This week’s Buzz Bites answers the age-old question of what to get Dad for Father’s Day when he isn’t into neckties and really doesn’t want another card with a lawnmower or an ATM on it.
Thrill of the hunt
Graduate Charlottesville’s Camp Ten Four has planned Sunday specials with meat-loving fathers and friends in mind. The Hunter’s Board, for instance, includes Virginia ham, salami, pancetta and assorted cheeses. Steak and Potato Kabobs and the Spicy Chicken Sandwich also are among options available from 2 to 6 p.m. Learn more at graduatehotels.com.
Virginia Distillery Company in Lovingston will unveil its new Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky, a collaboration with Three Notch’d Brewing Company, during its Dads Love Drams event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Be sure to sneak in a distillery tour while you’re there.
The Pollocks will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. The MWO Food Truck will be there, too. For all the particulars, go to vadistillery.com.
Bourbon at Bonefish
Father’s Day Weekend at Bonefish Grill means that Dad can order a Bacon Jam Ribeye. An 18-ounce bone-in ribeye is flavored with a Woodford Reserve bourbon bacon jam and comes with his choice of two signature side dishes for $34.90.
Another choice is the Smoked Old Fashioned, which toasts the family holiday with “Woodford Reserve bourbon and a touch of maple with Agostura bitters and Bordeaux cherry smoked with oak and served over a Colossal ice cube” for $12.90.
Cigars and classic cars
Head to DuCard Vineyards in Etlan for a special Father’s Day gathering from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Madison County vineyard will offer pairings of Panacea Cigars with its own wines. Travis Elliott will be in charge of providing the mix of contemporary and classic tunes. Better yet, there’s no cover.
If you have a favorite classic car, park it on the back lawn and join other car enthusiasts for a leisurely afternoon of gazing under hoods and shooting the breeze. Keep an eye out for a 1963 El Camino, a first-generation Miata, a hot-rod Lincoln Continental, a ’69 Electra 225 and other head-turners. Find out more at ducardvineyards.com.
Main Street Music Series
Dad won’t be the only one who’d enjoy Orange Downtown Alliance’s 10th annual Ribs & Brews Fest, which is in its 10th year. The event is set for 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday in downtown Orange, next to the Visitor Center at 122 E. Main St. (The rain site will be the Pavilion at Lakeland Farm.)
Billy & The Backbeats will be starting the show, with Apple Butter Soul Band as the headliner. Listen for the Orange County High School Jazz Ensemble, too.
Food options include Mountain View Barbeque, Barbara’s Soul Food on Wheels and Uncle Elder’s BBQ. Bringing the beverages are Bald Top Brewing Company, Spencer Devon Brewing, Beer Hound Brewery, Old Trade Brewery and Hammerstone Cellars. The event is free. For details, go to theoda.org.
Breakfast in Scottsville
You know your dad better than anyone else does. Maybe he’d like to spend his day fishing, hitting the hiking trail or on the links. Tavern on the James in Scottsville serves up a hot breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sundays, so there’s plenty of time to fuel up and spend some time together before any other Father’s Day activities on your schedule.
Options include Baton Rouge grits with andouille sausage, country-fried pork loin and the Great Googly Moogly, which takes layers of biscuits, eggs, potatoes, bacon and cheddar cheese and blankets them with sausage gravy. Then there’s the Continental Come Together, which takes a French toast sandwich of chocolate, cream cheese and peanut butter and crowns it with peaches, apples and strawberries in syrup.
If you’re going to go tubing or swimming later and you’re looking for something a bit lighter, there are all kinds of a la carte offerings to build your own breakfast with. Get a closer look at the menu online at tavernonthejames.com.
Rhett’s River Grill and Raw Bar will close its current location next month. The restaurant’s last day in its current space will be July 15.
The restaurant is planning to open in a larger Zion Crossroads location by the end of the year. For details, follow Rhett’s on Facebook.
The Charlottesville City Market’s experiment with starting an hour later on Saturday mornings proved so popular with customers and vendors alike that it’s staying in effect for the rest of the season.
Through September, the market will offer its fresh produce, herbs, meats, baked goodies, plants and crafts from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Then the closing time extends until 1 p.m. until the market says goodbye for the winter months. Get all the details online at www.charlottesville.org/city market.