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Strip Mall Food Joints Are A Unique Culinary Experience

by Jerry Miller, Publisher

Color me tacky and low-rent, but there’s just something homey and inviting about the naive optimism and dauntless ambition behind a strip mall storefront that has been transformed into an enchanting dining experience with a cozy darkened lounge. The practice must have been perfected in places like Texas, Florida, and Dubai, where the blistering heat forces people to scurry from their refrigerated cars to the comfort and safety of the nearest A/C bunker. Read More

New Culinary Class at PVCC Cooking Up Interest

by Jerry Miller, Publisher

A former White House chef is sharing his culinary secrets with anyone in Charlottesville who’s willing to throw on an apron. It’s part of a new series of cooking classes now offered by Piedmont Virginia Community College. Read More

Hamiltons’ Welcomes New Chef

by Jerry Miller, Publisher

When long-time Hamilton’s chef Jeanette Peabody announced she was leaving to pursue motherhood, owners Bill and Kate Hamilton took their time deciding on a replacement. Read More

Brookville Restaurant & The Happy Cook

by Jerry Miller, Publisher

Founded in 2010, Brookville Restaurant does an amazing job of featuring locally-sourced food and ingredients. On March 10, 2013, Harrison Keevil, the owner/chef at Brookville Restaurant, will form another local partnership – he will host a cooking demo at The Happy Cook in Barracks Road Shopping Center! Read More

Glass Haus’ Ian Boden Delights Diners/Critics Alike

by Jerry Miller, Publisher

Assuming his new post as executive chef of Glass Haus Kitchen this past fall, Ian Boden had big shoes to fill—but they were all his own. The Northern Virginia native who put his New England Culinary Institute degree to use for 10 years in the kitchens of top New York restaurants, opened Staunton Grocery in early 2007 as an ode to our embarrassment of locally produced riches. Read More

This Week’s Restaurant News

by Jerry Miller, Publisher

If you’re hankering for something sweet, you can soon visit Pearl’s Bake Shop at 711 W. Main St. Co-owners Laurie Blakey and Laura Condred specialize in 140 iterations of cupcakes, wedding cakes, macarons, and plenty of other tantalizing baked sundries. This will be their second outpost, after the popularity of their Richmond location, Pearl’s Cupcake. Serving local sweet teeth 1,200 cupcakes daily, with eight standard cupcake flavors, five rotating, plus vegan and gluten-free options. We recommend the Salty Mermaid: vanilla cake topped with chocolate buttercream and sea salt. Soon-to-come yum! Read More

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