The Charlottesville 29

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

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Five Finds on Friday: Jason Boorman

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Jason Boorman, General Manager of Kardinal Hall, and winner of this week’s reader drawing to participate in Five Finds.* “Picking just five things in this town is extremely difficult,” says Boorman. “The amount of talent and offerings in Charlottesville are deserving of their own novel, each chapter dedicated to one restaurant or menu. I was tempted to do my five finds on just fried chicken alone! If it was my last day in this town though and I had to choose, these would be the first five things I would have to check off my list.”

1) Pastrami, Swiss and Mustard on Everything Bagel at Bodo’s. “You can put just about anything on a Bodo’s everything bagel and I will eat it, but I will wait in line on a Saturday morning for this sandwich!”

2) Tuna Tartare at Zocalo. “One of my favorite things to do is app hop on the downtown mall and it always starts with the tuna tartare. I’ve tried to duplicate this at home and gave up.”

3) Capellini Frutti Di Mare “Fra Diavolo” at Tavola. “Seafood is fresh, pasta is cooked perfectly, and that sauce . .. . my favorite pasta dish hands down. Order a side of bread with it, because leaving any sauce in the bowl is an absolute sin!”

4) Porchetta Panuozzi at Lampo. “I could do a five finds on just Lampo, but I’ve had dreams about this sandwich before. The house made porchetta is phenomenal, house bread is the perfect vessel and the crunch from the broccoli rabe ties it all together. If you haven’t had it yet, go there now, it will change your life.”

5) Nachos with Beef and Extra Tomatillo Salsa at Beer Run. “I started dating my girlfriend right around the time Beer Run opened. This was the first dish we had there and now we can’t go there without ordering it. It’s pretty bad when the bartender doesn’t even have to ask how you want them.”

*(The random drawing was open to all readers, whether in the restaurant industry or not. But, non-industry readers deserve appreciation, too, and so next week’s Five Finds on Friday will come from a non-industry winner of the drawing.)

Splendora’s Pint Club

 

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This may be the best Charlottesville gift idea ever. Put a huge dent in your holiday gift list in a matter of seconds by registering friends for Splendora’s Pint Club. Each month for six months, your friend will receive a whole pint of an exclusive gelato flavor, available only to Pint Club members. At each pick-up, they also receive a free small gelato or medium latte.

Splendora’s gelato wizard PK Ross uses the Pint Club as her chance to experiment with unusual flavors, and the results are outstanding. Each month there is a new flavor, never available before, typically presented with accoutrements. Plus, she always has a story behind the creations, which she shares with Pint Club members. In a previous iteration of Pint Club, for example, Mother’s Day inspired her to create hibiscus tequila gelato with a cayenne ginger cookie. In honor of her father, she made coffee and Laphroiag Quarter Cask with sunflower brittle. A cheese plate by Nadjeeb gave life to a flavor of candied blood orange, served with a side of rosemary infused olive oil. And, a candy bar she had in Michigan led to a flavor of Esmontonian cheese from Caromont Farm, with bitter chocolate flakes. You get the idea. This is special stuff.

Memberships are very limited. And, at just $60 each, they are sure to go fast. Email splendora@splendoras.com to buy yours and clear out your holiday gift list.

 

 

Five Finds on Friday Reader Contest

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The Charlottesville 29 asks and answers: if there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29? It’s aim is to celebrate the wonderful food in the Charlottesville area, while providing a guide for those seeking to enjoy it.

The Charlottesville 29’s Facebook page reached 5,000 likes this weekend, and in appreciation, this week’s Five Finds on Friday will come from a reader, selected at random. Five Finds on Friday is a weekly feature in which area chefs/personalities name five favorite food or drink items in the Charlottesville area.

To enter: Like, Share, or Comment on this post on Facebook. To enter others, simply tag them in the post. Or, you may enter by email at charlottesville29@gmail.com, Subject “Finds.”  The winner will be announced tomorrow afternoon, November 14.

Good luck.