Française Dinner 2019!

Please join us Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 6 pm.

We are pleased to return to Gadsby's Tavern, 134 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314, for 2019!

As of December 15, 2018, we are SOLD OUT. Email to be added to the waitlist.

This year's ticket price is $65 and covers a three-course dinner, a champagne toast, and non-alcoholic beverages (soft drinks, iced tea, coffee). A cash bar will be available.

The menu selections:

First Course
Tavern Salad and Sally Lunn Bread – Mixed field greens with red grapes, julienne carrots, red onions, drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette

Entrées (Choice of one)

Prime Rib – A hearty cut of prime beef, cooked to a perfect medium, served with Yorkshire pudding and horseradish sauce, mashed red potatoes, and vegetables du jour

Chicken Fontina – Boneless breast of chicken stuffed with spinach and fontina cheese, served with jasmine rice and vegetables du jour

Grilled Salmon – Fillet of salmon served with mashed red potatoes and vegetables du jour

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Goat Cheese Ravioli (vegetarian) – Tossed in a brown butter sauce

Desserts (Choice of one)

English Trifle

Banana Bread Pudding

Gingerbread with Cinnamon Icing

Your menu selections will be made to the wait staff at the dinner, but please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies so we can give them a head's up and confer regarding substitutions if necessary.

Ticket sales close at 11:59 pm on February 28, 2019, and no changes or cancellations can be accepted after that time. There will be no refunds after that date, but we can permit an exchange of guests up to the moment of the dinner.


Payment will be accepted starting December 1, 2018. Paypal is preferred: use the “Send money to friends and family option” to send your payment to Jessica at Any charges for not using that option will be your responsibility, and anything received less than the full ticket price will be considered an unpaid reservation. Please comment in the note portion the full names of your party – this will be used to print placecards – and any dietary restrictions. If you prefer to pay by check, please email Jessica at to arrange payment. Checks must arrive by February 28, 2019, in order to allow time for payment to clear prior to the ticketing deadline.


For those coming into town, the DC area has a wide variety of hotels, and Historic Old Town Alexandria has walkable options currently showing rates between $150 and $200 per night for that weekend. A number of hotels for $100-150 are within a short cab ride or Uber/Lyft.


There are several parking facilities serving Old Town Alexandria, and most garage parking is $5 per day on weekends. The most convenient to Gadsby's are the Tavern Square Parking Garage, 418 Cameron Street, which has a pedestrian entrance in the same block of Royal Street as the Tavern, and the Market Square Parking Garage, 108 N. Fairfax Street, which is directly across Royal Street from the Tavern. Complete information on parking is available at


Alexandria is just south of Washington, DC (and was originally part of the deed that created the District of Columbia), easily accessible by car, train, and intercity bus for those coming from out of town. Buses arrive at Washington, DC's historic Union Station, as does Amtrak, and the Metro system is reasonably convenient and easy to navigate to Alexandria. The most convenient stop is King Street, on Metro's Yellow and Blue lines, and a free shuttle runs between the Metro and Old Town. If driving in on I-95, US Route 1 will bring you from the I-495 Capital Beltway into Old Town Alexandria. Email us if you are coming in from out of town and do not wish to rent a car: we will help work out transportation for both air and train arrivals.


All guests must be in appropriate attire for 1740-1800; formal wear is encouraged but optional. This 60 year range should provide a good variety of options, from Outlander to Jane Austen, so please do not think you must be full-on Marie Antoinette. No costume materials or changing space will be provided.


Jessica will be your primary hostess this year. Please direct all questions, dietary concerns, etc. to her at

Welcome, everyone, and I look forward to seeing you in March!


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