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Getting squashed

Note: This recipe is part of a series of classic Acquired Tastes from the C-VILLE archives. This one first ran in 2003. Sure, it would be fun to be jet off to Munich, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to hop in your car and jet up Route 29 to the Bavarian Chef […]

Star power

Note: This recipe is part of a year-end series of classic Acquired Tastes from the C-VILLE archives. This one first ran in 2002. Pizza Bella‘s North location in Seminole Plaza may have closed, but there was a lively bar scene early one Friday evening two years ago when we dashed in to pick up a […]

Chai one on

Note: This recipe is part of a year-end series of classic Acquired Tastes from the C-VILLE archives. This one first ran in 2003. Just like at a true bazaar, there’s a variety of unusual items found up the stairs at the Tea Bazaar, on the Downtown Mall across from the Nook. The Tea Bazaar has […]

Pour on the pumpkin

Note: This recipe is one of a year-end series of classic Acquired Tastes from the C-VILLE archives. This one first ran in 2002. Think pumpkins are just for Jack-O-Lanterns and pie? Think again. Trae Tomko, sous chef at the Blue Light Grill on the Downtown Mall, has a tasty pumpkin bisque recipe that’ll make you […]

Corn to be wild

Note: This recipe is part of a year-end series of classic Acquired Tastes from the C-VILLE archives. This one first ran in 2004. Easy to overlook in the Gleason’s building on Garrett Street, Baker’s Palette stands ready to satisfy cravings from the sweet and flaky to the hot and frothy. Open Saturdays and Mondays from […]

Warm and fuzzy

Warm and fuzzy

This Acquired Tastes originally ran about two years ago—around the time that From Scratch Baking Company opened. From Scratch Baking Company brings an "upscale gourmet" twist to the restaurant choices north of town. Chef and co-owner Erica Hall brings international culinary experience back to her hometown and has brought her friend, co-owner and pastry chef, […]

Everything\’s relative

Everything\’s relative

The comedian Steven Wright used to say, “You can’t have everything; where would you put it?” Well, when it comes to burgers, we can prove Wright wrong: It turns out that you can have everything, as long as you can open your mouth wide enough. Just ask the plethora of burger-meisters around town, who construct […]

All you can eat at home

All you can eat at home

Splitsville What better way to relax on a hot summer’s afternoon than with a favorite ice cream treat? Well, Jeff Turner, owner of Dips & Sips, has just the thing for you: their “traditional” banana split. Even better, Dips & Sips has tables both inside and out, so you can enjoy your gooey treat in […]

Fresh squeezed

Fresh squeezed

A few weeks ago, the local heroes chosen as this year’s C-VILLE 20 were feted at a reception on top of the Live Arts building. Despite occasional rain, and with the help of a beautiful rainbow, the crowd enjoyed a delightful evening, thanks especially to the inspired cocktails and cuisine provided by Jeannie Brown, the hardworking and talented owner of Kiki. Brown gets a workout with every cocktail she prepares, and we are the lucky recipients of the fruits (pun fully intended) of her labor.

Get stuffed!

If you feel like this is a busy time of year, what with end-of-school events, class reunions, graduations and—don\’t forget!—all of those June weddings, just think about the busy caterers who are keeping all of these revelers well fed. Fred Bossardt, owner and chef at Simply Delicious Catering, is one of those hard-working culinary masters. From weddings to university events for 600, June is keeping Bossardt on the move.

True grits

If over 20 of your favorite local restaurants, bars and food shops joined with wine and beer purveyors to offer samples of their wares under one roof, you’d be hard-pressed to find an excuse not to go, right? And, if 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, there should be […]

Mocha loco

Mocha loco

A couple of weeks ago we shared a delicious recipe for Citrus Mint Tea. In the spirit of fairness, we figured it was diplomatic to give coffee lovers equal time. Thus we placed a call to Renee Martin, proprietress of Mermaid Express, the coffee and juice bar just inside the entrance to Foods of All Nations. Open 7:30am until 5pm during the week and 8am to 5pm on weekends, Mermaid Express offers everything from lattes to smoothies. And, to delight coffee drinkers\’ tastebuds, Martin was happy to share the recipe for her “most popular coffee summer drink,” Frozen Mocha. As Martin exclaims, it\’s “our sure-fire way to cool off on a hot summer day!” So bring out your blenders and let summer begin. \’ Pam Jiranek

Currying favor

Currying favor

Brothers Dan and Charles Epstein are the friendly faces behind the counter at Eppie’s, which opened on the Downtown Mall at the end of April. Dan says the Mall location is “perfect for what we want to do.” Namely, “to provide counter service at reasonable prices really quickly.”

Mint condition

The first time this Northerner ordered iced tea in a restaurant south of the Mason-Dixon, we didn\’t understand the funny looks from other diners when we stirred in a spoonful of sugar. One sip made it clear: This was sweet tea, and the sugaring had already been done. Now, for some there\’s just a little too much sweet in sweet tea.

Sticks Grilled Vegetable Gazpacho

We love reader recipe requests around here, and we hate to disappoint loyal fans. So, when a reader asked us to “track down the absolutely delicious red pepper sauce from Sticks and publish it for the benefit of everyone’s taste buds,” we immediately placed a call to busy restaurateur Bill Hamilton. Not only is Hamilton co-owner of the Preston and Pantops Sticks locations, but he also oversees, with his wife, Kate, their eponymous establishment on the Downtown Mall. While Hamilton was incredibly gracious and willing to share a recipe with us, the red pepper sauce was, unfortunately, a bit too top-secret for that. He did choose a fine substitute, however, that also has red pepper as an ingredient: Sticks’ Grilled Vegetable Gazpacho. “This soup is very popular, and seasonally appropriate,” Hamilton tells us. It’s also easy and delicious, as well.’Pam Jiranek