In 1997, the New York Times called Deborah Eisenberg’s short stories “spirited and masterly road maps through sad and forbidding and desolate terrain.” Thirteen years later, the same newspaper cast her among the modern age’s greatest writers: “Eisenberg conveys [her characters’] interiority in such a fine grain that one thinks of Virginia Woolf, if only Woolf’s work were leavened with startling humor.” Tremendous praise, indeed, but not the first time the UVA Creative Writing professor has kept such luminous company. Last year, she was named a MacArthur Genius, an award that carries with it not only the legacy of past winners such as theater director Peter Sellars, poet Galway Kinnell, and choreographers Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor, but also $500,000. The committee commended “the hallmarks of Eisenberg’s style—crystalline prose, keen perceptions of emotional nuance, and wry wit.” Though Eisenberg’s stature is diminutive, her personal warmth is as large as her literary profile. Stylish and carrying just the slightest hint of self-deprecation, she professes to love teaching and walking through crowded city streets on warm days. She favors high heels and cuts a strikingly urbane figure wherever she goes. We love her relentless pursuit of art (she has published four collections of stories) and the fact that she’ll admit to eating a whole bag of candy corn in one sitting. “There are two kinds of people in the world…,” she says with a wink, speaking of her guilty pleasure. Sounds like the start to a great story.
Food & Drink Virginia Food Truck Battle Sunday, September 4 Twelve area food trucks will fight it out for the title of “best food” at the second annual Virginia Food Truck Battle & Beer Competition. Proceeds benefit The MaDee Project, which helps families and their children with
I don’t like kids’ menus. Beyond their uniform content, what troubles me most is the message they send to kids that there are two different types of food—one for adults to enjoy and another to keep you quiet in the meantime. As a food-lover and parent, I can’t see how this helps to cultivate a
For more than 20 years, every time Barbie Brannock cooked California-style Mexican food for her friends, they’d ask, “When are you going to open a restaurant?” They weren’t so much asking as they were insisting, says Brannock, who learned to cook in her mother’s Southern California kitchen, and
Any way you slice it, there’s a lot to love about Charlottesville. That’s why, every year, we ask readers to tell us their favorite things about our city—burgers, bike shops and homebuilders alike. And while we respect the answers you’ve given, you’re not the only ones with opinions. In honor
It’s been really hot. We’re all sweaty and sluggish, and most of us could use a good jolt to get through the dog days of summer. Enter iced coffee, which, on a steamy day, can taste like the ambrosia of the gods…as long as it’s done right. Brew a regular cup of coffee, let it […]
Allie Redshaw will leave her post as executive chef at Timbercreek Market later this month, and for a very good reason: opening a restaurant of her own. Redshaw, known for her new-school American cooking and modern, locally-sourced gourmet cuisine, told C-VILLE Weekly that she leaves
Tucked alongside Moores Creek in Azalea Park, two wide rows of garden plots form a welcoming and fruitful oasis. Canes of blackberries stand tall, bunches of unripe grapes hang from the vine, tasseling corn peeks over the tops of fences and in the far corner, a grove of banana trees rises in a
I heard about a patch of ribolla gialla vines in Barboursville, and I had to go and see them to find out what was happening with these special grapes. Luca Paschina, the winemaker at Barboursville Vineyards, first tasted wine made from ribolla gialla about 30 years ago. “It was the mid-1980s in
Can’t anything be easy? There are a million toys on the shelf at the pet store, and you feel like you’ve been warned about every single one of them. This one has a squeaker, which you heard is a choking hazard. Your cousin’s dog got an intestinal blockage from rawhide, so that’s out. Pretty
In regards to today’s food culture obsession with eating local, Burger Bach reps say there’s a good reason they source their grass-fed beef and lamb from halfway around the world. The late founder of Burger Bach and Richmond restaurateur Michael Ripp had been traveling back and forth from New
Fourteen years ago, Meryem and Ali Erarac moved from Turkey near the Marmara Coast to Charlottesville so that Ali could earn his MBA at Darden School of Business. Meryem, a biologist by study and trade, enjoyed the relative quiet and greenery here. Within a few years, Ali graduated, landed a
It’s that time of year again—when it’s so hot outside you dream of lounging in the air conditioning. But we know one thing that will motivate you to venture outside: food. Lucky for us, the food truck scene here is exploding with new trucks. We counted more than 15 roaming the city on any given
One of the most surprising things Stan Joynes learned after entering the local wine business is how much camaraderie there is among vineyard owners and winemakers. It’s not a “zero-sum game,” he says—when one business is successful, they all benefit. About two years ago, Joynes started thinking
The idea for a research exchange sparked when a few local winemakers gathered to share their bottles and ideas. For the first couple of years, the group included Kirsty Harmon (Blenheim), Emily Pelton (Veritas), Matthieu Finot (King Family), Ben Jordan (Early Mountain), Scott Dwyer (Pollak),
Family Chihamba’s 27th Annual African American Cultural Arts Festival This year’s event features West African cuisine, a hair show, vendors, entertainment and more. Saturday 7/30. Free, 10:30am-7:30pm. Booker T. Washington Park, Preston Avenue and 10th Street NW. chihambacharlot
Family Sweet Dreams Festival This family-friendly event features activities including a craft tent, rock climbing wall, laser tag, inflatables and more. Saturday 7/23. Free, 9am-4pm. Stuarts Draft Park, 96 Edgewood Ln., Stuarts Draft. sweetdreamsday.com. Nonprofit Restaurant Week Enjoy
Chef life is grueling. It’s not just the physical toll of long nights in the kitchen. It’s the psychological toll, too, of missing friends’ weddings, graduations and regular evenings at home with family. As chefs grow older and tire of the grind, many look to use their skills in ways that do
There are those who love wine and then there are those who live for it. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of two live-for-it wine directors, Tavola and Fleurie have earned an Award of Excellence and a Best Award of Excellence, respectively, for the first time from Wine Spectator magazine.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but, in this case, it takes a family to build a restaurant. Los Jarochos, Charlottesville’s newest Mexican restaurant, has gotten the entire Hernandez clan to contribute to the West Main space that formerly housed Horse & Hound Gastropub.
We can’t be the only ones who’ve noticed that Charlottesville’s cuisine scene is trending toward tacos. Even fine dining spot C&O offers a version on its late-night menu. But who would win in a blind battle? We put nine to the test, choosing only restaurants in the city and only those open