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July 1, 2008

Williamsburg Lodge offers tapas and tunes

Williamsburg Lodge Lobby Lounge now offers Tapas and Tunes Saturday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. "Tapas," or small portions, originated in Spain as part of the social scene. “Tapar” means “to cover” in Spanish, and as the story goes, the first tapa was a slice of ham served on top of a sherry glass to keep the flies out of the drink. Bartenders soon realized the salty ham made the patrons thirsty, and a tradition was born.

Today, tapas are enjoyed as individual appetizers before dinner or combined to make a light meal. In the Lodge Lobby Lounge, guests enjoy light jazz and cocktails while the tapas are prepared on grills in the courtyard just outside the Lounge. Tapas are priced from $5 to $12 and include such tempting fare as heavenly hummus with cucumber tomato relish, toasted flatbread with herbed goat cheese and flash seared beef brochettes with warm mushroom salad and sherry peppercorn aioli. Guests can enjoy traditional ales, wines and cocktails or Lodge specialties “Mitch’s Hurricane,” Tinto de Limon, Chambers Island Cosmo or Mobjack Bay Coffee Cocktail.

The Williamsburg Lodge is located at 310 S. England St. Reservations are not required for Tapas and Tunes.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as the nation’s largest living history museum. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates a Resort Collection with more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, and 66,000 square feet of conference space centered at the Williamsburg Lodge, as well as a new 20,000-square-foot spa, and the Golden Horseshoe golf courses. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at or

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