Five Finds on Friday: Jason Tesauro

by Charlottesville29


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Jason Tesauro, writer, speaker, sommelier, and author of a recent feature for Travel & Leisure. This Thursday, July 7, Tesauro will serve as Master of Ceremonies for a very special evening at Gearharts Fine Chocolates. The Simply Virginia Dinner includes an all-star line-up of Tim Gearhart, Curtis Shaver, Spencer Crawford, Gail Hobbs-Page, and Hunter Smith for “a hands-on evening of demonstrations, flights and tastings” featuring “the Commonwealth’s finest vino, vittles, cheeses, chocolates, and beers.” Details and tickets here. Tesauro’s picks:

1) Brioche Feuilletée at MarieBette Cafe and Bakery. “Buttery, flaky, golden brown, finger-lickin’ French sublimity paired with an off-the-menu Cortado.”

2) Pimentón Padron at MAS Tapas. “Green and blistered black, these firecrackers and a bottle of Albariño take me right back to Galicia, Spain.”

3)  Porchetta Panuozzo at Lampo. “Broccoli rabe, aged provolone and bread baked to order. Super fresh with a little char, it’s Little-Italy-NYC good.”

4)  Crispy Shrimp at The Local. “Washed down with Champion suds, Chef Matty’s sweet and spicy app sends me to my Asian-hued happy place.”

5) Fried Oyster Po’Boy at Southern Crescent. “Save yourself the Frequent Flyer miles. These are true Leidenheimer baguettes with a crisp crust and fluffy center.”