This Week’s Restaurant News


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!

In food and farming news, UVA’s Morven Summer Institute will continue its second year of intensive learning classes at Morven Farm beginning in May, with admission open now. Interactive classes focus on topics such as the “Politics of Food,” taught by professor Paul Freedman, and “Farmers’ Markets and Applied Food Systems Research,” taught by Tanya Denckla Cobb. The classes are worth three credits over 10 days, with class locations spanning most of the 3,000 acres of the farm. For an application and further information, visit


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