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Five Finds on Friday: Chuck Shelton


On Fridays, we feature five foods selected by local chefs and personalities.  In anticipation of Cider Week, today’s picks come from Chuck Shelton, cider maker at Albemarle Ciderworks.  On Sunday, November 17, Albemarle Ciderworks will join several other top area cideries for a Hill & Holler party at Meriwether Springs Vineyard featuring small plates of food prepared by Amalia Scatena of Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard.  Shelton’s picks:

1) Kolsch 151 and Vienna Lager at Blue Mountain Brewery and Devil’s Backbone.  “It takes a lot of beer to make a good cider and these are two of my favorites.”

2) Caramel Apples by Rachel Willis.  “Rachel can usually be found baking for her ‘Cakes by Rachel’ label or selling homemade caramel apples at local markets and festivals.  Anything she makes is delicious.  I just finished a caramel apple with pecans and cranberries before writing this.  Yum.”

3) Belmont at Bellair Market.  “Bellair Market is a classic staple for Charlottesville residents.  I’ve never had anything from the market that I didn’t like.  My favorite would have to be the Belmont.”

4) Meat in Charlottesville.  “This sounds very generic but the local meat products in the Charlottesville region are fantastic.  I go for bratwurst, sausages, and beef from The Rock Barn, Croftburn Market, and Gryffon’s Aerie, among others.  And, of course, all are very complementary to cider!”

5) Red Row from Caromont Farm.  “When I am in the mood for cheese, any of Gail’s cheeses satisfy but the Red Row is my favorite.”

Five Finds on Friday: Jenny Peterson


Happy Birthday!  Today’s picks in Five Finds on Friday come from Jenny Peterson of Paradox Pastry, the outstanding baker of birthday cakes and much more, whose creations have made several appearances in Two for Tuesday.  Peterson’s picks:

1)  Olde Salt Oyster Stout at Champion Brewing Company.  “All of the beers here are wonderful, but a weekend afternoon spent sliding oysters along with this beer is indelibly etched on my palate.  Perfection.”

2)  Carne Asada at MAS. “I feel so unadventurous and borderline boring by ordering this dish every time I go to Mas.  I just can’t not order it.”

3)  Fried Mussels and Truffled Fries at Skybar.  “We work long days on Fridays at Paradox and afterward, my Sugarista Sue and I head to the Skybar for a refreshing beverage.  The fries are a staple and the mussels have replaced my former favorite, the fried oysters!”

4)  Our Famous Veggie Pizza at Blue Mountain Brewery.  “After delivering wedding cakes to one of the many wineries in the area, I treat myself to this pizza and always offer to share with the folks sitting with me at the bar.”

5)  Blueberry Handpie at Paradox Pastry.  “It’s . . just . . . perfect.  Love you hold in your hand!”

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