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FOOD- THE DISH- Veni, vidi, Ventana: Downtown Mall gets new Mexican
Published on May 1st, 2008
0 comments A seat for you?The Downtown Mall's new gourmet Mexican restaurant and late-night bar, Ventana, opened on April 11. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Ventana co-owner Michael Fitzgerald wants to get the word out...
Kitchen confidential: Brian Helleberg, Fleurie
Published on May 1st, 2008
0 comments Fleurie's Brian Helleberg and his gateau of squash and crab with truffle butterPHOTO BY WILL WALKER The secret to great cooking is...  Keep it simple. Do what you know how to do. 'Creativity' is...
FOOD- THE DISH- Food cultured: The ecology of Nicola's Veggies
Published on Apr 24th, 2008
0 comments Marco & Luca co-owner Dragana Katalina-Sun, who runs the popular noodle and dumpling shop in York Place on the Downtown Mall with her Chinese-born husband, Sun Da, opened Nicola's Veggies on...
FOOD- THE DISH- Spice route: George heats up Transit Center
Published on Apr 17th, 2008
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FOOD- THE DISH- Feed your head: Cooking school aims to educate
Published on Apr 10th, 2008
0 comments Kitchen mission: Martha Stafford plans to open her Charlottesville Cooking School on April 16 in the Meadowbrook Shopping Center. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Think you can't cook? Fear not. The...
FOOD- THE DISH- Here a pig: Chipolte inaugurates 'buy local' here
Published on Apr 3rd, 2008
0 comments This little piggy: Nelson County farmer Richard Bean got arrested last year for selling pork to local restaurants. Now Chipotle is buying local pork from Swoope, Virginia farmer Joel Salatin. FILE...
FOOD- THE DISH- Bohème nights: Tater tots now, tea dances coming?
Published on Mar 27th, 2008
1 comments No restaurant parking lot like it: Dulaney's at the Inn at Afton was closed for the winter, but will re-open in May.PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER To celebrate the introduction of a new late-night menu and...
FOOD- THE DISH- The Upstairs revealed: Local-motion, food-mag, Clifton Inn-sight
Published on Mar 20th, 2008
0 comments Escafé owner Mark Brown and manager Chip Sawyer are working hard to get The Upstairs  up and running.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR In last week's Dish we revealed that Ristorante Al Dente on the...
FOOD- THE DISH- Upstairs downstairs: Al Dente moves out, Escafé folks move up
Published on Mar 13th, 2008
0 comments Al Dente is moving out and over to Ix, and the Escafé folks are moving up.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR It looks like Ristorante Al Dente on the Mall above Escafé isn't gone–they're just...
FOOD- THE DISH- Ice cream 2.0: When technology meets raw milk
Published on Mar 6th, 2008
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DISH- Box on, box off: Miyagi, noodles succeed Atomic Burrito
Published on Feb 28th, 2008
0 comments Co-owner Chas Webster and bartender Stewart Burns stand in front of the larger-than-life mural of the Karate Kid's Mr. Miyagi.PHOTO BY LINDSAY BARNES The brown paper covering the former Atomic...
FOOD- THE DISH- Carpe Donut: Rolling wagon seizes the day
Published on Feb 21st, 2008
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FOOD- THE DISH- Mountain Brix: Monticello gets taste of Tuscany
Published on Feb 14th, 2008
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FOOD- THE DISH- Italian vidalian: Albemarle Square welcomes Olivaté
Published on Feb 7th, 2008
0 comments What do ceramic tiles and Italian food have in common? Well, Italians are known for their skill in designing ceramic tiles, and plenty of pasta sauce has probably fallen on a lot of ceramic tiles,...
FOOD- THE DISH- Gastropub hubbub: Journos 'flee' to Lexington
Published on Jan 31st, 2008
0 comments Feature story: some local journalists plan to turn this cozy spot into The Ren Hen, Lexington's first "gastropub."  PHOTO COURTESY JOHN BLACKBURN What happens when a bunch of brainiacs decide...
FOOD- THE DISH- Local motion: 'Peasant' bistro set to rock Belmont
Published on Jan 24th, 2008
2 comments Last September, Adam Frazier was too busy renovating to bother with a name for his new Belmont eatery. But now The Local is scheduled to open in March.FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Last September, we...
FOOD- THE DISH- Fabulous Fabio's: The 'thunder' on High Street
Published on Jan 17th, 2008
0 comments "This is the 42nd pizza shop I've worked in or owned," says Fabio Esposito, who, with his wife, Elena, keeps the counter at Fabio's on High Street.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR If you haven't yet discovered...
FOOD- THE DISH- Mixed use: Western State open for business
Published on Jan 10th, 2008
0 comments   Now serving? The abandoned steam power plant at Staunton's old Western State Hospital complex wants to be a restaurant. PHOTO COURTESY THE VILLAGES Ever thought of opening a restaurant or a...
FOOD- THE DISH- Donut fret: Dunkin' Donuts coming South
Published on Jan 3rd, 2008
5 comments Ever since Krispy Kreme on Emmet Street closed in 2004, we've had a donut hole in our hearts. That could change with the arrival of Dunkin' Donuts.FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO Sure, some business...
FOOD- THE DISH- Wayback machine: How foodies will remember '07
Published on Dec 20th, 2007
0 comments For some restaurants, 2007 was a year of expanding horizons, as these lucky few opened new locations. Fittingly, the year began with a tribute to Stan and Marilyn Epstein, who ran the Hardware Store...
FOOD- THE DISH- In transit:Café opens, City Market tops $1 mil
Published on Dec 13th, 2007
0 comments The City Market in 2004, the year vendors sold $250,000 more in produce than the previous year.FILE PHOTO BY LINCOLN ROSS BARBOUR When Dish popped into the Charlottesville Transit Center last week to...
FOOD- THE DISH- New openings: Do good things come in threes?
Published on Dec 6th, 2007
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FOOD- THE DISH- What about Reid's? The Downtown grocery rumor
Published on Nov 29th, 2007
0 comments What will occupy the old A&N store space? The secret is safe with developer Gabe Silverman.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIRsmall> Speculation and rumor have been rife about a grocery story coming to the...
FOOD- THE DISH- The joy of cooking: BBQ-ers say good-bye to Adkins
Published on Nov 22nd, 2007
0 comments Pig Daddy's owner Steve Adkins, seen here in 2005, will be missed in the BBQ community.FILE PHOTO BY CHRISTINA BALL Last week, friends, family members, and BBQ lovers around town mourned the loss of...
FOOD- THE DISH- It's French ripple time! Beaujolais at Zinc, Beer Run on schedule
Published on Nov 15th, 2007
1 comments The boys of Zinc– Thomas Leroy and Vu Nguyen– honor the other November tradition.FILE PHOTO BY WILL WALKER In France, every third Thursday in November means just one thing–...
FOOD- THE DISH- Atomic reactions: Burritorie closes, Aroma's finds digs
Published on Nov 8th, 2007
0 comments Aqui es Mexico's Jose Patino, cook Raqual Vasquez, and Patino's daughter, Anna Perez, work wonders at the little Mexican eatery on Carlton Road.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR As night owls and burrito lovers...
FOOD- THE DISH- Divine brunch: Fellini's serves up omelets in drag
Published on Nov 1st, 2007
0 comments Farmer Richard Bean was arrested September 21 for mislabeling his pork products, which are purchased by area restaurants, but local support for his Double H Farm is still strong.PHOTO BY JAY KUHLMAN...
FOOD- THE DISH- Caffeine corner: Fox Park coffee worth a hike
Published on Oct 25th, 2007
0 comments Rick Johnson opened Fox Park this month.PHOTO BY COURTENEY STUART The paint's barely dry, and the permanent signage wasn't up last week, but the Corner's newest coffee shop, Fox Park, officially...
FOOD- THE DISH- Blind tasting: Fellini's debuts dining in the dark
Published on Oct 18th, 2007
0 comments Dan and Charles Epstein, shown here in front of their Downtown restaurant, Eppie's, a year ago, appear to have followed through on their promise to make it the "best fast-casual" restaurant in town....
FOOD- THE DISH- Fall classic: Nook serves up breakfast, baseball
Published on Oct 11th, 2007
0 comments During October, the Nook on the Downtown Mall promises to be the place to watch the Fall classic. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO For years, The Nook on the Downtown Mall has been listed as a "...