The Charlottesville 29

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

Parallel 38 Auction Gets Even Better

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The auction item for Parallel 38 is already extraordinary. With a wine class from an expert, an array of rare and special wines, and a tasting menu paired with wines, all for ten people, it is sure to be one of the most memorable dinners of the auction winner’s life. And, every penny goes straight to the food bank, which makes it guilt-free indulgence. Bidding ends today! Now, Parallel 38 co-owner Justin Ross has upped the ante by promising to enhance the benefit to the area’s hungry. Ross gets it. He wrote (emphasis added):

I hope everyone that wins one of the amazing auctions that The Charlottesville 29 is facilitating has the night of their lives. I hope all those who do bid but unfortunately do not end up winning enjoy the fun that an auction delivers. I also hope that everyone that read these posts, whether they chose to participate or not, saw another way to help our community. I hope that they observed local businesses coming together to help the surrounding community that ultimately supports our businesses. I hope it shows how important it is to make your neighborhood better than it was before you. Whether you choose to do so by supporting Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle, Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank or any of the 1500 non profits in our area, you have have an impact on our community and make it a better place. For those of you that don’t know me, I own Parallel 38 and would like to see this auction item raise as much as possible for our area’s hungry. If Parallel’s auction hits/exceeds $2000 not only will we have helped provide 8,000+ meals but I will volunteer one hour at the Food Bank for every 100 meals our auction provides. At $2000 that would be 80 hours, at $3000 that would be 120 hours and it will continue with no cap. So please have a great meal with amazing wines, make an impact in your neighborhood and put me to work. It’s a WIN WIN WIN for everyone!

Five Finds on Friday: Frank Paris

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Frank Paris, chef and co-owner of Miso Sweet, which has been closed since a fire last week beneath the restaurant, at Ike’s Underground. Tonight at IX Art Park is a concert to benefit businesses recovering from the fire’s damage. Paris’ picks:

1) La Familia at Al Carbon. “A beautiful whole roasted chicken with three sides. When the wife asks me what I want for dinner, I always say the same thing, La Familia. For the sides, Elote con Mayonesa (Corn on the cob with Mayonnaise), yellow rice, and Camote (wood fired sweet potato), with lots of ahi sauce and chipotle crema. You can’t go wrong with this meal and sometimes we are lucky enough to have leftovers. Sometimes.”

2) Grandma’s Favorite at Pad Thai. “The husband and wife team behind this gem are the epitome of a family owned and operated restaurant. And the food proves it. Everything here is great, and that is why it usually takes me forever to decide on what to order. If there are any restaurant owners in Charlottesville who my wife and I want to emulate, it’s these two.”

3)  Fried Chicken from Wayside. “What more can I say? I love fried chicken and they are doing it right, plus they are within walking distance from my house. A short walk there, eat all I can, and then a short walk home, makes me feel good about eating their crispy fried greatness.”

4) Gold Nugget Ice Cream from Chaps.  “I said, Chaps, Gold Nugget Ice Cream.”

5) Linguine alla Carbonara at Tavola. “This luscious dish after one of their insalata verde is a perfect meal for me.”