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Category: Five Finds on Friday

Five Finds on Friday: Janna Hackworth

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Janna Hackworth, the trained chef and former manager of The Wine Guild who is buying Revolutionary Soup on The Corner. Post-sale, Hackworth says guests can expect more of the same great soup, salads, and sandwiches, as well as some new specials. We’ve always said that Rev Soup is a sneaky good choice for dinner, and through June, every night is Kids Eat Free night when parents order dinner there. Hackworth’s picks:

1) Meat from Barefoot Farm.  “One of the things that excites me most about taking over Revolutionary Soup on The Corner is the ability to continue to support local farmers and purveyors. We’ll be buying our pasture raised pork and beef from Kira and Mike Shifflett at Barefoot Farm in Keene. They’re opening a store in Scottsville, Barefoot Country Store, slated to open in July.”

2) Chicken Liver Toast at Brasserie Saison. “I love the contrast of the crunchy pickled celery and the creamy chicken liver paté. The hazelnut shaved on top is such a fantastic accent. I can’t stop thinking about this dish!”

3) Dumplings at Marco and Luca. “Simple and perfect- the ultimate comfort food, year-round. Soon to be our next-door neighbors on The Corner!”

4) Passionfruit + Mango Caramels from La Vache Microcreamery. “Stephanie makes the best caramels. My favorite is the seasonal passionfruit + mango, but you can’t go wrong with the classic fleur de sel. (Now that I’m no longer at the Wine Guild, you might be able to find them in stock. Ha ha.)”

5) Fried Oysters at Maya. “Anything on their from-scratch menu works for me. They’ve been consistently great for over 10 years now, but I always have to have the fried oysters. (I met my husband there, so it holds a special place in my heart.)”

Five Finds on Friday: Anna Gardner

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Gardner, right, with Melissa Close-Hart

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Anna Gardner, cook at Junction, which is poised to release a new menu in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for items like a pupusa of Sharondale Farm mushrooms and Caromont Farm goat cheese or, Gardner’s favorite, a chimichanga of duck confit. Garnder’s picks:

1) Radish Top Kimchi from Sussex Farm. “There’s nothing like that bite to wake me up on a Saturday morning at the City Market. Not to mention, Jenny is a sweetheart.”

2) Elvis Ice Cream Sandwich at Blue Moon Diner. “Banana pudding ice cream. Chocolate peanut butter cookie. Don’t lie to yourself, you want the full portion.”

3) Fried Chicken at GoCo on Cherry Ave. “There’s nothing quite like the terroir of a heat lamp. Don’t talk to me about Wayside, GoCo is where it is.”

4) Capellini Frutti di Mare “Fra Diavolo” at Tavola.  “Simple, classic, delicious. Best I’ve ever had.”

5) Brioche Feuilletée with pastry cream from MarieBette. “Say pastry cream and I’m there. Stuff pastry cream inside of bread that’s more butter than flour and I’m in love.”

Five Finds on Friday: Andy Hannas

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Andy Hannas, cider maker at Potter’s Craft Cider, which has just launched a cider garden and tasting room next to Lampo. In addition to bottled ciders, the rural farm cidery’s downtown tasting room has six ciders on tap, offering guests access to small batch, seasonal, and experimental ciders. Enjoy a cider flight, a whole glass, or a growler to go. There is also a full calendar of events with co-host The Bridge, including live music and First Friday exhibits, like today’s reception for artist Bolanle Adeboye. Regular cider garden hours are Friday 4 – 9 pm and Saturday 12 – 9 pm. Hannas’ picks:

1) The Italian Stallion from Hunt Country Market & Deli. “Potter’s Craft Cider runs on cold cut sandwiches from here, and the Italian is the long running staff favorite. It’s also a great opportunity to pick up beer for after work, and check in and see how our cider is selling. When local tomatoes are in season, this sandwich gets even better.”

2) Brioche Feuilletée from MarieBette. “Laminated brioche dough with pastry cream filling (passion fruit is my favorite) and an iced coffee out on the sidewalk patio is the start to my ideal Saturday morning.”

3) Tonkotsu Ramen at Lemongrass. “Whether from Kokoro, Mican or their new home inside Lemongrass, the ramen by Yoshihiro and Yukiko Tauchi  has always been killer. Ramen is only available at Lemongrass on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5:00, so make sure to set a reminder on your calendar. Once summer hits and The Corner clears out, I plan on being there every weekend possible.”

4) Sushi at Tokyo Rose. “Perfectly cooked and seasoned rice at the optimum temperature is what sets good sushi apart from mediocre sushi for me. The rice and the maki rolls are always spot on here, but just as importantly, so is the service. I would eat dinner here every day if I could. As an added bonus, I love the history of punk shows in the basement.”

5) Brut from King Family Vineyards. “Honestly this should say ‘anything that Matthieu and his team are putting into a bottle out in Crozet.’ But, as a cider maker, I have a real love for sparkling wine. Not only is Matthieu making excellent wines, but he is also an incredibly generous source of knowledge. With help from him, Emily from Veritas, and Damien from Afton Mountain, we have been working on some really cool wine/cider hybrids that should start seeing the world this year.”