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Icy jewels from Quirk. … Greening the nursery at Franklin Goose. … Consignment heaven at blue elephant. … Just browsing with Tanya Cauthen of belmont butchery. … Getting laughs with Christine Walters. by Katherine Houstoun Mod MoM: Welcome to Karen Guard’s world
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Glamour is back this holiday season with Millianna’s shimmering statement jewelry. Handmade in the united states from czech fire-polished crystals and fishing line, the pieces provide plenty of sparkle without the heft, producing fussfree and fabulous adornments that will take you from office cocktails to new year’s eve. $137 for earrings, $212 for necklace, at Quirk Gallery. quirkgallery.com.
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Comic Callback christine walters takes another dip into improv.
he self-proclaimed Muse of Merriment, christine walters has been making richmonders laugh — and helping others do the same — for almost 15 years. she opened richmond’s comedysportz improv theatre in 1996, performing, coaching and managing the business until she closed its doors last year, determined to focus on lessons of laughter, her speaking and coaching business. in august, however, comedysportz richmond announced its return (with sights set on new year’s eve) with walters on board in a marketing role. oh, and she’s also writing a book. we had a few questions for this busy funny lady. How would you describe your sense of humor? What makes you laugh? playful and fun, not cynical or insulting of others. clever comedy makes me laugh — someone who is funny without using vulgarity. What is your first memory of making someone laugh? when my front teeth came in, i started being teased for the gap between them. i learned how to whistle and speak through the space in my front teeth, which stopped people from teasing me because they said: “do that! do that whistle thing!” it’s a great party trick.
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Why did you close comedysportz? after 17 years of improvisation, i was really burnt out. i couldn’t find the funny. the funny had left me and slammed the door on its way out. that says it all. Why open it back up now? In what version is it coming back? a friend of mine, Jamie Manley, who owned comedysportz from ’91 to ’92, called me and said he wanted to open comedysportz richmond
but he didn’t want to do it without me. i said oK, but i didn’t want to do everything that i’d been doing before. i’m not the owner; i’ll do marketing and corporate training. it’ll still be a show that’s appropriate for all ages, but we want to be open to any improv, sketch and stand-up group. we want to embrace entertainment. name your top funniest people ever. tim conway, carol burnett, Marilyn Monroe, carol channing. these aren’t really comedians; they’re actors with great comedic timing. lucille ball, of course. tina Fey, if you’re looking at today -- she’s ridiculous. she’s so brilliant. Where do you go in Richmond to be entertained, to laugh? if i want to laugh or see some funny, i’ll go see the other improv in town. right now, it’s rich. there’s richmond comedy coalition, paradox, sketchprov. the best thing that could have happened for the improv community in town was for comedy sports to close, so that everybody could go out and start new things.
green mummies, Franklin Goose, a new baby store focusing on natural and sustainable products, has taken roost in Carytown. Launched first as a website in 2009, Franklin Goose carefully vets each of its products, seeking out handmade wooden toys, all-natural skin care for moms and babies, organic clothing, locally made cloth diapers and Forest Stewardship Council-certified furnishings. Housed in an environmentally friendly, sun-filled space designed by local group I am Studio, it’s a warm, personal alternative to the mammoth, fluorescentfree events coming soon, including diaper swaps, doula classes and postpartum meeting groups. 3401 W. Cary St. franklingoose.com. | 6 | NovEmbEr 2010
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Website picks from Richmond women.
Fans of anthropologie and urban outfitters will find much to like at blue elephant, a charming boutique consignment store in the Fan owned by artsy siblings Jenny and Johnny andrews. the shop offers vintage and upcycled furnishings and eclectic home accessories, including affordable sets of vintage glassware, midcentury electronics and housewares. and unlike many consignment stores, the space is bright, uncluttered and airy, providing a welcoming atmosphere to peruse the wares. check out the shop’s Facebook page to keep track of new arrivals, and find inspiration from Johnny’s creative window displays, which change monthly. open daily except Mondays. 425 strawberry st., 355-0406. blueelephantrva.com.
richmond’s resident femme butcher extraordinaire, tanya cauthen, owner of the fouryear-old belmont butchery, has been lauded in Food & wine, saveur and bon appétit magazines for cured meats and support of the local sustainable food movement. the newly married chef now is a subject in “primal cuts,” a cookbook highlighting the country’s most gifted butchers, published last month. we asked her to share some favorite stops on the web.
1. tasting t table t tastingtable.com an e-newsletter that covers big cities and national food trends, tasting t t table features restaurant reviews and openings, chef highlights, ingredient trends — basically, all things food. since i don’t have as much time to travel and eat, it gives me a chance to see what is going on foodwise all over the country.
2. protein u proteinu.com a meat-centric website created by brady lowe, founder of cochon 555, protein u is attempting to collect and create a repository of meat-cutting demos and how-to videos. with the resur-
gence of the art of butchery, there are a lot of chefs, cooks and home cooks that are trying to learn how to properly break down a whole hog or side of beef without the benefit of proper instruction. why do i like it? brady is helping connect all the little guys around the country that are figuring it out on our own and starting a conversation between the consumers and us. it’s great to share and to learn!
3. backyard b chickens backyardchickens.com this is the go-to site for raising chickens in your backyard and we have 5 rhode island red chickens in a beautiful red and white coop with run in our backyard. don’t worry — they are just for eggs!
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the he Gift of you Put personality into your holiday projects. by
here’s something extra special about handmade gifts. it might be the effort that people know you put into it, that it’s one-of-a-kind or that it can be personalized for the recipient. but the best part is that they’re super fun to make and more exciting to give. Here are some satisfying and easy ideas to get you started.
paper picture Frames this is a great gift idea for extended family. not only will recipients get the latest family photo but also a unique frame. simply buy a frame with a mat included and some pretty paper (you could use wallpaper, gift wrap or scrapbooking paper). put a thin layer of glue on the mat — spray mount or a glue stick works best. then put the paper on top and rub it down. using a metal ruler and an X-acto knife or razor blade, cut out the extra paper around the edge and in the middle of the mat. put it back in the frame, add your photo and you’re done.
photo puzzle blocks this is a really fun gift for the kids on your list. pick a couple of your favorite photos and add them to the sides of a wooden block set to make a personalized puzzle. arrange 16 blocks in a square and measure the length and width. then print out your pictures on matte photo paper (you could have this done at a printer if you don’t have the resources at home). trim your image and brush the back of it with Mod podge or regular glue mixed with a little water. then arrange the blocks in a square on the back of the print, making sure the blocks are pushed together as close as possible. let it dry completely, then flip it over carefully and using a metal ruler and an X-acto knife, cut out the image to the shape of each block. you can repeat this process as many times as you like, covering two, three or all six sides of the blocks if you wish.
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this his has been our standard present for close family and friends since our son was born. My husband and i love to cook so when we try a recipe we like we set it aside. at the end of the year i make a book of all the recipes with notes interspersed with our favorite family photos for that year. then i make colored copies of all the pages and put them in plastic sleeves inside of notebooks. this his is a fun gift because people will tell us what recipes they’ve tried and they refer back to their gift all year long. iff you’re not into cooking you could use this same idea, adjusted for your hobby. For example, if you enjoy reading you could make a list of your favorite books of the year and why you liked them.
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The Squaw’s Appeal What feathers and art-making do for Kate Horne and her city. by
hen Kate Horne says, “This is always what I was supposed to do,” it’s difficult to know what she’s referring to. Her artistic career making prints and ceramics? Her curatorial duties at Metro Space gallery? Her animal rights and arts-district activism? Seated in her light-filled studio on the third floor of Metro Space Gallery, Horne takes a break from her easel long enough to talk about her art. “I’m an object maker,” she says. “Any time I get inspired, I want to make an object.” Those objects vary according to her whim. “First I am a printmaker,” she says. But she also creates ceramics, usually covered with animal imagery. A few feet away sits one of her sculptures, a lifesize female figure made of paper; a life-sized zebra was bought by a collector. “I try not to do painting,” she says with no trace of
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irony while she holds a brush and sits in front of what is clearly a painting she was working on moments ago. “I think of this as a large pen and that’s a drawing.” Horne has recently taken a four-day-a-week job in the corporate world, so her studio time is more precious and, she feels, more productive. She no longer makes things only to sell, but creates the things she wants to make. “I gave myself more time to concentrate,” she says. And then there’s curating Metro Space Gallery downtown, a responsibility she shares with her fiancé, Mark Szafranski, the owner of Metro Sound and Music next door. “People expect a lot of you, so I learned to say no to people sometimes.” But on First Fridays, Horne puts on a fulllength feathered headdress and becomes, in the words of her fiancé, “the big squaw” — the one in
charge. And then it’s not about saying no. “Buttons and aprons didn’t work,” she says. “I tried it because people were having difficulty knowing who to ask. So I brand myself with the headdress.” With it on, the petite Horne is instantly recognizable as someone who knows. Her impetus for getting involved with the gallery was twofold, she says: “I’m full of great entrepreneurial ideas and I thought I’d be really good at doing it.” But she qualifies that. “To run a gallery you have to be a brave person,” she says. “Running a gallery is not like a sprint. It’s a long race.” And she’s here to stick it out. The excitement of the First Fridays crowds makes Horne feel like she’s “right on the pulse,” she says. “I’m excited to see the city hopping and can’t wait to see the city’s next step.” She’s referring to the area’s hoped-for designation as an arts district, a cause for which she’s a fierce advocate. “Fighting the city is a job for a village. The gallery owners settled the area along Broad, but now the money people need to step up. If someone doesn’t step up to designate it as an arts district, it’ll end up a Five Guys and fries area,” she says. “Everybody’s excited to come to the First Friday party, but no one wants to clean up afterwards.” Some of her First Fridays activities center on animals, almost always the inspiration for her art. She frequently uses the opening to have a rescue group bring in dogs waiting for adoption, hoping that someone will be inspired to change an animal’s life and take it home. Kate fosters dogs occasionally in addition to arranging to have adoptable animals at the gallery. She feels it’s worth her time help homeless animals find homes. “It’s a slow cause,” she says, “but it’s all about paying it forward.” One project that sits on the back burner for now is True Love Press, her plan for a community press co-op in the spacious third floor where Horne has her own studio. She’s acquired an etching press and a T-shirt press and is eager to offer those capabilities to the printmaking community. “Now I just need to throw some money at it and that’s where the corporate job comes in,” she says, acknowledging that the pay motivates her because of what it allows her to accomplish in the art world. “It would be a shared group space,” she says. “I could work and share the equipment and build it into something good for the community.” The plan combines her first love of printmaking with her insistence on making affordable art for the people. “That’s why I try to keep prices reasonable at the gallery,” she says. This will be demonstrated at the Dec. 3 First Friday opening when Horne will be the featured artist at Metro Space. Her show of wild portraits of wild animals and large drawings is specifically created to be affordable in recessionary times. After seeing the show, if a gallery guest wants to meet the artist, the woman in the feathered headdress won’t be difficult to spot.
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A local teenager chases the top-model dream.
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egan Valkyrie was in New York City when she found out she’d be a princess on the homecoming court at Douglas Freeman High School. She was rushing through a two-week series of casting calls when the news broke, balancing photo sessions with homework, running a split life in which graduation can hardly come too soon. But the honor is nice, even long distance, and a reminder that her year 16 is a good one. Valkyrie recently signed a development contract with IMG, one of the world’s most prestigious modeling agencies. This is the stuff of dreams for a generation raised on reality shows about models and designers, and a few local students have done well in the business. For Valkyrie, ambition began four years ago while she watched a Victoria’s Secret lingerie show on television and imagined herself on the catwalk. Two years later she signed with Richmondbased agent Kim Alley, whose own international modeling career started at age 16. Back then, Alley lived at the home of agency head Eileen Ford while she and other models started their careers. In Valkyrie’s case, home can be couch-surfing with a friend in the city, Megan Valkyrie gets a or staying in the agenmale model ambush cy’s six-bunk, dorm-style outside Sephora; she apartment with a chapspends a Saturday erone a few blocks from shopping on Broadway, the company’s Park Avand getting even taller (opposite) at Times enue headquarters. Square via footwear. Her family in Richmond, including twin sister, Stephanie (seen in the October issue of Belle), supports the single-minded focus that pushes Megan into this highly competitive environment. Alley also acts as a coach and mentor. “There are sharks that swim around these models,” Alley warns, “so I tell them everything I can, with their parents sitting there,” about what to expect, what to avoid and how to hold to the dream. Megan stands 5-foot-9 and wears platform stilettos to castings, because some agencies prefer an extra inch of height for the dress size of 2 or 4 that’s “not always realistic from my point of view,” Alley says, “but that’s the struggle most models have.” She’s given Valkyrie the nutrition-andexercise pep talks and the recommended choices of vegetables, fish and brown rice over fast food or pizza. “A lot of European girls are already thin because they don’t eat like American girls,” Alley
says. This means few snacks in a city that seems to run on them, but it’s a sacrifice made easier by small steps toward success. Goals seem to come clear-cut to Valkyrie. She says she wants to have eight children and the means to support them. She wants to make it into the modeling elite. “I am always the first one in the door,” she says of her casting calls and auditions. “I would do anything for this.” Her portfolio carries expressions of punk surliness and classic ingénue. “Showing emotions in pictures is easy to me,” Valkyrie says. “I wear my emotions on my sleeve anyway, so it comes naturally. Most people think modeling is so easy, but you have to know what the photographer wants and give it that emotion.” With acting, she says, at least there are lines of dialogue to express yourself. Models need to use their faces without words. In New York, Valkyrie’s manager is Lisa DiRuocco, a down-to-earth adviser with long agency experience. “It’s a very competitive market with a different process for every girl,” she says. “For every 10 no’s there’s one yes. Confidence is huge, and having a great personality.” Current beauty ideals are “all over the board,” DiRuocco says — “back to curvy and sexy, quirky and unusual, a big mix now — a beautiful girl and a quirky, androgynous look, it opens things up” for more potential faces. Alley says that an even, well-aligned face is the most viable, with full lips and oval eyes and an almost mathematical symmetry among facial features. Looks, of course, aren’t enough. “They have to want it 120 percent,” Alley says, “because the hardest part is the rejection, and that happens nonstop. The ambition has to be there. I’ve had models who are all gung ho and after a year they decide not to do it, so it can dwindle pretty fast.” Valkyrie must adhere to her high school’s attendance policies by reporting back every 15 days and completing her assignments on schedule. For now, hers is a commuter career. Most recently that’s meant wearing jeweled cocktail dresses for red-carpet favorite David Meister’s fashion show, getting new photos to expand her look book, and heading out to casting calls around the city. Chasing fame in the modeling world isn’t for the tentative or doubtful. “It’s a needle in a haystack, really,” Alley says. “There are only a handful of superstars.” To which Valkyrie says, game on.
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Taste richmond culture from cinema to tagine.
eez Louise, with november’s increasingly shorter days, it’s a good thing there’s plenty of interesting stuff to do before and after dark. Start the month on nov. 5 and 6 with the reel Pride richmond Film Festival, the second annual screening of comedies, dramas and documentaries exploring the lives and loves of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. Last year’s festival was, despite bad weather, a capacity crowd barely contained by the Firehouse theatre. this year’s event is at CenterStage, and features some outstanding cinema. a film about the poem that rocked a generation, “Howl,” is part of the opening night gala. For classic movie lovers, “auntie Mame” will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday, and in between those two gems are four other films and a panel discussion. whether you attend a day or evening showing, a great place to eat before or after is aziza’s on Main, arguably the best pizza in the city. between the enormous woodburning oven, billy bi bread creator billy Fallen’s dough, and meat toppings from belmont butchery, you’re guaranteed a memorable pie. there are plenty of other food choices in case you’re not in a pizza mood. For those of us with eclectic music taste, folk-punk singer Frank turner is not to be missed. He’s coming to the Camel on nov. 7 and tickets are $10 in advance. Despite hard-core roots, Frank’s emphasis now is on heartfelt singing and smart songwriting, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. He has devoted fans, too. at a show earlier this year I met a woman who spent her summer vacation in england following turner on tour (her husband opted out). what I’m saying is, be smart and get your ticket in advance because it could very well w sell out. Grab some Sunday supper at balliceaux before taking in turner. the regular menu is also available, but the Sunday offerings are sized for sharing. If all you need is a cocktail, sidle up to the bar and hope that austin or Sean are on duty because they’ll serve you well. afterward you’re only five blocks from your musical evening. If you’re at all curious about the up-and-coming theatrical talent in richmond (and why wouldn’t you be?), don’t miss theatre VCU’s production of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” nov. v. 12-21 at the Singleton Center. who can resist sexual intrigue, betrayal and general wickedness amongst 18th-century French aristocrats wearing beautiful costumes? Cous Cous would be a great place to start your evening given its proximity to the Singelton Center. besides, sides, when’s the last time you had a Mediterranean-Moroccan meal? there’s ere’s the pleasure of food cooked slowly in a tagine, the drama of flaming saganaki or the appeal of sharing meze. besides, at this time of year, Cous Cous’ dining room is one of the coziest-feeling in town. you y u don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy classic Jewish cooking, as I can attest after attending last yo year’s “History of the Jewish Deli” lecture and dinner. this year’s dinner topic on nov. 16 is “encyclopedia of Jewish Foods” and the speaker is richmonder Gil Marks, an authority on Jewish cuisine. Sit back and enjoy quintessential Jewish foods while listening to Marks expand your culinary knowledge (or perhaps just reinforcing what you already know). Last year I found that my tablemates became old friends while the dinner progressed, so don’t hesitate to go alone if you can’t find a willing dinner partner. but that would be their loss because these dinner talks always provide stellar food and entertainment — and if you’re like me, you’re bound to learn plenty, too. before we know it, thanksgiving will be here and all anyone will be thinking about is turkey and black Friday. enjoy yourself while you can!
Aziza’s pizza; supper at balliceaux
Aaron Tveit and James Franco in “Howl” below: Frank Turner comes to the Camel
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eing self-employed has a long list of pros and cons. So to tip the scales in favor of eating regularly, last spring I acquired a mentor. a spitfire writer in her early 70s, she dishes out equal parts encouragement and criticism, never mincing words — although she says she’s like a priest: Confessions exit her head as quickly as they enter it. recently she called to tell me that she’d finished reading my manuscript. “you need discipline!” she said. “reading your writing is like racing through a museum with too many paintings on the walls. you need to slow down.” essentially she was saying that I had something readable that needed to be entirely rewritten. I felt my spirit soar and then flop as it always done when my as-yet-unrealized potential is held up for inspection. but instead of balking, I listened. you can’t just pick up a mentor on special at the grocery store. They are hard-won. In fact, I feel I deserve special recognition just for having one. a reference
to our working relationship really beefs up my self-esteem and my resume, a few short lines after Waffle House waitress and Food lion coupon distributor. She went on to quote gustave Flaubert, who said, “be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” “get boring, girl!” she said. I agreed that I would try, but getting more boring than I already am is a task. all of the bohemian types I once knew, like me, now have dental insurance and mortgages. Well, that’s not entirely true. One friend lives in a corner of an abandoned warehouse, another sends me e-mails about her skinny-dipping expeditions in Sierra leone. but by and large the rambling fever with which I used to burn has been watered down. While there are many ways that I do live on the edge (I actually don’t have dental insurance), I am, for all intents and tax purposes a wife and a mother living in the suburbs. This is a set of facts I often find difficult to accept, much like Steve Martin who refused to believe he was anything
other than a small black boy in “The Jerk.” My once- bleached, dreaded hair now gets conditioned and blow-dried. Sensible Crocs have replaced the combat boots and fishnet stockings of yore. I can almost say that I’m now more comfortable blending in than sticking out. To enhance the boringness of my life I could stop going to all-night dance parties — but oh, wait, I already did that 12 years ago when I also stopped hopping from state-to-state and man-toman. but what I could really do, that would have an actual impact on the quality of my artistic life, is not say yes when I mean no. I could silence the phone and disconnect the Internet when I’ve carved out time to write. I could make a schedule, adhering to it when it’s the last thing on god’s green earth I want to do. I could slough off the outdated belief that being creative means being haphazard and wild. because being boring and being disciplined are two entirely different beasts. beasts that must be slain politely and with decorum, in the manner of the bourgeois.
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Forget the attempted assassination, the 15 minutes of fame and the silk-screened face of Marilyn Monroe. a professor emeritus of philosophy at Columbia University, arthur Danto, delves into Warhol’s art from a philosophical perspective, calling on the likes of Plato, Socrates and Hegel to back up his take on how a fringe commercial artist became an enduring cultural icon. The academic frame imposed around this explosive artist tips Danto’s scale from entertaining to educational. — v.H.
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Scotland’s charming ensemble Belle and Sebastian returns from a five-year hiatus with a dreamy set of songs on its eighth album. It draws on earlier work, yet charts new territory with guest appearances from the surprising likes of Norah Jones and Carey Mulligan. Tender and sometimes sardonic, the band’s clever words bounce on buoyant rhythms, twirling guitars and the shimmering ’70s sound of bliss pop. Belle And SeBAStiAn This is a band that proves “Write About Love” you can be sentimental and rOUgH TraDe have fun doing it with some serious indie cred. — H.L.
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richmond knows where to find beautifully handmade art each November: The visual arts Center’s annual Craft + Design Show. It’s Nov. 20-21 at the Science Museum of virginia. a juried selection of fine crafts offers jewelry, furniture, clothing, objects and artful treasures, such as work by Kranitsky & Overstreet, above. Tickets are $15. visarts.org.
deerhunter “Halcyon Digest”
Don’t be surprised when this disc dominates the best-of lists at the end of the year. Straying from its noise-rock roots, Deerhunter unfurls in ambience on its fourth full-length, which is all about exploration. The track list wanders into sparse spaces, turning over lyrical gems and singsong refrains that lift any somberness. The last track, “He Would Have laughed,” is dedicated to the late Jay reatard, which according to the band’s co-founder Moses “is not necessarily biographical, but evokes a mood about him.” like the rest of us, there’s a good chance he would have been pleased too. — H.L.
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Outspoken feminist activist turned virginia rginia fox-hunter and bestselling mystery author, rita Mae Brown, has at last gone to the dogs. The first in her new series of crime-fighting mysteries, “a a Nose for Justice,” takes us to the lawless land of Nevada, mixing in the current economy, water rights, murder and two canine detectives, King and Baxter. Mystery aficionados will happily follow Brown through another series; her hardcore literary fans will continue to mourn. — v.H.
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Like beer for Chocolate
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Consider pairing brews with candy. by Robey MaRtin
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t’s Monday night, and you and your significant other are settling in to watch the big game. you’re popping back some microbrews and mouthfuls of cheese and meat. but you want something sweet. you might not believe it, but there’s a pretty good chance the stout, ale or lager you’re drinking pairs phenomenally with chocolate. to break this mind-blowing declaration down, i did some dirty work with the assistance of Wine and beer Westpark and For the Love of Chocolate. (a note — i have not paired anything with a Miller Lite.) Use these combinations as a jumping-off point and get to drinking your dessert. Surely even Willy Wonka threw back a few.
Strada S. Felice ($13 FoR a 12-oUnCe bottLe) and chocolate caramels bott or chocolate-covered nuts on a thousand cases were made of this only italian craft brew. Paired with chocolate, the herbal feel of the lager simmers down to citrus, and the peppery after notes are tempered. i feel nerdy just explaining the duo. butt think how you’ll feel while working them on your own.
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Weyebacher Pumpkin ($8.50 PeR FoUR-PaCk) and chili or cayenne-spiced chocolate bar the ale takes on another life when swallowed with a piece of spicy chocolate. the two together feel like Christmas on the tongue.
Wexford Irish Crème Ale ($10 PeR FoUR-PaCk)
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together these generate a taste similar to an oatmeal cookie. the surprisingly light ale meshes spectacularly with the airy malt, softening up the chocolate outer core. Go slow with this pairing, because the Wexford packs a pretty nice alcoholic whomp.
victory Storm King Imperial Stout (12.50 PeR Six-PaCk) and chocolate espresso beans tryy this sense awakener — it may be my t tr new hair of the dog. together you get a smooth coffee experience that while not surprising is satisfying and quite filling. Just remember i am not condoning pouring beer into your morning brew.
Duchess De bourgogne Flemish Sour ($10 PeR 750-MiLLiLiteR bottLe) and chocolate-covered potato chips these two create a story when they begin light but sour, have a middle that’s sweet and pickled and then end at tangy and crisp. a book made of beer, chocolate and an everyday snack. Who knew?
North Coast old Stock Ale ($14 PeR FoUR-Pa FoUR-PaCk) P Ck) Pa and a vosges bacon chocolate bar this combo enhances the subtle fattiness and smoky properties of each. if you didn’t think beer could taste oily, drink again. this pairing had me at hello.
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An international food movement gains a local leader.
ood activism in Richmond got a new ally this year. Stacy Luks recently co-founded a Richmond chapter of the national nonprofit Slow Food. Since 1989, this group from Italy has been calling for a more deliberate and conscientious approach to the production, acquisition and consumption of food. Chapters, or “convivia,” have arisen all over the world, forming an alliance of food lovers, producers and distributors. Joining “plugs you into a range of activities and a network of like-minded organizations that are doing the same thing,” she says. “I think the concept really resonates with people,” says Luks, who wanted to bring Richmond into that network. As a mom, she says, one of the nonprofit’s biggest campaigns resonated with her: “I think the impetus for me was last year when I
became aware that Slow Food was taking a national advocacy role with the Child Nutrition Act.” The group’s Time for Lunch campaign asks Congress to budget more than $1 a day for school lunches, improved nutrition standards and farmto-school programs. A few pot lucks later (no gathering is complete without a meal), the papers were signed and Slow Food RVa was official. For its first big project, it’s working with the Linwood Holton Elementary School to develop a project called Know Your Veggies. A vegetable garden installed this year is part of the school’s curriculum, bringing children into an outdoor classroom where they learn about in-season fruits and vegetables, meet farmers and get their hands dirty weeding and planting. “We hope the program can be replicated throughout the Richmond school system,” Luks says. There’s already plen-
ty of momentum — Ellie basch and other local chefs, the Virginia department of Agricultural and Consumer Services and bon Secours all participate. After doing some fundraising with Whole Foods, Slow Food Richmond has purchased the rights to screen the movie, “What’s On Your Plate?” The documentary on the origins of food is geared toward fifth- to eighth-graders and comes with a curriculum guide. Luks plans to offer the film to anyone interested in bringing it into a Richmond school. The group is still getting off the ground. “Slow Food is, at the end of the day, a volunteer, grass-roots organization,” Luks says. “Any chapter is only as effective as the people that roll up their sleeves and get involved.” The membership stands at about 75, and Luks wants more. “We’re
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Olive Oil Fried Eggs with Sautéed Frisée This is our household’s variation on a common rustic French bistro dish. It’s often prepared with bacon, but we use olive oil instead. Easy to make for one or the whole family, and suitable for any time of the day. Most of our shopping is done through the online food co-op Fall Line Farms (http://flf.luluslocalfood.com).
Frisée In the traditional recipe, frisée refers to a leafy kind of chicory, or endive, often used for salad. But the term can also mean a technique by which greens are lightly wilted in oil. This opens up the possibility of using any kind of seasonal greens — chard, kale, spinach, collards or dandelions, to name a few. A gentle sauté takes the edge off the bitter greens while preserving their beautiful color and nutrients. Ingredients:
Washed and dried seasonal greens Robust extra virgin olive oil Chopped shallot Salt and pepper
Directions: Add greens and shallot to olive oil preheated on me-
dium-high in a large skillet. Mix gently and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook until greens are lightly wilted, 5 minutes or so. Set aside to stay warm while preparing eggs.
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really looking for parents and community school groups to approach us,” she says. A harvest dinner is in the works, as are other gatherings and projects, including events at area restaurants, a book club and a charcuterie tasting at the Belmont Butchery. Luks attended Slow Food’s international Terra Madre conference in Turin, Italy, last month, where she met producers, cooks, farmers, educators and activists and attended the Salone del Gusto, described as the world’s largest artisanal food marketplace. While Slow Food Richmond defines itself as part of the community, its goal is to unify, bringing all kinds of regional food producers, chefs and activists into the movement. “The best way to have an impact is to join forces with others who are trying to do the same thing,” Luks says. That’s why the movement is exciting to her: its size. Membership brings with it the possibility of making change, not only in local communities, but also worldwide. View information at the group’s website, slowfoodrva.org. The parent organization, Slow Food International, can be found at slowfood.com.
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Stacy Luks is among the founders of the Richmond chapter of Slow Food.
1-2 eggs per person Delicate extra virgin olive oil
Directions: Crack eggs into olive oil preheated on medium in an appropriately sized skillet. The oil should be light and shimmery, and easily coat the bottom of the skillet. Fry eggs until whites are opaque and yolks are set to desired firmness. To Plate: Serve eggs atop frisée, or on toasted sourdough bread with the frisée on the side. For an à la Grecque version, sprinkle eggs with feta crumbles and niçoise or arbequina olives. For an à la Romesco version, spoon salsa Romesco atop the eggs.
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know many people are trying to remember the true spirit of the holiday season and stem the tide of consumerism. i truly admire the sentiment and understand that the economic woes many of us are experiencing dictate frugality and prudence. but when someone in my family says, “Oh, Christmas is for children,” i mentally add, “and me.” Suggestions come up that we draw names instead of buying for everyone, and i panic. Please, everyone, buy me a gift. by all means, break out your credit card. i’ll be on the internet and in the stores myself, buying one for you and one for me. We’ll worry about it in January, along with the electric bill. because i hope you are out there in your yard with the ladder and big bins of decorations. Get out those reindeer, the sleigh, the inflatable snow globe that’s almost bigger than your house, and let’s light it up. Winter is dreary. it’s only too many lights if the tree snaps. | 30 | NovEmbEr 2010
now is the time to apply gold glitter glue to perfectly beautiful pine cones. Put your dog and cat in Santa suits if they will let you. i will not be wearing a Christmas sweater, but if you do, i will smile at you as we wait in line at the store and i suck down my second peppermint mocha latte of the day. i’d also like for you to get in the kitchen and get to work. break out your grandmother’s pain-in-thebutt, fussy cookie recipes that require a rolling pin and refrigerating the dough. Don’t you dare whip up a low-calorie version of a holiday favorite. now is not the time. Please don’t tell me it’s not about the food, it’s about being together. We can be together in the kitchen: you grating, me chopping and afterwards, washing the good china by hand. i adore people who make grandiose desserts. One year, my sister-in-law came sailing into the dining room bearing a tower of homemade cream puffs. All became holy and bright. A little demitasse of espresso would have been a nice touch, but oh well.
All year, i wash and reuse plastic bags. i stay out of the stores and try to buy only what i need. i eat whole food. i do good deeds. i work on myself. And come December, i’m at a farm with a saw, hacking down a perfectly good tree to doll up and put in our home for a few short weeks. i used to be one of those people with a small pine or rosemary bush in a pot, strung with a few lights, to plant outside when the season ended. i crafted handmade gifts and always meant to wrap them in fabric but ended up seduced by some glittery roll of wrapping paper printed with elves and candy. One year i actually reduced the calories in a green bean casserole. i tried to feel good about it. but what makes me feel good is to flop on the couch, full of rich food, the tree blazing and blinking in a room filled with shredded wrapping paper, boxes and a cat trying to get the bow off his head. The truth is, while i’m here on this earth, i need gluttony, greed and garishness — if only once a year.
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