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New to Cville: Food truck spicing up Cville’s streets with gourmet seafood

June 8, 2015


As Charlottesville’s food truck scene becomes increasingly crowded with more chefs taking to the streets, Whitney Matthews understands it’s important for her menu to stand out. Matthews, chef and owner of the SpiceSea Gourmet food truck, is hoping that her hard work, high-quality ingredients, and unique menu dedicated almost exclusively to made-to-order seafood will catch […]

Jack Brown’s Brings Laid-back Vibe Downtown

April 6, 2015


The newest burger joint in Charlottesville is hoping its laid-back approach will bring in beer and food lovers looking for a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of activity on the Downtown Mall. Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, which held its grand opening in early March, is not the typical downtown restaurant looking to […]

Food Check-in: Yearbook Taco

December 29, 2014


In Charlottesville, it seems that when one restaurant closes, another one opens. This is exactly the case for one of the city’s newest downtown eateries. Nestled next to The Whiskey Jar on the west end of the Downtown Mall, Yearbook Taco seems like the perfect fit for this college town. The locally inspired menu, craft beer, cozy atmosphere, […]

Cheers Check-in: Firefly Lights Up Belmont Nightlife

December 1, 2014


After working hard all summer between chemotherapy treatments and surgeries, Mark Weber has finally been able to realize his dream of opening a modern game room with craft beer and local food. “I want a place where I can go play pool, it’s not smoky, and I can drink good beer,” Weber said. While there […]

Cheers Check-in: Irish pub opens in Cville

November 24, 2014


Charlottesville is chock-full of eateries, breweries, and dive bars, but one might be hard-pressed to find a traditional pub with Irish fare, Celtic music almost every night, and Guinness “served properly” – until now. Jaclynn Dunkle, owner of Fellini’s #9 and new eatery Tin Whistle Irish Pub, said she has been interested in opening an Irish pub for […]

Cheers Check-in: South Street Brewery

November 17, 2014


The lights are on again at a longtime staple of Charlottesville nightlife and some familiar faces are brewing up business. Mandi and Taylor Smack, the couple behind Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, are breathing new life into South Street Brewery, which closed its doors in June after more than a decade of business. The Smacks […]

Aaron Stanley – Filmmaker

November 8, 2014


With breweries popping up all over the state quicker than craft beer aficionados can fill their growlers, a couple of Virginia filmmakers decided it was an appropriate time to document this rapidly growing industry. Aaron Stanley and Megan Troy traveled throughout the Commonwealth visiting breweries, bars, beer festivals, and hop farms for their documentary From Grain […]

Deanna Gould – Executive Director of Light House Studio

November 4, 2014


After spending the early part of her film career in Europe, Deanna Gould was somewhat surprised to find herself settling down in Charlottesville. With an international career working for a production department in London overseeing the visual effects for films, Gould thought she would end up in New York or San Francisco upon her return to […]

Lampo: Introducing Authentic Neapolitan Pizza to Cville

October 27, 2014


Building a restaurant can be a lot like putting together the perfect pizza. Sure it takes time, good craftsmanship and a lot of dough, but the most important ingredient is passion. Four friends that have spent a lot of their adult life working in some of Charlottesville’s finest eateries are taking their passion for food […]

Cheers Check-in: Beer Garden Coming Soon to Coca-Cola Building

October 5, 2014


Beer Run owners Josh Hunt and John Woodriff decided years ago that it was time to think about expanding their popular Belmont restaurant, beer store, and taphouse. The brothers have had their eyes on the former Coca-Cola bottling plant on Preston Avenue for a long time, so when two regular customers, who happen to be […]