The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions brought so many special moments and now continue to bring more. First, there was the extraordinary generosity of the restaurants in creating the experiences to be auctioned, and the vendors who lined up to help. Next was the bidding, which blew away expectations, totaling nearly $80,000 in donations to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, enough to provide more than 315,000 meals to the area’s hungry. And now that the auctions have ended come reports from auction winners about their amazing experiences. What a pleasure it is to receive all of these emails, providing vicarious enjoyment of auction winners’ once-in-a-lifetime meals.
Take Milan’s “Dream Feast Around India,” which Randy Huwa won with a donation of $1,000 to the food bank, enough to provide more than 4,000 meals for the area’s hungry. Billed as a “feast showcasing the many different regional cuisines of India, highlighting owner Charanjeet Ghotra’s favorite dishes from each region,” the family-style meal was “to include Ghotra’s regional favorites from the regular menu, plus some off-menu surprises. With plenty of wines and beers to accompany the food, it’s an all-inclusive Dream Feast Around India.”
Huwa and his guests had their feast Tuesday night. And, from his email to Ghotra after the meal, it is clear that is was special. Also below is the menu which, at Huwa’s request, was vegetarian.
Thank you to Milan and Randy Huwa for your tremendous generosity.
I really cannot find the words to express my appreciation and gratitude for the EXTRAORDINARY dinner that you presented for us last evening. The menu was outstanding; each and every dish was terrific … and you and your great staff were so accommodating to the special diets of our group.
My wife and I are frequent diners at Milan — we love your food! — and I came into last night with high expectations. Those expectations were SHATTERED. Truly a memorable evening.
My very best,