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.

“It’s all about the experience, and a good bartender is supposed to make people feel at home,” said Christian Johnston, manager of Tavola’s recently opened cicchetti bar. Image: Virginia Hamrick

In balance: Waiting for dinner at Tavola just got easier

The ability to interact with and understand people is a crucial element when it comes to making the perfect drink, Christian Johnston said, and it’s in no small part what he’s trying to accomplish behind the bar at Tavola. As for the new cicchetti dishes, Keaveny’s goal is to present something that will pair with a cocktail and prepare the palate for a full meal, but won’t overshadow the main event.

“It’s all about the experience, and a good bartender is supposed to make people feel at home,” said Christian Johnston, manager of Tavola’s recently opened cicchetti bar. Photo: Virginia Hamrick

In balance: Waiting for dinner at Tavola just got easier

We’ve got good news for those of you who love everything about Tavola except for the fact that you almost inevitably have to wait for a table. No, they still aren’t accepting reservations at the Belmont hot spot, which means the chances of strolling in for dinner on a weekend and getting seated right away […]

As the third-oldest in the country, the spring-fed pool at Blue Ridge Swim Club earned historic landmark status earlier this year. Photo: Tom Daly

Splash from the past: Blue Ridge Swim Club celebrates 102 years

Whether you’re a believer of climate change or not, there’s no denying that it gets hot as Hades here during the summer. The Charlottesville/Albemarle area has its share of holes in the ground filled with water where you can get a respite from the sweltering heat and so-thick-you-can-taste-it humidity, but there’s at least one pool […]

Keswick’s new Executive Chef Dwayne Edwards most recently worked at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida. Photo: Amanda Maglione

‘Back on the map’: New chef gears up to reinvent Keswick cuisine

It’s been a big year for Keswick Hall, and it’s only February. Within weeks, the inn announced its five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide, and also welcomed a new executive chef to Fossett’s Restaurant. “The hard work really starts now, in keeping it,” marketing director Janet Kurtz said of the five-star rating. “Now we have […]

Mark Marshall and Ryan Hubbard launched lunch at the Red Hub Food Co. in early December. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto.

Down home: Red Hub brings back classic, no-frills Southern fare

Ryan Hubbard and Mark Marshall aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel. The two guys behind Red Hub Food Co., a catering service that recently opened a lunch counter at its 202 10th Street NW location, are serving up classic North Carolina-style barbecue, plain and simple. For them it’s not about being on the cutting culinary […]

Capital Teas’ offerings range from the highly caffeinated black to the lighter greens and whites, plus seasonal flavored teas. Photo: Lauren Stonestreet.

A new leaf: Regional chain puts global teas on the map

The way people think about tea is changing. At least, that’s what the owners of Capital Teas are banking on. Capital Teas, a Maryland-based regional chain with shops in the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia areas, arrived in Charlottesville this summer. The Shops at Stonefield location opened its doors in August, and owner Manelle Martino […]

UVA epidemiologist Costi Sifri says the chance of a local Ebola outbreak is slim, but doctors are prepared for the worst. Photo: Melody Robbins

Local docs, experts talk Ebola preparedness

Just two weeks before a diagnosis of Ebola in U.S. hit the news, local doctors were quietly testing a patient for the deadly virus at UVA’s infectious disease clinic. The test results were negative, but that doesn’t mean the threat of Ebola is something they’re taking lightly. In light of the recent epidemic of the […]

VDOT recently released a detailed rendering of the proposed grade-separated interchange of Rio Road and Route 29. Image courtesy VDOT

Route 29 panel urges VDOT to include bike and pedestrian plans

The Virginia Department of Transportation is on track to begin $230 million worth of road projects along Route 29. According to a state mandate, all four components of the plan, dubbed the Route 29 Solutions, must be completed within the next three years. But as the long-anticipated alternative to the Western Bypass moves forward, stakeholders […]

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Vaping: The cigarette alternative picks up steam in Charlottesville

Brooke Jenkins was an unlikely smoker, and an even more unlikely quitter. A devoted athlete, she successfully avoided cigarettes in high school by playing soccer and hanging around other health-conscious jocks. But when she went on to Eastern Carolina University to play on the Division I soccer team, she was shocked to see that cigarettes were everywhere.