The Charlottesville 29

If there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29?

A Culture of Takeout: Charlottesville Restaurant Dining at Home

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Charlottesville’s restaurants are a big part of what makes it special. To help them survive the grave threat that COVID-19 poses to their businesses, our restaurants invite Charlottesville to embrace a culture of takeout. For people practicing social distancing, restaurants can bring a little brightness into lives of seclusion: restaurant dining at home. As often as you can, why not make a habit of treating yourself? It’s a delicious way to help save our restaurants.

Meanwhile, buy gift cards, too. Restaurants need you. And, you need them.

This list will be updated by the minute with changes and additions. Send updates or additions to charlottesville29@gmail.com. Tip generously!

Restaurants of The Charlottesville 29

Ace Biscuit & Barbecue

Takeout only. 8am – 3pm. Call (434) 202-1403. Menu.

Al Carbon

Takeout and delivery only. 11pm – 9pm. Order online or call (434) 202-2609. Menu.

Beer Run

Curbside pick-up and delivery of food, beer, and wine. Family-style meals, too. Tues-Wed, 12pm – 7pm; Thu-Sat, 11 am – 8 pm; Sun, 11am – 6 pm.  Order online, call (434) 984-2337, or email info@beerrun.com. Menu.

Bizou

Takeout only. 4pm – 7 pm. Order online.

Bodo’s

Drive-thru only. Credit card only (Visa, MC, Discovery). Menu.

C&O

Curbside pick-up of three course menu. Wednesday – Saturday, 5-7 pm. Order by email at dean@candorestaurant.com or call (434) 249-4040. Place orders by 5 pm. All profits and additional gratuities go directly to the C&O employee fund. Menus.

Duner’s

Takeout only of food, beer, and wine. Call (434) 293-8352. Menu. May 28 Update: Temporarily closed, will reopen soon.

Fleurie

Takeout only. New three course menus daily. Pickup: 4-6pm. Check the website for dates. Order via email anytime at fleuriecville@gmail.com or call (434) 234-7394 between 11am – 4pm. Menu.

Ivy Inn

Front porch and curbside pick-up only. Wednesday-Saturday. New three course menus each weekend. Pre-order by email at ivyinn@ivyinnrestaurant.com to reserve half hour time slot. Menus posted weekly.

Lampo

Curbside pick-up only. Order online. Wait in your car to be texted when your order is ready. Menu.

Little Star

Takeout only of food, wine, and cocktails. Thu – Sun, 4:30 – 8:30pm. Order online.

MarieBette

Takeout and curbside pick-up only. Order online or call (434) 529-6118. Menu.

MAS

Curbside pick-up only of food, beer, and wine. Tue-Sat, 3pm-8:30pm. Order online or call (434) 979-0990. Upon arrival, stay in the car and call for instructions. Menu.

Maya

Curbside and patio pick-up of family-style and regular menus, plus deeply discounted beer and wine. 12-8 pm. Call (434) 979-6292. All tips go directly to staff wages. Menu.

Milan

Takeout only. Call (434) 984-2828. Menu.

Oakhart Social

Takeout only. Thu-Sun, 4:30 – 8:30pm. Order online.

Pad Thai

Takeout only. Call (434) 293-4302. Menu.

Peter Chang

Call (434) 244-9818. Menu.

Petit Pois

Patio pick-up only. $29 three course meal. Fri-Sat, 12pm – 6 pm. Call (434) 979-7647. Orders of 4 or more, discounted to $25 each. Menu changes weekly. Sign up for email newsletter for menu.

Public Fish & Oyster

Takeout window only. Tue-Sat, 4-8pm. Call (434) 995-5542. Menu.

Revolutionary Soup

Takeout and delivery only. 10am – 3pm. Extra large soups available to stock fridge or freezer. Order online or call (434) 296-7687. Menu.

Sultan Kebab

Takeout and delivery only. 12pm – 8 pm. Call (434) 981-0090. Menu.

Tavola

Curbside pick-up only of food, wine, and cocktails. Order online.

TEN Sushi

Takeout only of food, beer, and wine. Tue-Sat, 4pm-8pm. Order online or call (434) 295-6691. Menu.

Zocalo

Takeout and curbside pick-up only of food, beer, and wine. 4-8pm. Meals for Four for under $50. Order online. To pick up, call (434) 977-4944 from Zocalo’s reserved spots across from the library on Market St. Menu

More Restaurants

Aberdeen Barn

Takeout only. 4:30 – 8pm. Call (434) 296-4630 or email angela@aberdeenbarn.com. Menu.

Afghan Kabob House

Takeout and delivery only. 11am – 9:45 pm. Call (434) 245-0095. Menu.

Albemarle Baking Company

Curbside pick-up. Mon-Sat, 8am – 5pm, Sunday 8am – 3pm. Order online or call (434) 293-6456. Menu.

Asian Express

Takeout and delivery. Order online or call (434) 979-1888. Menu.

Baggby’s

Takeout only. Mon-Thu, 11am – 5 pm; Fri, 11am – 4pm. Order online or call (434) 984-1862. Menu.

Bang!

Takeout only. 5 – 8pm. Order online. Menu.

Bashir’s

Call (434) 923-0927. Menu.

Basil

Takeout only. Tue-Sun, 11am – 8pm. Order online or call (434) 202-7594. Menu.

Batesville Market

Takeout only of carry out deli items, dinner items, packaged goods, beer and wine. Fri-Sat, 11am – 6pm; Sun, 11am – 4 pm. Order online. Plus, a weekly online farmer’s market, with pick-up each Wednesday.

Bavarian Chef

Curbside takeout only. Restaurant and food truck menu items. Call (540) 948-6505. Menus.

BBQ Exchange

Takeout and curbside pickup. 11am-7pm. Order online or call (540) 832-0227. Menu.

Belle

Curbside, contactless pick-up. Breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Fri-Sun 9am – 2pm; Pop-ups Fri and Sat, 4-7pm. Call (434) 328-8755. Menu.

Belmont Pizza and Pub

Takeout and delivery. Order online or call (434) 977-1970. Menu.

Blue Moon Diner

Curbside pick-up only. Wed-Fri, 2 – 7pm; Sat-Sun, 11am – 4pm. Order online or call (434) 980-6666. Menu.

Brazos

Takeout only. 11am – 7 pm. Order online.

Breadworks Bakery & Deli

Curbside pick-up (credit card only). Order online or call (434) 296-4663. Menu.

Brown’s

Call (434) 295-4911. Menu.

Carpe Donut

Curbside takeout only. Mon-Fri, 8am – 1pm. Call (434) 806-6202, or just honk the horn.

Champion Brewing Company

Takeout only. Food, beer, and wine. 5 – 8pm. Order online. Drop down to Retail menu for drinks.

Champion Grill

Takeout and delivery. 11am – 9pm. Order online.

Chimm

Takeout only. Call (434) 288-1120. Menu.

Citizen Bowl

Takeout and delivery food, beer, and wine. 11am-3pm. Call (434) 234-3662. Menu

College Inn

Takeout and delivery. Order online or call (434) 977-2710. Menu.

Common House

Open to all. Curbside pickup of meals, beer, and wine. Order online or call (434) 566-0192. Menu.

Conmole

Curbside pick-up only. Tues-Sat 10:30am–1pm, 4:30pm-9:30pm. Order online or call (434) 328-2519.

Croby’s

Curbside pick-up. Wed-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sat-Sun, 9am – 2 pm. Order online or call (434) 234-2089. Menu.

Crozet Pizza

Curbside pick-up. Wed-Fri, 3-9pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm-9pm. Call (434) 823-2132. Menu.

Crozet Pizza Charlottsville

Curbside pickup and delivery. Call (434) 202-0592. Menu.

Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie

Takeout only. Call (434) 245-0000. Daily “Take and Bake” family style meals, pay what you can, with all proceeds to staff. Menu.

Druknya House

Takeout only. Tuesday-Friday: 11-2:30 for lunch, 5-9:30 pm for dinner. Sat-Sun: 12-2:30, 5–9:30 pm. Call (434) 995-5539. Menu.

El Puerto

Takeout only. 11am – 8pm. Order online or call (434) 872-9488. Menu.

Fabio’s

Curbside pick-up only. Mon-Thu, 11am – 6:45pm; Fri-Sat, 11am – 7:45pm. Order online or call (434) 212-1377. Menu.

Feast!

Takeout, curbside pick-up, and personal grocery shopping delivery. Mon-Fri, 10am – 3:30pm. Order online or call (434) 244-7800.

Fellini’s

Takeout, curbside pick-up, and delivery within five miles. Tuesday – Saturday, 4-8pm. Call (434) 284-7676. Menu

Firefly

Takeout beer, wine, and pantry supplies. 11am – 1pm. Order online.

Fox’s Cafe

Takeout only. Mon-Sat 6:30am – 2:30pm. Call (434) 293-2844. Menu.

Great Harvest

Curbside-pickup and USPS delivery. Order online or call (434) 202-7813. Limited quantities/varieties baked fresh daily.

Greenberry’s Coffee Co.

Takeout food and coffee. Download the app to order online or call (434) 984-0200. Menu.

Guajiros

Takeout and delivery only. Mon-Sat, 10am – 8pm; Sun, 10am – 6pm. Order online or call (434) 465-2108. Menu.

Himalayan Fusion

Takeout only. Tue-Sun 12-7pm. Order online or call (434) 293-3210.

HotCakes

Takeout, delivery, and curbside pick-up of food, beer, and wine. Call (434) 295-6037. Menu.

Iron Paffles

Takeout only, with table-side, contactless pick-up. Order online or call (434) 806-3800. Menu.

Junction

Curbside pickup or delivery from The Local. 4 – 9pm. “Ten for Ten” comfort food meals. $10 per meal, inclusive of tax and delivery. All proceeds to staff. Order online. Menu.

Kanak

Takeout. Order online or call (434) 328-2775. Menu.

Kardinal Hall

Curbside pick-up only of food, beer, wine, and cocktails. Tue-Sat, 12pm – 7pm. Order online.

Lemongrass

Takeout only. Tue-Fri, 11am – 7 pm; Sat, 12pm – 7pm. Order online or call (434) 244-8424. Menu.

L’Etoile Catering

Takeout only. First come, first served of soups and take-and-bake meals. Menus updated on Facebook.

Luce

Curbside pick-up only. 4 pm – 7 pm. Order online, choose your pick-up time, and await your order in the Luce lot.

Mahana Fresh

Takeout. Order online or call (434) 284-5846. Menu.

Mangione’s on Main

Takeout only. Mon-Wed, 4-8pm; Thu-Sun, 12pm – 8pm. Call (434) 327-4833. Menu.

Marco & Luca (Seminole Square location)

Takeout only. Mon-Sat, 10:30am – 7pm. Call (434) 227-6690. Menu.

Maru

Takeout and delivery only. Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri: 11:30 am – 3 pm, 5 pm – 8:30 pm; Sat, 11:30 am – 9 pm; Sun, 11:30 am – 8 pm. Order online or call (434) 956-4110. Menu.

Mel’s Cafe

Call (434) 971-8819. Menu.

Mellow Mushroom

Curbside pick-up and delivery only. 11am – 8pm. Order online or call (434) 972-9366. Menu.

Mi Casita

Takeout and delivery only. Tue-Sun, 9am – 7pm. Call (434) 984-1551. Menu.

Michael’s Bistro

Curbside pick-up only. Mon-Sat, 12pm – 6 pm. Order online.

Michie Tavern

Curbside pick-up only. 11am – 5 pm. Free delivery for orders over $50. Call (434) 977-1234. Menu.

Mochiko

Takeout, curbside, pick-up and delivery only. Order online or call (434) 284-5165. Menu.

Modern Nosh

Takeout and curbside pick-up only. Tue-Sat, 11am – 3 pm. Order online or call (434) 202-8098. Menu.

Moe’s Originial BBQ:  Ivy Road and Water Street

Takeout, curbside pickup, and boxed and catered meals. Call (434) 244-7427 (Ivy Road) or (434) 202-2288 (Water Street).

Mona Lisa Pasta

Takeout and curbside pick-up only. Order by email at monalisacville@gmail.com or call (434) 295-2494. Menus.

Monsoon Siam

Takeout and delivery. Mon-Thurs 12pm – 2:30pm, 5pm – 8:30pm; Fri 11am – 2:30pm, 5 – 9pm; Sat-Sun 12 – 2:30pm, 5 – 9pm. Order online or call (434) 971-1515. Menu.

Monsoon Siam Togogo

Takeout only. Mon – Fri, 11am – 2 pm; Mon – Sun, 4:30pm – 8:30pm. Order online or call (434) 284-7117. Menu.

Now & Zen

Takeout and curbside pick-up only. 5-9pm. Call (434) 971-1177. Menu.

Oakhurst Inn Cafe

Takeout, delivery, and patio seating. Thu-Sun, 8am – 1pm. Order online or call (434) 872-0100 x 2. Menu.

Orzo

Curbside pick-up and delivery of food and retail wine. Call (434) 975-6796. Menu.

Pearl Island

Mon-Fri 11am – 8 pm. Saturday 10am – 4pm. Also available for “micro-catering.” Call or text (434) 305-4238. Menu.

Petit Mariebette

Takeout, curbside pick-up, and delivery only. 8am-2pm. Order online or call. Menu.

Pippin Hill

Hillside pick-up only of wine, cheese plates, and sliders party packs. Order online.

Poke Sushi Bowl

Takeout only. Order online or call (434) 328-8833 (The Corner) or (434) 284-5466 (Barracks). Menu.

Pronto!

Takeout only. Order online. Free meals for all school children. Menu.

Quality Pie

Curbside pick-up only. Order online or call (434) 284-5120. Menu.

Random Row Brewing

Curbside pick-up only of beer. 4 – 8 pm. Order online.

Red Pump Kitchen

Curbside pick-up. Patio dining. Wed – Sun, 4 – 8 pm. Order online.

Riverbirch

Curbside pick-up. Mon-Thu 12pm – 7pm, Friday 12pm – 8pm, Saturday 3 – 8pm. Order online or call (434) 465-2421. Menu.

Riverside Lunch

Takeout only. 9 am – 5 pm. Call (434) 971-3546. Menu.

Roots

Takeout only. Order with the App or call (434) 529-6229. Menu.

Royalty Eats

Takeout and curbside pick-up only. Order online or call (434) 923-3287. Menu

Sabor Latino

Takeout only. 8am – 9pm. Call (434) 205-4622. Menu.

Sticks

Takeout only. Order online: PrestonPantops.

Super Amanacer

Takeout and delivery.  Order online or call (434) 295-9671. Menu.

Szechuan Restaurant

Curbside pick-up only. Order online or call (434) 296-9090. Menu.

Tara Thai

Takeout and delivery. Order online or call (434) 984-9998. Menu.

Taste of India

Takeout and delivery. Order online or call (434) 984-9944. Menu.

Thai 99 II

Curbside pick-up and delivery only. 11:30 am – 9:30 pm. Closed Tuesdays. Order online or call (434) 964-1212. Menu.

Thai Cuisine & Noodle House

Curbside pick-up and delivery only. Order online and then call (434) 974-1326 to have food brought to your car. For delivery, $25 minimum or $5 fee if under. Call for availability. Menu

Thai Fresh

Takeout only.  11am – 8:30pm. Order online or call (434) 249-5291. Menu.

The Bebedero

Takeout and delivery only. Family meals available. 11am – 7pm. Call (434) 234-3762. Menu.

The Catering Outfit: TCO2GO

Drive-thru meals. Mon-Sun, 12-8pm. Menu changes daily. Look for the big white tent at 221 Carlton Road. Menu.

The Fitzroy

Sunday meals for pick-up or delivery within 20 miles of Charlottesville. Place orders by 5 pm Saturday for pick-up or delivery Sunday. Meals change weekly. Order online.

The Local

Curbside pickup or delivery, in tandem with Junction. 4 – 9pm. “Ten for Ten” comfort food meals. $10 per meal, inclusive of tax and delivery. All proceeds to staff. Order online. Menu.

The Mill Room

Takeout and nearby delivery. 4 – 7pm. Menus.

The Pie Chest

Takeout and curbside pick-up. Mon – Sat, 9am – 4pm. For curbside pick-up, call (434) 977-0443. Menu.

The Shebeen

Curbside pick-up, 10am – 7pm. Discounted regular menu. Call (434) 296-3185. Regular Menu. Plus, Family Meal Menu.

The Southern Crescent

Takeout and curbside pick-up only. Wed-Sun, 12pm – 8pm. Call (434) 284-5101. Menu.

The Villa Diner

Takeout and curbside pick-up only. 8am – 3pm. Call (434) 296-9977. Menu.

The Whiskey Jar

Takeout and delivery only. Family meals available. 11am – 7pm. Call (434) 202-1549. Menu.

Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery

Curbside pick-up and delivery of food, beer, and wine. Sun-Thurs, 12-8pm; Fri-Sat, 12-9pm. Order online or call (434) 956-3141. Menu.

Thyme & Co. 

Takeout only. 11am – 3pm. Call (434) 282-2436. Menu.

Tilman’s

Takeout, curbside pick-up, and “picnic-style” patio dining. 12 – 6pm, Fri-Mon. Order online.

Timberwood Grill

Takeout and curbside pick-up only. Order online or call (434) 975-3311. Menu.

Tip Top

Takeout and curbside pick-up only. 8am – 8pm, Mon-Sat. Call (434) 244-3424. Menu.

Vita Nova

Takeout. Order online or call (434) 977-0162. Menu.

Vivace

Takeout, curbside pick-up, and delivery within two miles. Patio seating. 5-9pm. Order online or call (434) 979-0994. Leave a message with name, phone number and desired pick up time. Menu.

Vu Noodles

Takeout only. Tue – Sat, 11am – 7pm. Order online or call (434) 465-1267. Menu.

Wayside Chicken

Takeout window only. Mon – Sat, 11am – 7pm. Call (434) 977-5000. Menu.

Al Carbon Rotisserie Chicken, Charlottesville, VA 10/05/2015

Chicken from Al Carbon. Photo by Tom McGovern

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Grilled Pork Steak, Oakhart Social.

Charlottesville Restaurants: Here’s How You Can Help Save Them

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Photo by Tom McGovern

Charlottesville restaurants are in peril. They need your help.

In the food industry, margins are so tight that most restaurants cannot surive any sustained sharp drop in business. The devastating effects of COVID-19 upon restaurant business will be unprecedented. Fortunately, to compensate for those effects, some Charlottesville landlords and suppliers are showing flexibility on payment deadlines, in an effort to help restaurants somehow stay afloat. But, it is not enough. Restaurants cannot survive without your help.

While Charlottesville Restaurants are implementing precautions against the spread of COVID-19 and encourage diners to keep visiting, fears suppress business.

You can help restaurants survive this crisis. How? By purchasing gift cards. Buy as many you can for as many restaurants as you can. For regular favorites that you plan to visit anyway, this will literally cost you no money. You are merely paying now for a check you would have to pay later anyway. So, for example, buy a $500 gift certificate now, and then use it all year long. Without needed cash flow, your favorites might not still be around.

The Gift Card Program: Take a few minutes to help save our restaurants. Find gift card links to restaurants of The Charlottesville 29 here. And, below is gift card purchase information for a broader group of restaurants.

 

Ace Biscuit & Barbecue GIFT CARD: (434) 202-1403
Al Carbon GIFT CARD
Albemarle Baking Company GIFT CARD
Angelic’s Kitchen GIFT CARD
The Alley Light
GIFT CARD: (434) 296-5003
Bang! GIFT CARD
Bashir’s GIFT CARD: (434) 923-0927
Bavarian Chef GIFT CARD 
BBQ Exchange
GIFT CARD: (540) 832-0227
Beer Run GIFT CARD: (434) 984-2337
Belle GIFT CARD: (434) 996-4919
Bizou
GIFT CARD
Bluegrass Grill & Bakery GIFT CARD: (434) 295-9700
Blue Moon Diner GIFT CARD: 980-6666
Bodo’s
 GIFT CARD
Boylan Heights GIFT CARD
Brasserie Saison
 GIFT CARD: (434) 202-7027
Brazos Tacos GIFT CARD
C&O
GIFT CARD
Champion Brewing Company GIFT CARD: (434) 295-2739
Champion Grill GIFT CARD (434) 202-1076 
Chimm GIFT CARD: (434) 288-1120
Citizen Burger Bar GIFT CARD: (434) 979-9944
Commonwealth GIFT CARD: (434) 202-7728
Conmole GIFT CARD: (434) 328-2519
Continental Divide GIFT CARD: (434) 984-0143
Corner Juice GIFT CARD
Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie
 GIFT CARD: (434) 245-0000
Druknya House GIFT CARD: (434) 995-5539
Duner’s
 GIFT CARD
Feast! GIFT CARD
Fellini’s GIFT CARD (434) 284-7676
Firefly GIFT CARD
Fleurie
GIFT CARD
Fry’s Spring Station GIFT CARD
Great Harvest GIFT CARD: (434) 202-7813
Guajiros GIFT CARD (434) 465-2108
Hamiltons’
 GIFT CARD
HotCakes GIFT CARD (434) 295-6037
Junction GIFT CARD: (434) 465-6131
Kardinal Hall GIFT CARD: (434) 295-4255
Kama GIFT CARD: (434) 529-3015
Iron Paffles & Coffee GIFT CARD: (434) 806-3800
Ivy Inn Restaurant
 GIFT CARD: (434) 977-1222 or (434) 466-9222 ivyinn@ivyinnrestaurant.com
Ivy Provisions GIFT CARD
Lampo
 GIFT CARD: lampo@lampopizza.com
Little Star GIFT CARD: (434) 252-2502
MarieBette Cafe and Bakery GIFT CARD: (434) 529-6118
Mangione’s on Main GIFT CARD: (434) 327-4833
Mas
 GIFT CARD: (434) 979-0990
Maru GIFT CARD: (434) 956-4110
Maya
 GIFT CARD
Michael’s Bistro GIFT CARD: (434) 977-3697
Milan
GIFT CARD: (434) 984-2828
Miller’s Downtown GIFT CARD
Mochiko GIFT CARD
Modern Nosh GIFT Card: (434) 202-8098
Monsoon Siam GIFT CARD: (434) 971-1515
North American Sake Brewery GIFT CARD: (434) 767-8105
Now & Zen GIFT CARD: (434) 971-1177
Oakhart Social
GIFT CARD: (434) 995-5449
Orzo GIFT CARD: (434) 975-6796
Pad Thai
 GIFT CARD: (434) 293-4032
Paradox Pastry GIFT CARD
Pearl Island Catering GIFT CARD
Peter Chang’s China Grill
 GIFT CARD: (434) 244-9818
Peloton Station GIFT CARD
Petite MarieBette GIFT CARD (434) 284-8903
Petit Pois
GIFT CARD
Pippin Hill GIFT CARD
Prime 109
GIFT CARD: (434) 422-5094
Public Fish & Oyster GIFT CARD: (434) 995-5542
Quality Pie GIFT CARD: (434) 284-5120
Red Pump Kitchen GIFT CARD
Renewal GIFT CARD
Revolutionary Soup
GIFT CARD: (434) 296-7687
Roots GIFT CARD (434) 529-6229
Royalty Eats GIFT CARD: (434) 923-3287
Sal’s Caffe Italia GIFT CARD: (434) 295-8484
Smoked Kitchen and Tap GIFT CARD: (434) 205-4881
Shadwell’s GIFT CARD
Sticks GIFT CARD
Sultan Kebab
GIFT CARD: (434) 981-0090
Szechuan GIFT CARD: (434) 296-9090
Tavern & Grocery GIFT CARD: (434) 293-7403
Tavola
 GIFT CARD
Ten GIFT CARD: (434) 295-6691
Thai Cuisine & Noodle House GIFT CARD: (434) 974-1326
The Bebedero GIFT CARD: (434) 234-3763
The Fitzroy GIFT CARD
The Local GIFT CARD (434) 984-9749
The Shebeen GIFT CARD (434) 296-3185
The Whiskey Jar GIFT CARD: (434) 202-1549
Three Notch’d Brewing GIFT CARD
Tilman’s GIFT CARD: info@tilmanscheeseandwine.com 
Timberwood Grill GIFT CARD: (434) 975-3311
Timberwood Tap House GIFT CARD: (434) 234-3563
Vita Nova GIFT CARD: (434) 977-0162
Vivace GIFT CARD: (434) 979-0994
Wild Wing Cafe GIFT CARD: (434) 979-9464 
Zocalo
GIFT CARD

Local Heroes: The Catering Outfit Team’s COVID-19 Response Goes Above and Beyond

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In some of us, crises bring out the best. Like The Catering Outfit team.

When the pandemic hit, Walter Slawski and crew sprung into action and have been a blur of activity ever since. With stellar results. They built a drive-thru restaurant in their parking lot, open seven days a week — offering sandwiches, sides, and packages for stocking the fridge. They started a take-home family meal service, with chef-prepped meals and cooking instructions to finish at home. They created The Atrium Market, a curbside pick-up source for hand sanitizer that they made themselves, along with masks, beer, wine, and other essentials. They launched pop-up food stands at places like Castle Hill Cider. They catered “elopement meals” for make-shift socially distanced weddings. And, they operated a takeout program with sister restaurant The Shebeen.

As if trying to keep two food businesses alive during a pandemic was not enough, all the while they looked for ways to help others. They created a food bank that provides free bags of groceries and pantry items to restaurant workers in need, two days a week. They offer 50% discounts to all health care workers and first responders. In “Buy a Mask – Give a Mask” – they send masks to overseas military and government workers. And, on Make a Difference Mondays, they donate 10% of proceeds to a new charity each week.

Plus, their food is delicious, like today’s special for Memorial Day: a Western Philly Cheesesteak, with shaved New York Strip, tobacco onions, sautéed mushrooms, poblano peppers, queso, and Texas mop sauce. A portion of proceeds will go towards buying masks for military families overseas.

Menus here for TCO2GO and The Shebeen.

Roll call below on the hard-working The Catering Outfit team.

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In Walter Slawski’s words:

Bekah Cannon is our Head Catering Chef and has been an amazing help getting the TCOC2GO drive thru program launched. She has switched gears from off-site catering to help build our menu filled with our house smoked meats and daily specials each week. She also has helped to produce our Foodbar kitchen boxes and elopement packages. Bekah also ‘cooked up’ our new hand sanitizer for The Atrium Market. She is the backbone of our kitchen and her positive attitude has been a bright spot during the last three months.

Courtney Hildebrand is our Director of Catering and Sales for The Catering Outfit. Courtney is our main contact with our catering clients and has helped guide our clients through rescheduling their events or navigating holding smaller events during this time. In typical fashion, Courtney always tries to keep us busy and is constantly creating new concepts and ventures for The Catering Outfit. She helped launch the foodbar|kitchen meal kits and elopement packages, and helped to form our partnership with Frontline Foods to feed healthcare workers and first responders. She is currently working on partnering the TCO2GO program for delivery to neighborhoods in the Charlottesville and Albemarle areas. She has been essential in finding a path forward with changes needed to operate during the pandemic.

Sam Clarke, who joined us last year as an event coordinator, has been instrumental in setting up our new online shop, The Atrium Market. She has seamlessly switched gears from leading events off-site to being our resident graphic designer and website builder. She has helped spearhead the TCO2GO program and organize and train our staff for the new drive thru set up. You will even find her smiling face behind the drive thru some days, filing in, as we are open seven days a week to help serve great food to the Charlottesville community. Sam, who comes from a military family, also started our ‘buy a mask, give a mask’ program to help bring masks to active military and government civilians overseas who are in need of these essential items.

Megan Slawski is the general manager of The Shebeen. She has been instrumental in keeping our restaurant doors open and streamlining our curbside to go efforts. Through these efforts, we have been able to keep our core restaurant staff employed during this crisis. Megan is the hardest working woman I know — an incredible wife, mother to our two girls, and business partner.

We also couldn’t continue without the help of our staff, many of whom have volunteered their time during the last couple of months to get our new programs launched- thank you Dean, Cameron, Carolyn, Andrew, James, Gonzalo, Brenda, Andrew (yes we have two), Allison, Henry, Rosa, Connor and Kelsi.

Our new operations also would not have happened without the support of Steve and Jason with MS Events, Mike Morris, Jason Haddock of Sysco, Ian Atkins, videographer and friend of the outfit, Bill Norton of Rockpile Construction who continues to generously support the pantry, our friends at VA Eagle, making our drive thru signs, and Pepsi-Cola, who donated fridges for our take home and heat section. Most importantly the Charlottesville community for embracing our new ventures!”

Endless Possibilities: Allie Redshaw Returns to Professional Cooking

Of all the surprises sprung by the Culture of Takeout, this one is hard to top. Allie Redshaw has resumed professional cooking.

On March 1, 2017, Redshaw’s life changed in an instant when she lost her right hand to a meat grinder accident. Devastated, even the outpouring of support from the food community could not undue the pain of realizing that her passion — cooking — would never be the same. “I am a perfectionist,” says Redshaw.  “I hold myself to high standards, and to think that I might never meet those again was a serious blow to my ego.”

And so, Redshaw channeled her energy elsewhere, like wine and yoga, attacking both with the zeal which she brought to the kitchen. After earning an Introductory Sommelier Certification, Redshaw became sommelier of Prime 109. “Gracefully opening a wine bottle one-handed is still a work in progress,” said Redshaw. As for yoga, something Redshaw initially pursued to prove something to herself soon became a way of life. Now a certified yoga teacher, Redshaw says that the practice has completely changed her. “Yoga is a spiritual journey that I am still on,” said Redshaw. “I will be forever learning and seeking more because it is such a beautiful gift to the mind, heart, body, and soul.”

As fulfilling as these pursuits have been, though, Redshaw’s passion for cooking still burns. And so, when a yoga friend recently asked to hire Redshaw to prepare a week of healthy meals, she leapt. Preparing the meals, Redshaw found, brought back the “immense joy” of cooking for others. “The end result of a week’s worth of food was nothing extravagant or soigné,” said Redshaw. “Still it was enough to ignite the spark.”

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Spark you say? Happy to oblige.

For Redshaw’s second gig since her return, this week she prepared a family meal for us and a group of neighbors. Redshaw sent menu options in advance, families made their selections, and tonight, a gourmet family dinner arrived at our door.

Of course, a lot of work went in beforehand. For that, she turned to the help of her husband, who also knows his way around a kitchen. “It never would have been feasible without my sweet soulmate Ian who literally helped me cut and prep all the things and face any challenge that arose,” said Redshaw. Together, the Redshaws foraged, washed, peeled,  cleaned, trimmed, zested, chopped, diced, sliced, tossed, mixed, stirred, blended, whipped, pickled, marinated, seasoned, rendered, sweated, wilted, simmered, sauteed, braised, baked, roasted, charred, and smoked our dinner.

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From all of that work, what a result.

A highlight among the starters was kale slaw – listed on the menu as “OG”, a nod to our own fondness for the dish and the cult-like following Redshaw earned for it while chef at Timbercreek Market. Another was braised artichokes with aioli and fenugreek seed gremolata. Entree options included tea smoked whole chicken, with foraged nettles, bear garlic, and roasted ginger. Or, our choice, braised octopus. Sides included charred carrots with seeds, and charred turnips with turmeric and sesame. Dessert (wow) was honey nut tart with cardamom gelato from Splendora’s.

What a meal.

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Endless Possibilities

Looking back, Redshaw realizes that it was fear that drove her from cooking. “I knew I would never be the same in a kitchen and that scared me, so I ran,” said Redshaw. Freed of that fear, Redshaw has relished her time back in the kitchen. How long she will continue cooking professionally — days, weeks, months, or years — remains up in the air. For now, she has learned to enjoy the moment, without worry for what the future might hold. “The world is a place ever-changing and re-birthing, and so are we,” said Redshaw. “I am simply joyful to be in this moment, in this body exactly as she is, open and excited for what life has yet to bring.”

So what’s next? “I may never step foot into a professional kitchen as a chef again, but the beauty of the hospitality industry is found in her many facets,” said Redshaw. “There are so many  opportunities to share one’s love and knowledge of food — catering, consulting, cooking classes, sharing meals and wine, etc. The possibilities are truly endless.”


 

Wait, How Do I Get My Dinner by the Redshaws? 

Email Allie with inquiries.

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Five Finds on Friday: Courtenay Tyler

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Courtenay Tyler, co-founder of Tilman’s, which has lots of news this week. First, building on the success of the shop’s pop-ups, Tilman’s is launching a takeout menu. Today through Monday, from 12-6pm, guests will have the option of taking their order to-go or enjoying it “picnic style” on the patio. In addition to food and wine, there will be cocktails like Negronis, martinis, and sangria. Pre-ordering is preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome. Next, COVID-19 be damned, Tilman’s is planning a sister restaurant for later this year. In the former home to Tin Whistle Pub, Tonic will be a cafe and bar, with a patio and outdoor bar, offering small plates of vegetables, seafood, and fresh sandwiches, including house roast beef. Stay tuned for details and an opening date, likely this summer. Tyler’s picks, which focus on takeout and delivery options in the Culture of Takeout:

1) Tuna Avocado Carpaccio at Now & Zen. “This is probably the one dish in Charlottesville that I crave the most. It’s packed with big chunks of fresh tuna, avocado, and my favorite, tobiko. The wasabi dressing is always light, and the salad is perfectly dressed. My husband and I will wait in line for all of Chef Toshi’s small plates, but this is always the first thing that we order.”

2) Deonjang Jjigae at Maru. “Steven and Kay Kim are my next door neighbors at Tilman’s, and boy, did I luck out in that respect. They are incredibly nice. Kay has a sharp wit, and best of all Steven is an amazing chef. I love this Korean miso stew (don’t ask me how to pronounce it). It’s a big umami bomb, which I love. It has tofu and veggies and is a little spicy, and I always get it with clams. It comes with their homemade banchan, which has kim chi and other interesting things I can’t identify until I ask. I’m really happy if there’s pickled burdock that day.”

3) Any Soup at Bizou. “I have no idea how every single soup I have had from Bizou is amazing, but it is. Their shrimp bisque is actually the very first meal I ate here in Charlottesville, when I moved here in 2014. A mention on their specials board will definitely make me stop in. They have the butternut squash bisque on their to-go menu this week, and they are on my list for take-out. When things were ‘normal,’ they provided a much needed respite after a long day at Tilman’s. I enjoy sitting at that bar, and chatting with Rachel about her wine list. She has a great palate and point of view. And, she writes the best wine descriptions in town.”

4) Triple Citrus Pie at The Pie Chest. “Rachel’s pies aren’t super fancy. They are simple, and homey, and made with love, and in that, reflect Rachel’s personality. Her triple citrus is sublime. That texture! It’s such a treat.”

5) Chocolate Gelato at Splendora’s. “PK’s chocolate gelato is like no other. Deep, dark, intense. It may sound plain, but I promise you, it is not. It’s dangerous that PK is now delivering. All I have to do is call or text, and next thing you know I have my fix.”

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