Mardi Gras Overture

Mardi Gras was the last day Christians could eat des mets gras (fatty foods) before enduring 40 days of prayer and meat abstinence, until Easter. This day announced the beginning of Carême (Lent). It marks in a climactic fashion the end of la semaine des sept jours gras (week of seven fat days fat), once called jours charnels (carnal days).

For one evening, we invite our friends to join us for our own Jour Charnel, a lead-in to the festivities extending to Tuesday.

We will share a five-course meal with wine pairings, celebrating the marriage of French and American traditions with Bayou plates and American wines inspired by the French old-country.

Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7 PM

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How to Get Snowed in the TWOX way

Snow is on the way. Will we have 5 inches? 8? 100,000,000?

Whether it’s a light dusting that pretties our hills or a blizzard that leaves you stranded for days like a character in an Agatha Christie mystery, it’s best to be prepared with enough food & wine to keep you warm.
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The Scout Guide: EXPERT’S GUIDE TO THE PERFECT HOLIDAY MENU (FROM THE WINE UP)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and there was panic in the house.
No one knew how to put dinner together, not even your spouse.
The Whole Ox suggests how to make haste with great care
and build your Christmas meal beautifully prepared.
The table should be full: of meat, of wine, and of cheer,
to joyously bring a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the holidays, especially in the modern world where everyone is busy and the devices buzzing in our pockets and purses demand more and more of our attention and time. But, one of the most rewarding moments in life is enjoying the respite of that chaos by embracing the peace of a long meal, the warmth of roast meat, and the ritual of toasting your loved ones with a glass of wine.

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A Whole ‘nother Ox

Rebekah Grier of Broad Run Lifestyle Magazine profiles Derek and Amanda

It’s a new day for The Whole Ox, beloved artisan butchers in northern Fauquier County. The small-town butchers who have created quite a following after only four years in business, recently opened in their new location on Main Street in Marshall. Continue reading A Whole ‘nother Ox

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Northern Virginia Magazine’s Knife Show-And-Tell

The Whole Ox’s Derek Luhowiak and His Knife Collection.

Source: Northern Virginia Magazine’s February Show-And-Tell

In celebration of his 25th anniversary in the food industry, Derek Luhowiak will buy himself a knife.

The owner of The Whole Ox already keeps over 80 knives at his butchery in The Plains, plus another five or so at home, and then the three always with him: a multi-tool, a Kuhn Rikon paring knife and a folding-hunting knife.

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