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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


Win A Year of Bodo’s


Photo by Ian Atkins.

The 2019 Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions are an incredible gift from the Charlottesville food community to our area’s hungry, with every dollar of winning bids going to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. In a time when one in eleven people in our area struggles to put food on the table, the food bank takes each dollar donated and turns it into four meals for the hungry. But, what if you lack room in your budget to bid, and still want to support the cause?

Bodo’s is there when you need them.

Consistent with the “everyone is welcome” philosophy on which it was founded, Bodo’s has created something anyone can win, no matter the size of your bank account. In partnership with The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions, it’s the raffle to Win a Year of Bodo’s.

That’s right. Win the raffle and, for an entire year, you may visit the Bodo’s location of your choice once each day and order whatever you want (subject to a daily limit). The more you donate, the better your chance to win. Because every dollar in the raffle goes directly to the food bank, you cannot lose. Whether or not you win the prize, your entries will still help to feed our area’s hungry.

So, join Charlottesville’s favorite restaurant in fighting hunger. Enter to win here.

Five Finds on Friday: Ashley Malcolm


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Ashley Malcolm of Malcolms Market Garden, the Staunton farm she and her husband operate, whose CSA Farm Share resumes this spring. What’s a CSA Farm Share? Short for “Community Supported Agriculture,” it involves members buying all of a farm’s produce for the growing season early in the year, well before the harvest. Once harvesting begins, each week members receive bags stuffed full of the farm’s current best fresh-picked produce. Drop-off locations for Malcolms Market Garden farm share include Charlottesville, Crozet, Waynesboro, Fishersville, and Staunton.  Visit the website for info and registration.  Malcolms’ picks:

1) Fried Chicken at Wayside. “Skip all of the mediocre fried chicken out there and just go for this great chicken. Perfectly crispy and tender. When I’m on this side of town, it’s an easy choice for picking up dinner.”

2) Chicken Salad on an Everything Bagel at Bodo’s. “Everyone has ‘their sandwich’ that they usually order from here, and this is mine and has been for decades. Add some sprouts for more texture and freshness.”

3) Chocolate Praline Crunch Dome from Albemarle Baking Company. “Everything crafted by ABC is authentic and delicious and made with love and precision, but this is the type of dessert that will have you dreaming about it for years. The magic of the textures and layers beneath the ganache dome make for the most decadent individual portion.”

4) Two Eggs, Bacon, Home Fries, and a Biscuit at Bluegrass Grill & Bakery. “I’ve waited hours of my life to eat here, as all should, because it is just that good. This is great diner food at its best. The biscuits are a dream.”

5) Shishito Peppers at Citizen Burger Bar. “Obviously the burgers and fries are spot-on here, mainly because of their emphasis on local fresh ingredients. The shishito peppers are a real treat because they showcase the beauty and simplicity of the vegetable. With hardly any (spicy) heat, perfectly charred, completely dip-able and addictive, they are a favorite.”