New tapas venture has no frontier There’s a new small-plates restaurant in town, but the owners promise it’s “not just another tapas place.” Featuring a menu with dishes from every corner of the world, Mezza Tapas & Bar is the newest addition to the ever-growing selection of restaurants on
In 2010, Charlottesville native and health food entrepreneur Dawn Story was working as an herbalist, trying to help her clients sort out various ailments. “At some point I realized that I was on the back end of things,” she says. “So often clients were coming to me with symptoms that, while I
I doubt anybody would describe me as physically imposing, but at the risk of tooting my own horn, I do feel confident in my ability to lift a house cat onto an exam table. So when my back strains and I slip loose an involuntary “ungh” as I haul the grudging feline patient off the floor, […]
Gearharts moves into new space, introduces baked goods and coffee bar For those of you who have passed the now-dark Gearharts Fine Chocolates shop in the Main Street Market, don’t panic—you can still get your hands on all your favorite chocolates, plus a whole new menu of baked goods and other
Virginia Distillery Company debuts in Lovingston The selection of locally made booze you can sniff, swirl and sample in Nelson County continues to grow. If you’re in the area tasting beer, cider, wine, gin, vodka or moonshine, now you can chase it all with four half-ounce pours of whiskey.
You may remember an announcement we made about Blue Light Grill a few months ago. In April, the Downtown Mall favorite that had been serving up seafood and cocktails since Coran Capshaw opened it 14 years ago quietly switched hands. Trinity Irish Pub and Coupe’s owner Ryan Rooney took over, and
It’s a few minutes before noon on a Wednesday, and women are stationing themselves in front of bright orange hammocks hanging from the ceiling. Some of them pull themselves into relaxed, seated positions in the U-shaped fabric, while others tug at the drapings and skeptically eye their
Local company Foodwaze creates sustainable food locator app It’s not hard to hunt down basic information about restaurants. Between Yelp, Google and Facebook reviews, you can find photos, entire menus and lengthy customer reviews from just about every restaurant in town. But what about the
Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery makes its debut in Crozet Local dentist John Schoeb wanted to open a business that makes people smile more than cringe. So, naturally, he opened a brewery. Schoeb filled us in on his plans for the former Moose Lodge space back in the spring, and we checked back just in
The leaves are crunchy beneath my feet, the comforter is back on the bed and every single thing on the menu has been ruined with an overdose of pumpkin spice. Must be autumn. This is also the unusual time of year when we hang skeletons from our front doors. If you’re a normal person, they […]
I lucked out and married into an oyster family. My wife’s grandfather was a Virginia oysterman, her brother founded a Virginia oyster company and for decades, her family has rung in each November with a spectacular oyster roast. To me, November means oysters. Now that association is official.
Back Pocket Provisions makes its debut with three takes on the classic brunch cocktail If you’re still buying factory-made Bloody Mary mix at the grocery store you’re doing it wrong. Introducing Back Pocket Provisions, the local, fresh-pressed brainchild of brother-sister duo Will Gray and Jen
Our Local Commons announces statewide food-and-drink book C-VILLE Weekly isn’t the only media outlet in town that loves talking to chefs, discussing food trends, trying new restaurants and putting words on paper. The team behind Our Local Commons has been on top of the Charlottesville food
Oktoberfest celebrations may be winding down soon, but at the new Kardinal Hall beer garden on Preston Avenue, the festivities have just begun. After months of construction and Facebook teasers, Beer Run owners Josh Hunt and John Woodriff finally opened the doors of their German-inspired
The Manhattan. It’s a straight-up, smooth-talking, strong drink—a classic made up of either bourbon or rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters and a cherry garnish. The simplicity of the Manhattan is exactly why it’s so easy to mess up. There’s no hiding low-quality whiskey with sugar syrups,
Côte-Rôtie hits the streets with a global menu Fried chicken. Marinated mushroom skewers. Steamed pork bun. Steak frites. “It sounds like it’s kind of all over the place, and maybe it is,” Peter Robertson says. “But we want it to be interesting and fun for people who come to the food truck.”
In an effort to do justice to the tradition of Oktoberfest—that much-beloved historical occasion enjoyed by generations of brewski connoisseurs the world ’round—Crozet’s Starr Hill Brewery will, for one day only, transform its taproom into a brauhaus replete with musical entertainment, culinary
Local restaurants and wineries gear up for Virginia Wine Month Last week, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that sales of Virginia wine increased by nearly 2 percent from fiscal year 2014, with wineries in the commonwealth having sold more than 6.5 million bottles (more than 524,000 cases).
A little more than a hundred years ago, in the rural foothills of Nelson County, an ambitious band of five brothers—Will, Doc, Dick, Sam and Massie—were devoting themselves to the hard, prefatory dirty work of chasing a dream. Specifically: The men were spending their mornings and afternoons
Chef Patrick O’Connell brings his new book to Charlottesville You may have heard the name Patrick O’Connell, the self-taught chef who’s received international accolades for The Inn at Little Washington, which he opened in an old garage in 1978. O’Connell has been referred to as “the Pope of