Food & Drink

Twenty-three home cooks and chefs entered this year’s Cville Pie Fest competition. Photo by Rammelkamp Foto

Local bakers put their pies to the test

“I love the way an empty pie crust shell looks like an opportunity,” says local food writer and amateur baker Jenée Libby. “Are you going to make a sweet pie? A savory one?” Libby recently made a sweet pie—a sweet potato speculoos pie with a gingersnap crust, to be exact—to nab top honors at this year’s […]

“Getting to know your customers beyond their transaction is the part of Greenberry’s that [we] hope to embody most,” Brandon Bishop says about opening a Greenberry’s Coffee Co. in Japan. Photo by Brandon Bishop

Greenberry’s Coffee Co. goes to Japan

Roughly translated, the Japanese word “kodawari” means a relentless devotion to practicing an art or a craft, where one is sensitive to even the smallest details. It’s the thing that has most surprised Brandon Bishop, Greenberry’s Coffee Co.’s director of franchise operations, about the employees at the local coffee roaster’s new location in Japan. Greenberry’s […]

Chris Kyle says that Draft, with about 60 different beers (30 of which are from Virginia), has the largest collection of local taps in the state. Photo by Tom Daly

Serve-yourself bar offers unique experience

The Downtown Mall’s newest bar doesn’t have a bartender. Technically, it doesn’t even have a bar. At Draft, there is no barrier between the customer and 60 taps of beer. “It is pour-your-own, with no bartender,” says Chris Kyle, Draft’s technology manager. On arrival, customers stop in at the front desk, where their IDs are […]