Mimi Ospina’s cakes are a feast for the mouth and the eyes. The self-taught cake artist runs Whipped Up by Mimi from home in Virginia Beach, where she has made hundreds of elegant, funky cakes from scratch for weddings and birthdays and just about any other event you can think of.
The Thanksgiving table can be a panoply of local flavors – if you plan far enough ahead (read: now). Heritage and heirloom varieties of meat and produce bring flavors and textures no longer available in most grocery stores.
The kids are about to watch the Williams family make commercial quantities of hard candy by hand using equipment, recipes and methods dating to the 1900s.
Today, vintage oyster platters sell for thousands of dollars, and one of the nation’s largest collections is on view – and for sale – in the Northern Neck town of Kilmarnock.
Some of the finest skillets in the South are made by hand in the shell of a two-bay auto shop tucked into Charlottesville’s trendy, industrial Belmont neighborhood.