We’re on the verge of 2012, and whether the New Year is the dawn of a new era or just another click of the big wheel of fortune as it spins into eternity, it’s a good time to talk about new beginnings. This year, instead of a tired year-in-review, we decided to give you [...]
Season’s eatings You’ll be cooking up a storm over the holidays—enjoy a well-deserved meal out while you can. These restaurants are putting a pinch of jolly and a dash of merry into their savory, sweet, and spirited offerings this month.—Meredith Barnes (Photos by Andrea Hubbell) The Silver Thatch Inn does Christmas English cottage-style with prime [...]
Daniel Heilberg and Joseph Young, the fellas behind the once-mobile food cart called The Lunchbox, opened The Lunchbox Express two weeks ago
In tough economic times, nonprofits get pinched. As the demand for their services rises, their budgets face pressure from lower rates of charitable giving, cuts in government funding, and, as the recession extends, an over-reliance on their most loyal donors. “Our focus has been on building fundraising skills and encouraging members to use the recession [...]
We asked three Charlottesville chefs what culinary books, goodies, and gadgets they hope to see under the tree this holiday. Here’s some gift-giving inspiration for the top chefs on your list.—Meredith Barnes, Tami Keaveny, and Megan Headley (Photo by Cramer Photo) Christian Kelly Executive chef of Maya on goodies: 1. Lard from super-fatty Ossabaw hogs [...]
A few weeks ago, we broke it to Escafé-lovers that the popular late-night spot would close by the end of the year.
The high rollers Place your fête in these caterers’ hands and a holly jolly time will be had by all.—Megan Headley The "Local" platter from Feast! wets your guests’ whistles with everything from cheese to chocolate. (Photo by Andrea Hubbell) Beggar’s Banquet in Orange County offers customized menus and can do it up big or [...]
Fun for the whole fam damily Kids and beer don’t usually mix, but when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is playing at Blue Mountain Brewery, it does just fine. Every Tuesday is Brew & View night at BMB and December 6 from 6-9pm is kids’ night. Movie tickets are $7 (100 percent of proceeds benefit [...]
To many, there aren’t two sweeter sounding words than “pig” and “whiskey.”
Rethink your feast Nothing speaks to the heart of Thanksgiving like dining at a historic inn. It’s just like eating at home, but without all the hard work and dirty dishes.—Tami Keaveny Tired of the turkey trot? Let a local option entice you away from the oven this Thanksgiving. The Boars Head’s varied menu practically [...]
A new (and currently nameless lessee) has signed a lease beginning January 1 for the space where Escafé now stands.
Nelson County is Beer County Friday marked the opening of Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Nelson County’s third brewery) on Route 151. Mother and son team Mary and Danny Wolf grew out of their home brewing digs and have set up shop in a landmark building on five acres that include tobacco barns-come-boutiques. With an outdoor “Biergarten,” [...]
You know everyone at your Thanksgiving table, so insist on a bird that’s from around these here parts
There are only a handful of local grain growers in the area and when I met with Brian Walden, owner of Steadfast Farm in Red Hill, I learned why. “We don’t have the flat expanses of land they have out west, and Virginia’s hot and humid climate is treacherous for growing grains,” said Walden, who [...]
The Virginia Film Festival is dishing up three courses for foodies
When Flynt finally got back to work, he continued to grow his $400 million media empire from a golden wheelchair. The man in the golden wheelchair Larry Flynt regrets nothing, or at least very little After Larry Flynt was shot in the spine by a sniper—a neo-Nazi who had been offended by a spread featuring interracial [...]
The George Huguely case will be back in court at 5 p.m. in the Charlottesville Circuit Court’s main courtroom today. Huguely’s defense attorneys unexpectedly filed a second motion to gain access to Yeardley Love’s medical records.
When the action is on the far end of the field, it looks graceful and balletic. When a run comes down the boards right in front of my family, it’s another thing entirely
Tim Dixon, owner-developer of the award-winning Iron Horse biker hotel in Milwaukee and lately a partner to Landmark owner Halsey Minor, spoke to the Lifestyle/Boutique Hotel Development Conference in Miami yesterday and told the crowd that "boutiques" are "kicking the crap out of" national chain hotels and that the key to success in developing hotels is getting enough "funky money" (tax credits and other government grants).
Charlottesvillians can rest easy in their sleeping bags knowing that they don’t have to leave their locavore scruples or their taste buds behind on the next camping trip. Several area farmers and retailers offer artisanal wieners and wrappers worthy of your best mess kit. At the Charlottesville City Market, Double H Farm owner Richard Bean [...]
In social networks, the theory is that six degrees separate us, but in the food world, we’re shooting for two. When we cook at home, we want to raise the chickens laying our eggs, and we want to pick our own fruits and veggies. We want to know the farmer growing our soybeans and then [...]
Unlike most bands you’re likely to see at the Jefferson, Beats Antique’s live shows are not really all about the music. Making the festival circuit rounds this summer, the trio acquired a reputation for their energetic live performances, which are essentially constructed around one crucial element: Zoe Jakes. David Satori, Tommy Cappel and the belly [...]
When a diet gets a lot of hype, it’s easy to write it off as a fad, but a gluten-free diet is a lifestyle. Once only a prescription for celiac patients (people who cannot tolerate the gluten protein found in wheat, rye and barley), people with a range of sensitivities are eating gluten-free and finally [...]
Opening soon Sweet Frog, the Downtown self-serve frozen yogurt bar with 28 stores in Virginia and North Carolina (and plans to expand to Maryland, Tennessee, Louisiana and South Carolina), is growing faster than a tadpole. In our little pond, it’s jumping uptown to a second location in the old Maggie Moo’s space in Hollymead, and [...]