Food and Drink

The Rapp for Dec. 18

Charlotte Le Bon and Manish Dayal  in “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Jan. 2 at The Theatre at Washington.

Rappahannock News takes a break over Christmas, RAAC kicks off its winter film season, and guest bartenders help raise money for the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund at Griffin Tavern, in this week’s The Rapp.
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Blue Rock restaurant will close

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The back patio at the Blue Rock Inn still has one of the best westward views in the county.

The Blue Rock Inn is closing down its restaurant on Dec. 28 but will keep open its five-room B&B and its wedding-and-event trade, although the whole property has been for sale since last summer.
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Little Washington’s big Christmas

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Sperryville to be a two-brewery town

In the final step of the special-exception permit sought by the Carney brothers to build and open a brewery and brewpub in Sperryville’s River District by next spring, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the plan.
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The Rapp column for Dec. 4

Last weekend's "Wizard of Oz" dress rehearsal.

Rappahannock’s holiday season kicks off with Christmas in Little Washington, “The Wizard of Oz” opens, Nol Putnam's book on National Cathedral iron work, a picturesque birthday, a RappCats Christmas and lots more this week in The Rapp.
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Washington column for Dec. 4

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Dec. 4
William Griffis of Washington installs one of a whole set of new street signs in town last week, a job both he and Jerry Goebel, the town’s treasurer, took on. The wooden  signs were made by Scott Schlosser’s students at Rappahannock County High School.

Little Washington’s holiday festivities kick off this week with Christmas in Little Washington and continue throughout this month; read about this and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Sperryville column for Dec. 4

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Estela Velez and her husband, Daniel Paredez, perform with guitarist Torcuato Zamora at El Quijote.

In this week’s Sperryville column, a dynamic flamenco duo performing at El Quijote restaurant is about to turn Sperryville into Andalucia, Spain.
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Letter: Thanks to all our Linked businesses

Our recent quarterly Biz Link event, planned under the umbrella of Businesses of Rappahannock, was great fun and a tremendous success! Hosted by Magnolia Vineyards (Tina and Glenn Marchione), the hoards of business professionals in attendance enjoyed Magnolia wines and were fed delicious treats by co-underwriter Rudy’s Pizza (Andy Thompson) and our sponsor Triple...
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The Rapp for Nov. 27

The Griffin’s Mary Frances Bywaters accepts her Restaurant Employee of the Year award from Virginian Hospitality and Travel Association president Eric Terry, right, and chairman Owen Matthews.

Fourth (Estate) Friday is cancelled this week because of the holiday; help the free clinic by buying a raffle ticket; and Mary Frances Bywaters wins statewide honors for her work at Griffin Tavern, in this week’s The Rapp.
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Sperryville column for Nov. 27

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Nov. 27
Triple Oak Bakery owner Brooke Parkhurst and her right arm, Katie Long, go over orders.

Owner Brooke Parkhurst plans to expand her gluten-free Triple Oak Bakery into a tea and coffee shop, in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Washington Column for Nov. 27

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A time of remembering and giving thanks, birthday wishes to Lois McFarland, Donna LaPre’s annual Christmas studio sale and the Town of Washington’s Christmas party, in this week’s Washington column.
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The Rapp for Nov. 20

On a late fall-early winter hike in Shenandoah National Park.

A sing-along and a music concert to benefit the Food Pantry, RLEP’s annual gathering, seasonal changes at Shenandoah National Park and Amissville winery festivities are in this week’s The Rapp column.
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Jed’s Eye View: Carrots and lettuce and beef, oh my!

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Nov. 20

Rappahannock public school students enjoy locally produced food during Local Food Week at RCPS cafeterias.
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Washington column for Nov. 20 [a]

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Nov. 20
Rappahannock Food Pantry manager Mimi Forbes accepts a $3,500 sponsorship check for the pantry from Mike Leake, regional president of Union First Market Bank, while behind them bank employees (from left) Sherry Cillo, Karen Williams, Stephanie Wharton, Pat Grigsby, Sarah Morgan, Kelly Settle, Toby Waterbury and Anita Raiford look on.

Opportunities to show the holiday spirit at the Food Pantry, a house fire, a sale at the Book Barn and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Nov. 6

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Kids and their families enjoy Halloween festivities, WVFR holds Texas Hold ’em poker tournament and breakfast buffet, garden club holds greenery sale, and more in this week’s Washington column.
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The Rapp for Oct. 23

A character from a previous 1000 Faces performance at Stone Hill.

Fourth Friday moves to the fifth Friday this month, festivities and people in masks head for Stone Hill’s annual spectacle and folks on horseback for Flint Hill’s annual trail ride this weekend, plus worthwhile art exhibits, Molasses Creek at the Theatre, free chamber music and another distinction for The Inn in this week’s The...
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Rappahannock in the news

Bill Williams of Slate Mills posed with his model of the Chinquapin house for The Post’s John Kelly.

Of course Rappahannock is in the News. We’re talking about the news. Herewith, a quick rundown of attention paid to various Rappahannock County businesses, artists and others in the D.C. and national media world over the last month.
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Chester Gap column for Sept. 25

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Naughty Girls Donut Shop offers delicious sweets (and generates some controversy), and the CGVFD opens its doors for an open house in this week’s Chester Gap column.
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Town weighs ‘balance,’ approves tourist home

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After three months of delays, the Washington Town Council held a public hearing on a special-use permit application Monday night at town hall that would allow White Moose Inn owner Jim Abdo’s hotel staff to book and manage an occasional tourist home at 199 Main St.
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The Rapp for Sept. 18

A Gary Anthes photograph of Japan on exhibit at Middle Street.

The fall season brings a slew of events this weekend, Middle Street hosts a new all-photography exhibit, R.H. Ballard debuts Viviane deKosinski’s “View with a Room,” the Historical Society explores the history of Amissville, the new ping pong club is already a success and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Letter: An excellent ‘Taste’ 

Many thanks to all our community for your amazing support of this year’s 17th annual Taste of Rappahannock! Headwaters is immensely grateful to all the volunteers, teachers, students and businesses who donated time, auction items and service to make this event happen. Without you, it would not be possible. Thanks go out to the following...
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The Rapp for Sept. 11

A family of Rough Riders signals their readiness for last year’s event (from left): Sabrina, Sherry, Madeleine, Ava and Chris Hayes.

Second Friday at the Library features a talk by Cliff Miller, the annual Rough Ride is Sept. 20, CAST performs “Much Ado About Nothing,” RCHS hosts a trivia night, CDSMP discusses how to manage chronic diseases and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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New online tool brings farmers and chefs closer

In an effort to strengthen the agricultural economy and get more local food into area restaurants, the Piedmont Environmental Council has created and launched Farmer-Chef Express, an interactive website that connects local food buyers and sellers.
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Organizers promise pumpkin chuckin’ blast at first Harvest Fest

Remi Frazier selects a pumpkin at Cows-N-Corn, one of the vendors for the upcoming Piedmont Harvest Fest in Fauquier County.

The first Piedmont Harvest Fest, a new festival at the Fauquier Fairgrounds, will treat guests to barbecue, farm fun and pumpkins hurled from a catapult.
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Chester Gap column for Sept. 11

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The CGFVD holds an open house (and still has tickets available for its gun raffle), while Rappahannock Cellars’ wine is featured in Skyland Lodge’s monthly wine dinner in this week’s Chester Gap column.
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The Rapp for Sept. 4

The cast of “Salt & Pepper” includes (from left) John Lesinski, Mimi Forbes, Gary Grossman, Petrina Huston, Geoff Gowen, Barbara Black and Donna Chabot.

The third sesquicentennial Civil War celebration starts this weekend, “Salt & Pepper” debuts at the RAAC Theatre, new running and walking clubs meet soon, jazz guitarists return to the Theatre, Mullany Art Studios offers two new classes and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Photos: Table-to-farm talk

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The Rapp for Aug. 21

Ella Schultz of Amissville in “The Tempest” at American Shakespeare Center’s summer-camp performances at Staunton’s Blackfriars Playhouse.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday is cancelled, Tula’s hosts a tomato-themed dinner, tickets are going fast for this year’s Taste of Rappahannock, two local students spend their summer performing Shakespeare and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Chester Gap column for Aug. 21

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If you’ve visited Rappahannock Cellars lately, you may have noticed the construction underway in the back of the building. The long awaited unveiling takes place this weekend (Aug. 23-24), in this week's Chester Gap column.
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Video: Cannery show

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Nevill Turner of Virginia Chutney in Flint Hill celebrated his birthday with a tour and lunch for the Lunch Bunch at the chutney maker's cannery, which he said hopes to increase production this year to 400,000-plus units of the family's famous chutney.
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Chester Gap column for July 31

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A tour of Chester Gap Cellars (and its fine tasting offerings), looking out for triathletes in training and the fire department’s monthly meeting in this week’s Chester Gap column.
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Sperryville column for July 24

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Creekside Bakery will open its doors (and ovens) in August, while Cherl Crews’ Living Sky Foundation finds a permanent home (and accompanying mural) in this week’s Sperryville column.
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The Rapp for July 3

The Turkey Ridge String Band performs at the Culpeper State Theatre.

A busy weekend of concerts and fireworks begins today (July 3), the Public House is accepting nominations for a surprise party and the Turkey Ridge String Band heads to the Culpeper State Theatre in this week’s Rapp column.
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Beer deliveries coming to a head for Griffin owner

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The Griffin Tavern, lit up at dusk on U.S. 522 in Flint Hill.

Beer is still being poured at the Griffin Tavern, but owner Debbie Donehey is tapped out when it comes to patience with her Chantilly-based supplier, Premium Distributors.
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The Rapp for May 29

“Virginia Farm House,” a 24-by-30-inch oil on canvas, is one of two Kevin Adams paintings headed to Burkina Faso courtesy of the state department.

Have a pint for the endangered P-horse, watch “Philomena” at the Theatre, get cooking with the Castleton Festival’s newest offerings, learn the history behind the “First Washington,” sample Grey Ghost and Narmada wineries’ newest award-winners and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for May 15

A sample of chef John MacPherson’s work in the kitchen at Foster Harris House.

RLEP (and its guest speakers) talk trees, the Historical Society examines the founding of Washington, John MacPherson offers an all-levels cooking class, the 2014 Farm Tour begins its planning and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Letter: Stonyman wants to stay

Last week’s article reported that Stonyman Gourmet Farmer declined to exercise its right of first refusal to purchase the mercantile and gardens it has occupied since 2008. We would like provide clarification. Upon learning that the property might become available for sale, Stonyman Gourmet Farmer expressed interest in purchasing it. When we heard that...
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Sperryville column for May 8

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El Quijote, an authentic Spanish restaurant offering hot and cold tapas choices, opens to delicious results in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Photos: Welcome to Tapas-hannock

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