Sometimes, dear readers, the path to restaurant news is really a long and winding road. Which is fine, because as any seasoned traveler knows, it’s those twists and turns along the way that really teach you something. This week, it was the former Krispy Kreme spot on Route 29N that inspired our meandering.
Nothing makes a rainy morning feel cozier than running through the drizzle toward the warm light of a bakery, knowing that a beautiful selection of pastries awaits within. We thought hard and chose a blueberry cream-cheese Danish—it just looked so appealing inside the glass case, like a little boat full of berries. The crust was […]
The digital music world has become a confusing jumble of online stores, generic radio stations, and illegal downloading programs (Napster vs. Metallica, anyone?)
In case you\’ve been living under a rock (or a giant asteroid), Al Gore\’s An Inconvenient Truth has been tearing into theaters recently, leaving a heated global warming debate in its wake. But how “real” is this whole global warming thing, anyway? Well, to make sure that kids have the right facts, the Environmental Protection Agency is offering a cheerful website that helps concerned youngsters learn more about the science of global warming.
If the name of your business were “Vavino: The Virginia Wine Bar,” and it suddenly became harder to legally sell Virginia wines, you might feel you had a leetle problem on your hands.
Feeling rather fancy, we decided to spring for a trÃ¨s upscale feast at the French bistro Fleurie.
When a rumor comes home to roost, it’s nearly as satisfying as a perfect cup of miso soup. For many a month, Restaurantarama has been hearing these whispers: Sushi this, Blue Light Grill that. It made perfect sense to us that Coran Capshaw’s restaurant empire, which is already six properties strong, would expand before too long, and the idea of a second-floor eatery above Blue Light seemed plausible enough. But we couldn’t get Capshaw’s restaurant director, Michael Keaveny, to spill the beans (cue movie-trailer voice)â¦ until now.
Yet another sign that our cozy little town is, in fact, big-city material: the notorious online swap meet (and meat market) Craigslist has finally come to Char-lottesville. The popular online classified site is the brainchild of Craig Newmark, who started the service in 1995 in the San Francisco area. Five years later, Boston got its […]
If you feel like this is a busy time of year, what with end-of-school events, class reunions, graduations andâdon\’t forget!âall 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.
The only thing better than the verdant, mountainous setting around Nellysford is the fact that it’s home to some pretty outstanding Italian food. We sat on the deck at D’Ambola’s on a perfect June evening, when all we needed was a little appetizer to tide us over. The fried zucchini, despite its unassuming name, was […]
Bored.com, the procrastinator\’s heaven, offers yet another way for slackers to pass the workday more quickly (aside from setting up an online lemonade stand or creating a virtual pizza for your friends, which are my personal favorites). Now you can find out how long you\’ll live\’for free!
You don\’t have to be a guest at the Inn at Court Square to dine like a queen at lunch. The friendly patio wait staff was prompt with linens and fine silverware. We ordered sweet iced tea, a glass of Perrier and a chipotle chicken salad with fresh baby arugula, red lettuce, pulled roasted chicken and zesty dressing. The bread plate came with honey orange-zested butter, and felt almost like a dessertâas refreshing as the breeze that kicked up under the ancient oak tree.
First things first: Bodo’s founder Brian Fox has sold the venerable 20-year-old bagel business to his three general managers, Connie Jenson, John Kokola and Scott Smith. Fox lays out the whole story himself on page 42âbut definitely stay tuned to this space in coming weeks for more behind-the-bagel coverage.
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 […]
Graphic artists (and photo nerds) have always enjoyed browsing the vast image archive at Getty Images. Well, the browsing just got a whole lot trippier. Linked off of Getty’s “Creative” search page (by way of some hypnotizing little neon graphics) is “10 Ways,” an experimental online funhouse that allows visitors to “explore” different dimensions of […]
In case you hadn\’t noticed, C-VILLE Weekly has a new website. And yes, folks, we are very, very proud of it. I know that in the past I\’ve given other unsuspecting sites grief about their poor design or oversights in the useful information department (charlottesville.org 1.0, I\’m looking at you) when, all the while, my home team website left a lot to be desired. However, while I\’ve been known to bite the hand that feeds me on occasion, in this case I somehow managed to keep my choppers to myself.
He’s a fantastically wonderful guy.” That’s the report on Steve Carell, star of the big-budget cinematic extravaganza Evan Almighty, from Uncle Charlie’s manager Deke Shipp. This week, Restaurantarama has stars in our eyes, as we go hunting for Hollywood in, of all places, Crozet. And boy do we find it! Word is, with the filming of Evan in full swing, movie types are crawling all over that town’s eateries.
Apparently, there’s some major university or something over near the Corner. Proprietors of that neighborhood’s dining scene are currently gnashing their teeth over the ebb of the great student tide, which declines mightily after graduation comes and sweeps the little darlings off to partake of summer adventures. This means they’re no longer partaking of food and drink (well, these are UVA students, so we should make that drink and food) here in their adopted hometown, and businesses must adjust accordingly.
Yes, Charlottesville there is a god. How do I know? I know because the City of Charlottesville finally has (drum roll, please!) a new website. I know, I know: You don\’t believe me. You\’re rubbing your eyes as if what you read could not possibly be true. Your mouth is hanging open in disbelief. You\’re rethinking long-held beliefs about the existence of Santa Claus. And yet? It\’s true, I tell you: TRUE!
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.”
The thing about Charlottesville is that it thinks it’s pretty important.
Last week we brought you news of Southern Culture’s new stewards, Christian Kelly and Peter Castiglione (formerly of the Clifton Inn and Zocalo, respectively). They’re set to reopen Southern, with a different name, later this year. This week, we shuffle over to Southern’s next-door neighbor, Blue Bird CafÃ©, which-hough it certainly hasn’t closedâis nonetheless shaking things up a bit. In a bid to re-energize, owners Brent Pye and Chuck Hancher have hired a new chef, Roderick Lee, and are planning some menu changes.
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.