Julian Stahelin, a third-grader at Free Union Country School, with Alex Zan, one of the Charlottesville 12 who integrated city schools in 1959. Photo: Eze Amos

Seeds of change: Third-graders highlight community leaders

Think back to third grade. You might remember learning multiplication tables, memorizing vocabulary words, or a brief, possibly confusing poetry unit. The third graders of Free Union Country School might remember something a little different-—sitting down for a conversation with a community leader. Blair Amberly, the Free Union third grade teacher, matched all 14 of […]

Shaun Jenkins' new spot will offer just-like-home soul food on Market Street. Staff photo.

Soul kitchen

How does a new restaurant get away with having just six items on the menu? By making all of them very, very well. What you’ll get at the Soul Food Joint is crispy-battered fried chicken, fall-off-the-bone ribs, tender-as-a-lullaby pulled pork, simmered-to-perfection collards, boy-oh-boy baked mac & cheese, and deviled eggs better than the ones your […]

The recent increase of a life-threatening heart condition among dogs—and the suspicion that it may be related to grain-free diets—has led pet owners to question what to feed their animals.

Grains of truth: Are fad diets harming pets?

Pet owners face a perplexing variety of food choices for their animals. From national staples to obscure boutique brands, there are dozens of options, each trying to earn your loyalty. Pet diets, like those of humans, are subject to trends and fads with little nutritional basis. In recent years, the burgeoning market of grain-free foods […]

The view from on high: Enjoy Monticello in a whole new way—with a glass of local wine in your hand. Photo: Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Thank T.J. it’s Fridays: Happy Hour at Monticello!

Join Thomas Jefferson—aka Bill Barker, the new T.J. impersonator—for local wine, beer, and picnic fare from Farm Table, on June 14 on the west lawn of the presidential plantation. Monticello is always a beautiful place to visit, but at twilight, with an adult beverage in hand, you may gain a new perspective. (Hell, Barker may […]

Nelson County's Wild Wolf Brewing Company will hold the grand opening of its downtown Charlottesville location on June 2. Photo:  courtesy Wild Wolf Brewing Company.

Thirst ’n howl: Wild Wolf opens second location downtown

The door, kitchen, and taps are open at Wild Wolf Brewing Company’s downtown location, hard by the railroad tracks on Second Street. The brewery and restaurant’s soft opening in the former Augustiner Hall and Garden space precedes an “official” debut on June 2. But there’s a hitch: Due to federal regulatory snags, the Wolf can’t […]