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.

“It’s all about the experience, and a good bartender is supposed to make people feel at home,” said Christian Johnston, manager of Tavola’s recently opened cicchetti bar. Image: Virginia Hamrick

In balance: Waiting for dinner at Tavola just got easier

The ability to interact with and understand people is a crucial element when it comes to making the perfect drink, Christian Johnston said, and it’s in no small part what he’s trying to accomplish behind the bar at Tavola. As for the new cicchetti dishes, Keaveny’s goal is to present something that will pair with a cocktail and prepare the palate for a full meal, but won’t overshadow the main event.

Capital Teas’ offerings range from the highly caffeinated black to the lighter greens and whites, plus seasonal flavored teas. Photo: Lauren Stonestreet.

A new leaf: Regional chain puts global teas on the map

The way people think about tea is changing. At least, that’s what the owners of Capital Teas are banking on. Capital Teas, a Maryland-based regional chain with shops in the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia areas, arrived in Charlottesville this summer. The Shops at Stonefield location opened its doors in August, and owner Manelle Martino […]

UVA epidemiologist Costi Sifri says the chance of a local Ebola outbreak is slim, but doctors are prepared for the worst. Photo: Melody Robbins

Local docs, experts talk Ebola preparedness

Just two weeks before a diagnosis of Ebola in U.S. hit the news, local doctors were quietly testing a patient for the deadly virus at UVA’s infectious disease clinic. The test results were negative, but that doesn’t mean the threat of Ebola is something they’re taking lightly. In light of the recent epidemic of the […]