Roanoke Times: Best Of Readers Choice Polls

Best Of Readers Choice Polls

We are just as anxious as you are to see who will be voted Best Of for 2015!

Thank you for participating in Best Of! We can’t wait to share the results with you!

For our New River readers, results will be published on Sunday, May 24. For SWoCO, So Salem and Botetourt View readers, results will be published on Wednesday, May 27.

Winners

Best of 2014 winners: Bargain Hunting
Posted: November 09, 2014
Best of 2014 winners: Holiday Pampering
Posted: November 09, 2014
Best of 2014 winners: Holiday Decor
Posted: November 09, 2014
Best of 2014 winners: Specialty Shopping
Posted: November 09, 2014
Best of 2014 winners: Holiday Entertaining
Posted: November 09, 2014
Best of 2014 winners: Shopping Local
Posted: November 09, 2014

Community traditions

Southwest Virginia Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”: A tradition on pointe for 18 years
Posted: November 09, 2014

No holiday season would be complete without “The Nutcracker.” Arguably the most popular ballet in the United States, this tale of a wooden toy come to life that does battle with an army of mice has been a favorite since the 1950s. The ballet offers many parts for children, which is no doubt a key to its appeal.

Floyd's Jacksonville Center prepares to celebrate 20 years of Winterfest
Posted: November 09, 2014

Winterfest at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts

Salem Christmas parade kicks off weekend of holiday activities
Posted: November 09, 2014

Salem is a city with about 25,000 people covering just 14 square miles, but it knows how to throw a great Christmas party.

35th annual Old Southwest Parlor Tour set for Dec. 6-7
Posted: November 09, 2014

Back in 1980, only a Christmas miracle could save the Alexander-Gish House in Highland Park.

People flock to Elks Home Lightning Ceremony for the holidays
Posted: November 09, 2014

The 61st annual holiday lights extravaganza has helped earn Bedford the nickname "Christmas Capital of Virginia."

Christmas Eve Luminary Display lights up Buchanan
Posted: November 09, 2014

The small town of Buchanan rests about 30 minutes from the heart of Roanoke. When night falls on each Christmas Eve, the streets are lined with luminaries and it becomes what residents call “the town that glows with love at Christmas.”

Fashions for Evergreens promises unusual, elegant holiday decorations
Posted: November 09, 2014

What will the best-dressed Christmas trees be wearing this year?

Holiday recipes

Chesapeake Seafood Stew
Posted: November 09, 2014

Courtesy of Chef Jeff Bland, US Foods.

Holiday Panini
Posted: November 09, 2014

Thanks to Bo Bernard, assistant director of Dining Services/executive chef at Ferrum College, for this recipe that'll use up some leftovers after the big holiday supper.

Homestead Resort Chocolate Cherry Truffles
Posted: November 09, 2014

Another gourmet (but not too intimidating) recipe from The Homestead Resort, Bath County.

Jeff Farmer's Scalloped Oysters
Posted: November 09, 2014

Jeff Farmer, chef at Lucky in downtown Roanoke, sent along this special recipe and explained its significance:

Marty's White Cheddar Cheese Grits
Posted: November 09, 2014

Courtesy of Marty Montano, owner of Montano's International Gourmet in Roanoke.

Marty’s Korean Beef BBQ
Posted: November 09, 2014

Courtesy of Marty Montano, owner of Montano's International Gourmet in Roanoke.

Matt Lintz's Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Posted: November 09, 2014

The bacon, pecans, maple, and balsamic all help to add depth and balance the mild bitterness of the tiny cabbages. Courtesy of Matt Lintz, chef at Local Roots Restaurant in Roanoke.

OREO Cookie Pie
Posted: November 09, 2014

This recipe was submitted by Tom Hamelman, chef/instructor in the culinary arts program at Jackson River Technical Center in Alleghany County.

Oyster Stew
Posted: November 09, 2014

Thanks to Chef Jeff Bland, US Foods, for this tantalizing recipe.

Pumpkin Soup
Posted: November 09, 2014

Andy Schlosser, owner of Metro! in downtown Roanoke, shared this belly-warming recipe.

Need a gift or a place to take guests? Explore our Best Of archives below.

Holiday shopping

Sunday 11/09/2014
Welcome to Best of Holiday Shopping 2014
Posted: November 09, 2014

I’ve called Southwest Virginia home for more than 30 years. While many fellow graduates have dispersed throughout the country and the world, I have never found a place that feels as much like home as this corner of the Commonwealth.

Thursday 11/07/2013
Welcome to Best Of Holiday Shopping 2013
Posted: November 07, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I glanced at the calendar and nearly suffered a panic attack. Only two months left in the year and I hadn’t bought the first holiday gift (well, unless you count that magazine subscription I was asked to renew six months ago).

Best of Holiday Shopping 2013 Results - Shopping Local
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:42 pm

Best of Holiday Shopping 2013 Results - Shopping Local

Best of Holiday Shopping 2013 Results - Bargain Hunting
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:42 pm

Best of Holiday Shopping 2013 Results - Bargain Hunting

Best of Holiday Shopping 2013 Results - Specialty Shopping
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:42 pm

Best of Holiday Shopping 2013 Results - Specialty Shopping

Best of Holiday Shopping 2013 Results - Holiday Decor
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:42 pm

Best of Holiday Shopping 2013 Results - Holiday Decor

Best of Holiday Shopping 2013 Results - Holiday Pampering
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:42 pm

Best of Holiday Shopping 2013 Results - Holiday Pampering

Wednesday 11/06/2013
Best of Holiday Shopping 2013 Results - Holiday Entertaining
Posted: November 06, 2013

Best of Holiday Shopping 2013 Results - Holiday Entertaining

Community

Sunday 05/18/2014
Best of the New River Valley 2014
Posted: May 18, 2014

For the 9th year in a row, we asked readers to name the best things in the New River Valley. Here's what you told us:

Wednesday 04/09/2014
The Best of Southwest Roanoke County 2014
Posted: April 09, 2014

For the sixth year in a row, we asked readers to pick“The Best of Southwest Roanoke County.”

The Best of Botetourt 2014
Posted: April 09, 2014

For the sixth year in a row, we asked readers to pick“The Best of Botetourt.”

The Best of Salem 2014
Posted: April 09, 2014

For the sixth year in a row, we asked readers to pick“The Best of Salem.”

Sunday 05/12/2013
The Best of the New River Valley 2013
Posted: May 12, 2013

For the eighth year in a row, we asked readers to pick “The Best of the New River Valley.” And you sure did!

Friday 04/19/2013
The Best of Botetourt 2013
Posted: April 19, 2013

For the fifth year in a row, we asked readers to pick

The Best of Salem 2013
Posted: April 19, 2013

For the fifth year in a row, we asked readers to pick “The Best of Salem.”

The Best of Southwest Roanoke County 2013
Posted: April 19, 2013

For the fifth year in a row, we asked readers to pick

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