First Bites: Little Star, Big Game -- Pen + Knife

We're always amused by the puzzled reactions we get when explaining to outsiders that a small town in Central Virginia boasts one of the most dynamic food scenes in the region. Thanks to local restaurant veterans and artisans who lean into their passions and grind through the years to maintain a vibrant industry reputation, a tractor beam has reached out far and wide to draw badass new talent into the pool, bringing a spike to the local punch that Charlottesville needs to stay fresh. Bright-eyed and ballsy, with few fucks to give about existing conventions, these transplants drop in and infuse this town with a bravado and creative swagger that turns heads.  

Mary Collins