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Blue Jeans Ball Raises Enough to Provide One Million Meals to the Hungry, Plus More Intel

Mason Dixie Drive-Thru trimming hours to curb demand

Over 40 mixologists and chefs — from Colada Shop, Arroz by Mike Isabella, and The Pub & The People — participated in this year’s Blue Jeans Ball. Chef chair Ryan Ratino of Ripple, far left, served kampachi crudo during the VIP reception.
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The numbers are in, and The Capital Area Food Bank's 14th Annual Blue Jeans Ball held April 23 at the Washington Marriott Marquis raised over $400,000 — or enough to provide over one million meals to locals in need. Jean-clad guests got to feast on some future treats around town, including roasted pork from Bethesda's Q by Peter Chang and "Marry A Music Man" cocktail from D.C.'s Five to One, both opening next month.


Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.’s Drive-Thru has been such a monster hit, management is having to scale back in order to get a better grip on the business.

The Washington City Paper reports that demand was so high on opening weekend, the fledgling restaurant burned through 2,500 pieces of fried chicken and 3,000 biscuits within 48 hours. As part of the retooling Mason Dixie is now closed on Mondays and has axed dinner service; the restaurant is now open for breakfast and lunch, Tuesday through Sunday, with drive-through service limited from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on weekdays “until demand stabilizes.” [WCP]


The Nando’s Peri-Peri at 924 Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring, Md., is scheduled to give away a free quarter chicken, chicken sandwich, wrap or pita on Tuesday, April 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of the #NandosDash promotion. The deal is first come, first served.

Members of Red Robin’s rewards club are eligible to receive a free Tavern Double Burger on Tuesday, April 25 with any purchase over $10.

Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. Drive-Thru

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