Send Some Love to our Teachers

For the past two weeks, I have been listening to my friends, family, and guests cry, lament, and worry about their kids and the start of our strange school year. I have been feeling extraordinarily helpless as I don’t have children of my own and have no idea what I’m talking about or even what opinion to give. You know how much I love to share my opinion, so I found something I actually could weigh in on; Teachers are awesome, and their work is often so undervalued. Under the circumstances, there isn’t much that I can do, but I can help say “thank you” with a gesture of love — a biscuit.



With your help, Stomping Ground would like to honor local teachers who have dedicated their services to the community and students of Alexandria now during unprecedented times, and the “before time.” Each week from September 21 – November 1, we will select one teacher to receive a hot biscuit sandwich and coffee delivery as a gesture of thanks from all of us.

We are now accepting nominations and will select a winner each Friday to receive their delivery the following week. A small token, but a small pleasure for local teachers as they navigate uncharted waters with as much grace as we can ask.

For more information and to nominate your favorite Alexandria teacher, visit and fill out the form.



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Head Janitor, Chef, and Proprietor | Stomping Ground
Nicole’s cooking style is rooted in, but not limited to, her love of southern biscuits and her diverse culinary upbringing. A military brat, she spent her childhood in the Chicago suburbs enjoying her great-grandmother Mae’s Lithuanian cooking. As a tween, she moved to Paulding County, Ga. where she begrudgingly fell in love with the charmingly perplex small towns of the Deep South. She fondly remembers grubbing on Martin’s biscuits, late-night Waffle House debauchery and cooking with her family. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Nicole started a marketing career at an art nonprofit in Atlanta. At 25 years old, she became the youngest executive at the local Atlanta NPR affiliate. Chasing her dreams, she moved to Alexandria, Va. where she took a short post in the Whole Foods marketing department. Realizing that cooking had been her true love all along, she began night courses at L’Academie de Cuisine. She completed her apprenticeship at Blue Duck Tavern where she was promoted to a line cook after graduation. From there, Nicole worked as a private chef for busy Washington D.C. executives and their families. As grown-ups tend to do, Nicole realized something about her childhood — the best parts were enjoying small town communities, cooking with her great-grandmother and sharing meals with family and friends. She opened Stomping Ground to build a safe and welcoming community around yummy, handmade food from local sources. As her first foray running her own kitchen, she has shamelessly hired better, smarter cooks to fill her kitchen and your bellies. Her great-grandmother’s recipes often appear on the Stomping Ground menu without advertisement and, no, she won’t tell you the secret ingredients. Nicole lives in Del Ray and won’t shut up about how much she loves living there.

If you wander down Del Ray’s, “The Avenue,” you won’t miss the farm-red building with a rustic fence bordering the patio. Stomping Ground opened two years ago and quickly became popular for its made-from-scratch biscuits and its neighborhood vibe. On weekends, excited guests line up before Stomping Ground opens hoping to be the first to get a just-out-of-the-oven biscuit or a fresh salad. Stomping Ground is mostly known for its fast casual breakfast and lunch but on Thursdays and Fridays they provide a full dinner service after 5:00pm. All meals are built from local, seasonal food that is organic whenever possible.

2309 Mt Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301


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