The Dish

Wine and freedom, Chinese-Mex, and Octoberfest
Published on Sep 19th, 2013
0 comments In conjunction with Montpelier's Constitution Day celebration, there will be a Taste of Freedom Wine Festival on September 21 from 11am to 7pm, rain or shine, with area wineries, breweries, and...
Chefs in the garden at Clifton
Published on Sep 12th, 2013
0 comments Over at the Clifton Inn they're gearing up for another Chefs in the Garden event, and this time chef Tucker Yoder welcomes an all-star line-up of local talent, including Clifton alum and current...
Go out to Pasture
Published on Sep 12th, 2013
0 comments One of the hottest places in Richmond, Jason Alley's Pasture Restaurant, is all set to open a second location at The Shops at Stonefield on Route 29 on September 16. "Charlottesville's appreciation...
Catch Bubba: Something's 'fishy' about this wine
Published on Sep 12th, 2013
5 comments The Mountfair Vineyards Winery in Crozet  is known for the unusual names of its Bordeaux-style red wines which include "Intertwined," "Inaugural," and the linguistically daunting "Wooloomooloo...
Local buffet: Food tours, fancy lunches, and cheap eats
Published on Sep 5th, 2013
0 comments Starting in October, you'll be able to go on guided, themed  "food tours" of Downtown Charlottesville, courtesy of a new start-up company called, appropriately enough, Charlottesville Food Tour...
Secret tasting society?
Published on Aug 29th, 2013
0 comments Last week, we brought news of the opening of Crozet Pizza at the Buddhist Biker Bar & Grill. In a stroke of luck, just before our visit to the popular pizzeria, Dish discovered a new, anonymous...
Game Day ready for game day
Published on Aug 29th, 2013
0 comments It's hard to believe that someone hadn't thought of this before. A sports bar on Fontaine Avenue offering tailgate catering for UVA football games just a half-mile from Scott Stadium, and in the...
Wine and paint pairing on Market Street
Published on Aug 29th, 2013
0 comments If you like wine, and you think you'd like to paint, there's actually going to be a place to enjoy both at the same time on East Market Street in the old Michie Building. Wine and Design is a...
Crozet's finest: Beloved pies arrive on the Corner
Published on Aug 22nd, 2013
0 comments Most Charlottesvillians have made the beautiful drive out to Crozet Pizza in Crozet to eat what National Geographic’s travel guide once dubbed “the best pizza in the world." Now, Crozet Pizza has...
Earth movers: Trio of chefs delight at Keswick
Published on Aug 15th, 2013
0 comments Out the bay of magnificent windows at Fossett's Restaurant at Keswick Hall it looks like a huge shopping mall is being built. Where the golf course used to be there are giant earth-moving machines...
New winery springs forth
Published on Aug 15th, 2013
7 comments Less than a year old, Meriwether Springs Vineyard may be Charlottesville’s newest winery, but so far, it is shaping up to be one of the most promising. Resting on 40 beautiful acres, the property...
Ripe: Rapture's annual Tomato Dinner
Published on Aug 14th, 2013
0 comments Rapture chef Chris Humphrey (right), along with sous chef Eric Gondeck and Alex Terpilowski deliver on another tasty Tomato Dinner on August 6. Bravo!
Taste of India replaces Henry's, Carmello's re-opens
Published on Aug 8th, 2013
2 comments Sometime during the second week of August, restaurant owner Assok Kunver plans to bring in an entirely new staff during the grand opening of his fourth restaurant of the Taste of India chain, this...
Taste of India replaces Henry's, Carmello's re-opens
Published on Aug 8th, 2013
2 comments Sometime during the second week of August, restaurant owner Assok Kunver plans to bring in an entirely new staff during the grand opening of his fourth restaurant of the Taste of India chain, this...
Orange bound: Incredible Edible Food Fest
Published on Jul 25th, 2013
8 comments The self-evidently named Edible Food Fest in Orange, a one-day homage to the farm-to-table movement that launched last year, attracting more than 3,500 people to downtown Orange, is back again on...
Loco for Poco Loco
Published on Jul 18th, 2013
10 comments You may have noticed that a place called Poco Loco has appeared in the former Cinema Taco spot at the Jefferson Theater, complete with an outside tiki bar, the only one on the Downtown Mall. Poco,...
Crack-enade: Gourmet spread could be habit-forming
Published on Jul 11th, 2013
0 comments Warning: The product described below could be highly addictive. Dish was hooked from the first taste of Joan Maute's parmesan tapenade at the Crozet Farmers Market and immediately bought some. When...
Camino bows out, Restaurant Week looms
Published on Jul 4th, 2013
0 comments In a few weeks, Camino, the restaurant located in Vinegar Hill Theater, will take its final bow. Ann Porotti, the owner of the building that houses both Vinegar Hill and Camino, decided in March to...
Vu moves on: Zinc chef changes pho-cus
Published on Jun 27th, 2013
2 comments Zinc's Vu Nguyen has announced that he's sold the the West Main Street restaurant and that the last official day with the chef/owner at the helm with be this Saturday, June 29. Six and a half years...
Something's brewing: Scottsville gets java and books
Published on Jun 26th, 2013
0 comments There are plenty of reasons to love Scottsville, not least of which is its proximity to the James River and its quaint downtown that harks back to a simpler time. But the sleepy riverside town is...
Young Tibetan: Cheese shop and more on Mall
Published on Jun 20th, 2013
0 comments In the swirl of financial troubles that sunk Carmello's, the venerable Italian restaurant that was located for 19 years at its familiar Emmet Street location next to the EconoLodge, the owner's side...
Mystique pizza: Wheeling in the real Neapolitan
Published on Jun 13th, 2013
5 comments As a nurse anesthetist, Sharlene McNeish frees people from experiencing pain, but in a new side venture as pizza maker she hopes to deliver the pleasure that comes from eating authentic Neapolitan...
Specialty couple: Feast! gets honored
Published on Jun 6th, 2013
0 comments She’s a foodie and he’s a handyman. Together, the couple created one of the nation’s best premium food stores. Kate Collier and Eric Gertner’s store, feast!, was named one of five Outstanding...
Corner Baja Bean says goodbye
Published on May 30th, 2013
4 comments After 21 years of serving up California-style Mexican food, Baja Bean Co. on The Corner is closing. At Midnight on May 31, the iconic Corner hangout will serve its last margarita. Fortunately for...
Another doughnut truck
Published on May 23rd, 2013
1 comments The appetite for mobile units delivering hot-oil-fried confections seems insatiable. Strite's Donuts hails from the Shenandoah Valley, and since December has parked its truck on Thursdays at...
Garden to plate: L'etoile wants your food
Published on May 23rd, 2013
0 comments For the third season, L'etoile on West Main Street is asking for the stuff in your garden. According to chef/owner Mark Gresge, they've now named it their "Garden to Plate" program. That's right, you...
Tapped & paired: New places invade Barracks
Published on May 16th, 2013
1 comments The idea behind the Sedona Taphouse is simple: good beer, good food, and a comfortable atmosphere for all. Although Dish had no luck reaching the owners by presstime, owner Dennis Barbaro recently...
Vendor bender: Will the City Market stay or go?
Published on May 9th, 2013
12 comments For as long as the Charlottesville City Market Saturday extravaganza of local foods and crafts has existed on the City parking lot along Water Street–over 20 years, though the popular outdoor...
Gameday: Former Cav to open sports bar
Published on May 2nd, 2013
3 comments As a 6-foot-one, 248-pound linebacker for UVA, Merrill Robertson played alongside Angelo Crowell between 1999 and 2001, and according to his UVA bio, made an "immediate impact" on defense with two...
Sweet addition: Pearl's comes to West Main
Published on May 2nd, 2013
5 comments Cupcakes, cookies, macaroons, muffins, tarts, croissants…you can't swing a rolling pin these days without hitting a sweet shop somewhere in town. Come May 6,  you'll be able to sink your sweet...