The Spanish have tapas; the Chinese, dim sum. Italians have piattini and Greeks, the mezze. What does American cuisine have to offer as a match? Increasingly, the answer is small plates. more »
December 2011 issue
The December 2011 issue of Virginia Living pulls back the curtain, giving you a behind the scenes look at life as a dancer in the Richmond Ballet. We also reveal the secret to hosting a successful supper club, and detail how to combine friends and food in a way that delivers a deeper appreciation of both. For those who prefer eating out, we serve up the lowdown on the growing trend of small plates—America’s answer to tapas, dim sum and piattini—and if you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside the Great Dismal Swamp then prepare yourself for a fascinating story of species and wetland survival, coupled with stunning photography. We also introduce you to the least weasel (the pound-for-pound most aggressive animal in the Old Dominion), pay a visit to the hospitable nomads of Mongolia and explain why the Governor will be eating deer this holiday season. Also inside: a luxurious holiday gift guide; Tintin style; tasteful Thanksgiving tablescapes; Grandma Moses; Swannanoa; a Jeffersonian classic home tucked into lush mountains; the age of the Chesapeake Bay steam packet, and more.
A private-public partnership is working to protect the enigmatic swamp that has captured Virginians’ imaginations for centuries. more »
A look behind the scenes at the working life of the artists-cum-athletes of the Richmond Ballet, and into the world of la belle danse. more »