HotCakes is offering a full Thanksgiving menu this year, including seasonal treats like butternut squash gratin. Photo: Elli Williams

Overheard on the restaurant scene, Thanksgiving edition

Preparing your Thanksgiving meal doesn’t have to be a hassle. Whether you need pointers on roasting a turkey, you’re looking for the perfect pie to grab on the way to the in-laws’, or you’re leaning toward letting a restaurant do the cooking and cleaning this year, we’ve got you covered. Homemade help  Feeling ambitious about […]

Keswick's Castle Hill. Photo: Nick Strocchia

Cider Week kicks off with local tastings and pairings

Step aside, pumpkin beer and full-bodied red wines. This week, it’s all about the ultimate fall-inspired beverage: cider. Cider Week Virginia kicks off Friday, November 15, and runs through Sunday, November 14, with events like tastings, classes, and workshops every single day. The festivities stretch across the Commonwealth, from Roanoke to Virginia Beach to Fairfax. […]

Stuart Madany, cidermaker at Castle Hill Cider. Photo courtesy Charlottesville 29

Five Finds on Friday: Stuart Madany

On Fridays, we feature five foods finds selected by local chefs and personalities. To mark the first day of Virginia’s Cider Week, today’s picks come from Stuart Madany, cidermaker at Castle Hill Cider. On Saturday November 23, Castle Hill Cider will host Cider Fest 2013, from 11 am to 5 pm, featuring cider tastings, food by area chefs, […]