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Push things forward

Push things forward

  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

Season's eatings

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 […]

The other social network

The other social network

 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 […]

A trio of local chefs cook up a wish list for the holiday

A trio of local chefs cook up a wish list for the holiday

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 […]

Small Bites: This week's restaurant news

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 […]

Rethink your feast: Thanksgiving offerings around town

Rethink your feast: Thanksgiving offerings around town

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 […]

Small Bites: Local restaurant news

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,” […]

Local waves of grain

Local waves of grain

 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 […]

Here's looking at you, Virginia Film Festival

Here's looking at you, Virginia Film Festival

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 […]

Would-be Landmark Hotel developer: “We’re gonna get it done!”

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).

Happy campers: Fancy franks and s'mores

Happy campers: Fancy franks and s'mores

 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 […]

COVER STORY: Great tastes

COVER STORY: Great tastes

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 […]

The belly of the beats

The belly of the beats

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 […]

Gluten-free and comfortable: a local's guide

Gluten-free and comfortable: a local's guide

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 […]

Small bites

Small bites

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 […]