A Feast Fit for an Emperor

At VMFA’s Amuse Restaurant, in celebration of the current exhibition Napoleon: Power and Splendor, Chef de Cuisine Greg Haley’s thoughtful and refined Napoleon-inspired menu ranges from the casual Le Burger to a sumptuous Lobster Thermidor. This week, on the heels of Bastille Day and France’s World Cup victory, Chef Haley added a more down-to-earth, traditional…

Juana Straus with one of her confectionery creations.

Edible Art

Juana Straus is an artist. But rather than oil or acrylic, her mediums are sugar and flour. And instead of paintbrushes, her creative tools include whisks and spatulas. Straus is the pastry chef at VMFA’s Amuse Restaurant, where she has worked since it opened in 2010. Her artistry was recently recognized with a nomination for…

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Better Than the Eiffel Tower

My husband and I took our eleven year old granddaughter to Paris this past summer.  When asked what she wanted to see, she quickly responded– the Eiffel Tower.  We couldn’t argue with that.  Who doesn’t like the Eiffel Tower?  Loving French cuisine, we next focused on lunch.  A friend recommended the Jules Verne restaurant, located…

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Cheers to Beers!

Thank goodness it’s finally here! Beer Week, a week we look forward to all year. Amuse is offering a special prix fixe menu for a dinner beer extravaganza featuring 5 courses with 5 beers on Tuesday, November 8, at 6:00pm. See if you can resist: Rappahannock Fried Oysters / Meyer Lemon Aioli Saison DuPont Farmhouse…