Jenny Gardiner



Timbercreek Market and its affiliated restaurant, Back 40, have closed, but chef Tucker Yoder (pictured) has turned his attention to a big bike ride. Photo by Amy Jackson

On to greener pastures?

Was it really only a year ago that Timbercreek Market in the old Coca-Cola building on Preston Avenue was revamped, split into a retail farm store on one end and Back 40, the farm-to-fork restaurant manned by chef Tucker Yoder, on the other? Both spots have closed, and there’s no word yet on what’s next […]

With Patisserie Torres, Fleurie’s Serge Torres (right) and Brian Helleberg have joined forces to raise the stakes in the bakery game. Photo by Tom McGovern.

A French-inspired patisserie opens on the Downtown Mall

Serge Torres and Brian Helleberg are joining forces to bring a taste of Provence to the Downtown Mall. The Fleurie pastry chef (Torres) and owner (Helleberg) have opened Patisserie Torres on Third Street NE, directly across from Fleurie Restaurant, in the space once occupied by Cappellino’s Crazy Cakes. The patisserie is the culmination of Helleberg’s […]

Each Tuesday at New Roots Farm, a group of IRC volunteers works together to cultivate 
a community garden that supports refugee food security. Recent heavy rains have taken a hard toll on the farm.
Photo by Eze Amos

Dinner fundraiser to recoup New Roots’ flood loss

A crowning achievement for the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville has been the New Roots urban farm, the more than eight-acre stretch of land abutting Azalea Park that has served as a resource for many refugees who have resettled in the Charlottesville community in recent years. But the heavy rains that plagued Charlottesville in late May […]

Photo by Eze Amos.

New owner at Tavern & Grocery and more restaurant news

New owner at Tavern & Grocery Tavern & Grocery has changed hands, with its recent acquisition by Ashley Sieg, whose family has had a hand in the local food and hospitality scene over the years, including the now-shuttered Water Street and its predecessor, Tempo. Sieg, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, has been involved […]

Free Union Grass Farm's duck features prominently in a new dish at The Clifton. Photo by Tom McGovern

The Clifton’s facelift includes a renewed focus on the food

By Jenny Gardiner The Clifton Inn is undergoing a season of renewal—and a name change to The Clifton. New owners the Westmont Capital Group brought in the coveted design team from Tennessee’s posh Blackberry Farm to put a fresh face on the property, and capped it off by hiring Michelin-starred executive chef Matthew Bousquet, who […]