Food and Restaurants

Beer Buzz: Lobbying for Legislation

Aug 20, 2014

The State of Virginia has been taking some big steps to support the local craft beer movement in recent years, making it easier to dispense brews-and leading to more manufacturing, agriculture and tourism jobs.

There are regulations that can still make it a challenge for breweries to get off the ground-but today, in part two of our continuing series,  a look at the lobbying efforts of the state’s craft brewers:
 

Beer Buzz: Barriers to Business

Aug 19, 2014

August is Craft Beer Month in Virginia, and this week we’re going to be looking at the commonwealth’s growing industry. 

Nationwide, the number of craft breweries now tops 3,000 - with more opening up every day - and a new Gallup poll analyzing alcohol consumption finds that 11 million more Americans chose beer as their beverage of choice this year than last.

Beer is a booming industry - and Virginia is no exception to the national trend.

Roanoke Chef Wins Big Bucks on Gameshow

Jun 2, 2014

A Roanoke chef recently won big on a foodie television game-show. River and Rail Chef Aaron Deal won $20,000 after making pizza with a peanut butter reduction and a gourmet franks-and-beans platter. And he’s hoping his win will draw attention to the region.
 

Masters of Food

May 21, 2014
Virginia Cooperative Extension

Increasing interest in locally grown food is spurring a revival of ancient methods of preserving that food.  With all the effort that goes into growing it, the next step is finding ways to store it for future consumption.

 

For decades, few people thought about where their food came from, beyond the grocery store shelf. But that’s changed in recent years and many people are interested in knowing more about the food they eat.  Melissa Chase is the state coordinator for the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Master Food Volunteer program.

Increasing interest in locally grown food is spurring a revival of ancient methods of preserving that food.  With all the effort that goes into growing it, the next step is finding ways to store it for future consumption. 

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