Laura Ingles

Laura Ingles
Laura Ingles grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, but came to Virginia at age 18 and never left. After graduating from Virginia Tech she dedicated a year and most of her sanity to a private wilderness boarding school for at-risk teenage girls, and Charlottesville became home in January 2012. Laura spent two years reporting the news for C-VILLE Weekly before taking on the role of Living Section Editor.

Heirloom, a farm-to-table restaurant and rooftop bar at the Graduate Hotel, opens next week. Locally sourced ingredients are the focus in the kitchen and behind the bar. Photo: Stephen Barling

Graduate Hotel preps for opening of rooftop restaurant and bar

Pork belly donuts. Now that we have your attention, let’s talk about a new spot that’s about to open across from the UVA hospital next week. Introducing Heirloom, a farm-to-table restaurant and bar on the ninth floor of the Graduate Hotel Charlottesville, where the old Red Roof Inn used to be. “We don’t want to […]

Tavola’s cicchetti bar manager Christian Johnston used Potter’s Craft Cider grapefruit hibiscus cider to make a reduction for his Floreale cocktail, which also includes Hendrick’s gin, coriander, black cardamom and lemon. Photo: Staff photos

Tavola’s Christian Johnston takes craft cocktail title

Drinking 12 cocktails over the course of six days is a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. Last week the Tom Tom Founders Festival hosted its first local cocktail competition, which is exactly what it sounds like—a dozen area mixologists were tasked with creating an original craft cocktail for the week of the festival, […]

Dr. James Tickel is a seventh-generation chiropractor who worked in a traditional manner early in his career but has moved into a more integrated, holistic approach. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Chiropractor combines physical and emotional treatment

“Don’t let me push. Hold. Deep breath in, hold. Think about feeling too much on your plate, overly sympathetic, taking on other people’s problems. Let your breath out. Deep breath in. Think about letting people deal with their own stuff, hold, healthy boundaries, breathe out.” “Has this guy been reading my diary?” I think to […]

Donnie Glass and Matt Wolf, owners of catering company Banyan Day Provisions, source all of the seafood, including oysters, scallops, shrimp and salmon, for Timbercreek Market’s seafood counter. Photo: Tom McGovern

Local fishmongers make fresh seafood easily accessible

Charlottesville may be a couple hours away from the nearest ocean, but luckily that doesn’t stop seafood from making its way into the hands of capable fishmongers here in the mountains. We talked to a few of the guys who are making a splash around town. Donnie Glass and Matt Wolf Banyan Day Provisions Donnie […]

The Iron Chef competition at the Tom Tom Festival pits six sous chefs against each other in the battle for the best dish using ingredients sourced at the City Market. Photo: Tom Daly

Tom Tom prepares for edible events and more local food news

Tom Tom prepares for edible events  Tom Tom Founders Festival is just around the corner, April 11-17, and as the annual festival continues to grow, so does the list of food-and-booze-related activities. Farm to Table Restaurant Week For the third year running, Tom Tom will host a Farm to Table Restaurant Week, presented in partnership […]

The City Market, which runs from April through December, starts up again from 7am to noon Saturday, April 2, in the parking lot bordered by Water and South streets and First and Second streets. Photo: Ashley Twiggs

City Market returns, and more local food and drink news

City Market returns, and other food and drink news Spring has finally sprung, and on Saturdays in Charlottesville, that means only one thing: The City Market is back. Starting at 7am on April 2, more than 100 vendors will set up booths between Water and South streets near the Water Street parking garage downtown from […]

Serina Ong, the job-hunter. Photo: Amy Jackson

Now generation: Why there’s so much chatter about millennials

Kids these days, amirite? Seems we all just can’t stop talking about the millennial generation, and everyone has a different perception of who they are, when they were born, what they want, where they’re going and how they’re impacting society. Stories about millennials—how to market to them, ways to teach them, why you should (or […]

Charles “Tank” Tankersley opened Primal Strength Gym with the goal of providing a strength training environment that’s welcoming to people of all levels of fitness. Photo: Amy Jackson

Heavy lifting: Primal Strength Gym offers training for all levels

It may be hard to imagine a gym where heavy-lifting Strongman competitors and women trying to tone up both feel comfortable working out. Introducing Primal Strength Gym, a weight-lifting fitness center located at 1110 E. Market St. that revolves around building strength—for intense competition or otherwise. The brainchild of Texas A&M alum Charles “Tank” Tankersley, […]

Maya Wimer poses on a beach in Portugal. Photo: Courtesy Brian Wimer

What a trip! Local families try living abroad

Dorothy said it best: There’s no place like home. But what about those people who pick up their entire lives, move to the other side of the world and thus begin grappling with the task of redefining the concept of home? We sat down with four local families who did exactly that. La bella vita […]