La Vache Microcreamery handcrafts caramels right here in Charlottesville, VA. I was thrilled to spend a morning with Stephanie, learning about her process and the ingredients that go into her artisanal treats while styling and capturing lifestyle images for her marketing materials. And, of course, I had to sample all of the flavors. They are as delicious as they are beautiful. Pick up your own at Roxie Daisy, JM Stock Provisions, or directly from Stephanie through her website.
Zinc Bistro, here in Charlottesville, is featuring some amazing dishes on their summer menu. After watching chef Justin Hershey work for a few hours and trying not to drool on the beautiful food I was photographing, I wondered why I don't eat at Zinc every night of the week. They're going to have to peel me out of the restaurant by the end of this season...
Commonwealth Restaurant + Skybar is set to open on the downtown mall this June and I, for one, cannot wait to enjoy people-watching from atop the corner roof deck. This is the newest restaurant project of Alex George, former owner of the much-missed Just Curry, who is opening Commonwealth with four investors. The cuisine is "new american with a south american influence" and from what I sampled at a small dinner Alex orchestrated last weekend, it promises to be delicious.
Congratulations, Alex, on this new endeavor!
diver scallops with chorizo, rocket, and dill
crab, coconut, and coriander soup
golden beet tinted chilean sea bass with roasted beets and wilted baby greens
local grilled lamb chops with lavender-honey gravy and minted mushy peas
crispy polyface farms chicken breast with violet mustard sauce, peas, and black bean puree
cinnamon + golden raisin bread pudding