A sparkling tasting for Sparkles & Sweets

Sparkles & Sweets

Support Downtown Staunton by coming out to Sparkles & Sweets this weekend. Visit AVA for free Thanksgiving sides samples and a sparkling wine tasting for $5.

Creative, no-tree nut school lunches

School Lunches

Has your kid’s school banned tree nuts in school lunches? Here are ideas to help you keep it fresh and nutritious for your child each day and easy on you!

Thank you for supporting downtown Staunton

Thank you cards letterpress

Last week’s restaurant week was a huge success but the bigger success goes to our community year-round, with its many reasons to enjoy — and support — downtown Staunton!

Special Southern Riffs for an Outstanding Restaurant Week


Staunton’s Restaurant Week has got me excited for a special menu just for you at only $30 for 3 courses or $42 with wine pairings.

Holding events at AVA

Sofia Coppola Blanc de Blancs.

A testimonial from a guest blogger about all the events — personal and public — that she’s held at AVA.

My fantastic staff

AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar

Remembering to give praise where praise is due is an important value to me both personally and with my restaurant. So please, let me brag on my AMAZING staff!

Best of Virginia voting time

Best of Virginia

Most of the time I’m writing to tell you about something new or interesting happening at the restaurant — or a fun story about my life with food. But today I’m writing to ask you if you would do something for me. Are you up for it? It’s pretty easy, actually. Our Best of Virginia […]

Holiday wishes and holiday hours

Merry Christmas postcard

Owning one’s own business is great. You’re the boss, the decision-maker, you get to choose the look and feel, and at the end of the day, it’s all yours! But being “all yours” also means the downside, which is almost always needing to be there to run the place. Small business owners take this in […]

A season of gratitude

Vintage Thanksgiving card

As I know many of you are doing, I am relishing in this season of Thanksgiving by reflecting on the things for which I am grateful. There are so many things to be grateful for, so many things that are our blessings. And as we focus on those we see that even our very privilege […]

Tuesday nights open acoustic jams

Acoustic Jams at AVA

You asked and we listened. (Or maybe it was, you sang and we listened.) And what was it that we lent our ears to so eagerly? Music, of course! Open jams So here’s the backstory. For a while now I’ve had more than a few people come to me looking for a place for to […]