Côte-Rôtie hits the streets with a global menu Fried chicken. Marinated mushroom skewers. Steamed pork bun. Steak frites. “It sounds like it’s kind of all over the place, and maybe it is,” Peter Robertson says. “But we want it to be interesting and fun for people who come to the food truck.”
In an effort to do justice to the tradition of Oktoberfest—that much-beloved historical occasion enjoyed by generations of brewski connoisseurs the world ’round—Crozet’s Starr Hill Brewery will, for one day only, transform its taproom into a brauhaus replete with musical entertainment, culinary
Local restaurants and wineries gear up for Virginia Wine Month Last week, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that sales of Virginia wine increased by nearly 2 percent from fiscal year 2014, with wineries in the commonwealth having sold more than 6.5 million bottles (more than 524,000 cases).
Petit manseng has captured the curiosity of many of Virginia’s top winemakers. Just how integrated the grape will become to Virginia’s repertoire remains to be seen, but it is off to a roaring start. “I love the grape,” says Jeff White of Glen Manor Vineyards. “It is so versatile. It can be
Chef Patrick O’Connell brings his new book to Charlottesville You may have heard the name Patrick O’Connell, the self-taught chef who’s received international accolades for The Inn at Little Washington, which he opened in an old garage in 1978. O’Connell has been referred to as “the Pope of
“Are you a cat person or a dog person?” I’m asked on a regular basis, as if my answer might reveal some medical truth concerning the objective superiority of one species over the other. As it happens, I share my home with one of each, offering sound excuse to shrug my shoulders and dodge the
Top of the Hops Beer Festival Saturday, September 26 Enjoy two-ounce samples of more than 150 craft beers from around the world combined with great food, education seminars, music, food and games. $50-80. 21-plus. 3pm. nTelos Wireless Pavilion, 700 E. Main St.
Mike Keenan has a message for all the carnivores out there: Being a vegan doesn’t mean gnawing on carrots all day. In fact, it turns out vegan grub is actually pretty tasty when done right. Keenan introduced The Juice Laundry’s cold-pressed fruit-and-vegetable juices to Charlottesville in 2013.
Rockfish Valley Inn owner prepares for new cidery on 151 For those of you determined to hit every boozy spot on Route 151 in one day (one weekend might be more realistic, though still ambitious), that goal is about to be even more challenging. Todd Rath, who may be familiar to anyone who
I grew up in the dinner party era. Among my favorite childhood memories is falling asleep to the mysterious sounds of my parents’ parties—roars of laughter, clanging glasses and high heels across wooden floors. My parents loved them, too. When preparing for their guests’ arrival, they always
Shenandoah Joe rolls out beer-inspired iced coffee Good news for all the caffeine junkies who also happen to be beer snobs. As of a couple weeks ago, there’s a beverage on the market that allows you to (kind of) have a beer first thing in the morning without alarming anyone: Introducing Hoppn
“Happy pig, good bacon.” That’s one of Bill Jones’ mantras when it comes to Babes in the Wood, his decade-old pig farm in Buckingham County, also the name of his recently opened farm-to-table restaurant in Charlottesville. You may recognize the names and faces from the City Market—Jones and his
Meals on Wheels brings back its popular foodie fundraiser Charlottesville prides itself on being a food-oriented town, with restaurants, food trucks and breweries popping up left and right. But what doesn’t always get as much attention is the food-and-drink world’s involvement when it comes to
The world of online food ordering is constantly evolving. OrderUp was just acquired by Groupon; companies like Blue Apron deliver pre-measured ingredients straight to your door to save you the trouble of using things like spoons when you’re prepping dinner; hell, there’s even Stadium Concierge,
The scoop on Splendora’s limited-time, booze-inspired flavors I scream, you scream, we all scream for…pumpkin beer-flavored gelato? Splendora’s Gelato Cafe owner PK Ross never gets tired of experimenting with flavors (anybody remember the ghost pepper-honey-raspberry concoction?) and
“What are you looking for?” asks a client as my hands press deep into the sides of his dog’s belly. I’m surprised for a moment. It’s such a simple and reasonable question, but it hardly ever gets asked amidst the routine of a physical examination. I’m not even sure what to make of it at […]
A taste of Costco’s reliably cheap chow There’s a cult following around a new place to eat in Charlottesville, and it’s not a restaurant run by a James Beard nominee. Costco, the long-anticipated membership-only warehouse club located in The Shops at Stonefield, already seems to have found its
In the fall of 1993, in a booth at an unassuming new restaurant on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, I dug into a plate of rabbit quesadillas. I was floored. “Who puts rabbit in quesadillas?” I thought. “And, how could they taste this good?” In an era when fine dining meant white tablecloths and
Just like omnivores, vegetarians—whether lacto-ovo, 100 percent plant-based or flexitarian—want options that inspire and beguile. Vegetarians want to get lost in a delicious meal in a beautiful space just as much as the next foodie. And for those of us who are picky or want to get our money’s
The loneliest hours It’s 1am, and you’re starving but you got nothin’ in your fridge. It’s 2am and your baby’s spiked a 105 degree temperature. It’s 4am and you hear a scraping sound on your window. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you’re very grateful for the folks who work while the