Wine, whiskey, and a Mayan send-off: This week’s restaurant news

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Whisky’d away
Just in time for holiday shopping, Virginia Highland Malt whisky, from the Virginia Distillery Company, arrived in 80 Virginia ABC stores earlier this month. Grab a bottle of this local offering, which the press release notes has “a lovely acacia honey and ginger flavor from the Scottish whisky with the added notes of dark chocolate, tobacco, and raspberry from the Virginia port-style wine barrels.” For more information about the project to produce Scotch whiskey in Nelson County, visit vadistillery.com.

The last supper
It’s a wonder why chefs enjoy playing the oddly morose game of selecting their final meal with one another, but their efforts may have paid off, as Brookville Restaurant will host a seven-course tasting menu in preparation (and celebration?) of the end of the Mayan calendar on Thursday, December 20. Chef Harrison Keevil has prompted the Charlottesville community for suggestions in choosing the menu, and will be “taking orders” on Facebook (@ Brookville Restaurant) through December 18. The menu will depend on seasonality and will draw six of the courses from entries, with the final decision being Keevil’s personal last meal choice, posted on December 19. $60 gains you entry to this once-in-a-lifetime meal. Make reservations online at brookvillerestaurant.com or by calling 202-2791.

Going down swilling
If the world really is set to end on Friday, December 21, we might as well go out with a bang. Glass House Winery will throw an “End-of-the-World Costume Party” from 5-10pm on Friday, December 21, with live music from Yankee Dixie. It will be a (somewhat) festive affair, where attendees are asked to dress in their costume of choice. The options are Mayan (pre-apocalypse), Zombie (post-apocalypse), or a Bright and Brave new beginning (imagination required). Since it’s an informal potluck, guests may bring their own picnic food to the event, but are also asked to bring snacks or finger food to contribute to the community food table for others to enjoy. For more information, call 975-0094.

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