The scents of made-to-order sandwiches first started wafting from the doors of The Woodside Deli in 1947, when it began meeting the lunching, snacking, and catering needs of the residents of Silver Spring. Decades of success saw the business overgrow its original location and expand to one in Rockville, where a restaurant menu offers up chewy bagels, meaty diner fare, and philly cheesesteaks dripping with melted provolone cheese. High Holiday and Passover menus offer kosher treats, and catering services can fill bellies at bar or bat mitzvahs, corporate events, and baby’s-first-tax-return parties.
A nonprofit community arts center, VisArts fills its studios with amateur artists learning techniques of creative expression, and acts as an exhibition opportunity for seasoned creators. Classes span a wide artistic spectrum, including concentrations such as ceramics and glass, many of which can be specifically tailored for the educational needs of children or resurrected Renaissance men in need of a new hobby. VisArts also enriches the community with a trifecta of galleries?the Kaplan, Gibbs Street, and Common Ground?and a thriving resident-artist program.
Although homemade prepared meals are the main business at Vignola Gourmet, the chefs also roll out Italian arancini rice balls stuffed with cheese and peas, stack hearty sub sandwiches, and twirl pasta with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese. The hand-lettered chalkboard sign keeps track of the kitchen's other recipes, such as classic caprese subs with mozzarella and tomato, as well as tortellini salad and meatballs served à la carte.
Birthday Party Discounter, which has one of the largest selections of personalized party invitations, favors, banners, decorations, thank-you notes, and supplies, helps hosts plan celebrations in one click with customized kits shipped to customers' doors as quickly as overnight. Everything from pi?atas and balloons to plates and cake toppers come in a variety of themes featuring kids' most beloved characters that aren't German philosophers, including Sesame Street, Disney princesses, and superheroes. Along with the interactive games for kids' parties, adults can celebrate their own way with party packages and decorations designed for birthday boys and girls from ages 18 to 100.
My Kitchen's seasoned instructors set aside their professional-catering duties to demystify culinary secrets during hands-on cooking classes for adults and children. Grown-ups can delve into the gustatory traditions of the Mediterranean with an Easy Italian Gourmet course that spends three hours teaching the basics of whisking together such Italian classics as chicken marsala with linguine, tiramisu, and edible frescoes. Three-hour Introduction to Cake Decorating sessions flood senses with confectionery delights and teach attendees valuable pastry skills, including how to properly shellac buttercream icing, how to adorn desserts with palate-pleasing décor, and how to level a cake without a wrecking ball. Classes for children teach burgeoning sous-chefs how to handcraft fresh meals that don't include fruit-roll-up hors d'oeuvres or Play-Doh aperitifs, with sessions that occasionally focus on world cuisines from locales such as West Africa and Italy.
Between the demands of work, cooking for yourself, and speed-running the latest Super Mario Bros. game, you may never finish your novel about the overworked writer who can't finish her novel. Today's deal for Done Right Catering will open up some time: for $50, you get five fully prepared meals delivered straight to your door (a $100 value). Done Right will deliver within a 30-mile radius of its Silver Spring location. Your meals will be delivered on a Sunday ($10 charge for delivery on any other day). You will have to order all five meals at once, but only have to eat them all at once if you're really hungry, or if a wager with a mustachioed hot-air-balloon pilot is involved.