Bay Bites

Beer, Bratwursts and More at the First Ever Shacktoberfest

On Oct. 6–7, The Shack on 8th transformed its outdoor beach oasis into a German village in celebration of all things Oktoberfest. The weekend event, appropriately dubbed Shacktoberfest, poured a myriad of craft brews and introduced guests to traditional, German-style…

Back Bay Farmhouse Brewing Co. Opens in Virginia Beach

The highly anticipated Back Bay Farmhouse Brewing Co. has officially opened in Virginia Beach, and while it’s the newest brewery in town, it feels far from actually being in town. Set in a renovated 1912 farmhouse, the brewery eschews the…

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Hosts Fourth Annual Bier Fest

After wrapping up their Food & Wine Festival in June, Busch Gardens Williamsburg swaps corks for barrels at their fourth annual Bier Fest. Coinciding with the conclusion of Virginia Craft Beer Month, the Oktoberfest celebration showcases the savors and expertise…

Civil Libation Pairs Trendy Cocktails with Refined Bar Bites

Photos by Reid Schiff of The Creative Creatives The Story Owning a bistro-style restaurant had always been high on Delynda Woods’ wishlist. For years she worked as a corporate higher-up for popular food chains like Outback Steakhouse, learning the managerial…

First Watch Daytime Café Opens in Virginia Beach

When the famed breakfast joint broke ground on Virginia Beach Boulevard this summer, it became the third First Watch location in Coastal Virginia. The daytime café originated in Pacific Grove, Calif. in 1983 and now operates over 250 locations nationwide.…

Snacktown Breakdown at Aloha Snacks Features Local Musicians and Brews

On Saturday, Aug. 18, the Oceanfront parking lot and tropical interior of Aloha Snacks will transform into a communal venue for the ultimate Hawaiian-style streetfest. Snacktown Breakdown celebrates the arts by showcasing the musical talents of local artists, exceptional craftsmanship…

Wednesday Night Brewfest at Grain Rooftop Beer Garden

Downtown Norfolk has forged its way as a premier destination for Coastal Virginia socialites. The multitude of restaurants at Waterside District and refurbished Sheraton have certainly helped to modernize the metropolitan area, and The Main and its trendy rooftop bar have…

Old Beach Tavern Redefines the Local Pub

Renovating a former flooring showroom into a trendy, industrial tavern are four Virginia Beach residents on a mission to redefine ‘local.' Old Beach Tavern is a spacious, family-friendly bar situated just outside the residential community of Kings Grant in Virginia Beach.…

Nutritious Meets Delicious at the North End’s Café 67

Chef Douglas Cooperman is a Coastal Virginia native whose culinary style celebrates not only the art of seaside cuisine, but the exotic flavors of international gastronomy. As a Navy spouse, Cooperman accompanied his wife on several military transfers including tours…

Former Green Flash Facility to Become Home to New Realm Brewing

Atlanta-based New Realm Brewing announces plans to take over the building formerly occupied by Green Flash Brewing Company in Virginia Beach. The craft brewery founded by Carey Falcone, Bob Powers and Mitch Steele in 2016 will feature a state-of-the-art taproom, private…

Smartmouth Brewing Offers Gluten-Free Beers

As a pioneer of gluten-free brews and with a location in Norfolk and now a new Pilot House in Virginia Beach, Smartmouth Brewing Company announces the addition of two gluten-free beers to their summer line-up. Just released on tap is the Happy Life Belgian…

Richmond’s Isley Brewing Company to Open in Virginia Beach

After five years of great success in Richmond’s Scott’s Addition, Isley Brewing Company is expanding on beer production with a new location in Virginia Beach's ViBe Creative District. A 5,582-square-foot facility built in 1946 and located near the Oceanfront will become…

Peninsula Fine Arts Center's ARTini Cocktail Event

I entered the judges' tasting room, tucked in the back of Boathouse Live, and smiled at the sight of a table overflowing with artfully-presented cocktails popping with color. How appropriate, I thought, for a party put on by Peninsula Fine…

Williamsburg Taste Festival Celebrates Culinary Traditions

The Williamsburg Taste Festival returns for its third year to celebrate our nation’s most famed food traditions. The four day event will take place at several Williamsburg establishments from Thursday, April 19 to Sunday, April 22. Williamsburg is home to…

Norfolk Chef Shares Winning Recipe from 10th Annual Samoa Soiree

Over 300 Girl Scout supporters gathered at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel on March 17 to celebrate the 10th Annual Samoa Soiree hosted by the Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast. The culinary celebration featuring 11 local chefs and eight celebrity judges funds…

Mermaid Winery Excited to Open in Virginia Beach

Mermaid Winery's Virginia Beach location celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, March 15. Following the ribbon cutting, Mermaid Winery served guests exclusive tastings as well as offer complimentary tours of the winemaking facility. Mermaid Winery established itself as Virginia’s first…

The Best Thing I Ate This Week: The Lifeguard at Java Surf

As if I needed another excuse to dine out, Virginia Beach Restaurant Week returned in full force, serving delicious, discounted courses at over 90 local restaurants. Craving a hearty sandwich and warm dose of caffeine, I decided to limit my…

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week: Tupelo Honey

Restaurant Week is here in Virginia Beach, with irresistible prix fixe breakfast, lunch and dinner specials creatively curated by chefs at excellent eateries. Our Director of Marketing Lisa Davenport and I were delighted to dine out for a lavish lunch…

VINTAGE Kitchen Chef Prepares Blended Burger at James Beard House

Chef Phillip Thomason of Norfolk’s VINTAGE Kitchen was invited to the James Beard House’s Blended Burger Bun’anza in New York City in January, an evening celebrating the top-voted blended burgers that competed in the James Beard Foundation’s third annual Blended…

Aloha Snacks Opens at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Chef Jesse Wykle is introducing Virginia Beach residents to a new beach-style cuisine with his Hawaiian-inspired snack shack, Aloha Snacks. Located at the former Beach Pharmacy at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Aloha Snacks serves up a fusion of Southern and Asian dishes…