December 2014 Issue


The December 2014 issue of Virginia Living kicks off the holidays with verve! We perfect the art of the cocktail party with 16 recipes for food and drink that put a modern twist on traditional seasonal offerings. Plus, we explore imperial treasures in the VMFA’s landmark exhibit, “Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing.” We celebrate ingenuity and craftsmanship in style, home, food, drink and sport throughout the Commonwealth with our third annual Made in Virginia awards, and in travel, we journey to Florence, Italy, for a sartorially-inspired visit to the birthplace of the Italian fashion industry. We celebrate a Richmond institution (and home to the best boxed lunches ever) Sally Bell’s Kitchen, explore a stunning Carter’s Creek retreat, take a look at the increasingly creeping-forward Christmas season, visit trapeze school and more. Also in this issue is our special bound-in supplement, Hospitals & Healthcare 2014, which takes a look at the most recent medical news, capital improvements and breakthrough procedures from top healthcare providers around the state. Order your December issue today!

At the artful cocktail party, food is a silent host, enhancing all the elements so carefully crafted and paired that, in balance, make a party flow. Read more


The heyday of the Chesapeake Bay oyster. Read more



Photo courtesy of Blackthorn & Brook

Blackthorn & Brook introduces Virginia to its luxury English riding holidays. Read more

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A sartorial-inspired sojourn in Italy's original fashion capital where a new guard of designers is carving its own niche. Read more


If not ad nauseam, then ad infinitum. Read more


Dance therapy empowers Parkinson’s patients in NoVa. Read more


10th anniversary season for Martinsville players. Read more


Normandy, a spectacular home on Carter's Creek, tells the story of a lifetime. Read more

House + Garden

Virginia Cyclocross goes off-road. Read more

Virginia International Raceway welcomes “Son of Oak Tree.” Read more


Why can't Sons of Bill just stay the way they are? Read more

In celebration of National Picture Book Month. Read more


Illustration by Pat Kinsella

A tale of grape expectations. Read more


Welcome to the new frontier of cardiac catheterization labs, where medical pioneers are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in treating heart disease–and winning. Read more



Photo courtesy of the Garden Club of Virginia.

When the 81-year-old Garden Club of Virginia received the results of its first economic impact study, it something many of its 3,400 members already knew: Historic Garden Week packs a big punch. Read more

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A new director for the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts in Marion. Read more

It’s simple. All cider, all week. Read more


Shanaz Bowman

Dr. Randy Baggesen stumps for fostering wellness, not just treating illness. Read more


Courtesy of ABC Studios/Anthony Platt

His film credits include blockbuster hits Braveheart and Pearl Harbor, but Hollywood screenwriter and director Randall Wallace turns his attention homeward for his latest project, a Civil War-era television drama set and filmed in Virginia. Read more



Shanaz Bowman

For 90 years, Sally Bell’s Kitchen in Richmond has made food the old-fashioned way—by hand. Read more


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