cooks make our version of the TAKE 5. Mission COMPLETE! We have take 5 tortes available […]
Welcome to the MAR Blog (5/18/2010) - TweetMaple Ave Restaurant would like to welcome you to keep up with the goings on at the restaurant (and our food truck MAX) with our blog.  Come for recipes, tips and tricks in the kitchen, foodie finds in the area and information from Chef Tim Ma himself.  We’ll also keep you up-to-date on any upcoming […]