The Charlottesville 29

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

Tag: Albemarle Baking Company

Five Finds on Friday: Maureen Scott

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Maureen Scott, Chocolatier and Lead Baker at Gearharts Fine Chocolates, which has a new creation called Hot Honeycomb — puffed candy of local honey with a subtle bee “sting” of chili pepper, dipped in dark chocolate. Scott’s picks, two of which, she notes, share the “sweet heat” of Hot Honeycomb:

1) Stollen at Albemarle Baking Company. “When I read Gerry Newman’s beautiful story about the way he perfected his stollen over the years, I knew I had to run up to Albemarle Baking Company the next morning. I became addicted. I wait patiently every year to hear it’s arrival in the bakery.”

2) Cville Ham Biscuit at JM Stock Provisions. “The most buttery biscuit I’ve ever had. Tasso ham. Hot sauce. Honey. So simple. So perfect.”

3) Chicken and Waffles at Ace Biscuit & Barbecue. “When my sister and brother-in-law were visiting from up north, I wanted to show them a true southern breakfast. Buttermilk fried chicken, fluffy waffles, maple syrup and hot sauce. Add a rib biscuit, grits and sweet tea. Best way to start the day.”

4) Duck confit, celery root purée, apple gastrique at Holmes Dinner Club. “I talked about this dish for weeks to anyone who would listen. So tender and delicious. Just incredible.”

5) Truffle Chèvre at Caromont Farm. “I love this with beef tenderloin and asparagus, and also with just a spoon like a bowl of ice cream. It’s that good.” 

Five Finds on Friday: Millie Winstead

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Millie Winstead, Director of Development for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the beneficiary of The 2019 Charlottesville Restaurant Auctions. In the auctions, now underway, the restaurants of The Charlottesville 29 have each created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for whoever pledges the largest donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. And, the food bank in turn takes each dollar and creates four meals for the area’s hungry. Winstead’s picks:

1) Atun a La Parilla at MAS. “I would go to MAS any and every day. The menu changes all the time and everything they make is so good. But, one thing that I always include in my tapas choices is the tuna. It is perfectly cooked (rare) and is seasoned with just the right amount of grey sea salt.”

2) Fruit Focaccia at Albemarle Baking Company. “Another place I would visit every day, in my perfect world, is ABC. Our family’s Saturday morning would not be complete without a stop at Gerry’s. After a stroll through our city’s wonderful farmer’s market, we always visit ABC to get my fruit focaccia, a variety of pastries for the rest of the family, and a baguette for a future weekend meal.”

3) Watermelon Salad with Crab at Little Star. “This is a new find and I can’t wait to go back and have more. The flavors were unexpected – who would think to put those two things together? I’m so glad they did because the sweet and savory combination was perfect.”

4) Dealer’s Choice at Lost Saint. “This place feels special, kind of like you have to be from here to know it even exists. Tucked away within Tavern & Grocery, it is a perfect get-away with a friend or date. And, the bartenders know their business. Let them guide you and teach you, and sit back and enjoy.”

5) Weekly Soup from l’etoile Catering. “I miss having Mark at a physical location I can go whenever I want, but this is the next best thing (unless you want to invite me to a party you have him cater!). Working for the food bank, I travel throughout central and western Virginia. When I find myself passing through Crozet, I stop to see what Mark has put in his cooler on his porch, a.k.a. what will be my family’s dinner that night. I know it will be delicious.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Amanda Welch

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Amanda Welch of Grubby Girl, artisan producer of honey, granola, and bath products, including soaps made from the milk of the goats of Caromont Farm. Grubby Girl will be among the female-owned businesses today at Knight’s Gambit Vineyard, during the vineyard’s International Women’s Day celebration, which was postponed a few weeks ago due to weather. From 5 – 8 pm, the celebration will include Tilman’s, Cocoa & Spice, and The Movement Barn. Drink Knight’s Gambit wine and draw inspiration from the successes of these female entrepreneurs. Ten percent of wine sales will go to The Women’s Initiative. Welch’s picks:

1) Vegetable Tacos from Ignacio & Maria’s Mexican Tacos. “At the City Market and around town in their truck, I love their vegetable tamales and bean tacos, with everything and the hot sauce. It’s my favorite breakfast at City Market.”

2) Vegetarian Pho with tofu and vegetables at Thai Cuisine & Noodle House. “Comfort in a bowl!”

3) Oatmeal Crunch Bread from Albemarle Baking Company. “In our house, the staple bread is this Oatmeal Crunch. It’s perfect for sandwiches, for making toast with honey, all the things! I used to bake our own bread, but why bother when this is available?”

4) Truffle Chèvre from Caromont Farm. “Another market neighbor has my next weakness, Caromont Cheese. I love them ALL, but that truffle chèvre is the MOST.”

5) Petit Kouign Aman from MarieBette. “For when I really want to treat myself. I can’t pronounce it, so I just point. The caramel goodness and that little piece of fruit at the bottom are the perfect combination.”

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