The Charlottesville 29

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

The 2019 Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions

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In support of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, The Charlottesville 29 is pleased to present The 2019 Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions, and the raffle to Win a Year of Bodo’s. (Enter the Bodo’s raffle here.)

The Charlottesville 29 answers: if there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29? Now, the restaurants of The Charlottesville 29 are coming together to help feed the area’s hungry by creating once-in-lifetime dining experiences for whoever pledges the highest donation to the food bank. Thanks to the generosity of the restaurants, every dollar goes directly to the food bank. And thanks to the food bank’s efficiency, each dollar is enough to provide four meals to the area’s hungry, meaning the auction winners’ meals will result in thousands more for the area’s hungry.

These meals will come at a critical time. One out of every eleven people in our region struggles to put food on the table, which can have lasting consequences for those in need. No one does more do fight this crisis than the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Now you can join the food bank and the restaurants of The Charlottesville 29 in feeding those in need.

Each day we will announce a new online auction of a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a restaurant of The Charlottesville 29. Each auction will last at least 30 days, after which the winner will make a donation to the food bank in the amount of their winning bid, and then enjoy their unforgettable, all-inclusive restaurant experience.

Even if you do not bid, you can still help the cause in appreciation of restaurants’ efforts. Donate here, and indicate that your donation is in honor of The Charlottesville 29 auctions.

Links to auction descriptions will be added below as they are announced. Group bidding is welcome.

The 2019 Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions 

Peter Chang: The Ultimate Szechuan Corkage Dinner for Ten (Ends July 17)

Beer Run: Brew Your Own Charlottesville Beer (Ends July 18)

The Alley Light: Bartender for a Night and Celebratory Feast (Ends July 19)

Al Carbon: The “29” Molcajete and Margarita Party (Ends July 20)

Milan: Traditional Indian Feast for 50 (Ends July 21)

ZoCaLo: Legends’ Dinner for Ten with Jefferson Vineyards (Ends July 22)

MarieBette: Le Goûter for 12 (Ends July 23)

Oakhart Social: Super Super Bowl Party (Ends July 24)

Maya: The Ultimate Charlottesville Tailgate Party (Ends July 25)

TEN: Luxury Omakase (Ends July 26)

Public Fish & Oyster: Lobster Bake of Your Dreams (Ends July 28)

Duner’s: Holiday Party for 50 (Ends July 29)

C&O: Celebration Dinner for 30 (Ends July 30)

MAS: A Walk Through Spain in 29 Bites (Ends July 31)

Sultan Kebab: Ziyafet for 50 (Ends August 1)

Pad Thai: Thai Homestyle Feast (Ends August 2)

Petit Pois: Autumn Olive Farms, Nose-to-Tail (Ends August 3)

Fleurie: Wine Dinner of a Lifetime (Ends August 4)

Brasserie Saison: Harvest Dinner for 20 (Ends August 5)

Revolutionary Soup: A Year of Revolutionary Soup (Ends August 6)

Hamiltons’: An Evening of Wine, Chocolate, and Whiskey (Ends August 7)

The Bebedero: Bucket List Mezcal & Tequila Dinner Party (Ends August 8)

Tavola: Killer B’s Wine Class and Dinner (Ends August 9)

BBQ Exchange: Virginia Pig Roast for 50 (Ends August 10)

Parallel 38:  A Wine Lover’s Dream Quartet (Ends August 20)

Lampo: Lampo for Life at Home (Ends August 20)

Bodo’s: Lunch of Champions with Tony Bennett (Ends August 20)

Ivy Inn: Be a Michelin Star Sous Chef (Ends August 20)

 

BBQ Exchange Auction: Virginia Pig Roast for 50

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Here is your chance to experience BBQ Exchange like you never have before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry: The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions. BBQ Exchange has created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of Craig and Donna Hartman, and their team at BBQ Exchange, and Brewing Tree Beer Company, the entire winning bid goes directly to the food bank. And, thanks to the efficiency of the food bank, each dollar donated creates four meals for the area’s hungry.

The BBQ Exchange signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

Virginia Pig Roast for 50

No one loves pig more than Craig Hartman, the Charlottesville Mt. Rushmore Chef of BBQ Exchange. And no one is better at raising pigs than Autumn Olive Farms, the award-winning farm beloved by top chefs and others.

For the auction winner and up to 49 guests, BBQ Exchange will roast an entire Berkabaw Pig – the Autumn Olive Farms crossbreed of English Berkshire and Ossabaw Island, which some call the “perfect pig.” Hartman and his team will roast the pig on a spit over green hickory embers. Plus, BBQ Exchange is beloved for its sides, and, to accompany the pig, the group will enjoy an over-the-top spread of sides and fixings worthy of a world class chef. Any leftovers, BBQ Exchange will box up for the auction winner to take home.

The pig roast will be held onsite at Brewing Tree Beer Company, the beautiful Afton nano-brewery launched last year by Starr Hill Brewery co-founder Mark Thompson. To wash down the food, the auction winner”s group may enjoy all the Brewing Tree beer they’d like.

It’s the ultimate BBQ Exchange experience: Virginia Pig Roast for 50.

Note: The auction winner will schedule the pig roast at a time that is mutually convenient for BBQ Exchange and Brewing Tree Beer Company.

Bidding

Place your bids by email to charlottesville29@gmail.com. Public bidding ends on August 10, when all prior bidders in the auction for BBQ Exchange will have a chance to bid again until the highest donation is reached, and a winner is declared. Regular updates of the leading bid will be posted below.

Current Bid: $1,000

Ivy Inn Auction: Be a Michelin Star Sous Chef

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Here is your chance to experience Ivy Inn like you never have before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry: The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions. Along with all of the other restaurants in The Charlottesville 29, Ivy Inn has created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of Ivy Inn, the entire winning bid goes directly to the food bank. And, thanks to the efficiency of the food bank, each dollar donated creates four meals for the area’s hungry.

The Ivy Inn signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

Be a Michelin Star Sous Chef

While Charlottesville chefs are no strangers to acclaim, our city has produced just one chef with a Michelin star to his name. Former Ivy Inn sous chef Jeremiah Langhorne went on to open the Washington D.C. restaurant The Dabney, which has earned a star from the Michelin Guide ever since the guide started covering D.C.. Langhorne also won the James Beard award for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic.

And now, you can cook with him.

Win the Ivy Inn auction, and you will join Langhorne and chef-owner Angelo Vangelopoulos in the Ivy Inn kitchen to prepare a spectacular tasting menu for ten of your closest friends. You will work side-by-side the two world class chefs in every aspect of an over-the-top seven course meal: from composition to preparation to execution.

Your guests will enjoy your creations in a private dining room, accompanied by specially procured New World and Old World wines with each course. Enhancing the experience will be the company of two of our community’s most enchanting personalities: Luca Paschina and Gabriele Rausse. Paschina is longtime winemaker and GM of Barboursville Vineyards, while Rausse owns Gabriele Rausse Winery and is Monticello’s Director of Gardens and Grounds. The two will share stories of food, wine, and life, while your group enjoys a once-in-a-lifetime feast.

To preserve memories of your experience, nationally renowned food photographer Tom McGovern will take photographs throughout the meal, in both the kitchen and dining room. McGovern has captured Langhorne and Vangelopoulos before at Ivy Inn, and will provide you a digital file of professional photos of your experience.

It’s the Ivy Inn experience of a lifetime: Be a Michelin Star Sous Chef.

Note: The winner will schedule their experience at time that is mutually convenient for all participants. Chef Langhorne does not live in Charlottesville, and so will require advance planning.

Bidding

Place your bids by email at charlottesville29@gmail.com. Public bidding ends on August 20, when all prior bidders in the auction for Ivy Inn will have a chance to bid again until the highest donation is reached, and a winner is declared. Regular updates of the leading bid will be posted below.

Current Bid: $1,100

Bodo’s Auction: Lunch of Champions with Tony Bennett

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Here is your chance to experience Bodo’s like you never have before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry: The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions. Along with all of the other restaurants in The Charlottesville 29, Bodo’s has created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of Bodo’s, the entire winning bid goes directly to the food bank. And, thanks to the efficiency of the food bank, each dollar donated creates four meals for the area’s hungry.

In addition to offering the auction experience below, Bodo’s is also raffling off a Year of Bodo’s, so that everyone has a chance to win. Again, every dollar goes directly to food bank. The more you donate, the more chances to win. Enter to win here.

The Bodo’s signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

Lunch of Champions with Tony Bennett

For the first iteration of The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions in 2016, Bodo’s offered a Breakfast of Champions: a catered brunch with every active University of Virginia coach to have won a national championship. UVa Men’s Basketball Coach Tony Bennett was not present because, though a champion in the hearts of UVa fans, his team had yet to bring home a national championship.

That all changed in April.

Now, Bodo’s is helping to celebrate, with lunch in Tony Bennett’s office for the auction winner and up to five additional guests. Upon the group’s arrival to John Paul Jones Arena, a UVa staff member will treat them to a personal tour – a behind-the-scenes look at one of the top facilities in the country, from the locker room to the practice gym to the weight room and beyond. Next, the group will shoot baskets and take pictures on the team’s practice court or, if available, the home floor of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions. Finally, they will head to Coach Bennett’s office, where they will enjoy lunch with Bennett himself. Bodo’s will deliver all of the sandwiches, sides, and drinks that Coach Bennett and the auction winner’s group desire. Over lunch, the group can take photos with the national champion coach and trophy, bring gear to be signed, or just spend time getting to know the best basketball coach in the country.

It’s the ultimate Bodo’s experience: Lunch of Champions with Tony Bennett.

Note: The auction winner will schedule their experience on a day that is mutually convenient for UVa and Tony Bennett. The total experience will last roughly two hours, and lunch with Coach Bennett will last sixty minutes.

Bidding

Place your bids by email at charlottesville29@gmail.com. Public bidding ends on August 20, when all prior bidders in the auction for Bodo’s will have a chance to bid again until the highest donation is reached, and a winner is declared. Regular updates of the leading bid will be posted below.

Current Bid: $3,000

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