04.15.21

Why Our Team Got Vaccinated

I’ve been called everything from “Crazy Covid Lady” to “Hall Pass Monitor” this last 18 months. Many of you know that many of our staff were touched by COVID very early in the […]
03.31.21

This Weekend at The Alley at Stomping Ground

Friday, April 2 – Fish Fry at The Alley at Stomping Ground It’s that time of year when we put away the chicken for one Friday night and bring out the catfish! Stomping […]
03.18.21

Meet Me in the Alley!

We kept outdoor dining off the table (ha!) for all of 2020 out of an overabundance of caution; not just to keep our staff safe but to avoid the stress of opening and […]
02.18.21

A Love Letter

One of my greatest friends and my most loyal customer came inside Stomping Ground a few months after we closed our dining room for the foreseeable future. She saw with fresh eyes what […]
02.05.21

Valentine’s Day in Comfort

Remember February 14th B.C. (Before Covid)? Our phones ringing off the hook as you all scramble to make reservations for any two-top table at 7pm to enjoy a prix fixe menu? It doesn’t […]
01.21.21

A Break, Giving Back, and Some Love

I don’t know about you all, but I’m burned out; more importantly, my staff is burned out. It’s no secret that 2020 was one of the hardest for restaurants (as well as many […]
01.15.21

Street Style: Nakia Carter

There is only one word I would use to describe Nakia: magic. In hospitality, you can always tell when someone is “putting on a voice.” That’s not the case with Nakia. Her warmth […]
01.08.21

Clasp Your Pearls, Ladies. I’m Coming to Old Town

When COVID first hit, I never thought I would open another restaurant again. The stress and hurt it caused (and is still causing) restaurants and restaurant employees is difficult to come to terms […]
12.22.20

New Year’s Eve & Day at Stomping Ground

This post is by Emma Ratpojanakul, Social Media Manager at Stomping Ground & Bagel Uprising. Thank you, Emma!  It’s almost time to say “goodbye and good riddance” to the year 2020; to say we’re all […]
12.04.20

Stomp at Home this Winter

This post is by Emma Ratpojanakul, Social Media Manager at Stomping Ground & Bagel Uprising. Thank you Emma!  Shared meals: one of the few things that remains wholesome and comforting among households through COVID, even […]
11.24.20

Second Act: Revive Thanksgiving Leftovers Without Two Slices of Bread

For those of us with the honor of cooking for our families on the big day, I find that leftovers are the whole point of Thanksgiving. As this holiday will be a smaller […]
11.12.20

Your Secret Thanksgiving Sous Chef

Thanksgiving this year will be — unusual. I don’t have to tell you that after the exhausting election, the deep divide in our citizenry is palpable and disheartening. Coupled with the doom, gloom, […]
10.30.20

A Southern Delicacy 

This year has turned us all upside down for myriad reasons. As winter approaches, restaurants are yet again negotiating the daunting task of changing service models to stay open for business with the […]
10.16.20

Stomping Ground Dinners are Changing (Yes, Again)

If you have spent any amount of time with us, or if you have been kind enough to read Stomping Ground articles here in Alexandria Stylebook, you know that we have been trying […]
10.02.20

The Cookie That Changed My Life

Before I moved to Alexandria, I worked for the NPR affiliate in Atlanta in arts and fundraising. I enjoyed my job, but I didn’t have a passion for it. My thirtieth birthday was […]


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