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Darnassus Winter Market

Housed in the iconic kaldorei city, the Darnassus Winter Market is the largest celebration of local artists, farmers, chefs, brewers and musicians. Driven by the goal of building community and supporting business and trade among the Alliance, the market provides an opportunity for locals and foreigners to share their products and passions.

This season, the Darnassus Market returned with plenty of new things to appreciate. The market featured a multitude of the region’s best artisans and specialty food vendors, as well as unique vendors from across the sea. The market opened with more food, entertainment, and new vendors. Shaureyne Razorleaf and Elliistra Thera’dorei, the market managers, also geared this season’s festivities more towards fellowship, with a winter-themed experience.

“Many within the Alliance haven’t gone out at all this winter, especially to Kalimdor, so we try to see what are the exciting things that we can bring to really get our allies out to celebrate our comradeship,” said one local.

Carefully curated artisans sold an array of quality hand-made goods. Products included jewelry, art, alchemic remedies, magical goods, ceramics, elven weapons, imported teas and more.  

Consumers kicked back and enjoyed live music by the Temple Gardens while foodies sampled a diverse collection of culinary creations throughout the Tradesman’s Terrace. 


OOC: We want to give a big thanks to all who attended! Please send us an “ask” if you have any questions about the event or if you have suggestions you would like to offer! 

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Chef Driven DC

If there’s one thing to be said about Chef Driven, it is classy. Their menu consisted of fresh, local, seasonal (sorry to use foodie buzzwords) ingredients in a gourmet sampling of global cuisine.

Tula and I headed to Farragut Friday for the weekly food truck smorgasbord and selected Chef Driven. We were starved; we practically dragged ourselves up to the window and ordered beef tacos and saffron risotto. Only after we ordered did we see the warning claiming that good food takes time. A gentle euphemism for “we know you’re hungry, stop whining.”

The wait was worth it. The beef in the tacos were marinated to perfection, topped with fresh avocado and parsley. My risotto had bits of flavorful bacon, fennel, olive, and cherry tomato. The owner of Chef Driven has been in the restaurant business for 15 years and it shows—you’d be hard pressed to find a truck with more attention to culinary detail.

I feel as though that’s what makes or breaks a truck. Why track down a food truck when they offer nothing new to the culinary scene? Chef Driven’s is dedicated to changing the game when it comes to street food, and paired with prices like that (“champagne taste on a sasparilla budget” is printed on the side of the truck), it’s hard to beat.

If you’re new to food trucks and skeptical, this should be your initiation. Find it!