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Worth The Trip: Glass Haus Raises The Bar

by Jerry Miller, Publisher

Back in November, MAS chef Tomas Rahal, not one to throw around praise, was emphatic about his visit to the Glass Haus Kitchen, which had just recently opened.

“Might be the best in town,” said Rahal, heaping praise on Chefs Ian Boden and Mike Yaeger for their “advanced tail-to-nose cuisine,” a foodie term that describes the European style of cooking that utilizes the whole animal. Read More

Area “Buzz,” And A Good Way To Swine Local

by Jerry Miller, Publisher

Local coffeeshop darling Mudhouse is preparing to compete in New York City for Coffee Fest’s “Best Coffeehouse in America” title. Local owners John and Lynelle Lawrence are sending their rockstar team of Dan Pabst, Eric Mason, and Amy Guzzardi to the competition on Saturday, March 9, with the first challenge starting at 2:35pm. No stranger to accolades, Mudhouse has garnered a Best of C-VILLE “Best Coffee” win for the last 16 years. Watch this week’s competition streaming live at the Downtown Mall or Crozet Mudhouse locations, or see it online at coffeefest.com. The top three teams will then in the finals on Sunday, March 10. Fingers crossed! Read More

“3,” A Collaboration Wine, Turns Three—And A Different Color

by Jerry Miller, Publisher

With all of the frost, fungi, and fruit flies that Virginia winemakers have to fret over, it’s easy to forget that they also have some fun along the way. And it was in the name of fun that friends and colleagues Jake Busching, Matthieu Finot, and Emily Hodson Pelton came up with the idea three years ago to make a winemaker’s wine that blended equal parts of wines made at their respective vineyards: Pollak, King Family, and Veritas. They called it “3”—three winemakers, three wineries, three vineyards, three varietals, one wine. 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

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

Friday Evening Live Music in Paradise

by Jerry Miller, Publisher

Come enjoy your Friday evening at Paradise Springs Winery, the closest winery to Washinton DC and the first in Fairfax County. After a hard week at work, relax with a picnic, good friends, and a great bottle of wine. Featuring LIVE MUSIC every evening. Please check our website for the schedule. Open until 9pm! Read More

The Making of a Cocktail Menu

by Jerry Miller, Publisher

The first thing that many of us do when we sit down at a restaurant or belly up to a bar is pick up the beer menu, the wine menu, and/or the drink menu. Some of us take a break from old faithful and try something new on occasion. It is for these reasons that we (bartenders and bar managers) develop menus and lists. Read More

Whisky Town: Can Craft Distillery Work in Central VA?

by Jerry Miller, Publisher

Rick Wasmund and Dan FitzHenry sit at a small table in a Stay Charlottesville rental house arrayed with plastic cups holding fluids of hues that range from clover honey through amber to the color of cherry juice, a natural reddish brown. You’ve heard about the surge in the craft distillery movement? Now you’re in it. Read More

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