The Charlottesville 29

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Five Finds on Friday: Portia Boggs


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Portia Boggs of The Local Food Hub, which, in parternship with Junction and Monticello Wine Trail, is hosting an upcoming benefit called What Grows Together Goes Together. November 7 at Junction, the wines of five local wineries will be paired with appetizers by chef Melissa Close-Hart. to illustrate the natural pair-ability of food and wine from the same region. Tickets are $50 each and include a wine glass to take home. All proceeds benefit Local Food Hub. Tickets and details here. Boggs’ picks:

1) Thai Tofu Wrap at Revolutionary Soup. “Rev Soup has been a favorite spot since I first moved to Charlottesville in 2012, and this sandwich is my go-to. On chilly days, I like to pair it with the Spicy Senegalese Peanut Tofu soup for a meal that is equal parts hearty, spicy, and warming. It’s no coincidence that both dishes use locally-made Twin Oaks Tofu, the best tofu I’ve had in my 12+ years of vegetarianism.”

2) Mushroom, Leek, and Gruyere Pot Pie followed by Dark Chocolate Cream Pie at  The Pie Chest. “I could have gone with anything the Pie Chest offers – they make a range of sweet and savory pies, rotating with what is in season. I’ve never had a bad experience, and am typically first in line to try the new releases. Mushroom, Leek, and Gruyere and Dark Chocolate are available year-round, and are consistently phenomenal. They share a space with Lone Light Coffee, whose latte goes perfectly with a warm piece of fruit pie.”

3) Mexican-Style Street Corn at Junction. “The only thing better than freshly-picked, grilled and generously buttered corn is Mexican street-style corn, and Junction does it perfectly, with a spot-on balance of flavor. Their housemade queso and guacamole are another must whenever I go.”

4) Migas Tacos at Brazos Tacos. “These crunchy, cheesy, egg-y tacos are worth the early-ish wakeup time and wait in line they often require. The Migas is my favorite, but all their tacos are incredible. As an added bonus, you can get them with Ula Tortilla’s, a local tortilla company that knows their stuff!”

5) Lacinato Kale Salad at MarieBette. “This salad, paired with a cafe au lait, followed by one of their amazing pastries (pretzel croissant, anyone?) is a dream lunch. Their second location, Petite MarieBette, is right by the Local Food Hub offices, making it an ideal easy, fast, and delicious last-minute lunch.”


Five Finds on Friday: Becca Lesnoff


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.”


Five Finds on Friday: Ben Moore-Coll


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Ben Moore-Coll of JM Stock Provisions, whose new Meat Club makes the perfect Father’s Day gift this weekend (with the possible exception of this). Dads in Meat Club receive weekly packages of meats selected by JM Stock butchers, like steaks, chops, house-made sausages, and more. Meat Club members also enjoy discounts, free gifts, and other secret deals. Check out the options and register Dad here. Moore-Coll’s picks:

1) The Humble Pie at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie. “The only pizza I ever crave, the Humble Pie is the best everything pie there is: bell peppers, caramelized onions, mushrooms, pepperoni and Italian sausage are layered with cheddar and mozzarella and a perfect ratio of sauce and crust. Order to go and enjoy a pint while you wait — well worth the excellent North Garden vibes.”

2) Charred Carrots at Oakhart Social. “The carrots, slightly burnt and richly sweet, are decked with cool and creamy buttermilk dressing, fresh and crunchy pea tendrils, and spicy candied pecans. This provides a balance of textures and flavors for a dish perfect year round.”

3) DIPAs at Champion Brewing Company. “On a tap list filled with winners, the DIPAs at Champion routinely stand out. Bright, juicy, and often explosive hoppiness is complimented by malt backbone that never finishes too sweet or boozy. From Fruitless to the Golden One, you can’t go wrong.”

4) Fried Chicken with all the sides from Wayside. “It all starts with a couple bone-in thighs, juicy with a crunchy breaded exterior, but the meal isn’t complete without potato wedges: crispy and creamy all at once, delicious with chipotle ranch. The proper meal is then bolstered with ‘slaw, baked beans, mac ‘n cheese, and collards (my mom’s favorite). This meal is family, childhood, and comfort.”

5) Migas Plato with Chorizo at Brazos Tacos. “There is not a more accessible, hearty, filling, but not heavy nor food-coma-inducing breakfast in town. The three DIY tacos come with mashed potatoes, re-fried beans, chorizo and the delectable migas (scrambled eggs loaded with onions and peppers). Combined with tacos, there is no better breakfast to start a groggy weekend morning or fuel for a long day in the shop.”