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Rendez-Vous

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Rendez-Vous

Rendez-Vous is now open!  The newest downtown restaurant in Lynchburg, Virginia’s is ready to be explored and enjoyed.  Located at 1125 Main Street, in the heart of downtown, this restaurant is on it’s way to becoming a “new” favorite.  Standing at the corner of Main Street and 12th Street there is ample parking in its own, private parking lot.

Rendez-Vous

This bistro-style restaurant features a blend of French and Caribbean cuisines, including a few traditional menu choices from Haiti.  The decor is cozy and inviting while being forward thinking and a bit edgy.  You can choose to sit in the main dining room, at the bar or lounge area or when warmer weather hits outside on the patio.

The menu features an exquisite selection of dishes, cocktails and wines. The entrées are made from scratch with local, fresh ingredients and products. The menu offers a nice selection of appetizers, salads, entrées, tacos, crepes, sandwiches and sides.  Portions are ample, the sides are easily shared.  Choose from a traditional Escargot or Conch Fritter with a mango-habanero sauce to start.  The French Salad with walnuts, beets and chevre prepares your palate for Bouillabaisse, Coq au Vin, Cassoulette or Arroz con Pollo.  Be brave, try the Haitian Griot–a traditionally roasted pork loin with black beans, rice and pikliz or Curried Goat served with black beans, rice and collard greens.  Don’t forget to save room for dessert!

The bar offers a nice variety of signature cocktails, your old favorite cocktails and wines by the glass or bottle.  Be sure and ask for their cocktail menu.

As this is another great, but small, restaurant reservations are strongly recommended, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Call 434.528.1414 to arrange your dinner time.  Rendez-Vous is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday between 5:00 until 12:00.

Caramel-Dipped Popovers with Chocolate Mousse

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Cream Puff

February is halfway over, Valentine’s Day is in 2 days, so we’re asking, why not prepare this delicious, decadent dessert for your sweetie?  It’s got chocolate and caramel, so it can’t be all bad.  Read the recipe carefully, don’t let the ingredients and many steps scare you.  They really aren’t that hard to make. You will come out smelling like a rose!

Chocolate Mousse

  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (at least 70% cacao), melted, slightly cooled
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream, divided

Popovers and Assembly

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup grated white cheddar
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup sugar

Chocolate Mousse:  Place chocolate and salt in a large bowl; set aside.  Cook egg yolks, sugar and 1/2 cup cream in medium saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thick enough to coat a spoon, about 4 minutes.  Pour over chocolate mixture and whisk until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.  Let cool.  Do ahead: mousse can be made 2 days ahead.  Keep chilled.

Cream Puff with caramel drizzle

Popovers and Assembly:  Preheat oven to 425 degreesº.  Lightly butter 10 cups of standard 12-cup muffin tin or two 6-cup popover pans.  Whisk eggs in medium bowl to blend.  Bring cream, milk, salt and pepper to a simmer in a medium saucepan; whisking constantly, gradually add to eggs.  Whisk in flour, then cheese (no lumps should remain).

Divide batter among prepared muffin cups, fill remaining cups halfway with water, and bake 15 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350° and bake until popovers are puffed, golden brown and crusty, 20-25 minutes longer.  Turn out onto a wire rack and let cool.

Just before serving, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly coat with nonstick spray.  Fill a large bowl with ice water.  Bring sugar and 3 Tbsp. water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Boil, brushing down sides with a damp brush and swirling pan occasionally until mixture turns deep amber.  Set the bottom of saucepan in ice water to stop the cooking process and firm caramel slightly (this will make it easier to work with when dipping popovers).

Working quickly and with 1 popover at a time, dip bottoms into caramel and set, caramel side down, on prepared baking sheet; let cool.  (If caramel becomes too hard while dipping, reheat over medium-low heat to a workable consistency).

Once the caramel has set, mix mousse with a rubber spatula to loosen.  Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4″ pastry tip.  Working 1 at a time, poke holes in tops of popovers with pastry tip and fill popovers with mousse.

 

At the Academy Center of the Arts, Chart Toppers of the Past

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Academy Center of the Arts

Academy Center of the Arts

Academy Center for the Arts

The  Academy Center of the Arts, a historic theatre in Lynchburg, Virginia is hosting an evening of the best-loved Broadway and Billboard hits on Saturday, February 16, 2019.  Between the hours of 7:30 until 9:00 pm the Jefferson Choral Society will sing songs known and loved by all.  A trip down memory lane, the repertoire includes You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban, What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong, Happy, Pharrell Williams and Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkle, among others.

The Jefferson Choral Society is Central Virginia’s oldest and largest adult choir. It was chartered in 1990  and is composed of more than 85 members.  The Jefferson Choral Society has performed throughout Virginia, Washington, DC and at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  They have traveled to Germany, Austria, France, Italy, England and Scotland.

Tickets can be purchased at the Academy Center of the Arts’ Theatre box office at 434.846.8499.  General admission tickets are $20.00.  Box Seats are $35.00.  You can view the seating map for the theatre at www.academycenter.org.  Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg.

The Academy of Music, as it was originally known as, first opened its doors on February 1, 1905.  Approximately 800 people attended the grand opening, which included the musical comedy “The Show Girl.”  Those who attended were reasonably affluent, as the tickets cost $10 a seat, or $280 today!

The theater closed its doors in 1958.  In the early 2000s, a restoration effort started.  Local community leaders, philanthropists, business owners, and concerned citizens banded together and committed to restoring this historic, cultural icon in downtown Lynchburg.  In December 2018 the theater came alive once again, as part of the Academy Center of the Arts.  Various performances, theatrical and choral events are scheduled throughout the year.  Visit their website www.academycenter.org for a calendar of upcoming events.

The Academy, as the locals call it, is located just blocks from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast and all the wonderful downtown restaurants so you can leave your car here and enjoy a great dinner, fantastic show and get a little exercise as a bonus.