For me, trips to central Virginia often end up an ode to the University and a celebration of the food and beverages produced in the Commonwealth. Not only is VA producing wonderful wine (as described in my previous post), but many breweries are popping up as well. I went to meet a new friend and Sustainability Coordinator for UVA Dining at Devil's Backbone and was thrilled with their beer, although a bit intimidated by the size of the tasting.
What was most surprising, however, was the number of breweries we passed on the way to Devil's Backbone. Rt. 151 is filling up with breweries- it was so exciting to see. I also learned that while there are now four breweries in Nelson County, there is still only one stoplight!
I was thrilled to get the chance to talk about local and sustainable food with an incredible woman, Kendall Singleton who is working for UVA Dining. We were able to discuss the successes and challenges in promoting environmental stewardship at institutional dining halls and operations.
I also visited some lovely chickens perched in downtown Charlottesville:
VA, beer, sustainable food, and happiness!