Community Notebook: Chefs Battle in Cooking Competition, Colonial Heritage Nationally Ranked

June 29th, 2011 by Amber Lester

community-notebook2Chefs will duke it out for the title of Iron Chef this week to benefit the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association. In Grove, area businesspeople are reaching out this summer to help citizens with their needs and donate talents, including photography. A public meeting is set to present a draft of the Hampton Roads Long-Range Transportation Plan. Read on for more details.

Area Chefs Battle in Iron Chef Competition Thursday

The Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association will host its 2011 Iron Chef Wine & Food Expo on Thursday.

The event pits local chefs in a competition to see who can produce the tastiest dish out of mystery ingredients that aren’t revealed until the contest begins. Before and during the competition, attendees can sample food from area restaurants.

Chefs competing in the event will represent Berret’s Seafood, Blue Talon Bistro, Colonial Heritage, Great Wolf Lodge, Kingsmill, Riverwalk, Seasons, Williamsburg Inn and Windsor Meade. Kingsmill, Le Yaca, Opus 9 Steakhouse, Second Street Bistro and Williamsburg Lodge will provide heavy hors d’oeuvres for guests. In addition, more than 50 wines from around the world will be available for sampling.

The event is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Windsor Meade of Williamsburg. Tickets are $65 per person, $120 per couple and $40 for non-drinking guests. Tickets are available at Aberdeen Barn, Second Street or online here.

Tickets are also available for a pre-event wine tasting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The tasting is $100 per person, and includes admission to the entire event. Only 100 people can attend the wine tasting, however. For more information, call 221-6835.

Colonial Heritage Named One of the Best

Colonial Heritage was recently named one of America’s 50 best master-planned communities by “Where to Retire Magazine.” The active adult community, created by Lennar, was the only adult community in Virginia to make the list.

The magazine’s editors began researching communities one year ago, and chose its list based on communities with clubhouses, recreation and activities that help residents stay engaged.

Summer of Love Benefits Grove Area

The folks at Monica Sigmon Photography are celebrating the community of Grove all summer long, with a Community Celebration Day on August 6 as a grand finale. They’re looking for help from the community to make the Grove Summer of Love a success. Monica Sigmon and her crew will be offering free portraits for Grove families on the morning of August 6. To help out with the endeavor, Silk Salon will be donating hair and makeup services. Williamsburg Event Rentals is pulling together family fun activities for the celebration day and Custom Culinary Connections is organizing a cookout.

There will also be some ongoing events throughout the summer for Grove residents. TowneBank is hosting a food drive at its Williamsburg locations, and The Carousel Children’s Boutique is organizing a clothes drive (going on through July 30) so families getting their portraits will look their best. Blink in New Town is collecting school supplies, and J.H. Fisher Construction will be doing free repairs to homes in Grove through the summer.

If you’re looking for ways to contribute, you can donate clothes, food or school supplies at the businesses listed above. To offer services, volunteer or make other donations, contact Monica Sigmon Photography at 564-8533. Find more information on the Summer of Love and the Day of Celebration here.

Look for a detailed story about the Summer of Love on Thursday on WYDaily.

Hampton Roads Long-Range Transportation Plan

The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization is hosting a public meeting Thursday on the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the region.

Covering the thirteen jurisdictions in Hampton Roads, the LRTP outlines transportation plans through 2034.

The meeting will provide a brief overview of the process of developing the LRTP, an opportunity to review the Draft List of Projects for Air Quality Conformity, and cover the final steps in the development and adoption of the plan before opening up for public commentary.

The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. in the theater of the Williamsburg Regional Library on Scotland Street. Visit the HRTPO website or the long-range plan website for more information.

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