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Friday Food News.

Every week, a listing of food-related news and events happening in and around Charlottesville, Virginia. This week? We’ve got everything from apples to whiskey, brinner to beer…and of course the Saturday Farmer’s Market.

Phew! You’d have to be FLASH to get to all the gluttonous activities. Do you have Cville Food News you’d like to share? Email me! Bon appétit y’all!

Edible News

Starting Thursday, 10/21 Bluegrass Grill and Bakery will be open 5pm-midnight! Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday you can get breakfast for dinner. Mmmmmm….BRINNER! Not to mention the chocolate covered bacon.

Virginia Distillery Company, which will open in Nelson County in early 2011, has announced they will be producing single malt whiskey. They are already making and selling Eades double-malt whisky (named for Eades Hollow, site of the distillery in Scotland they are using now). Eades is already earning accolades:

  • 3 gold medals from the Beverage Tasting Institute in Chicago.
  • 2010 Spirits International Prestige Awards – The Eades Small Batch Islay Whisky won a Gold Medal, and the Highland and Speyside expressions each won a silver medal.
  • Tasting Panel Magazine’s Class of 2010 Designation – The Eades Small Batch Speyside Whisky was just elected to the Tasting Panel Magazine’s “Class of 2010.”

Virginia Distillery just had a tasting at Boar’s Head, and is planning many more in the area in the near future. Watch this space! Or follow @vadistillery on Twitter.

Edible Events

Saturday, October 16th
Chocolate Festival. Lee Park. 7:45am-2pm. Sponsored by the Members of First United Methodist Church. Chocolate Chase 5k Run/Walk and Pancake Breakfast, chocolate vendors, silent auction, food court, musical entertainment, children’s activities, and of course CHOCOLATE. Free admission. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Pancakes for Parkinson’s. 9am-1pm. UVa students will host the 6th annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s, a free pancake breakfast on UVa’s historic Lawn. All proceeds from the event benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Sunday, October 17th
Cooking Class. First Colony Winery. Learn to cook with professional chef Terre Sisson of Charlottesville Wine and Culinary! Participants prepare and enjoy a 3-course meal paired with First Colony Wines. Menu: Potato Zucchini Soup / Crispy Chickpeas, Coffee Glazed Lamb Chops, Moroccan Roast Vegetable Couscous, Pina Colada Cake.

Thursday, October 21st
Take Thyme for Women’s Health. Women’s Health Virginia’s annual Fall dinner. Four Superb Chefs, Four Courses, For a Great Cause. Keswick Hall. This culinary event brings together four Charlottesville area chefs, each one creating one course for the meal. Wonderful wines from local wineries will be paired. The evening will include a silent auction, featuring artwork by local artists and merchandise and gift certificates from local businesses and service providers. Hoos in Treble, a women’s a cappella group from UVa will provide music. Reservations required.

Friday, October 22nd

Beer Wars! Documentary film at the Paramount Theater. 6-9pm. Beer tastings at 6pm. Beer Wars takes you on a no-holds-barred exploration of the U.S. beer industry that ultimately reveals the truth behind the label of your favorite beer.

Sunday, October 24th
Words & Wine! 1st annual event to benefit WriterHouse. 1-4pm Keswick Vineyards. Admission includes wine tasting, wine glass, light appetizers, and a raffle ticket with prizes from local sponsors, including Hamilton’s Restaurant, New Dominion Bookshop, Gearhart’s Chocolates, & Andrew Minton Jewelers. Tickets may be purchased online or at WriterHouse ($30 each or $50 for 2).

Saturday, November 6th
Apple Harvest Festival. Albemarle Ciderworks. Sponsored by Vintage Virginia Apples and the Cove Garden Ruritan Club. Free admission, Brunswick stew, crafts and skills of yesteryear, apples for tasting and purchase, old-fashioned apple butter cooking over a slow fire, cider pressing, hay rides, and instruction on growing your own fruit. Again, this year, we will feature tours through the Cidery and events in our Tasting Room. And best of all? Jim Waive!

The Gulf Cafe Cooking Class Presented by The Seasonal Cook. 6:30-9pm. Meet and greet 6-6:30pm. The Gulf Cafe is a virtual restaurant featuring the finest *pretend* seafood the Gulf has to offer. 100% of proceeds go to help the people and environment in the Gulf. On 11/6, they are partnering with The Seasonal Cook to bring 4 dishes to life. New Orleans native Eleanor VonAchen and her husband, Doug, will teach us how to prepare authentic – and non-virtual – Crawfish Pie, Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, and Traditional Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce. Fee: $75. All proceeds go to the Gulf Future Campaign which is providing much-needed grants to fishermen and their families and is also working to monitor and restore the wetlands and marine environment. Can’t attend? You can still visit the website and place a “Wish I Could Be There” donation.

Saturday, November 13th, and Sunday, November 14th
7th Annual Oyster Roast. Cardinal Point Winery, Afton, Virginia. 12-5pm each day. Live music and plenty of oysters from our friends at Rappahannock River Oyster Company. Raw oysters return this year! Four-time World Shucking Champion, Deborah Pratt, and her sister, Clementine Macon, will ensure that we more than keep up with demand. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Includes wine glass, wine and oysters sold separately. <—–Last year it was $5 for 1/2 a dozen, a pretty sweet deal if you ask me :)

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