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It’s the end of a 95-year era for the Edwards family. Surry-based Edwards Virginia Smokehouse, the specialty ham empire that spans four generations, will be sold to Missouri-based Burgers’ Smokehouse, also an American multigenerational family ham business. Burgers’ Smokehouse will pay Edwards Virginia Smokehouse for use of Edwards’ trademark and recipes. Sam Edwards III, president of Edwards ...

All over Hampton Roads, Surf Rider is renowned for its crab cakes, made with so little binder they can’t be fried. The local chain’s lump-filled cakes bested the competition in two consecutive Virginian-Pilot taste tests, not to mention a recent blind-judged crab cake throwdown. But this year, said its third-generation co-owner, Chris Bennett, he almost had to take them off the menu. The ...

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