Food and Restaurants

Sustainable Agriculture or Seeds of Death?
5:14 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Debate Continues Over Genetically Engineered Food

Genetically Engineered food has become a hot button in this country.  Supporters say cross breeding plants is as old as farming itself. Opponents fear today’s high tech methods have created something that may be dangerous in the long run.

A comment period by USDA ended last week, as scientists and activists continue the debate over the idea of genetically modified crops.

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Arts & Culture
12:04 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Art, Food & Community

Comforts of Home, by Megan Van Wagoner

More than 200 people are expected in Charlottesville next month to celebrate two subjects you might not think are related-- art and food. 

The New City Arts Initiative thinks otherwise and has organized a conference to explore the connections. 

The conference, called Art, Food and Community, takes place March 6-8 at the Haven in Charlottesville.

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Cultural Culinary History
2:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Mushroom: A Global History

For many places still blanketed in snow, it may be a while until we even see the ground again. But waiting patiently under there and soon to sprout, is a species so unique, that it’s hard to categorize, yet so common, you’ll know it instantly.

 

“Mushroom a Global History” is the name of a book Cynthia Bertelsen, a food writer and blogger in Blacksburg and an award winning cook, who's lived all over the world. More than a recipe book, she’s written a highly readable cultural history of the sometimes-controversial fungus.

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Culinary Challenges
4:42 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Following Food Fashions

Pine smoked local mushrooms with bourbon and herbs over rosemary grits at Pasture, Charlottesville.

With cooler weather here, many people look forward to new fashions – designs that often come from Paris, New York or Rome.  But fashions are also changing in the kitchens of Virginia, with new dishes and ingredients popping up on menus.

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Annual Birthday Baking
4:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Happy Birthday, Emily Dickinson!

In the Ober/Alexander Kitchen

This week, we celebrate Emily Dickinson’s 183rd birthday.  What better way to celebrate the poet than by baking her famous Black Cake?   A group of Charlottesville poets-turned-bakers let us join them for their “Fourth Annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Party.”

Emily Dickinson was not only a prolific poet, but she was also a very industrious baker.  A few years ago, cultural historian Addeane Kelley came across a newspaper article that had a recipe for Emily’s “Black Cake”.

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