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Five Finds on Friday: Becca Lesnoff

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Becca Lesnoff of Brasserie Saison. Lesnoff is a Board Member of Red Shoe Cville, the fundraising branch of Ronald McDonald House, which is hosting the Battle of the BBQ, Saturday, October 26 at Champion Brewing Company to determine which of our area’s top barbecue joints makes the best barbecue. For details and tickets, go here. Lesnoff’s picks:

1) That’s My Yam or The Solid on corn tortillas at Brazos. “It is one of my favorite taco shops in one of my favorite areas of town. I feel like I am back in Asheville when I sit down outside of Brazos surrounded by art at IX. It’s a first choice to meet friends for lunch and bring my pup.”

2) Honey, Sausage, Goat Cheese and Egg Hand pies at The Pie Chest. “These breakfast/anytime meals are perfect when I am running around and need something hot, delicious and totally unique. I am often sent on a Pie Chest run from the staff at Brasserie, as it is something we all agree that we love.”

3) Frijoles Pupusas at Super Amanecer. “This place is truly a secret that I stumbled upon while looking for pasilia chillies for my partner, Jacob, to make homemade tamales. This has become a favorite after playing disc golf in Charlottesville.”

4) Crispy Scallops at Brasserie Saison. “I know it sounds like a cop-out to go with a dish from a restaurant I work at, but I feel like it should actually speak so much louder. This is the original dish that we opened the restaurant with that comes with the most delicate celery root puree, rice flour seared scallops, julienne celery root and benne seeds. It just came back onto the menu and I know that I am not the only person who is stoked.”

5) The Heavy Hand at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie. “This is one perfectly greasy pie layered with sopressata, capicola, italian sausage, onions, mushrooms, basil, and three cheeses. Their signature Dr. Ho’s ranch and a cold beer are the only things necessary to complete this indulgence. Another disc golf tradition after Jacob and I play a round at Walnut Creek.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Rachel Snogles

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Rachel Snogles, GM of Kama, the new Japanese restaurant at Violet Crown, whose Grand Opening is this weekend. A preview of Kama is here. Snogles’ picks:

1) Linguine Alla Carbonara at Tavola. “The quality of the pasta and attention to flavors in each dish are impeccable. Every pasta I’ve had has been fantastic, but a particular favorite is the linguine alla carbonara. Takes me back to Italy with every bite.”

2) Seven Hills Beef Tartare in The Coat Room at Brasserie Saison. “Whenever my family and I want a special night where we don’t have to think about making decisions, we always go to The Coat Room. They take it out of our hands and send food and drinks that suit our mood, though we always get the steak tartare with grilled oyster aioli when it is on the menu.”

3) Croque Madame at brunch at Commonwealth Restaurant. “I love brunch and rarely get to go, so when I do I want somewhere that does more than just bacon and eggs. At Commonwealth they nail it from classics like Eggs Benedict with Surryano ham to something more unique like the Dutch pancake with citrus chive marscapone with macerated berries. A personal favorite is the croque madame with the runny egg and delicious bechamel. It’s perfect for when I cannot decide between lunch and dinner.”

4) Margherita Pizza at Lampo.  “When it comes to wanting more than just a slice of pizza, Lampo is an obvious choice. A perfect crust makes the margherita pizza a treat every time. Save space for their cheese selection too.”

5) Pastry from MarieBette.  “Whether I am craving a canele, a chocolate almond croissant or simply want some good bread, MarieBette never disappoints.  It takes all my self control to not be there daily.”

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Brasserie Saison Auction: Harvest Dinner for 20

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Here is your chance to experience Brasserie Saison 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, Brasserie Saison 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 Brasserie Saison, Afton Mountain Vineyards, and Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co., 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.

The Brasserie Saison signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

Harvest Dinner for 20 at Afton Mountain Vineyards

From food to drink to service, Brasserie Saison is one of the most polished restaurants in town. The auction winner and up to nineteen guests will enjoy that polished experience in a whole new way: a harvest dinner at Afton Mountain Vineyards

The winner’s group will be chauffeured in luxury to the vineyard by Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co., where they will enjoy a wine feast in the vineyard’s glass-enclosed pavilion. Brasserie Saison Executive Chef Tres Pittard will create a multi-course dinner themed around the winery’s harvest, with locally sourced, seasonally appropriate ingredients that highlight the bounty of the Blue Ridge. Afton Mountain winemaker Damien Blanchon will guide the group through vertical tastings of his wines, highlighting the variations that each harvest produces.

Note: The winner will schedule the dinner at a mutually convenient time with Brasserie Saison, Afton Mountain Vineyards, and Monticello Wine Tour & Coach, other than a Saturday or holiday weekend. Harvest time, during early September, is highly recommended.

Bidding

Bidding has ended for the Brasserie Saison experience. Winning bid: $5,000