Small Bites: This week’s restaurant news


Clouds roll in behind the gardens at Monticello. Photo: Ashley Twiggs Clouds roll in behind the gardens at Monticello. Photo: Ashley Twiggs

Party like it’s harvest time
Monticello, the home of our own “first foodie,” serves as the pastoral background for the sixth annual Heritage Harvest Festival on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15. You and your family will learn—with all your senses—about the gifts of our local soils and the hardworking people who grow them. More than 60 workshops on everything from seed saving to cider making will be offered over the two days, and samples abound. See for a full schedule. General admission tickets cover Saturday’s programming and cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door for adults ($8 for kids either way). Friday’s workshops cost $10-15 each.

Bread topped with a cause
Grabbing a meal at Mellow Mushroom is always a good idea, and especially so during the month of September since the restaurant’s donating $1 of every bruschetta appetizer ordered to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. The program, in its fifth year, has raised more than $4 million to help feed the 16 million children living with hunger in America.

Bringing in 2012
Another vintage of Virginia wine to enjoy is surely something to celebrate. King Family Vineyards’ annual Harvest Dinner on Thursday, September 20 shares the reward of toil at 6pm with wine and passed appetizers, followed by a family-style meal prepared by A Pimento Catering. The menu reads like a moveable, seasonable feast of our area’s best producers, like Bellair Farm, Everona Dairy, Free Union Grass Farm, Planet Earth Diversified, and Radical Roots. Tickets are $95 per person ($85 for Wine Club members) and seating is limited, so make your reservation at 823-7800.