Five Finds on Friday: Donnie Glass

by Charlottesville29


On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Donnie Glass, the new chef of Public Fish & Oyster.  A transplant from New England, Glass was once Chef de Rotisseur at The Parkside in Providence, RI, and Chef de Partie at Teknique in Bedford, NH. Most recently, he was sous chef of The Local.  Glass’s picks:

1)  Any Dessert at Fossett’s Restaurant at Keswick Hall.  “The pastry chef, Jenn Riesman, is crazy talented, and her desserts are spot on. Her IPA ice cream, sticky toffee pudding, and chocolate cake are all life changing.”

2)  Gorditas Al Pastor from La Michoacana.  “Always seasoned and spicy.  My favorite gluttonous lunch for under $10.”

3)  Sweetbreads with a glass of Champagne at the C&O. “I have a lot of respect for Chef Dean running a restaurant that never takes such a gem of a protein off the menu when it is not guaranteed to sell.  Sweetbreads aren’t for everyone, but it was great to see them done well when I got here.”

4)  Cured Meats and Sourdough at Tavola.  “All of those guys could run kitchens themselves, but instead they pool their resources and make EVERYTHING from scratch (and it’s great too).”

5)  Pork Belly and Scallion Pancake appetizers at Peter Chang’s China Grill.  “I honestly had no idea how you make that pancake until I asked.”