Food and Drink

The Rapp for Jan. 22

Learn to make out-of-the-ordinary chocolate from Joy Bliss Raw’s Thu Hoang Feb. 14 at Narmada Winery.

Fourth (Estate) Friday, jazz on Saturday, chocolate on Valentine's Day, a Benevolent Fund dinner on Jan. 31 and more in The Rapp.
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Gourmet farm-to-table

Photo by Edwin Remsberg

Washington column for Jan. 22

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Jan. 22
At Sunday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, essayists Jane Humphreys of Culpeper County High School (left) and James Hensley of Belle Meade School (right) pose with  guest speaker Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater (second from left) and Dr. Pamela Simpkin of Macedonia Baptist, Flint Hill, the event’s emcee.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, a raffle and dedicated volunteers to support the Rappahannock Free Clinic and more in this week's Washington column.
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The Rapp for Jan. 15

Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in education workshops in Havana, Cuba, 2010.

Distinguished diplomat speaks on Gay Street Sunday, good press for The Inn, jazz luminaries at Castleton (in a season that also brings Alec Baldwin to town), pianist Bill Harris plays the Theatre, the Relay for Life campaign kicks off and a working woods walk in this week's The Rapp.
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Washington column for Jan. 15

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Jan. 15
Olivia Grace enjoys her tie-dye birthday cake at her party on Saturday.

Books on sale The Book Barn next to the Rappahannock Library has its history books on half-price sale this month and next — local, national and international subjects, pictorial histories and more. Prices are $1.50 for hardback history books, and 50 cents for softcovers. Other books with special prices will be half price as...
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The Rapp for Jan. 8

From left: Roger Welch, Mike Biniek, Geneva Welch and Harold Beebout cowboy’d up last January (the Old West being the theme of last year’s Celebrity Waiter Dinner).

Authors talk Friday at the library, Washingtonian responds to The Inn, a raffle to benefit the Free Clinic, celebrity-waiter dinner raises funds for the Benevolent Fund and more in this week's The Rapp.
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A peas-ful New Year’s Day

The crowd in the parking lot at Laurel Mills store on New Year's Day.

Washingtonian: Just being ‘honest’

An illuminated Inn at Little Washington brightened the night.

Washingtonian restaurant critic Todd Kliman posted a take-no-prisoners response today on the magazine's blog to Inn at Little Washington chef Patrick O'Connell's statement last week implying the magazine was seeking attention rather than being ethical when it dropped The Inn from No. 1 to No. 22 on its annual top-100 "Very Best Restaurants"...
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The Rapp for Jan. 1

The cast and director of RAAC's "Wizard of Oz" production take their bows.

Washingtonian bites The Inn, plus a “100 Foot Journey,” a wonderful “Wizard of Oz,” beekeeping classes, RAAC’s spring film festival and more in this week’s The Rapp.
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Copper Fox Distillery expands to Williamsburg

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announces the Williamsburg distillery project; Copper Fox's Rick Wasmund is at left.

Rick Wasmund’s Copper Fox Distillery, opened in 2004 in Sperryville’s River District, will build its second malting, production, aging and tasting facility in the city of Williamsburg, Va.
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Table it

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Jan. 1
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With holidays bringing people with disparate views together for meals, columnist Liza Field sees food as the great connector — person to person, people to planet.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The year in food groups      

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Jan. 1

Dividing the seasons into food groups, Richard Brady finds winter to be the season of protein.
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The Rapp for Dec. 18

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Dec. 18, 2014
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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Sperryville column for Dec. 18

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Dec. 18, 2014
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Industry rankings — from Guide Michelin, Zagat, Saveur, to name a few — are often coveted awards. And then there is Southern Living’s list, the South’s Best Bed and Breakfasts. In the most recent edition of the magazine, Sperryville’s own Inn at Mount Vernon Farm is among the eight B&Bs listed. “The most important...
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Washington column for Dec. 18

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Dec. 18, 2014
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A new gift and antique shop opens, Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue hosts an all-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa and more, in this week’s Washington column.
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Blue Rock restaurant will close

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Dec. 11, 2014
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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Dec. 11, 2014
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Sperryville to be a two-brewery town

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Dec. 4, 2014

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, 2014
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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Dec. 4, 2014
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, 2014
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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Nov. 27, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2014
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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Nov. 6, 2014

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

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Oct. 23, 2014
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

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Oct. 2, 2014
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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Sept. 25, 2014

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

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Sept. 18, 2014
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’ 

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Sept. 18, 2014

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

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Sept. 11, 2014
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

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Sept. 11, 2014

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

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Sept. 11, 2014
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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Sept. 11, 2014

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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