The sun is out the snow has finally melted and spring is here. It’s been months since last I wrote and so much has happened! A few weeks ago marked the second anniversary of Döner Bistro, and boy what a year it has been. I have been working here since May so I can tell you first hand that it’s been an exciting year. Here is a little recap of the year’s events!
*This year we were able to launch our new website after lots of a hard work by Timo, Nicole, Tibor and myself. If you haven’t checked it out yet go to doener-usa.com and have a look! A few fun things on the website: check out the ‘About’ tab and see a comic strip history of the restaurant illustrated by my brother James. Also, take a look at the ‘Location’ tab to see our new webcam in action.
*In October you will be sure to remember our wildly fun Oktoberfest. The rain and chill in the air brought Doener-Friends closer together and encouraged some to exercise the most creative dancemoves. Go HERE to read more about what went on. We are already planning for the next one which will be held October 14th to the 17th. Mark your calendars!
*December was full of holiday cheer, Gluehwein and Marzipan Stollen. Yum :-) Our friends Alte Kamaraden came to play a Christmas concert for the first weekend of the month to kick off the season. The second weekend was our German Christkindlmarket to go along with all the holiday festivities happening all over Leesburg. Thank you so much to everyone who came out that chilly December day and also to all our wonderful and creative vendors for making this event such a 'Christmas Wonderland'!
*Something I haven’t mentioned on this blog yet: Doener Bistro has become the first establishment in Leesburg to become a Virginia Green Certified restaurant! VA Green is a statewide program set up by the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to reduce the enviomental impacts of Virginia’s tourism Industry. Doener Bistro does everything from using biodegradable cups, straws and take out boxes to using food trays made of 100% recycled materials to make sure the restaurant has as little impact on the environment as possible. My faovorite eco-friendly aspect of Doener Bistro is the decking. The Biergarten is made of composite decking which is made to 50% out of 100% recycled materials and is made to look just like real wood. Check us out on Virginia.org HERE. We have also found another way to stay Green. With every purchase of our new water bottles ten cents goes toward saving the environment. Go to drinkgive.com to learn more.
*This year has also brought with it some new menu items. We are always trying out new German beer to keep our bottled beer selection new and interesting. Right now we have a Schlenkerla Smokebeer and a new Eggenberg Pils; come on by and give them a try! Another new addition to our drink menu is wine by the glass. We currently have a 2007 Pinot Gris, 2008 Riesling, and 2008 Tempranillo . Just in time for summer we have two new drinks, Redbull and Prosecco or a Champagne Cocktail with Lemon or Strawberry Sorbet. The strawberry cocktail is my new favorite drink; you really need to try it!
*Food wise we would like to introduce a new kind of Currywurst. Along with the cut up beef sausage you now have the option of skinless pork sausage as well as your choice of mild or hot curry powder.
This past year we have survived hot summers and more snow than an area should ever get all at once and have still managed to have a fantastic time. Thank you to all our loyal customers and regulars for making all our events so much fun. If you enjoyed yourself at any of our events this year you can pat yourself on the back: you are the ones who made this year as successful as it was! Here’s to another year of Döner eating and beer drinking and to many more to come!