Here is your chance to experience Maya like you never have 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, Maya has created a signature experience available to whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of Maya, 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, $2,000 would mean not just a wonderful meal for the winner and their guests, but also 8,000 more meals for the area’s hungry.
The Maya signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:
A Modern Jeffersonian Supper
Charlottesville’s original gourmand, Thomas Jefferson, was known for the food at his Monticello home, which statesman Daniel Webster said was “half Virginian, half French…in good taste and abundance.” Nowadays in Charlottesville, there is no better example of this blend of cuisines than Maya. Chef and co-owner Christian Kelly has a fine-dining background, having been Executive Chef at Clifton Inn when it first earned Relais & Chateaux status. For the auction winner and nine guests, Kelly will prepare a modern take on a Jeffersonian Supper. Just as Jefferson did more than 200 years ago, Kelly will apply classical French techniques and concepts to the best of Virginia’s local products.
Guests will enjoy prime seating in Maya’s upstairs dining room along the windows, where their evening will begin with a taste of two cocktails, one French and one Virginian, by award-winning bar manager Ted Norris. Next, Kelly will draw on his French classical training to create, serve, and describe to guests a multi-course meal showcasing seasonal cuisine from the Charlottesville area, all paired with wines. In true Jeffersonian style, republican principles and informality will supplant French dining etiquette. As Jefferson once told a visiting French diplomat: “I am sorry that your first impressions have been disturbed by matters of etiquette, where surely they should least have been expected to occur.” It’s a modern take on a Jeffersonian Supper, at Maya.
Note: The auction winner will schedule the meal at a mutually convenient time with the restaurant.
Bidding for the Maya auction ended on July 16, 2016.
Winning Bid: $2,250