Food is love. Food is happiness. And, once a year, food inspires us to conjure our inner poet and present to you a list of the year’s openings and closings—entirely in rhyme. It wasn’t a great year for restaurants downtown: Five Guys, El Puerto and Song Song’s, all down. Plus, we said bye to Peking […]
Explore pioneer life with a variety of multicultural vignettes, a Mummer’s play by the museum’s traditional Irish forge and a horsedrawn carriage ride. Refreshments and live music follow this lantern-lit tour. Through 12/23. $8-15, 6pm. Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Rd., Staunton. (540) 332-7850.
If a Major League Baseball pundit were to assess Charlottesville’s roster of chefs, he might compare it to one of those baseball franchises built on players acquired from other teams. Most of Charlottesville’s top restaurants, it seems, are run by chefs who came here from somewhere else. Then there is Dean Maupin. A native of […]
Get an after-hours glimpse of Thomas Jefferson’s iconic Monticello. This hour-long small group tour winds through the historic house to give you an intimate look at 19th century holiday traditions. Through 12/30. $45, 5:30pm. Monticello, 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. 984-9800.
Junction’s function Even chef Melissa Close-Hart seemed surprised when she revealed the concept behind the new Belmont eatery she’s opening with The Local owner Adam Frazier: It’ll be called Junction and serve up modern Mexican with a touch of “cowboy cuisine” thrown in. Close-Hart said she’s never cooked Tex-Mex professionally—hence the surprise—but said it’s something […]
A “global whiskey renaissance”—that’s what the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is calling the trend in spirits over the last five years. Domestic and international demand for whiskey—bourbon in particular—has forced some of the largest producers to warn consumers of impending shortages, as demand is significantly outpacing supply. U.S. Whiskey exports topped 1 […]
Darden students and Dominican Republic natives team up to create line of Caribbean-inspired juice Why did the Darden students cross the border? To bring back tropical fruits for a new line of local juice, obviously. When Luis Solis took a trip back home to the Dominican Republic earlier this year, his buddy and Darden classmate […]
Café Cubano buyers show Grit What’s in a name? The group that bought Café Cubano last year is hoping not all that much. Eric Kelley, who’s owned and operated Para Coffee since 2008, and new partners Brad Uhl and Brandon Wooten are changing the name of the Downtown Mall breakfast bites and coffee spot to […]
If your inner Cindy Lou Who or Charlie Brown has you feeling down about an overly commercialized Christmas, try charitable shopping on for size. Browse a variety of nonprofit booths at the third annual Alternative Gift Fair and make a donation in a loved one’s name. Past participants have included the Blue Ridge Area Food […]
The closure of specialty seafood seller Anderson’s Carriage Food House last month probably didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’d been in the store over the past several years. It didn’t take an engineer to see the building was in a state of severe disrepair. But there were things you wanted to love about […]
Deck the halls with a Wa-hoo-wa as UVA’s historic Lawn illuminates in anticipation of the holiday season. Seasonal music accompanies this wintertime tradition setting Jefferson’s iconic Rotunda a-twinkling. Thursday 12/4. Free, 7pm. The Lawn, UVA. 924-0311.
Woolen Mills barcade Firefly makes its debut It’s been a long three months for Mark Weber and Ben Quade, the masterminds behind Charlottesville’s newest dinner-and-drinks spot. Weber bought the two-story Woolly Mammoth space at the corner of Market Street and Meade Avenue in July of this year, shortly after he began intensive chemotherapy for a […]
One loves to cook, the other loves to bake. It was a match made in heaven—or, in culinary school. Patrick Evans and Jason Becton met at the International Culinary Center in New York in 2007, just before graduation. Seven years, a marriage, and two kids later, they’re doing something they’ve been talking about since they […]
Beauty queens, marching bands and Santa himself herald the fast-approaching holiday season at the sixth annual Wells Fargo Holiday Heritage Parade. This family event might be jumping the gun the weekend before Thanksgiving, but is it really ever too early for old-fashioned cheer? Saturday 11/22. Free, 10am. Downtown Mall. 295-9073.
Close-Hart keeps big plans ‘quiet for now’ Melissa Close-Hart has been gathering awards as head chef at Palladio restaurant in Barboursville for the past 14 years, so news that she’s striking out on her own has the local food world buzzing. “I was ready for a new challenge or adventure,” said Close-Hart, whose plans were […]
Be the first to welcome a new nonprofit to the area at the launch party for Apprenticeship Connections. Part of the UVA Darden iLab Incubator Program, this start-up organization matches underemployed young adults with local entrepreneurs to introduce a new generation to traditional skills from baking to blacksmithing. Free, 7pm. Milli Joe Coffee & Gelato, […]
Everything feels the same. You walk across the City Market parking lot. You spy the old black South Street sign on the building across the way. You open the door to the somewhat dreary anteroom next to South Street Brewery. You open the next door, this one to your trusty old neighborhood brewpub. Everything changes. […]
Rub elbows with the Founding Fathers at the annual open house of fifth president James Monroe’s home. Tours of the classic colonial house are free for local residents, and from noon to 4pm visitors can chat with reenactors of The League of Most Interesting Gentlemen, including Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Albert Gallatin and, of course, […]
Apples are iconic in our culture; they have been for years. As American as apple pie. The apple of my eye. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. How ’bout them apples? Comparing apples and oranges. Colonists in the 17th and 18th centuries drank hard cider like water (literally—the water wasn’t safe to drink, […]
The guys at JM Stock Provisions don’t seem to be able to sit still, and now their restlessness is expanding into Richmond. Since Matt Greene and James Lum opened their whole animal butcher shop on West Main Street last October, they’ve added lamb to their butchery menu and beer and wine to their dry shelves, […]
Large or small, charitable giving makes any community healthy and vibrant. Educate, motivate, and inspire the philanthropist inside at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s seventh annual celebration of local good-doing. MacArthur “genius” award winner Bill Strickland speaks about his support of the arts at a special sold-out lecture. Get on the wait-list at thecne.org. Monday […]
Whistling in If you weren’t looking closely, you probably missed the opening of the Tin Whistle, an upstart Irish pub that’s moved quietly into the former Caffe Bocce space on Market Street across from the parking garage. Jacie Dunkle, who also owns Fellini’s #9 just a few blocks west, purchased the restaurant from the former […]
Was it a reason for tavola regulars to celebrate or cry in their Montepulciano? Sure, they were gathered for a night at one of their favorite restaurants in town. Definitely a plus. But the reason for the occasion was the introduction of an all-new kitchen staff at the Belmont eatery. Would the new kids be […]