Chamber Pressroom


October 1, 2018


The Black Olive Bar & Grill, located at The National Conference Center, held its third block party, “Blocktoberfest” on Friday, September 21. Food & Beverage Director Todd Goldian and his team organized a series of block parties this summer to highlight The National’s partnerships with local businesses and to provide a fun night for the local community.  The Oktoberfest- themed event included partnerships with 10 local breweries, restaurants, wineries, and farms, featuring:


  • Live rock music by Jumpin’ Jupiter
  • Nordic Knot, a local pretzel maker, had a variety of pretzels that went well with beer.
  • Fall wine tastings led by The National’s Chief Wine Officer Mary Watson-DeLauder.
  • Brewmasters from Founders Brewery, Loudoun Brewing Company, Solace Brewing Company, Old Ox Brewery, Adroit Theory Brewing, Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Evolution Craft Brewing Company, Strangeways Brewing and Black Hoof Brewing Company showcase fall lagers and brews.
  • Cigars Under the Stars sponsored by cigar experts Old Virginia Tobacco.


Caption Phone 1:  Under the direction of Executive Chef Frank Estremera, Black Olive Bar & Grill’s menu included Bison “Sauerbraten” sliders made with Slow Cooked Bison Short Ribs & Sour Beer Braised Red Cabbage on a Pretzel Bun, and Grilled Bratwurst with India Pale Ale Pickled Onions and Cucumbers, and Parsley Brown Butter Spätzle with sweet grain mustard.

Caption Photo 2:  The Conche, a local chocolatier, created a Black Olive custom-made chocolate with beer from Loudoun Brewing Company.

Caption Photo 3:  Almost 400 Lansdowne neighbors enjoyed local brews, fall foods, lively rock music by Jumpin’ Jupiter and cigars under the stars at last Friday’s Blocktoberfest at The National’s Black Olive Bar & Grill.

For more information about Black Olive Club or upcoming events, go to events on the Black Olive Facebook page.