Posts Tagged ‘wildfire’

Spring it on! With Sugar

The snow is melting and there’s no turning back now. What better way to say “Spring come on!” than with spring cookies. With my little helper Adora we hosted a cookie decorating workshop at Wildfire at Tysons Galleria. Highlights of the event is seeing so many friends and meeting new people.. and also benefiting Food for Others. FFO helps provide food for those who can’t afford it living in Fairfax County. I love being able to teach my daughter about giving back while she is young and so impressionable. She really had fun and felt she was doing something good. Thanks to everyone who came out!




Sweet taste of Spring

Families get a sweet taste of Spring while helping others! Dozens of parents and their kids gathered at Wildfire Restaurant  at Tysons Galleria for a Spring Cookie Making and Decorating Class benefiting a good cause.  Adora helped me with the hosting duties. The interactive playdate was led by Executive Chef Eddie Ishaq who showed the kids how to make cookies. The children then took on the fun duty of decorating. Congratulations to our top decorators Elsa, Elizabeth and Zachariah! A portion of the proceeds went to Food for Others the largest distributor of free food serving people in Northern Virginia!


Cookie Making on News4 Today!

Cookie Making Class at Wildfire 2014 from OhMyGOFF on Vimeo.





The “who can keep their hands on the wall the longest” game.


















Post cookie making dinner with News4 Mammas!!


Oh did we mention it was like 70 degrees outside!!



Carving Pumpkins

It’s hard to think about getting into the Halloween spirit as many of us continue to clean up from Sandy. Before the storm hit.. we had the chance to partake in what’s becoming a family tradition– pumpkin carving. We were excited to once again host a special family event at Wildfire in Tysons Galleria. Part of the proceeds went to wonderful local charity Food for Others. Hope everyone has a happy Halloween!

Time to mark this thing up!

A little help from nana and papa

Megan and Callie with their little helpers

Dad Ben has skills

Krystal and girlfriend bring the Halloween spirit!

Me, Megan, Callie, Kristin and Jen with our little pumpkins!

Wildfire’s Bunny and Team

Kristin and sweet Antonio

Adora’s gal pals Kenenger and Avery

Chef Eddie Ishaq in action

The big winners

Our finished product. Adora did quite a job with that marker

Perfect addition to the growing patch at home




Come carve with me!

OMG my little pumpkin has grown so much since last year!

Adora and I are excited to host another pumpkin carving event at Wildfire at Tysons Galleria. Join us on Saturday October 27th from 3-4pm!
Parents and children will enjoy a hands-on pumpkin carving session led by Wildfire Executive Chef Eddie Ishaq and NBC4Weekend Anchor Angie Goff. All participants will take home their creations along with a goody bag. Oh and get this.. the pumpkins are pre-gutted.. so no big mess here mommies!

The event is priced at $15 per child, plus tax and gratuity. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Food for Others (, the largest distributor of free food directly to people in need in Northern Virginia.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact Elissa or Amanda at (703) 442-9110.

Learning how to crack crabs

It’s a shame.

I call this place home and I still don’t know how to crack a Maryland crab. In fact, it’s why I won’t order them or lobster.. unless they are pre-cracked. It’s not because I’m lazy… it’s because it’s intimidating.

Fear no more… Chef John Shields of PBS Food’s Coastal Cooking give me a lesson in Crab cracking 101 at Wildfire Restaurant!

RECIPE: Maryland Crabcakes

For recipes check out John’s website. If you have a good one or any tips to the tricky business of cracking crabs.. please feel free to share!

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Super Bowl Spread

Man, I breathed through my mouth the entire show to avoid being teased by the awesome Super Bowl spread Wildfire brought into the studio this morning. Chris Gordon (who did his 1st cooking segment ever!) joined Chef Eddie Ishaq to make some awesome finger foods for those planning a Super Bowl party! Check out Chef Eddie’s easy tips and recipe come gameday on

Coming Soon: Super Saturday

Don’t they say Super Bowl food is as important as football when it comes to party planning? Well we hope you’ll tune in this Saturday morning at 9AM when we have Wildfire’s Executive Chef Eddie Ishaq on to show us some easy appetizers on game day. Feel free to send me your best game day recipes.. we want things that are easy and big hits at the party. By the way, NBC4 will have full Super Bowl coverage with Vance and Hellie reporting LIVE February 5th. Check out their hilarious promo below:

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Pumpkin Carving Class

Today we hosted a pumpkin carving class at Wildfire Restaurant at Tysons Galleria. It was super fun… and some even came in costumes. There were kids there of all ages… ranging from 10 months (Adora!) to tweens. Executive Chef Eddie Ishaq let everyone pick out their pumpkin… within a matter of minutes everyone was carving away. It was really easy for rookies like me (I use to paint the outside of the pumpkin). There was a variety of stencils to choose from… I decided on the spooky ghost. Oh the best part? Lotsa lotsa Halloween candy  and roasted pumpkin seeds were center pieces on each table! For future kid classes visit Wildfire online.

Join Me: Pumpkin Carving Class

Don’t worry.. that pumpkin shortage we’ve been hearing about is not going to stop us from carving some jack-o-laterns. Hope you can join me for a fun Pumpkin Carving Class at WILDFIRE in Tysons Galleria. You just have to RSVP. It’s $20 per adult and up to two kiddos. I plan to bring my little munchkin perhaps dressed up for Halloween. All participants will take home their creations along with a goody bag. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Food for Others the largest distributor of free food directly to people in need in Northern Virginia.

What: Kid’s Pumpkin Carving Class at Wildfire
When: Saturday, October 22, 2011 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Wildfire Tysons Galleria, McLean, VA 3rd floor
(703) 442-9110
Cost: $20 for a parent and up to two children

What we're diggin at DC Restaurant Week

DC’s Restaurant Week is right around the corner so what are you in the mood for?!? Check out Tricia Barba’s write up for She taps into the hungry minds of local media to see where they’ll be cashin’ in on great 3 course cuisines. My top picks... Chef Geoff’s, WILDFIRE, Bistro Bis and Bourbon Steak. I really wanna try Blacksalt– I hear their seafood is to die for.

There are more than 200 places participating this month.. check out the DC Restaurant Week list of deals here.  Don’t worry friends who never leave VA.. there are restaurants in Virginia and Maryland taking part with specials too.

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