A UVA Tradition: The Grillswith

Photo by Jeff Saxman

In the latest issue of University of Virginia Magazine I wrote an investigative food history story on the infamous grillswith, a 756-calorie dish involving two grilled doughnuts and a scoop of ice cream that originated from the University Diner and still exists at various restaurants in Charlottesville today. The greasy dish was known as a hangover cure and a good way to soak up booze after a night of gallivanting. Read the story here.

Richmond Magazine’s 2017 Sourcebook

richmond-magazine-2017-sourcebook-coverRichmond Magazine’s biblical Sourcebook is out now. When I was an editor at the mag, I remember the daunting task of helping put together this beast of a book. I got to work on it right as we moved to town, and it was a great way for me to get to know the River City.  The glossy showcases everything you need to know about living and working in Richmond from the city’s great attractions and distractions to school and business news, along with living and dining tidbits. In this issue I wrote a little piece on outdoor living and the trend of homeowners investing more in their backyards and patios. Go out and grab yo’self a copy now, and happy reading! xo, marissa

R•Home Magazine January/February 2017 issue

In the January/February issue of R•Home magazine I wrote about Richmond’s restaurants. But rather than focusing on the food, I wrote about the beautiful design that goes into some of our city’s fabulous eateries. We also included a sidebar on how to get the look at home. Read the story here.

Along with writing a restaurant design feature on Shagbark, Laura Lee’s, and Belle & James, I had the pleasure of interviewing Evan and Kristy Cotter, owners of the gift shop Dear Neighbor, for the magazine’s Favorites column. If you haven’t made it to their new Church Hill boutique, it’s worth a visit. Happy reading! xo, marissa

The Knot – Fall/Winter 2016 issue

Up until a few days before our wedding I was writing local content for the The Knot’s fall/winter Mid-Atlantic issue. So, as you can imagine, I’m very excited to see this baby in print. Inside you’ll find inspiring D.C., Maryland, and Virginia real weddings, along with the latest and greatest vendors and venues. Go out and grab a copy off newsstands now. In the meantime, you can read up on some real wedding blog posts I’ve been writing for The Knot’s site. xo, Marissa

An Urban, Bohemian Wedding at a Private Event Space in Nashville, Tennessee
A Romantic Vineyard Wedding at Old House Vineyards in Culpeper, Virginia
A Classic Southern Wedding at The Plantation on Sunnybrook in Roanoke, Virginia
A Laid-Back Seaside Wedding at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Maryland
An Elegant Winery Wedding at CrossKeys Vineyards in Mount Crawford, Virginia
A Classic Nautical-Inspired Wedding at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Annapolis, Maryland

R•Home’s January/February issue

RHome Jan:Feb coverTo welcome the New Year, R•Home magazine’s January/February issue features our annual Hot List, the top 10 innovators in Richmond’s design scene. We cherry-picked the coolest people, places and things that you should keep your eye on in 2014, ranging from the beautification of the Arts District, the Leigh Street Armory’s transformation into the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, and artists like potter Tasha McKelvey. We also feature two eclectic West End homes, brunch recipes by The Magpie, a Q&A with co-author of The Kinfolk Table Rebecca Parker Payne, and much more. You can buy a copy at Urban Farmhouse locations, Martin’s stores, as well as the Barnes & Noble at Libbie Place. Happy 2014! cheers, marissa

New job with Richmond Magazine

I’m excited to say that I’ve accepted an editorial job with Richmond Magazine and will be starting on Monday. I will be an associate editor with the city magazine and will also be the managing editor of its home magazine, R*Home. Absolutely thrilled about the job! With the home magazine I will get to combine my passion for writing with my love of art, architecture and design. At one point I was accepted and enrolled in architecture school, but long story short, chose journalism. Very excited that my future job combines both my loves.

Mommy blogger cover story for C-Ville Weekly

I wrote this week’s cover story for C-Ville Weekly on the phenomenon of mommy blogging. While living in Charlottesville the story was assigned to me as one of my freelance projects. I found it interesting to write as a young woman and writer who is always looking for older female role models, especially those who are mothers.

Mommy bloggers are not new — they have been around for nearly a decade. But, the point of my story was to see if now (almost a decade later) the genre has been tarnished. In the story I take a look at four Charlottesville mommy bloggers and inject my opinion (yes, journalists do that). Be sure to read the story here. Also, be sure to leave a comment. It’s generated a lot of commentary. Not sure if most of it is local to Charlottesville or from elsewhere. But, it’s great to see such a heated debate.