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Say charcuterie: Cured meat specialties around town

Say charcuterie: Cured meat specialties around town

(Photo by Nick Strocchia) Say charcuterie Cheese plates are so last year. Cured meats in all shades of salty and pink are the new shareable darling on the restaurant scene. These local spots are slicing and arranging downright tempting spreads.—Megan Headley Salted meats reign supreme at Mas Tapas where the incomparable jamón Ibérico de Bellota […]

Green Scene: This week's greenie news

Green Scene: This week's greenie news

Opportunity knocking I ate lunch last week at a local joint where diners are supposed to bus their own dishes, separating silverware, trash, and plates. This I was dutifully doing when I noticed some signage encouraging me to separate recyclables, too. The sign said the restaurant’s plastic cups and dishes could be recycled. But those […]

Local chocolate dishes delight

Local chocolate dishes delight

Chocoholics know no bounds and when a craving strikes, we’ll go to the end of the earth to satisfy it. Lucky for us, chocolate-loving chefs around town are incorporating this addictive ingredient into courses both sweet and savory, keeping our hunger—and our cravings—delectably at bay.—Tami Keaveny  (Photos by Nick Strocchia) At Clifton Inn, dry-aged squab […]

Brian Helleberg instructs us on the art of indulging

Brian Helleberg instructs us on the art of indulging

The art of indulging On February 12, following the Paramount’s tasting, on-stage discussion, and screening of the film Chocolat, Fleurie chef/owner, Brian Helleberg will indulge diners with ethereally-prepared courses featuring luxuries like foie gras, caviar, and truffles. He talked with us about how he makes sensual and memorable food, which doubles as a recipe for […]

C-VILLE News Briefs

City and county tax values decline The real estate market in Charlottesville and Albemarle is still contracting. In the city, the total value of taxable property decreased by 1.22 percent, and existing residential property declined in value by 3.08 percent. Commercial property, however, increased by 0.84 percent. Albemarle County’s taxable values declined by 3 percent, with […]

Commonwealth's for the good of all

Commonwealth's for the good of all

“Are we in Charlottesville or New York?” my friend asked as she joined us at one of the throne-like circular booths in Commonwealth’s dining room. She and I, both six-year denizens of New York restaurants, were reminded of some of our old haunts, which managed to make large and soaring feel warm and welcoming. The […]

C-VILLE News Briefs

C-VILLE News Briefs

Since January 26, 2010, the Harrington family has kept a steady vigil on their blog and continued to make media appearances as part of their Help Save the Next Girl campaign and their effort to bring Morgan’s killer to justice

Health Issue 2012

Health Issue 2012

Here’s the bad news: Nothing is certain but death and taxes. At some point in your lifetime, you’ll likely be affected, either personally or peripherally, by a serious health threat. But here’s the good news: There are a number of health professionals and research scientists in our area fighting against the effects of such conditions, […]

Health nut: how to eat healthy at restaurants

Health nut: how to eat healthy at restaurants

(Photo by Cramer Photo) Health nut Eating well is tricky, and if you dine out regularly, it’s easy to pack on pounds. Luckily, many Charlottesville restaurants take our health to heart and offer lower-cal, high flavor food that’s so good you won’t even know you’re eating right.—Eric Angevine Fresh, fast, and simple is the tune […]

Pasta perfetta

Pasta perfetta

The ultimate in fork-twirling, noodle-slurping, chin-slapping, sauce-swabbing comfort food needs no real introduction. We all love pasta—from the authentically al dente to the Italian-American alfredo—but here are a half dozen primo plates around town good enough to share with your Italian grandma.—Megan Headley (Photos by Cramer Photo) It’s almost a crime to eat at tavola […]

Blind Pilot Touches Down at The Jefferson

Rising indie favorite Blind Pilot headlines The Jefferson Theater tonight.  The folk-centric band is Portland-based, but culled local fans through previous shows in 2009 at The Southern (with Low Anthem) and opening for The Decemberists at The National in Richmond.

For American Shakespeare Center actors, life imitates art

For American Shakespeare Center actors, life imitates art

It took John Harrell a few moments of head-scratching to recall the parts he played at the Blackfriars Playhouse last fall, possibly because he’s taken on over 100 roles in 75 productions during his decade or so with the American Shakespeare Center’s resident troupe. “It’s pathetic,” he said with a wry grin. “When you cycle […]

Spice is nice

Spice is nice

Spice is nice In the doldrums of winter, there’s nothing like a little spice to awaken you from hibernation and whisk you away on a virtual adventure. These local dishes will take your taste buds on a journey from sweet to savory to spicy with stops in between.—Megan Headley (Photo by John Robinson) Chicken might […]

Small Bites: This week's restaurant news

Small Bites: This week's restaurant news

Turn turn turn The Main Street Market’s cookware and tabletop shop, The Seasonal Cook, has changed hands, becoming a third outpost of Culpeper and Fredericksburg’s gourmet specialty store The Frenchman’s Corner. Paris-born owner Marc Ast will still sell some cookware but has also stocked the shelves with beer, wine, cheese, dried pastas, jarred spreads and […]