The Charlottesville 29

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Category: Five Finds on Friday

Five Finds on Friday: Kristyne Bouley

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Kristyne Bouley, Pastry Chef of The Ivy Inn, who, after graduating from New England Culinary Institute worked in top kitchens like NYC’s Prune and Cookshop and New Orleans’ Herbsaint and Cochon. Bouley’s picks:

1) Bulgogi Sliders with Sunny Side Up Egg from Sussex Farm at The City Markets. “I love the farmers’ market and one of the first stops is to visit with Jenny! I love everything about this — sweet, savory, and a PERFECT sunny side up egg. My favorite part of the slider is that once you pick it up you are committed to eating it, there is no putting it down because you’ll never be able to pick it back up again without a fork. I can also eat the kimchi straight from the container.”

2) Fish and Chips with a 40 Mile IPA at Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery. “The Fish and Chips is by far some of the best batter fried fish I’ve had since leaving Maine fifteen years ago. My favorite thing about the obviously fresh fish and crispy fries is that it is piping hot – I love the steam that bursts out of freshly fried fish. I always get the 40 Mile IPA with the fish. It lightens up the meal and is one of my go to beers even at home.”

3) Brownies from Cocoa & Spice. “Chocolate chunks in a dark fudgy brownie, there is nothing that can possibly be bad about this. I always buy two, claiming one is for my children. I like to take one and put it in the freezer and in the middle of the week dig it out and eat it frozen. I am the parent that hides sugar from my kids . . . sometimes I do share.”

4) Cherry Limeade Popsicle from Wiffle Pops at The City Market. “I spend most Saturday mornings at The City Market with my children, and this is their favorite and one of mine. Kenneth usual gets Cookies and Cream with the surprise of a whole Oreo in the center and Florence gets Grasshopper. I get the sweet and tart Cherry Limeade. It’s an adult popsicle  being on the tart side which is perfect for the summer.”

5) Angels on Horseback and PFO Pan Roast at Public Fish & Oyster.”The first time I went here with my husband there was almost a fight over the Angels on Horseback. Bacon and oysters are perfect together, and lightened up with the lime makes it better for a summer night.”

Five Finds on Friday: Courtney Hildebrand

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Courtney Hildebrand of The Catering Outfit, the full service caterer that recently launched pop-up lunches and dinners at its Carlton Road kitchen. Lunches are every Thursday, and the first dinner installment will be Saturday, August 18: Basque Seaside Dinner, with chef Tomas Rahal of Quality Pie. Details and reservations here. Meanwhile, The Catering Outfit’s sister restaurant, The Shebeen Pub and Braai, serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday, with house made Bloody Marys, acoustic music, and even outdoor patio seating on swings (yes swings). Hildebrand’s picks:

1) Mexican Street Corn at Junction. “In a town with lots of new street corn options, Melissa still has my favorite! It’s one of their shared plates so you can enjoy a small order by yourself or get a large to share with your friends. The chili-lime dressing is amazing.  Junction also has my favorite cocktails in town. I love to try anything Alec creates. My current favorite is Rum Communion with brown butter rum and notes of pineapple & lime. It’s hard to have just one of these yummy cocktails!”

2) Spicy Shrimp Dishes at The Local, Bang!, and The Shebeen Pub and Brai. “I am a sucker for a great shrimp dish. I have a three way tie for the best shrimp dish in town, as I will always order these if I am at one of these establishments. My picks are the Crispy Shrimp at The Local, the Firecracker Shrimp at Bang!, and the False Bay Crispies at The Shebeen Pub and Braai. They are all so tasty and it is just too hard to narrow it down to just one pick!”

3) Green Giant Roll at Now & Zen. “Now and Zen is one of my favorite spots to go to dinner with a small group of friends. Everything on the menu is mouthwatering, but the Green Giant Roll is always a pleasant surprise for friends who shy away from vegetarian dishes. This giant roll with sweet potato tempura, avocado & cream cheese stands up to any of their other signature big rolls.”

4) Vella Jack Cheese Fritters at Zocalo. “My sister and I love to go Zocalo for dinner when we can make time to have a night out together. We always start with the cheese fritters & raspberry-chili glaze, and then split the salmon dish for our entrée. The entire menu always sounds amazing, but we rarely stray from these picks on our sister dinner date. Zocalo also offers margarita flights which is always a good start to a night out!”

5) Big Baby Sake from North American Sake Brewery. “They have not quite opened their doors yet, but I have had a chance to try the new Big Baby Sake from the soon-to-be-open North American Sake Brewery. Andrew Centofante’s creation is one of the best sakes I have ever tried. I am excited for what he & Jeremy have in store once they open their doors next week.”

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Braised short rib sandwich, a recent pop-up lunch at The Catering Outfit

 

Five Finds on Friday: Ellie Grinspun

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Ellie Grinspun, the former chef-owner of Kafkafe who now runs Ellie Cooks, a personal chef service in your home. Details here. Grinspun’s picks:

1) Blueberries from The Berry Patch in Free Union. “A tradition that began 18 years ago, picking blueberries with my son, and still continues. When he was younger we would read ‘Blueberries for Sal’ at bedtime in preparation for our morning adventure. As he surpassed me in height it became a competition to see who could pick the most – me, but he definitely eats the most! Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk!”

2) Coppa Pork Steaks salted and thrown on the grill from JM Stock Provisions. “Ask the boys, Alex and Ben, to cut it thick! Serve it with a huge seasonal salad and enjoy. Oh, and their tasso ham sliced to go or served on their flaky biscuits with honey and hot sauce. Don’t forget to follow Autumn Olive Farms on Instagram and watch videos of their adorable piglets running and grazing!”

3) Farmers in the Park at Meade Avenue. “This is my idea of a perfect market – low key, shaded, local fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, drinks, desserts, and food. No crowds means you can chat with the vendors and really get to know them!”

4) Scallops from Seafood @ West Main. “Lately, I like them raw! Slice them horizontally and layer them on a serving platter with chunks of local peaches, paper thin slices of cucumbers, drizzle with a shallot white balsamic vinaigrette and a sprinkling of Maldon flakes, and top with torn pieces of fresh mint. Simple and fresh.”

5) Ending an evening out with a Chocolate Pot de Crème at Orzo. “Think chocolate pudding marries crème brûlée. Or, the deconstructed s’mores bread pudding and a whiskey sour prepared with an egg white at Oakhart Social.”