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The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions Inspire Even More Generosity


Photo by Ian Atkins.

See that check?  It’s not accurate.

Kindness is contagious, you see. In The 2019 Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions, our area’s top restaurants and artisans offered once-in-a-lifetime experiences for whoever pledged the largest donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Though the auctions came to an end last night at Prime 109, our community’s generosity did not. The symbolic check represents the auction’s total benefit to the food bank at end of last night’s bidding. But, even after it was written, that benefit keeps growing.

First, Sussex Farm offered to duplicate its offering for the runner-up in the auction for its Kimchi Forever experience, yielding an additional $1,100 for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Then, UVa Men’s Basketball Coach Tony Bennett doubled up, too. Bennett was the feature in Bodo’s Bagels’ Lunch of Champions auction experience, a lunch in the office of the coach of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions. This was the final item in last night’s live auction at Prime 109, and, in a thrilling finale, bidders drove the bid all the way above $50,000. This morning, Bennett was so moved to learn of bidders’ generosity that he offered a second experience — one for each of the two leading bidders. In turn, the two bidders will each make a $54,000 donation directly to the food bank.

With these additions, the total benefit to the food bank from The 2019 Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions now exceeds $250,000. Thanks to the efficiency of the food bank, each dollar can create four meals, meaning that, through the auctions, our food community will have provided more than one million meals to our area’s hungry.

Stay tuned for a full report on the amazing effort over the last two months.

Thank you, Charlottesville.


Five Dining Experiences of a Lifetime


The 2019 Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions will culminate August 20 at Prime 109’s “One Night Only” celebration of restaurants’ generosity, where bidding will end for five remaining dining experiences of a lifetime. Online bidding continues now, and every dollar of each winning bid goes directly to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Life is about experiences, not things. So, help feed our area’s hungry and enjoy one of these unforgettable experiences. From Parallel 38, you can win a package that includes more than $5,000 in rare wine, a wine dinner for eight, a wine class and brunch for eight, and free corkage for life. From Fleurie, you can win a luxurious wine dinner of a lifetime with twenty guests at Lovingston Winery, where Fleurie owner Brian Helleberg will serve some of his most exclusive wines. With Ivy Inn, you can be sous chef to Michelin Star winner Jeremiah Langhorne in the Ivy Inn kitchen, and help prepare a spectacular tasting menu for ten friends, while a professional photographer captures the memories. Lampo will build you a replica of its pizza oven at your home, throw a pizza party to teach you how to use it, and provide free dough for life. And, with Bodo’s, you can win lunch with University of Virginia Men’s Basketball coach Tony Bennett in his office at John Paul Jones Arena.

Bidding is ongoing. For more information and to place your bids, see the links below.

Parallel 38:  A Wine Lover’s Dream Quartet

Fleurie: Wine Dinner of a Lifetime

Ivy Inn: Be a Michelin Star Sous Chef

Lampo: Lampo for Life at Home

Bodo’s: Lunch of Champions with Tony Bennett


Bodo’s Auction: Lunch of Champions with Tony Bennett


Photo by Ian Atkins.

Here is your chance to experience Bodo’s like you never have before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry: The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions. Along with all of the other restaurants in The Charlottesville 29, Bodo’s has created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of Bodo’s, the entire winning bid goes directly to the food bank. And, thanks to the efficiency of the food bank, each dollar donated creates four meals for the area’s hungry.

In addition to offering the auction experience below, Bodo’s is also raffling off a Year of Bodo’s, so that everyone has a chance to win. Again, every dollar goes directly to food bank. The more you donate, the more chances to win. Enter to win here.

The Bodo’s signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

Lunch of Champions with Tony Bennett

For the first iteration of The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions in 2016, Bodo’s offered a Breakfast of Champions: a catered brunch with every active University of Virginia coach to have won a national championship. UVa Men’s Basketball Coach Tony Bennett was not present because, though a champion in the hearts of UVa fans, his team had yet to bring home a national championship.

That all changed in April.

Now, Bodo’s is helping to celebrate, with lunch in Tony Bennett’s office for the auction winner and up to five additional guests. Upon the group’s arrival to John Paul Jones Arena, a UVa staff member will treat them to a personal tour – a behind-the-scenes look at one of the top facilities in the country, from the locker room to the practice gym to the weight room and beyond. Next, the group will shoot baskets and take pictures on the team’s practice court or, if available, the home floor of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions. Finally, they will head to Coach Bennett’s office, where they will enjoy lunch with Bennett himself. Bodo’s will deliver all of the sandwiches, sides, and drinks that Coach Bennett and the auction winner’s group desire. Over lunch, the group can take photos with the national champion coach and trophy, bring gear to be signed, or just spend time getting to know the best basketball coach in the country.

It’s the ultimate Bodo’s experience: Lunch of Champions with Tony Bennett.

Note: The auction winner will schedule their experience on a day that is mutually convenient for UVa and Tony Bennett. The total experience will last roughly two hours, and lunch with Coach Bennett will last sixty minutes.


Place your bids by email at The auction will end August 20 with live bidding at Prime 109’s Celebration of Charlottesville restaurants. Email bidding closes August 20 at 3 pm.

Current Bid: $12,300