The Charlottesville 29

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

Thank you, Watermark Design


It’s time to start recognizing some of the local vendors helping The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions to benefit The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Among the most generous of all has been the local branding and graphic design firm, Watermark Design.  Although I had no prior connection with the company, I contacted them because I had been so impressed with their work for clients like Veritas, Rosemont, and Champion Brewing Company. In response to my email sent out of the blue (today’s equivalent of a cold call), founder Darcey Ohlin Lacy not only enthusiastically agreed to design posters free of charge, but did much, much more. First, she suggested that Watermark also design a web logo and coasters, free of charge as well. Next, she helped find another local vendor to print the posters pro bono. And, if that was not enough, when we were unable to find a pro bono vendor to print the striking coasters that Watermark designed, the company offered to chip in money to help pay for those as well.

Thank you, Watermark Design, for your generosity, enthusiasm, and excellent work in support of the auctions. Please consider them for your own design and branding needs. Below are images of the coasters and posters you may see around town, which help bring attention to the spectacular showing of generosity by the Charlottesville restaurant community.


Duner’s Auction


Here is your chance to experience Duner’s like you have never experienced it before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry. It’s The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions, presented by McGuireWoods. Along with all of the other restaurants in The Charlottesville 29, Duner’s has created a signature experience available to whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of Duner’s, the winning bid goes directly to the food bank, and each dollar donated is enough to provide four meals to the area’s hungry. So, a winning bid of, say, $1,500 means not just a wonderful meal for the winner and their guests, but also 6,000 more meals for the area’s hungry.

The Duner’s signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auction:

Duner’s to Yourself

For decades, Duner’s has been one of Charlottesville’s most beloved restaurants. As regulars know all-to-well, Duner’s popularity and no-reservations policy can sometimes conspire to cause a wait for a table. The Duner’s auction winner will not have to wait at all though, as the winner and seven guests will have the entire restaurant to themselves.

Longtime chef Doug McLeod will prepare a five course Italian-themed meal, drawing on the area’s best local produce. “I’ve always liked the Italian approach to the multiple course dinner with each course being paired with a different wine,” says McLeod, who has done stages in many fine Italian restaurants, and considers it the cuisine he knows best. Next, pastry chef Linda Steiner, one of the area’s finest, will prepare a special dessert medley. All the while, Duner’s owner Bob Caldwell will be on hand to pair each course with special wines and apertifs.

No crowds. No noise. No wait. Enjoy the ultimate Duner’s experience. Duner’s to Yourself.

Note: The winner will schedule the dinner with Duner’s on a mutually convenient Tuesday.


Bidding for the Duner’s auction ended on July 9, 2016.

Winning Bid: $1,680

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