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AUGUST LOVES

Youth is in a grand flush, like the hot days of ending summer; and pleasant dreams thrall your spirit, like the smoky atmosphere that bathes the landscape of an August day.
-Donald G. Mitchell

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1. August 26 is NATIONAL DOG DAY. Treat your best friend to a surprise from ANIMAL CONNECTION, a day of fun at ALL THINGS PAWSSIBLE, or a healthy fix from ANIMAL WELLNESS CENTER.

2. Some August days are just far too hot to be outdoors. Grab a great book – or new volume of TSG – and still get your Vitamin D and sun-fix in a SUN-DRENCHED CORNER of your home or favorite coffee shop (that front window at Mudhouse on the downtown mall or in Crozet is great). This stunning sun-room was created by TSG builder Bill Norton of ROCKPILE CONSTRUCTION. He’s also in the middle of turning TSG Co-Founder Christy Ford’s back terrace into a sun filled corridor, along with TSG Architect BETHANY PUOPOLO. We will be sure to share before and afters with you.

3. 1st DAY OF SCHOOL is right around the corner, can you believe it? WHIMSIES has a stellar selection of back-to-school clothing, shoes, accessory, bags, etc… many of which I wish were in my size! SHENANIGANS also has a fun assortment of school accessories and bags.

4. We have more cucumbers than we know what to do with, so my husband made really fantastic homemade pickles. Who knew HOMEGROWN PICKLING was so easy – deliciously fresh & crunchy. Try it! Here’s a great recipe from Thomas Jefferson’s MonticelloCrispy Pickled Green Beans with Mary Randolph’s Pepper Vinegar

5. When it gets particularly hot, we wear a lot of all-white. A great way to add something special – an exotic print in the form of a small bag. A more understated alternative to leopard and zebra, we love the giraffe-SPOTTED print on this new Jerome Dreyfuss bag. Find it at SCARPA.

6. HIT THE LINKS this National Golf Month. We are beyond excited about the new course at KESWICK!

7. August is National Peach Month. After picking peaches in our yard, we made homemade Peach Preserves and this divine PEACH CRISP. Please try it – it’s easy as pie (pun intended – it’s far easier than pie!) Recipe for the Crisp coming on the blog tomorrow. For a peach-picking excursion, we recommend Chiles Peach Orchard (do not miss the homemade peach ice cream; you will thank me!) and Henley’s Orchard. Both in Crozet/Greenwood.

ENJOY AUGUST!

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Aug
1
2014

PERMANENT FIXTURE

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We could not be more thrilled that our dear friend, who happens to be one of our favorite LOCAL ARTISTS, the beautiful and talented ABBY KASONIK, now has a piece residing in the Permanent Collection at THE FRALIN MUSEUM OF ART at The University of Virginia.

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Warm Winter #1
2013
18 x 18″
acrylic on hardboard panel

{Thanks to a joint donation by George Davies of Barboursville, a patron of the arts and UVA, and Ms Kasonik.}

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ABOVE: Abby Kasonik pieces currently available.

Our ideal home features work, not from a New York City gallery, but rather from the LOCAL ARTISTS we know and love. They are the lifeblood of our thriving Charlottesville artistic community. Keep the Charlottesville art-world rich by enjoying local art in galleries and in your home.

ABBY KASONIK

THE FRALIN MUSEUM OF ART AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Thomas H. Bayly Building
155 Rugby Road, P.O. Box 400119
Charlottesville, Va 22904-4119
434-924-3592

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Jul
31
2014

SCOUTED: Cheers to the Family

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For the Smith Family, Virginia beverages run through their blood…

Parents Elizabeth & Tony Smith own and operate AFTON MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS, while son Hunter is the Owner & Head Brewer of CHAMPION BREWING COMPANY in Downtown Charlottesville.

Locals from childhood, Elizabeth and Tony both grew up in nearby Albemarle County, went to Albemarle High School, and had both of their children  at the original Martha Jefferson Hospital. After spending twenty years in the Tidewater, VA region, their love of Virginia and wine lead to their discovery and acquisition of the best local vineyard site in 2009. There they enjoy the grapes and wines they make today at Afton Mountain Vineyards.

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Hunter is one of said children born here at MJH! Hunter opened Champion Brewing Company on December 21, 2012, after several years of homebrewing and formal training from the Siebel Institute in Chicago. Champion Brewing Company has produced over 35 different beers in its first year of operation with great feedback and has made over a dozen collaborations with local chefs, suppliers, restaurateurs, and breweries both local and national. Champion’s Tap Room has become an incubator for Charlottesville’s food truck and craft beer scene. CBC has expanded rapidly into production brewing, and now the brewery’s flagship Missile IPA and Killer Kolsch are available in six-packs statewide and in DC.

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Both the Vineyard and Brewery host fabulous events throughout the year – keep up with them on TSG and their events pages!

AFTON MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
234 Vineyard Lane, Afton, Va 22920
540-456-8667

CHAMPION BREWING COMPANY
324 6th St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-295-2739

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Jul
28
2014

Hunted & Gathered

Hill & Holler is a roving farm dinner event company uniting farmers, chefs, and community eaters together with the goal of enjoying “what REAL farm food tastes like” while raising funds for charity. Each dinner will be held outdoors in a rustic setting where guests will experience fine dining in a bucolic setting. Utilizing the culinary talents in the area, each meal will be prepared by a different chef, in various rural landscapes, and will support a chosen charity.

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Oh, what a treat… Do you know Hill & Holler? You must. Trust me, enjoy an evening put together by Tracey Love, founder of Hill & Holler, and you will thank me!
My interview with TRACEY LOVE – interspersed in this blog with highlights from my first evening with Hill & Holler – will give you more insight into her beautiful brainchild:

What got you started doing Hill & Holler?
The idea for HIll & Holler was inspired by the producers in and around the Charlottesville area, and my restaurant background.
At the time (2011), Gail Hobbs Page (from Caromont) and I started brainstorming how we could start a farm dinner series and the ideas kept blossoming and changing. We hosted the first event at Blenheim Vineyards in October of 2011 for 40 people and had a blast! It was inspiring and guests and chefs made fast relationships with producers that have remained until today.
Each event is different and I love how H&H has evolved over the years.

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Cover of The Daily Progress, Monday, June 20, 2014

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My first Hill & Holler experience came in the form of a Hunted & Gathered dining experience under a teepee in the middle of a field at the majestic Grace Estate Winery in White Hall, Va. This will be hard to top! 

What inspired you to choose hunted & gathered as a theme?
I have wanted to do a hunted and gathered themed event for years, and she Skyline tent offered up their teepee I couldn’t resist! I don’t typically do themed dinners, but thought that this could be a fun way to introduce diners to foods they may not be familiar with. Everything we served (as always) was from the area, and it was fun to get folks involved to think outside the box and utilize ingredients not used on a daily basis.

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My first reaction upon seeing Skyline Tent Company‘s new teepee; I need to have a party!

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TSG‘s Web Director, Amanda Powers, with fiancé Caleb Hersch. | Southern Environmental Law Center‘s Jennis Warren, John Blackburn of The Red Hen in Lexington, Chris Noland, and Liz Powers of Skyline Tent Company.

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The details were ruggedly marvelous. Feathers, lanterns, antlers, wildflowers…

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Tracey Love, of Hill & Holler, worked to “gather” ingredients from several local farms, while Chef Matt Greene, of JM Stock Provisions, prepared a divine, “hunted” feast with many unexpected elements. It was my kinda meal; a true dining experience!

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Food was prepared on-site in a neighboring tent.

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Purslane, now my favorite green. Adding it to the garden! | The fresh papardelle was too divine. Finished off with lily petals!

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Lambs quarters… a leafy green. I had no idea! | A TSG July Love – fresh berry pie. Mmmmm.

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BRAVO to the entire cast of talent who made this exceptional evening possible!

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And the sun sets on a magical evening…

What’s up next; Next dinner?
The next dinner, on Sunday, August 24 is actually our biggest event to date!
We have teamed up with Environmental Working Group (based out of D.C.) to host an event at Blenheim Vineyards where Jackson Browne will play a solo acoustic set. Kyle Bailey of Birch & Barley restaurant (also in D.C.) will be our guest chef. I’m super pumped for this event, and the stakes are definitely higher than they’ve ever been!

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Bounty of Summer Farm Dinner
Trust me, this will sell out fast… Contact Tracey at Hill and Holler to get your tix now!
HILL AND HOLLER
hill.holler@gmail.com

What is your favorite thing about Charlottesville in summer?
I love hiking and being outdoors, and my favorite thing about summer in CVille is exploring the mountains and finding places to swim. I’m not a huge fan of the humidity and heat that comes along with VA summers, so this makes it bearable. Everything is growing like crazy, and the shade beats the summer sun.

Thank you Tracey! XO, TSG-Cville

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Jul
25
2014

TRAY CHIC

We are all about organized chaos… I mean chaos in the kindest way. We believe in collecting beautiful items and keeping them on display in an organized manor.

A perfect way to organize your decorative items is on a beautiful tray that is both functional and stylish.

In your living room, keep magazines, small collected objects such as little statuaries or geodes, framed photographs, or technical necessities like those remotes on a tray placed atop your side table or ottoman.
Keep your bar in control by limiting bottles to what will fit on a gorgeous lacquered tray.
Use a sturdy tray to carry items to your outdoor dining area or, better yet, breakfast in bed!

Here are our SCOUTED favorites from FOLLY:

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Large oval fox tray

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Lucite map trays

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Large oversized rattan trays – great for ottomans to corral remotes and magazines (this also comes in a square)

FOLLY
603 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903 | (434) 295-0688

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Jul
23
2014

SCOUTED: Sevres

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We love the look of the full 10 hanging on the wall… You must come see them to grasp their uniqueness, the richness of the blue, and the detail in the design.

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AND GEORGE
3465 Ivy Road | Charlottesville, Va 22903 | (434) 244-2800

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Jul
22
2014