Cook-Off Restaurant Highlight

Cook-Off Restaurant Highlight

Monday - April 21st, 2014

Restaurants are the backbone of Carpenter’s Cook-Off. They are what draw everyone together to help Carpenter’s Shelter raise awareness and fight to end homelessness.

We are excited to welcome 27 amazing restaurants to this year’s Cook-Off. Many are returning restaurants but we also have some new restaurants as well. There will be lots of new dishes to try.

The cuisine that will be available for tasting includes Japanese, Indian, American, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Mexican, and Irish. There will also be cupcakes, ice cream, and coffee.


Here are the participating restaurants:

  • a la Lucia
  • Alexandria Cupcake
  • Ben and Jerry’s
  • Bread and Chocolate
  • Cheesetique
  • Del Ray Pizzeria
  • Dishes of India
  • FireFlies
  • Hard Times Café
  • Jackson 20
  • Joe Theismann’s
  • Nando’s Peri-Peri
  • Overwood
  • The Majestic
  • Mischa’s Coffeehouse
  • Murphy’s
  • RedRocks
  • Thirsty Bernie’s
  • Stone’s Cove
  • The Sushi Bar
  • Sweet Fire Donna’s
  • Taqueria El Poblano
  • Tempo
  • TJ Stone’s
  • Union St. Public House
  • Vaso’s Kitchen

If you have yet to purchase your tickets to this great event, you can still do so by clicking here. Please note that tickets will not be sold at the door. We hope to see everyone on Sunday, April 27!

Live Auction at Cook-Off

Live Auction at Cook-Off

Friday - April 18th, 2014

Looking for a fun, easy way to support Carpenter’s Shelter? Attend Cook-Off and become part of the bidding war during our Live Auction!

We have collected an amazing assortment of auction items including travel packages, gift certificates, and one-of-a-kind opportunities. Simply get your Cook-Off ticket today and we’ll see you at The Birchmere April 27 for bidding to raise funds for the shelter.


Here are the Live Auction items that will be up for bid:


Raise Your Spirits at Bluemont Vineyards


Enjoy a seated tasting, private tour, select light fare offerings, souvenir glasses and 15% discount for the day for yourself and up to 11 friends at Bluemont Vineyard, located just minutes from Leesbur, VA, featuring great wines and breathtaking views ofd Loudoun Valley. (Approximate Value = $200)


The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Two box seat tickets to see The Lion King at the Kennedy Center on Thursday, July 10, 2014, access the the Russian Lounge with two complimentary cocktails plus a certificate for a one-night stay in a deluxe room at the Hotel Palomar DC on July 10. Tickets donated by the Kennedy Center. Hotel stay donated by Kimpton Hotels. (Approximate Value = $550)


Instant Party

king street

A catered BBQ party for 25 people including slow smoked pork ribs, pulled chicken, pork BBQ sliders, creamy coleslaw, redskin potato salad, baked beans, and cornbread prepared by King Street Blues. Winner picks up catered items at the Old Town location. Donated by King Street Blues. (Approximate Value = $250)


Southwest to Austin


A $500 gift card on Southwest Airlines (daily non-stops from DCA to Austin) with no expiration or blackout dates plus a two-night stay at the Aloft Austin located at The Domain Shopping District, two gift cards for a 3 hour zipline tour at Lake Travis (30 miles from Austin) and a $30 gift card to Kona Grill which is also located at The Domain (hotel and gift card expire March 1, 2015). Hotel, airfare and restaurant gift card donated by Tim O’Hara. Zipline tour donated by Lake Travis Zipline Adventures. (Approximate Vale = $1050)


Race Over to Dover


Package for four people includes race day grandstand access, fully catered private Mobil 1 Trackside Hospitality Chalet, pre-race pit tours (limited access and availability), driver appearance, Mobil 1 Show Car Appearance, Mobil 1 Branded Track Pack during the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, September 28, 2014. (Approximate Value = $2100)


South of the Border Paradise


A three-night stay at the beautiful beachfront Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos all-inclusive resort located near the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula of Mexico overlooking the Sea of Cortes, plus two airline tickets on US Airways. (Approximate Value = $1400)


Rock the Red


Cheer the Capitals onto VICTORY! You and one guest will enjoy the game from the center ice at one Washington Capitals game for a mutually agreed upon date during the 2014/2015 season. For the ultimate fan, show your Capital’s pride by wearing an authentic Capitals jersey signed by the full 2014 team. Tickets donated by Hessel Aluise & Neun. (Approximate Value= $620)


Havana Nights Dinner Party


An authentic Cuban dinner for 10 at the winning bidder’s home including appetizers, dinner, dessert and cocktails prepared by Executive Director Lissette Bishins and served by Carpenter’s Shelter staff. (Approximate Value = $500)


Cocktails, Anyone?


Join Todd Thrasher, Sommelier and Mix Master of Restaurant Eve and PX, for one hour of private cocktail instruction and sampling for 8 people at Cathal Armstong’s newest restaurant Society Fair, located in Old Town.  Learn the secrets of what makes his cocktails 4 stars! (Approximate Value = $500)


A Special Chesapeake Charter


Enjoy an outing for 6 on a 1951 classic wood power boat, the LeeStar, with Carpenter’s Shelter Board members Lee Fifer and Jim Coakley. The boat will depart from Deale, MD and dock for a long lunch at America’s oldest Inn, The Robert Morris Inn where  Chef Proprietor and British Master Chef, Mark Salter, brings a modern British approach, combined with classical sensibilities, to the Inn’s restaurant, Salter’s Tavern and Tap Room. Valid through 2014 and date must be mutually agreed upon. Donated by Lee Fifer and Jim Coakley. (Approximate Value = $400)


Catch a Home Run in Philly


Two tickets to the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies game on Saturay, July 12 (tickets are Row 1 in left field); package includes a one-night stay with breakfast at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, certificate for two Philly Cheesesteaks from Pat’s King of Steaks, $50 Starr Restaurants gift card (includes over 20 of the most popular restaurants in Philly), plus a VIP Pass for two, which allows you to visit most Philly attractions for free. Tickets donated by Bill Kelly. Hotel stay donated by the Sheraton Hotel. Gift card and VIP Pass donated by the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. Cheesesteak certificate donated by Pat’s King of Steaks. (Approximate Value = $400)

Intern At The Shelter

Intern At The Shelter

Monday - April 14th, 2014

Looking for a hands-on internship that will further your skills and give you real-world experience? Carpenter’s Shelter offers three intern positions that assist our Development Department, they are Communications and Design Intern, Special Events Intern, and Development Intern.

The Communications and Design Intern and the Development Intern positions are offered year-round while the Special Events Intern position is only offered during the spring and fall semesters.

Internships last 14 weeks and require a commitment to work a minimum of twenty hours weekly (days and hours are flexible). The next internship session will begin June 2, 2014 and end September 5, 2014. Internships carry a stipend of $150 per week. All serious applicants may send a cover letter and resume to Courtney Bishop.

To read a full description of these internship opportunities, visit this page.

Carpenter’s Online Auction

Carpenter’s Online Auction

Friday - April 11th, 2014

Carpenter’s Cook-Off is the shelter’s largest fundraising event of the year. For the past 12 years Carpenter’s has brought together over 25 of the area’s best local restaurants for a day of tastings, friendly competition and community building–  all in support of the fight against homelessness in Northern Virginia.

Leading up to Cook-Off, we will hold an online auction which you can register for here. The online auction will open today at 10 p.m. and will run for 2 weeks until Friday, April 25 at 10 p.m.


Here is a sampling of some Online Auction items:

  • Coffee with Congressman Moran

  • 4 tickets to Madame Tussauds’ wax museum

  • A getaway to Annapolis, Maryland

  • 8 dance classes at Gottaswing

  • A consultation and treatment at Radiance Medspa

  • Gift certificate to The Hamilton restaurant

  • Signed Alex Ovechkin hockey stick

All proceeds from the online auction bids will go towards Carpenter’s Shelter’s, helping to fund our programs and continue serving our clients. Online auction purchases are tax deductible.

Happy bidding!