To a chef, a new season means a chance to spruce up the menu. We asked Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards’ executive chef, Bill Scatena, to share one thing he’s excited to start cooking this spring. “My inspiration for this dish [comes from] cooking chicken on a little Weber grill in between high school and […]
When Jane Gregg studied in Madrid and Salamanca, Spain, during college, she had no idea it was the start of something wonderful. Epicurean Ways, her Charlottesville-based company that customizes luxury food and drink tours throughout Spain and Portugal, to be precise. “After college I lived in Madrid for three years and then went to graduate […]
“Chicken necks and backbones right off the rotisserie at The Park-side in Providence, Rhode Island. I worked at The Parkside as the meat cook early in my cooking career, while I was at Johnson & Wales University. We brined whole birds with lemon and garlic, then roasted them slowly on a gorgeous, fire engine red […]
Some things are almost too pretty to eat, like this raspberry tart from The Alley Light: bright red raspberries shoring up pistachio pastry cream atop sweet shortbread. It hums spring. Too pretty to eat? Somehow we’ll get over it.
You’ll find Yannick Fayolle, Clifton Inn’s executive chef since October 2015, on Instagram @superman_chef. It’s a moniker that speaks to his kitchen chops, of course, but also hints at his other passion: natural body-building. He’s currently preparing for his second competition. “It keeps me close to a healthy lifestyle where I can think clearly,” he […]
The latest issue of Knife & Fork is on stands now and here’s what you’ll find inside. (Below, click through a digital copy of the magazine!) Mona Lisa Pasta’s guide to making pasta at home and seven perfect restaurant dishes. Caterer Gay Beery serves up ideas on sweet and savory dips. Hunter Smith’s fave VA […]
Gerry Newman can’t construct a building. He can’t set a broken bone, tune up a car or write the Great American Novel. What he can do is make the best baguette this side of Paris. Thousands of them every week, baked around the clock in a large, brick-lined oven, and available at dozens of area […]
Whether you’re hosting or attending, A Pimento Catering owner Gay Beery has a few ideas on making the most of your holiday fanfare. Drinks Don’t worry that you don’t have a full or “properly stocked” liquor cabinet. Decide what you’d like to serve and do it well. A single cocktail offering is fine, as long […]
Whether you’re craving a delicate ravioli with sautéed local vegetables or hearty, homestyle spaghetti and meatballs just like mom used to make, our city offers plenty of ways to enjoy the ultimate Italian comfort food. Here are seven of our favorites. Linguine alla carbonara Tavola, 826 Hinton Ave., 972-9463 Tavola’s chefs have the restaurant’s most […]
“Making pasta is not a hard thing to do,” says Jim Winecoff, owner of Mona Lisa Pasta. “It’s messy, it takes some time, but it’s just flour and eggs and water—that’s it.” Although pasta at the 13-year-old shop is made using an extruder, which makes 75 pounds of pasta at once, Winecoff still enjoys cranking […]
Growing up as one of 10 kids in a Sicilian family, Liz James learned early on about the value of a good marinara sauce. “We had to really stretch the food budget, and marinara was a quick way of creating an easy, wonderful dinner—we put it on everything!” she says. But what stuck with her […]
Chef Allie Redshaw set her sights on culinary school after a high school trip to Paris introduced her to fine food. She attended the Culinary Institute of America, where she met her now-husband Ian Redshaw (a co- owner of Lampo) and worked for a while in Red Hook, New York, before moving to Charlottesville, where […]
One of the best things about saying hello to cooler weather? It finally makes sense to eat soup again. Here are nine of our favorites. (above, left to right) Petit Pois petitpoisrestaurant.com Tender onions and broth-soaked bread await beneath a canopy of melted cheese in this sinful French onion. Blue Ridge Country Store blueridgecountry.com A no-frills chicken […]
Jenée Libby always wanted to be on the radio. As a child, she spent hours pretending—“Remember Mr. Microphone?” she asks. But Libby’s all grown up now, and she no longer has to pretend, thanks to Edacious, her twice-monthly podcast devoted to all things food. “I initially thought [Edacious] would be a terrific way to bring […]
Now that temperatures have dropped, warm up by adding some spice to your plate. Here are just a few local options to put a little hair on your chest. 5. El Jefe sauce (above) Brazos Tacos The spiciest item at the newest taco joint in town is the El Jefe, a thick green hot sauce […]
A seasonal shift is an exciting change for any chef—a new menu awaits! We asked two local culinarians—Ian Boden of The Shack in Staunton and Caleb Warr of Tavola—to tell us what they’re most excited about adding to the offerings this fall and winter, respectively. IAN BODEN The Shack (Staunton) Ham fat confit pumpkin with fresh herbs […]
In late July, when a mysterious, creeping sugar pumpkin vine emerged from my compost pile, I started thinking about the strange fruit and how to get it from gourd to glass. The answer? Pumpkin butter. Pumpkin butter 8 sugar pumpkins; 1 1/2 cups Dr. Pepper (or something cola-esque); 1 1/2 cups brown sugar; 2 cups […]
We’ve picked this poached pear dish from Red Pump Kitchen for two reasons: First, it’s pretty enough to appear on a holiday postcard. But mostly because, with Marsala wine, saffron, cocoa and hazelnut, it’s the perfect punctuation to a winter meal.
Riesling’s come a long way since the 1970s. After generations of fractured vineyard ownership in the Mosel dating back to Napoleon, the 1970s brought replanting and remapped vineyard ownership. New, sensible roads greatly improved the harvesting process, and many areas planted habitats to attract beneficial birds to the vineyards. Upward creeping temperatures due to climate […]
Hey, puddin’ The banana pudding at PastureQ masquerades as a crème brûlée, with rich banana custard under slices of sweet, perfectly burnt bananas. That’s what we call Southern comfort.
Which came first: the chicken or the egg? We don’t have a definitive answer, but the egg’s appearance in everything from omelets to mayo suggests it’s at least trending. That’s why, for the first issue of Knife & Fork, we’ve tracked down nature’s incredible, edible gift from backyard chicken coops to your next breakfast sammy; […]
We asked two of Charlottesville’s best chefs—Curtis Shaver of Hamiltons’ at First & Main and Angelo Vangelopoulos of Ivy Inn (a 2015 James Beard Award nominee!)—to tell us what they’ve spent all winter dreaming of cooking in spring and summer, respectively. Curtis Shaver, Hamiltons’ at First & Main Pickled Carolina shrimp with fried green tomatoes, […]
Italians are serious about their pizza. So serious, in fact, that they even have an organization to certify whether something really is pizza. The Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) gives a special designation to restaurants meeting strict requirements that respect the tradition of Neapolitan pizza. According to the VPN, true Neapolitan pizza comes only from […]