The Charlottesville 29

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

Unique Dinner at Public Fish & Oyster

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We are blessed in Charlottesville with so many special restaurant events that they can start to run together. On Sunday, April 29, Public Fish & Oyster is hosting one that sure looks unique. For one night only, Public chef Gregg Dionne will welcome back former chef Donnie Glass for an over-the-top dinner and “behind the sheen” peek into the restaurant world. “We are taking a little different approach with this dinner,” says Public owner Daniel Kaufman. “We want to give the guests a little glimpse into the nonsense that sometimes goes along with operating a restaurant.” Guests can expect anecdotes from Glass, Dionne, and Kaufman about their experiences in the restaurant world and some of the characters who have crossed their paths over the years. “Raw . . . no holds barred . . . but always hilarious,” says Kaufman.

The format is one story to each course. And, the menu looks spectacular. $100 per person. Seats very limited. Call (434) 995-5542 to book yours.

UPDATE: Sold out.

A selection of hors d’oeuvres
Baumard Cremant de Loire “Carte Turquoise” Brut, Loire Valley, FR NV

“Always Show Up Three Hours Early for an Interview”
our favorite oysters w/ accompaniments
Domaine de La Meuliére Chablis 1er Cr “Vaucopin”, Burgundy, FR 2014

“Never Trust a Man in Velcro Shoes”
foie gras, strawberry, rhubarb, almonds
Manfred Briet Riesling Spätlese “Piesporter Goldtröpfchen”, Mosel, GER 2015

“Duh Nuh Na Na Na Na Na Na”
tempura asparagus, buttermilk, shad roe, parm, herbes fines
Alphonse Mellot Sancerre “La Moussiere”, Loire Valley, FR 2016

“A Kitchen Full of Memes”
butter-poached Chilean sea bass, frisee, bell pepper
Domaine de Chanson Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru “Les Caradeaux”, Burgundy, FR 2015

“Scallops, Mushrooms and Kiwi is a Terrible Idea”
scallops, mushrooms, hanger steak, 3 day demi
E.Guigal Tavel, Rhône Valley, FR 2016

“Don’t Sleep with Your Line Cooks Unless You Intend to Marry Them”
Breibirousse d’Argental, crusty bread, jam, Surryano ham
LAN Rioja Gran Reserva, SP 2010

“We’ve All Wanted to Kill Each Other More than Once, but We Haven’t Yet”
Madagascar vanilla, honey, spiced oatmeal
Linden Late Harvest Petit Manseng, Virginia 2012

Cville Ham Biscuits at The Ivy Inn


One one of the benefits of Cville Ham Biscuits being recognized as Charlottesville’s signature dish is that they are appearing on more and more menus around town, adding to the already broad footprint ham biscuits enjoy in Charlottesville. Ever had a ham biscuit by a two time James Beard Award semifinalist? You can check that off your list now at The Ivy Inn, thanks to Angelo Vangelopoulos. On the menu they are listed as a “side”, and it seems like they’d be a good before, during, and after a meal. No judging if you do all three.



Five Finds on Friday: Jessica Hogan


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Jessica Hogan of Farmacy, a health-focused food trailer coming soon that will showcase local and organic foods. While the trailer remains under construction, tomorrow morning at the Tom Tom Fest farmer’s market you can be the very first to enjoy a sneak preview, when Hogan and her boyfriend and business partner Gabino Gonzalez will be offering their breakfast tacos and burritos. Follow along here for updates. Hogan’s picks:

1) Buttermilk Pancakes at MarieBette Café and Bakery. “MarieBette is one of my favorite places to go, especially for breakfast. In my opinion it’s the only place to get good buttermilk pancakes with strawberries. Quality ingredients are what make the difference. Delicious!”

2) Chicken Salad at Feast! “Feast has many things I like, but my favorite is their organic chicken salad. It’s perfect on a salad or in their chicken salad sandwich made on fresh ABC ciabatta. It is the perfect consistency and spice and tastes great. I am also a fan of their concept – a grocery store supporting our local artisans and farmers. I am all about supporting local and eating organic food.”

3) Pupusas at Beer Run. “Sunday Brunch at Beer Run is amazing. I have worked there for five years and yet I have even chosen to have my birthday brunch at Beer Run before! Where else would I go? The food is local, organic, and incredible. The pupusas and the strata are two of my brunch favorites, but in all honesty you can’t go wrong any day of the week. It’s just so tasty, and is actually why I wanted to work there to begin with.”

4) Gnocchi with Truffled Mushroom Ragout at The Local. “The Local has great food,  and my favorite dish of theirs is gnocchi. Since I don’t eat beef, they are very accommodating and let me put their truffled mushroom ragout on them instead, and it’s absolutely lovely! I love that they use three kinds of mushrooms in it from Sharondale farm.”

5) Chocolate Praline Crunch Cake at Albemarle Baking Company. “Albemarle Baking Company has so many things I like. Hard to name a favorite. The chocolate praline cake is so moist and delectable, with its layers of chocolate and praline. It’s creamy and crunchy, and made with some of the finest ingredients.”