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Tavola Adopts Sister Restaurant in Tuscany

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One of Charlottesville’s most popular Italian restaurants is creating a “sibling” relationship with a restaurant thousands of miles away. The beloved Tavola is partnering with the acclaimed Tuscany restaurant Ristorante il Falcone as part of the Charlottesville Sister Cities Program.  Il Falcone is in Poggio a Caiano, one of Charlottesville’s four official sister cities.

The relationship will involve an exchange of culinary talent in several phases, with each restaurant sending its chef to the other for a week. First, from June 6 through 11, Tavola will host il Falcone chef Roberta Vivetta Cintelli, who will cook, teach Tavola staff, and meet restaurant guests. The highlight of her visit will be Saturday June 11, when Tavola will throw a food and wine tasting festival inspired by the street fairs of Poggio. Tavola will close the street in from of the restaurant to make room for tasting stations and revelry.

Then, in July, Tavola chef Caleb Warr will travel to Poggio a Caiano to cook at il Falcone.  Finally, this fall Tavola plans a dinner to celebrate the partnership, featuring dishes from the collaboration.

Throughout the relationship, the restaurants plan to use social media to interact and document their experiences, allowing folks to follow along in Virginia, Italy, and beyond.

Now, what Charlottesville restaurant will adopt a sibling in Winneba, Ghana?

Auction for Junction Preview Dinner Tickets



It took just four minutes for tickets to sell out for the preview dinner of Junction, the most anticipated restaurant of the year, set to open this summer. But, you can still attend, and all you need to do is pledge the largest donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.The dinner is March 15 at The Local. Junction’s chef, Melissa Close-Hart, a four time James Beard award semi-finalist, will compete against her husband Matthew Hart, chef of The Local, in a course-by-course showdown, paired with cocktails.  Charlottesville legend Craig Hartman will be on hand to emcee.

As cold weather sets in, the needs of the area’s hungry become more acute.  Make a generous donation to help feed the area’s hungry this winter, and be rewarded with two seats at this exclusive preview dinner.  Because of the food bank’s remarkable efficiency, each dollar contributed provides four meals for the area’s hungry.  So, a bid of, say, $500 would mean 2,000 meals for the hungry.

Bidding for the two ticket package opens at $150, starts immediately, and closes on Thursday, February 18 at 5 pm, eastern time.  You can place a bid on The Charlottesville 29’s Facebook page, or you can email your bid to, subject line Junction.  Regular updates of the auction leader will be posted on Facebook, and the winner will be announced Friday, February 19.  Good luck, and thank you in advance for your generosity from The Charlottesville 29.

Buy Tickets to the Junction Preview Dinner


The most anticipated opening of 2016 must be Junction, the first Charlottesville restaurant ever to open with a chef who is a four-time James Beard semi-finalist, Melissa Close-Hart.  After a few unexpected delays, the restaurant should open this summer.

But you don’t have to wait that long. On March 15, The Local is hosting a preview dinner of the Junction, with proceeds to benefit The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and The International School.  Close-Hart will compete against her husband Matthew Hart, chef of The Local, in a course-by-course showdown, paired with cocktails.  Charlottesville legend Craig Hartman will be on hand to emcee.

Given the anticipation for the restaurant, tickets are sure to go quickly. Info below:

  • When: March 15, 6:30 pm.
  • What: Four courses, two small dishes per course, paired with cocktails, plus a welcoming cocktail.
  • Where:  The Local
  • How Much: $60, plus gratuity.
  • Tickets: Just 50 will be sold.  Buy yours here.


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