The Charlottesville 29

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

Bodo’s Auction Gets Even Better (Again)

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You wouldn’t think there was any room for improvement in the amazing auction item from Bodo’s Bagels, Breakfast for Champions.

Great food? Check. Bodo’s will provide an array of bagels, spreads, smoked salmon, and more.

Great booze? Check. Two cases of Potter’s Craft Cider award-winning cider.

Great non-alcoholic drinks? Check. Plenty of fresh, wonderful, organic juices made by Lumi.

Great company? Check. Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR national champion coaches from UVa.

Now, in addition to all of this, professional photographer Tom McGovern, popular among many in the food industry, has joined the fray to capture digital memories of the auction winner’s experience, including an 11 x 14 group shot of the auction winner and the coaches.  Thank you to Tom for his generosity in joining the cause.

It’s a dream experience for the ultimate UVa fan. Breakfast of Champions.

Fleurie Auction Creates 25K+ Meals for Hungry

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About last night.

We had a bidding war.

A wonderful, all-out bidding war.

The prize was Fleurie’s incredible auction item: dinner for twelve at the home of chef-owner Brian Helleberg, with wine pairings from his cellar by sommelier and wine writer Erin Scala.  And, after lots of enthusiastic back-and-forth, the winning bid was $6,500, which will create more 25,000 meals for the area’s hungry.

Earlier this week, the auction item for the donation from Helleberg’s other restaurant, Petit Pois, went for $2,000. So, combined, the donations from Helleberg’s two restaurants created more than  34,000 meals for the area’s hungry. Thank you to Helleberg, the bidders, the Scalas, and the restaurants for their tremendous generosity.