Trick Or Treat

February 4, 2011

The gallery crawl is like Halloween for adults! Going gallery to gallery looking at art and tasting apps and wine :)

We started the night by walking 2 miles to downtown and meeting UVA medical student and KERF reader, Liz, at the Second Street Gallery.

I shy away from photographing the art in respect for the artists, but I have no problem photographing the food!


Second Street always has something good – tonight it was catered by the X Lounge, including fabulous fried polenta, spreads with breadsticks and crostini and balls of goat cheese in apricots!





Oh, and the art was amazing as well!!

We next stumbled upon a man, wearing a chair, walking on a treadmill and being blown by a fan. If that isn’t art, then I don’t know what is!


Many of the galleries have music – like this blue grass band!



We enjoyed a glass of Italian red and smoked salmon at Fellini’s


And sushi at Skylight Studios!



We ventured to McGuffey, which we always get to when the food and wine are gone


But not the chocolate!



Faith and I have a tradition at McGuffey of attending the $5 dance performance. Tonight’s was a soloist who did a 15 minute, 3-movement piece.


The husbands waited oh-so-patiently


When the crawl wrapped up around 7:30, we decided we were hungry and that we should try a new restaurant. We decided on Rapture!


Glass of wine fit the mood


Since I’d had nibbles already, I wasn’t too hungry, so I got a salad with smoked salmon on top that also came with the most amazing candied walnuts and blue cheese. I LOVE CANDIED WALNUTS AND BLUE CHEESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This was fabulous –


Matt and I just walked the 2 something miles back home in the cold dark, and I’m happy to be back in my house :mrgreen:


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1 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 4, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Seriously — candied walnuts & blue cheese are meant to be together is this world — delish!


2 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Woah what an awesome event!!


3 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy February 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I’m jealous of your city! And this is coming from someone who lives a stone’s throw away from NYC!


4 Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Fun times! Fellini’s is a popular DMB gathering place. Also, I love bluegrass music!


5 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan February 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm

That sounds like the funnest night!


6 Amanda February 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Looks like a great friday! Have a great weekend.


7 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Girl sounds like a blasty! I love the one with the guy on a treadmill with a chair..the things people do for art:)


8 Marilyn@ButteryBooks February 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm

That salad looks like the perfect meal to a fabulous evening!


9 Jess (Sweet Potato) February 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm

First Friday open galleries are the best! What is better than free food, wine, and art?!


10 Lauren at KeepItSweet February 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm

That looks like such a fun Friday night!! Have a great weekend:-)


11 Laura (Starloz) February 4, 2011 at 10:58 pm

what an incredible event, that’s so awesome.

the food you tasted through the night looks delish!


12 Hannah February 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Oh dear heavens I thought you wrote “fried placenta”. Polenta is the much better option!


13 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 4, 2011 at 11:07 pm

You guys are so classy! Gallery crawls and that delicious food… I love it :)


14 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I was going to ask if the guy on the treadmill with the fan blowing was cold… but i guess he had the chair on his back to keep him warm. 😉


15 Namaste Gurl February 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm

You and Matt are too cute- wish I was part of your gang :)


16 Kiran February 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Everything looks delish! We are hoping to squeeze some time for gallery crawl tomorrow :) have a great weekend!


17 Genie February 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm

What fun! And I totally OMG’d at the cat portrait. That looks JUST LIKE my cat!!!


18 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 4, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I would love to find something that near us — but to be honest I’ve never looked! I love the idea of “walking into town” and taking in the city. How fun!


19 Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 4, 2011 at 11:23 pm

What a fun night! I love the chocolate piece, too.


20 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm

what an AWESOME evening! Gallery Crawl. LOVE IT!

Much better than the Pub Crawls I have done in years past :)


21 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 4, 2011 at 11:40 pm

The galleries always put out such lovely nibbles.

Candied walnuts and blue cheese sound like an awesome combo!


22 stacey-healthylife February 4, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I wish we had fun things like that around here. Such fancy tasty appetizers.


23 Sana February 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm

I am lovingggg the food that these events!


24 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 5, 2011 at 12:05 am

That looks like an amazing evening!!


25 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf February 5, 2011 at 12:14 am

This looks like an AMAZING evening! Art! Food! Wine! Bluegrass!!!!! I was an art major and used to work in my university’s art gallery, so I absorb any chance I get to be a gallery dork again. It’s been awhile. I miss it so much!

I can’t speak for other artists, but I never minded having people photograph my art on the walls, nor did I stop anyone who came into the gallery wanting to document any of the exhibits. In fact, I found out through my husband that one of his classmates several years ago had photographed a painting I had displayed during my senior art show with his phone and set it up as his wallpaper. I was very flattered!


26 Camille February 5, 2011 at 12:19 am

Haha, gotta love abstract art!


27 Christin@purplebirdblog February 5, 2011 at 12:20 am

I’m inspired to strap my recliner to my back and take a jog, lol! 😀


28 Annette February 5, 2011 at 12:26 am

I adore candied walnuts and blue cheese also!!! What a fun night- I adore museum/apps on the town with the husband; it is a great Friday night date 😉


29 Allison @ Happy Tales February 5, 2011 at 12:41 am

Holy wowness. I think i need to retire to Charlottesville, VA…like… now? Yes, yes… that would be nice. Totally kidding. I’ll just move there instead. And open up a wellness shop next door to y’alls GHB! Pretty sure that’d be just as blissful as retirement!!


30 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) February 5, 2011 at 1:12 am

I am not a big fan of blue cheese (especially if it is really stinky), but throw those glazed pecans in there and I would definitely order the salad!


31 Runeatrepeat February 5, 2011 at 2:20 am

candied walnuts and blue cheese truly “make” a salad!


32 lynn @ the actor's diet February 5, 2011 at 2:31 am

i love art. and food.


33 Gill (snaxandthecity) February 5, 2011 at 3:26 am

that’s so nice to be able to wander about the galleries, snacking and looking at art! haha loved the treadmill guy – modern art for you!
i’ve never had a candied walnut i don’t think – lame!


34 Mary Frances February 5, 2011 at 9:35 am

Try ‘Spiced Nuts’:
1 egg white
1 tsp cold water
1 lb almonds or pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon, more to taste
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves (optional)
Beat egg white and water until frothy, but not stiff. Add nuts and mix until coated. Mix sugar and spices and add nuts to that bowl. Place on buttered shallow pan. Bake at 225* for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Watch they don’t burn.


35 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 5, 2011 at 5:26 am

Candied walnuts are my fav!!


36 Flo February 5, 2011 at 6:49 am

How cultured!?! lol Looks like an amazing place, wish the gallery’s near us did spreads like that! 😀


37 Katie February 5, 2011 at 6:54 am

Where you live looks so fun and so cute! When we lived in Alexandria , VA I loved going to their downtown area Old Town, they always had fun stuff going on and amazing dining too!

Looks like a great night, my fave part of the food would of been the sushi ; )


38 Kori February 5, 2011 at 7:20 am

It looks like y’all had an amazing evening!!! I’d love to do something like that. It looks so interesting and fun. :)


39 Lauren February 5, 2011 at 7:34 am

This sounds like such a fun grown up night out. 😉 That salad does look incredible. Smoked Salmon and blue cheese is fantastic!


40 Jo @ Jo's Diet Journey February 5, 2011 at 7:43 am

That sounds like a perfect night! Hope you had fun!!!


41 Jessica February 5, 2011 at 7:59 am

I don’t think any of the galleries near us have events like that… maybe the Detroit Institute, but thats a little far to go sometimes. That food looks amazing, especially whatever is in the first picture!



42 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 5, 2011 at 8:22 am

Candied walnuts? Be still my heart!


43 Rachel February 5, 2011 at 8:22 am

Love Matt and tate’s purses :)


44 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) February 5, 2011 at 8:33 am

Sounds like a fun Friday! Have a great weekend.


45 megan @ blackberries for jam February 5, 2011 at 8:33 am

Sounds like a perfect evening! You make me want to move to Charlottesville! I ALMOST went to law school at UVA!


46 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 5, 2011 at 8:39 am

After years of hating blue cheese, I think I’m finally starting to like it! That salad look good. 😀


47 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 5, 2011 at 8:59 am

You always see the most awesome events! I think I need to relocate..ha. 😀


48 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 5, 2011 at 8:59 am

I’m not a huge blue cheese fan but I’d definitely go for the candied walnuts! Looks like an amazing spread of food!


49 Meryl @ Scribbled Musings February 5, 2011 at 9:00 am

I wish I had something like this near me. I miss going to these.


50 Alaina February 5, 2011 at 9:23 am

I love these gallery “crawls”! I’ve been looking for something like that in Boston; haven’t found it yet. Looks like so much fun! :-)


51 molly l. February 5, 2011 at 9:37 am

my first date with my husband was at rapture- almost SEVEN years ago, thanks for the trip down memory lane :)


52 MonsteRawr February 5, 2011 at 9:44 am

So it’s basically like bar hopping except grown up and sophisticated? That sounds AWESOME!


53 Ma Fea February 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

Candied walnuts, blue cheese, wine, music, and ART?!? PERFECT evening! 😎


54 Ma Fea February 5, 2011 at 10:11 am

Oops. Before I hit “submit,” I meant to also add a thank you for your policy about not photographing the art. As the mom of an amazing artist, I appreciate that courtesy. Thanks, Kath.


55 Faith @ lovelyascharged February 5, 2011 at 10:55 am

Man, chair, treadmill, WHAAAA???? Methinks he had some of the wine as well?


56 Shannon (A Better Me) February 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm

How fun! Loving the kitty pic :)


57 Annie@stronghealthyfit February 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Sounds like a fun evening! Wish I had such interesting things to do where I live :-/


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