Laura Ingles

Laura Ingles
Laura Ingles grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, but came to Virginia at age 18 and never left. After graduating from Virginia Tech she dedicated a year and most of her sanity to a private wilderness boarding school for at-risk teenage girls, and Charlottesville became home in January 2012. Laura spent two years reporting the news for C-VILLE Weekly before taking on the role of Living Section Editor.

Mezeh Mediterranean Grill allows you to build your own meal with options such as spicy chicken shawarma or falafel, topped with a variety of additions like Lebanese tabbouleh
and hummus. Photo: Tom McGovern

Casual eatery Mezeh makes its debut in Charlottesville and more local restaurant news

Casual eatery Mezeh makes its debut in Charlottesville Pick your base, pick your protein, pick your veggies—it’s not a new concept by any means. But Charlottesville’s selection of fresh, healthy, build-your-own rice and salad bowls just got bigger, and there’s a new cuisine in the mix: Mediterranean. Introducing Mezeh Mediterranean Grill, a fast, casual restaurant […]

See how locals are responding to the #Chipotle food-safety crisis. Image: Staff photo

Locals respond to Chipotle’s recent food-safety crisis and more local restaurant news

Locals respond to Chipotle’s recent food-safety crisis Everyone’s favorite Mexican (we use that term lightly) grill chain has been under public scrutiny for months. Recent outbreaks of E. coli, salmonella and the norovirus have sickened hundreds of people across the country and caused the temporary closure of more than 40 Chipotle restaurants. CNNMoney reports that […]

Local coffee spot Mudhouse and charcuterie JM Stock Provisions are Good Food Award winners. Photo: Elli Williams

Mudhouse and JM Stock Provisions both named Good Food Award winners and other local restaurant news

Mudhouse and JM Stock Provisions both named Good Food Award winners How do you define good food? According to the Good Food Awards, the qualifications are pretty simple: “tasty, authentic and responsibly produced.” Tastemakers across the country submit products that fall under 13 categories, including cider, beer, cheese, confections, pickles and preserves. This year, two […]

Both city and county schools have made pushes to incorporate healthier options at meals. Photo: Tom McGovern

Kid’s menu: Schools offer healthier options

It’s 3:30pm on a Tuesday at Jackson Via Elementary School, and students as young as 5 are biting into fresh Pink Lady apples twice the size of their hands, nodding to one another in approval. They enthusiastically drain small cups of locally pressed apple cider, and several kids raise their hands to ask for a […]