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Equinox Coffee Co. Creates Weekly Nox Box Amid COVID-19

Equinox Coffee Co. remained open for takeout throughout stay-at-home. “We could be one point of normalcy,” says Heidi Joy Delacruz who manages the cozy coffee shop in Norfolk’s Park Place. To reach those who weren’t venturing out, she and owner…

Commune Launches Student-Led Restaurant in Norfolk

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Commune’s Norfolk location closed its doors. The sustainable restaurant is set to reopen this Saturday, Aug. 15 with a new culinary concept, CommunexCROP. In partnership with The CROP Foundation (CROP), an organization dedicated…

Virginia Cheese Co. Opens Following COVID-19 Delay

Ashtyn Greene was close to unveiling her Virginia Cheese Company in Norfolk’s Freemason District when COVID-19 nixed that. But she’s resilient (her mom chose her name because a complicated pregnancy meant she would have to be strong, like an ash…

Norfolk’s Grandiflora Wine Garden Prepares to Open

Besides a newborn baby, nothing expresses faith in the future like a garden. That’s why the plantings and progress at Grandiflora Wine Garden, a nascent three-room inn and wine bar in Norfolk’s Chelsea, delivered a pop of optimism during our…

The Neighborhood Harvest Cultivates a New Mission

During a time when going to the grocery store can be a risk, people are relying more than ever on the convenience on food delivery services. While many area farmers markets have adapted during coronavirus, The Neighborhood Harvest has another…

Quarantine Cooking: Soft-shell Crabs Benedict

COASTAL BRUNCH: A delicacy synonymous with spring, crisp-fried soft-shells pair perfectly with the zing of classic hollandaise. (All photos by Kathy Keeney)   Sure, we’re all stuck at home these days. But spring has sprung and there is still a plethora of great…

Farm Markets Continue to Serve during Coronavirus

Click here to see list of operating farmers markets Birds chirping, pollen-covered cars, warmer temperatures and weekend trips to the farmers market are all signs of spring. With coronavirus disrupting our regular springtime routines, maintaining a sense of normalcy can…

Tenth TASTE Location Opens in Town Center

Virginia Beach Town Center just got a little tastier. TASTE, the popular Virginia Beach-born gourmet specialty food market and café, celebrated the opening of its 10th location—this one with a prominent presence in Virginia Beach’s Town Center—with a ribbon-cutting ceremony…

Lemon-Ups and Lobster Shine at 12th Annual Samoa Soiree

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast A wintery forecast couldn’t stop the sweet and savory fun and Mardi Gras-themed festivities at the 12th annual Samoa Soiree held at the Westin Hotel in Virginia Beach on Feb. 20. Hosted by the Girl Scouts of the…

Cheese It Up Food Truck Debuts in Virginia Beach

There’s a new food truck in Coastal Virginia, and owner Mike McMurphy isn’t shy about hitting you with the ooey-gooey good stuff. It says so right in the name. Cheese It Up food truck—easy to spot with its bright blue…

Cantina Laredo Opens in Virginia Beach Town Center

Photos by Christina Tickell Seemingly overnight, a modern Mexican eatery appeared on the upper level of Town Center’s most recent build-out. The sleek Cantina Laredo resides next to Zeiders American Dream Theater and offers al fresco dining with sweeping views…

Wines and Spirits at CoVa WineFest

Photo by David Uhrin We recently told you about the craft beers and ciders that will be available in the Virginia Craft Beer Garden at the the 2020 Coastal Virginia Magazine WineFest, Jan. 25–26 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Now let’s talk…

Norfolk’s Saltine Serves Special Speakeasy Cocktails

Photo by Grace Silipigni Saltine has been pegged an urban seafood destination and leading happy hour bar, but this month the Norfolk hotspot takes on a new persona—a swanky speakeasy. The Hilton lobby bar was selected as one of only…

Craft Beers Offered at CoVa WineFest

You know who they are. Those people who show up at a wine festival and head straight for a glass of…wait…IPA? But it’s cool. We’ve got you covered. Beer and cider lovers are welcome at the 2020 Coastal Virginia Magazine…

Hospice House to Celebrate Elegant Culinary Affaire

In Roaring ‘20s fashion, the Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg is ringing in the new year with a milestone fundraising event. On Sunday, Jan. 26 the nonprofit will host its 30th Annual Elegant Culinary Affaire at the luxurious…

Vegan Street Eats at The Bumbling Bee

“Are you sure there’s no meat in here?” We pose this question at least a dozen times during our first visit to The Bumbling Bee. The self-proclaimed vegan junk food and burger bar is the first brick-and-mortar location of longtime…

Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation Grand Auction

Photos by Jessica Shea Photography In November, over 700 wine-loving philanthropists flocked to Southside Marina at Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach for the 29th Annual Grand Auction. The long-running auction hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation is one of…

Eggnog Trio Takes Flight at Williamsburg Winery

The Williamsburg Winery is bringing good tidings to eggnog lovers with the third annual release of its festive Eggnog Trio. The creamy sips are crafted by Chef David McClure and served exclusively in the Gabriel Archer Tavern. The classic Christmas…

Fall Plates Added to Catch 31 Menu

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Photos courtesy of the Hilton/Catch 31 Last month, Catch 31’s Executive Chef Kyle Woodruff unveiled new fall plates brimming with autumnal tastes and seafood eats. All…

Varia Hosts Wine Dinner with Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth

When former bottle shop owner Matthew Emborski joined the Varia team in May, hosting wine dinners was at the top of his list. The level 2 sommelier selects vinos from the world’s most prominent wine regions and collaborates with Varia’s…

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Williamsburg

For the second consecutive year, the revered Williamsburg Lodge illuminated its ballroom in stark whites and royal purples in honor of the annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction. The yearly event showcases the culinary ingenuity of Coastal Virginia chefs…