U.S. restaurant business toughest in 17 years: NRA

U.S. restaurants are enduring their toughest time in 17 years as tight credit and falling home prices compel consumers to eat out less or spend less when they do, a National Restaurant Association economist said on Wednesday.

“This is the most challenging environment for restaurant operators since 1991,” Hudson Riehle, NRA chief economist, told Reuters. “Depending on how consumer spending proceeds in the fourth quarter, it could be the most challenging environment since the early 1980s.”

Published in: on October 20, 2008 at 4:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Time’s ripe for Virginia apples

Midway through Virginia Apple Month, there’s still time to indulge in the juicy splendor of a just-picked Virginia apple.

Published in: on October 15, 2008 at 4:32 am  Leave a Comment  

PVCC students reap fruits of local viticulture labors


For close to four years Piedmont Virginia Community College has used its viticulture and enology programs to school students in the ways of winemaking.

But this year, for the first time, a class is taking students, hands-on, from the vine to the wine — five cases of Cabernet Franc, per student, to be exact.

Roe Allison is a student in the Custom Crush class. On Thursday, Allison was in the Free Union area at Tra Vigne vineyards, where he and close to a dozen others walked along the rows of vines snipping grapes into plastic yellow bins — roughly 80 in all.

Published in: on October 13, 2008 at 12:57 am  Leave a Comment  

It’s vine time in Virginia this month

RICHMOND, Va. — October is Virginia Wine Month, with tastings, festivals and hotel packages around the state.

Published in: on October 12, 2008 at 4:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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