Photo by: Mia Artz

“Again and again, the cicada’s untiring cry pierced the sultry summer air like a needle at work on thick cotton cloth.”
— Yukio Mishima, Runaway Horses: The Sea of Fertility, 2

Can you feel the heat?  I can hear the thermostat screeching as it has been reaching Hades-like temperatures recently. If you aren't bingeing on Netlfix's, "Stranger Things", talking about the looming political farce that is calling itself an election, or getting in touch with your racial spectrum, then you are probably engaging in outdoor activities with friends, including backyard cookouts, enjoying the local breweries, or running naked on the James. We thought we'd capture the Summer in traditional style by showcasing some time-honored seasonal fare. We hope you enjoy the launch of CRAFT RVA in hopes that we are able to support local community and business, support local craftsmanship, and most of all just enjoy each other. Thanks for your readership! 

We are happy to be spotlighting, interestingly enough, two mobile establishments catering to the fine art of Southern classics.  Mean Bird has been making a name for themselves, frying up the crispy goodness of fried chicken and offering a twist with their Veggie Bird alongside some refreshing side options. ZZQ are proving themselves as BBQ masters here in RVA, perfecting a "slap yo mama" brisket that melts in your mouth and coincidentally, a BBQ seitan counterpart. Both are made up of husband/wife duos and have proven that the couple that works together...doesn't always kill each other at the end of the day.



Refreshments, Anyone?

Photo by: Jordan Hanna at  Liberty Public House

Photo by: Jordan Hanna at Liberty Public House

Summer Classic Cocktails

Summer proves that there is a dire need to hydrate and refresh with some seasonal classic cocktails. We've featured a few around town and some you can find most anywhere or make at home. As we await the cooler temperatures of Fall, let us float on our tubes, eat and drink refreshing things, and reminisce in the nostalgia of Summer's pasts...can someone hand me my Capri Sun and a Fruit Roll-Up, I've got some Q'Bert to play...