A crowd at the Livery Stable cheered on brave Carolina reaper pepper-eating contestants, as they fought the urge to guzzle milk for some temporary relief. Photo by Tom McGovern

Pepper-eating contestants bring the heat

A row of men plus one woman faced the bar amid a crowd of cheering, beer-hoisting onlookers. In front of each person was a glass of milk and a ceramic plate holding a single red Carolina reaper pepper. The bartender, Curtis Thornton, hushed the crowd and made an announcement. “The rules of this competition are as […]

The Bebedero will move its Veracruz, Mexico, food-focused restaurant to the Downtown Mall next month. Photo: Tom McGovern

The Bebedero is moving to the Downtown Mall

The Bebedero is on the move. The Mexican restaurant that’s occupied the space next to Paradox Pastry in the Glass Building on Second Street SE since last March is preparing to take over the restaurant spot most recently leased by Brookville, above The Whiskey Jar on the Downtown Mall. “It’s hard for us to leave, […]

LIVING Picks: Week of February 1-7

FAMILY First Fridays Under the Stars Friday, February 3 The event starts with a short talk in the education building, then volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society’s telescope or bring your own. Free, 7:30pm; viewing starts at 8:15pm. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd. 973-7772. NONPROFIT Slavery & […]