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Push things forward

Push things forward

  We’re on the verge of 2012, and whether the New Year is the dawn of a new era or just another click of the big wheel of fortune as it spins into eternity, it’s a good time to talk about new beginnings. This year, instead of a tired year-in-review, we decided to give you […]

Season's eatings

Season's eatings

Season’s eatings You’ll be cooking up a storm over the holidays—enjoy a well-deserved meal out while you can. These restaurants are putting a pinch of jolly and a dash of merry into their savory, sweet, and spirited offerings this month.—Meredith Barnes (Photos by Andrea Hubbell) The Silver Thatch Inn does Christmas English cottage-style with prime […]

The other social network

The other social network

 In tough economic times, nonprofits get pinched. As the demand for their services rises, their budgets face pressure from lower rates of charitable giving, cuts in government funding, and, as the recession extends, an over-reliance on their most loyal donors. “Our focus has been on building fundraising skills and encouraging members to use the recession […]

Small Bites: Local restaurant news

Nelson County is Beer County Friday marked the opening of Wild Wolf Brewing Company (Nelson County’s third brewery) on Route 151. Mother and son team Mary and Danny Wolf grew out of their home brewing digs and have set up shop in a landmark building on five acres that include tobacco barns-come-boutiques. With an outdoor “Biergarten,” […]

Local waves of grain

Local waves of grain

 There are only a handful of local grain growers in the area and when I met with Brian Walden, owner of Steadfast Farm in Red Hill, I learned why. “We don’t have the flat expanses of land they have out west, and Virginia’s hot and humid climate is treacherous for growing grains,” said Walden, who […]

Would-be Landmark Hotel developer: “We’re gonna get it done!”

Tim Dixon, owner-developer of the award-winning Iron Horse biker hotel in Milwaukee and lately a partner to Landmark owner Halsey Minor, spoke to the Lifestyle/Boutique Hotel Development Conference in Miami yesterday and told the crowd that "boutiques" are "kicking the crap out of" national chain hotels and that the key to success in developing hotels is getting enough "funky money" (tax credits and other government grants).

Happy campers: Fancy franks and s'mores

Happy campers: Fancy franks and s'mores

 Charlottesvillians can rest easy in their sleeping bags knowing that they don’t have to leave their locavore scruples or their taste buds behind on the next camping trip. Several area farmers and retailers offer artisanal wieners and wrappers worthy of your best mess kit. At the Charlottesville City Market, Double H Farm owner Richard Bean […]

COVER STORY: Great tastes

COVER STORY: Great tastes

In social networks, the theory is that six degrees separate us, but in the food world, we’re shooting for two. When we cook at home, we want to raise the chickens laying our eggs, and we want to pick our own fruits and veggies. We want to know the farmer growing our soybeans and then […]

The belly of the beats

The belly of the beats

Unlike most bands you’re likely to see at the Jefferson, Beats Antique’s live shows are not really all about the music. Making the festival circuit rounds this summer, the trio acquired a reputation for their energetic live performances, which are essentially constructed around one crucial element: Zoe Jakes. David Satori, Tommy Cappel and the belly […]

Small bites

Small bites

Opening soon Sweet Frog, the Downtown self-serve frozen yogurt bar with 28 stores in Virginia and North Carolina (and plans to expand to Maryland, Tennessee, Louisiana and South Carolina), is growing faster than a tadpole. In our little pond, it’s jumping uptown to a second location in the old Maggie Moo’s space in Hollymead, and […]