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

Category: Events

Keevil & Keevil Launches Pop-up Dinners


You can take the chef out of the restaurant, but you can’t take the restaurant out of the chef. Or something.

Since closing Brookville last year to focus on Keevil & Keevil Grocery and Kitchen, Harrison Keevil has still fed his creativity by concocting inventive sandwiches, take-home meals, and specials at the tiny Belmont grocery he runs with his wife. But, the chef who has cooked at The Fat Duck, Dinner, and Clifton Inn, still longs to let it rip every now and then. And, so next month Keevil & Keevil launches a pop-up dinner series, beginning of course with “Decadence.”

“I love cooking well crafted over-the-top dishes,” says Keevil. “And this is a throwback to the early days of Brookville.”

How many Mom & Pop corner stores serve Uni Spaghetti with Lobster Knuckle, Squid Ink, Chives, and Buttered Bread Crumbs? Or, Foie Gras Poutine with Cheese Curds, Duck Gravy, and Triple Cooked Chips? Full menu below. November 2-4 at 5:30 pm. More details here.




Prime 109 Preview Dinner


Among the year’s many new restaurants, the most eagerly anticipated may be Prime 109, Lampo’s steakhouse coming to the former Bank of America building on the Downtown Mall. Though there is no opening date yet, Lampo regulars can hardly wait for the team’s updated take on steakhouse classics.

Now, you can be the first to preview what the restaurant has planned, while helping to feed the area’s hungry. On October 29, the award winning maker of hand-forged cookware Blanc Creatives is hosting a Prime 109 Preview Dinner, with all profits benefiting the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

In an intimate setting, guests will hear first hand from Lampo’s owners about what’s in store for their new restaurant, and from Blanc Creatives’ Corry Blanc about the extraordinary custom grill he is building for it. Meanwhile, they will enjoy a menu inspired by the food of Prime 109, featuring assorted cuts of Sherwood Farm beef and wines generously donated by Blenheim Vineyards. Plus, Tavola’s Steve Yang will be on hand with a one-of-a-kind cocktail for the evening.

Best of all, it’s all for a good cause. Serving eight cities and twenty counties in the area, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank feeds more than 100,000 people per month, relying entirely upon donations and fundraisers like this one. Even if you cannot attend the dinner, you may help feed the hungry by donating here.

$100 tickets are all-inclusive, and only 100 will be sold. First come, first served. Details below, and the menu looks spectacular. See you there.

UPDATE: This event is sold out. For news about Prime 109 and future events, you may register for their email updates at their website.


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L’etoile is Back (again)!


L’Etoile’s two night reincarnation in November went so well that they are doing it again. But, for two nights only. And, space is very limited.

Since closing, L’Etoile has continued as a catering business, but chef-owner Mark Gresge  misses his beloved restaurant as much as his regulars do. So, next weekend he is again recreating a L’Etoile-style restaurant experience at the catering site in Crozet. It will be a set, surprise menu, so is best for guests without dietary restrictions. Water and coffee will be served, while guests are welcome to bring their own wines. Details below. For tickets, email Advance tickets required. Ready go!

  • What: Pop-up L’Etoile Restaurant
  • When:  January 20 and 21, 2017, 6 pm
  • Food: Seven Course Surprise Menu. No Substitutions.
  • Drinks: Water and Coffee. BYOB.
  • Where: L’Etoile Catering, 5857 Jarmans Gap Rd., Crozet, VA
  • How Much: $60 per person, plus gratuity. Cash or check only.