Food and Restaurants

Restaurant Gets National Attention
12:18 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Feast!

Credit Specialty Food Association

If you’re a foodie, chances are you’ve heard about Feast – a small, Central Virginia shop with a big reputation and a new reason to brag.  It was named Outstanding Retailer of the Year by the Specialty Food Association.

Feast was actually one of five stores in the nation to be honored, but it’s on the cover of the Specialty Food Association’s magazine.  Founded by Kate Collier and Eric Gertner, the store offers lots of local produce.

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Fighting Hunger
4:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Keeping VA's Food Banks Stocked for Summer

Hunger pangs may be a sign to raid the refrigerator, order carryout, heat up some leftovers, or head to your favorite restaurant. 

But thousands of Virginia children don't have that option.  In fact—and it’s a little-known fact—area food banks throughout the Commonwealth are in greater need of supplies over the summer than over the holidays, when most food drives take place.

Since 2006, there's been a 56-percent increase in the need for serving the hungry. And as Governor McDonnell explains, it's harder to restock food banks during this time of year than any other.

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Belly Up to the Bug Bar
4:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Cicadas on the Menu

Chocolate-Covered Cicadas

As the 17-year cicadas emerge from the ground, millions of birds will be feasting – and a few people plan to join the party.  They're  harvesting, cooking and eating these insects which experts say are high in protein, and low in fat and cholesterol.  Clever cooks have even incorporated cicadas into tacos and pizza, sushi, chili and chocolate chip cookies.

Experts say that due to the prolific use of pesticides it is not recommended to eat any bug without knowing its origins are safe.

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Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Mountain Lake Lodge

Credit Mountain Lake Lodge

The historic, Giles County resort known as the Mountain Lake Hotel, will soon re-open as the new Mountain Lake Lodge. 

A multi-million dollar renovation of the property and the lake, which had all but disappeared, are underway. A new restaurant and a host of new activities will mark the next chapter in the story of the  famous mountain resort.

Robbie Harris reports on a new chapter in the storied history of this mountain retreat.
 

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TomTom Festival
4:12 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Weed Salad, anyone?

Patrick McCafferty, ready to chow down.

Spring has finally sprung here in Virginia, and that’s got one Charlottesville man on the move - pulling weeds, but he’s not just any gardener. 

26-year-old Patrick McCafferty is planning meals around the greens he gets for free. He finds his lunch by hiking a forest, or strolling around the yard.

He's learned the tricks of the trade of foraging for food, and become a master of plant identification.

“On the highway, I can identify weeds going 60 miles an hour from like, a hundred yards away.”

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