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SHOW YOUR GRATITUDE!
It’s Nurse & Teacher Appreciation Week!
Buy a Ferris Cooler lunch bag and fill it up with your teacher or nurse’s favorite goodies!

PERFECT GIFTS FOR NURSES & TEACHERS
Scout’s Pocket Rocket bag is perfect for all of the teachers and nurses in your life. Its 6 exterior pockets perfectly fit all day-to-day needs, each big enough to fit a waterbottle or even tennis balls. And of course, the most classic way to thank your teacher is with an apple. Say thanks with our housebaked apple cookie!

HELLO GHENT!
TASTE @ GHENT NOW OPEN

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA –TASTE is thrilled to announce the grand opening of TASTE Ghent at 407 West 21st Street, in Norfolk, and its return to the Ghent neighborhood. The 6,000 square foot location features several new concepts including a Borjo Drinkbar, the Breakfast on 21st Menu and table delivery, and TASTE Ghent will of course also continue to offer all of the favorite fare Hampton Roads residents have come to expect and grown to love over the company’s 44-year history.

A DAY FOR DADS
by Becky Loomis

I like to set the mood for my Father's Day menu planning by putting on my favorite country playlist called “Men Who Sound Like They Can Fix Things”. After that I cut up some early summer fruit from the farmstand and soak it with a bottle of Pinot Grigio. It's a combination that helps me think happy, uncomplicated thoughts. This year as I was settling into my routine it occurred to me -- I don’t know if Blake Shelton is a father, but he has made it okay for tall, handsome truck-driving men to sip sangria, so this year instead of drinking it purely for inspiration, I could pair it with something meaty and make it an official part of the Father’s Day meal.

CALLING ALL BEER & CHEESE LOVERS!
By Patrick Evans-Hylton

I hosted our second Hops & Cheese: A Beer and Cheese Paring Adventure recently at the TASTE Greenbrier location in Chesapeake. Along with a bevy of beverages from Chesapeake-based Big Ugly Brewing were five different perfectly paired cheeses. Here’s the cheeses we sampled, with a little bit of information about each, along with my Big Ugly Brewing beer pairings, and some other pairing ideas, too.

GOING TO PUNGO?
By Becky Loomis

Don’t get me wrong - I will never turn down a strawberry shortcake made with Nancy Silverton’s all-butter biscuits and real whipped cream. Nonetheless I have a lingering childhood suspicion of fruit passed off as dessert and my preferred use of in-season local strawberries, aside from snacking, is salad.

Here’s one to try, followed by a cocktail recipe. Making salad reminds me of swimsuit season, and suddenly I’m thirsty for something with a tiny umbrella in it.

April 23rd is National Picnic Day, and I know all of my friends will be expecting me to arrive with a basket full of fried chicken and deviled eggs in one hand, and a bottle of Patron-laced kombucha in the other. But I find as much inspiration for my picnics in a Renoir painting, or in a film by his son, as I do in...

It’s April, and spring is here.

Like food, our tastes take a lighter turn with wine this time of year. Good news: there are lots of great crisp vintages to enjoy. We sampled five “Wines with a Spring in Their Step” at the recent Bottles & Bites food/wine pairing class I instruct for TASTE.

MY LOVE OF SPECIALTY OLIVE OIL
By Becky Loomis

Specialty olive oil makes a wonderful hostess gift. I’m not going to pretend this was my idea. Meghan Markle must have tweeted it because it’s definitely a thing now, and it is great for me because I like to turn all of my vegetables into french fries, which you can do in an oven and call roasting. Roasting is quite nutritious.

TIME CRUNCH CHEF: CRABCAKE BAY-NEDICT
By Patrick Evans-Hylton

There’s convenience food and food that’s convenient. And, being pressed for time is understandable at Valentine's Day, because of course you want to spend the most time you can with your lovey-dovey, which makes this dish all the more relevant now. With a store full of quality, chef-prepared dishes, award-winning specialty food products, amazing beers and wine, and more, one of TASTE’s seven (soon to be eight) locations is the place for food that’s convenient.

By Patrick Evans-Hylton

Elongated flutes of gold-hued elixir, sparkling with the slightest hint of light and thousands of tiny bubbles that ride the length of the glass; this is champagne, and it is magic.

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