The Charlottesville 29

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

Lampo Auction to Close


Tomorrow, June 22, public bidding ends for Lampo’s offering in The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions: Lampo’s Pizza Making Party and Sunday Supper. After public bidding closes tomorrow, only those who have placed a bid in the Lampo auction will have the opportunity to continue bidding via email until a winning bid is reached.  Bidding information is available on the Lampo auction page.

As if the auction item itself were not enticing enough, co-owner Loren Mendosa recently elaborated on the spectacular meal Lampo has planned during the supper portion of the auction winner’s experience. “We’ll be consulting with the winner to build a truly special meal for them and their guests from first to last course,” says Mendosa.

The winner will have access to our extensive pantry (including summer truffles, 120 day dry aged local beef, and lots of other exclusive ingredients) and all of our purveyors. As much as we all love pizza, we truly look forward to getting back to our roots of fine dining and crafting dishes that we wouldn’t normally be able to run in the restaurant environment.  So whether you want this to be a casual dining experience with some of your favorite Lampo dishes or you want to push the culinary boundaries we’ll be at your disposal.  Cheers and we can’t wait to see who we’ll be cooking for soon!

Loren Mendosa

Petit Pois Fundraiser Honoring Brian Jones


Restaurant break-ups can be messy, but there could hardly be a more pleasant one than Brian Jones’ parting with Petit Pois, the restaurant whose kitchen he has run for eleven years. This is Jones’ last week at Petit Pois, and in tribute to his time there, the restaurant is donating $.50 of every lunch and $1.00 of every dinner to Jones’ favorite charity, Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries. “We will donate the money in Chef Jones’ name to honor him for all the hard work and love that he put into the restaurant for the past 11 years,” says co-owner Brian Helleberg. “Over the years, Brian has been consistently generous with his time and talents to his church and other charitable causes, so supporting his favorite charity this week seemed like the best way to send him off.”

That’s just special.  Go eat at Petit Pois.

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