Jerome Thalwitz, chef/owner at The Bavarian Chef, and Jason Oliver, brewmaster at Devils Backbone Brewing Company, were the perfect companions for an Oktoberfest meal at Kardinal Hall. Rammelkamp Foto

Kardinal Hall brings the biergarten to a new level

Oktoberfest may be the ultimate celebration of food and beer. Here in Charlottesville, though, the festival’s signature Bavarian fare can be hard to find. Enter Kardinal Hall. Opened last year by the team behind Beer Run, the beer hall and garden filled a gap in Charlottesville dining with food and drink it calls “Alpine.” Truth […]

Aimee Atteberry and Anna Harrison, C-VILLE Weekly's publisher and marketing director, present a $9,076 check to the 2016 Best Of C-VILLE party's benefactor, the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program. Pictured from left to right, back to front: Ravi Respeto with AHIP, Dave Frye with sponsor Lockn' Festival, Carrie Slaughter with sponsor Ting, Thomas Roper with sponsor Ting, Aimee Atteberry with C-VILLE, Jennifer Jacobs with AHIP and Anna Harrison with C-VILLE. Staff photo

Best of C-VILLE beneficiary AHIP receives donation

On September 28, C-VILLE Weekly awarded a $9,076 check to the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, the beneficiary of the 20th annual Best of C-VILLE party and fundraiser. “We are blown away,” says the nonprofit’s Executive Director Jennifer Jacobs. “Not only was the event really fun, but this is incredible.” AHIP helps low-income families in need […]

Jody Kielbasa fills in the highlights of the 29th Virginia Film Festival.
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Film fest announces lineup—mostly

Virginia Film Festival director Jody Kielbasa promised today “the best program in my eight years at the festival” for this year’s November 3-6 cinemathon. The 29th festival will include screen legends Shirley MacLaine and Liv Ullman, and auteur Werner Herzog. What Kielbasa did not reveal was the opening night film, typically a made-in-Virginia effort. He gave that honor […]

UVA prof Siva Vaidhyanathan calls Starving the Beast a “blow against the ideologues against higher education.”
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Commodity U: Starving the Beast looks at the dismantling of public education

Ever wonder why Virginia’s vaunted flagship university gets such paltry state funding? To the filmmakers of Starving the Beast, that’s an ideological decision. The documentary, produced by Violet Crown owner Bill Banowsky, connects the dots between a movement to cut funding in public universities that started around Ronald Reagan’s presidency. The Texas-based filmmakers—University of Texas […]

Firefly staff and customers are encouraged to don their dirndls and lederhosen for the stein-hoisting competition Thursday, September 29. Photo by Martyn Kyle

Oktoberfest events abound in Charlottesville

It’s Oktoberfest season, and breweries, restaurants and bars all over town are celebrating one of the world’s largest festivals, which has its origins in an 1810 mid-October royal marriage in Munich. So dust off your dirndls and lederhosen, Charlottesville, and get thee to a bierhaus. Kardinal Hall Oktoberfest “is in the nature and history of […]

Robert Harllee of Market Street Wineshops has watched an increase in Virginia wine sales at his various locations. Photo by Martyn Kyle

New momentum has Virginia winemakers racing to meet demand

As Virginia’s tobacco industry wanes, the food and wine sector builds momentum. With more than 80 cheesemakers in the state, an intense focus on sustainability at farms such as Polyface, Free Union Grass, Radical Roots and Wolf Creek, and a large, passionate beverage industry, the state is poised to contribute a unique chapter to America’s […]