I am so excited to introduce this issue because it epitomizes what we love so much about our region, and what we seek to bring you: passion. People who are passionate about creating, passionate about the way they live, passionate about doing what they love. We take a little peek into the worlds of several of the region’s artists. These are people who intricately and intimately create their vision of the world and share it with the rest of us. And we take a look at an art community flourishing in an old bakery in Norfolk. Our region has spawned so much talent –
artists of national and international renown – and we can bring you only a glimpse of it in one issue. Keep an eye out for more.
Many of us also have a great passion for food. It has to sustain not just our bodies, but also our curiosity. It’s our culture and comfort. Around these parts, barbecue inspires such fervor. So we sent out a North Carolina native in search of some pork that made him feel at home. And he found a lot of it. Of course, we couldn’t possibly include all the wonderful barbecue in our region, so check out his favorites and find your own. I did. In the picture above, you can see John and me
about to stuff ourselves (I’m a sucker for that Soo-ey Sweet sauce) at the Belmont House of Smoke in Norfolk. However you like it, there’s plenty here for you to discover. And speaking of food, check out luscious recipes for all those tomatoes that will soon be gracing your backyard and local farmers markets, as well as a conversation with Fabio Rinaldi, of Norfolk’s Sirena restaurant.
Also in these pages, we take you into the heart-pounding world of big-game hunting on the water – sight casting. These anglers stalk their prey, laying eyes upon the fish before the heated pursuit. And we join a family farm, where they make their living straight off the land.
And of course, what would Distinction be without a bit of fun? Come on a road trip back in time in our summer fashion preview.
As always, thank you for reading.
- Judy Le, Distinction editor