This Saturday, September 24, is the final dinner service of Brookville, the hyper-local restaurant on the downtown mall run by Harrison and Jennifer Keevil. After that, beginning October 4, Brookville will be open Tuesday through Friday for breakfast and lunch, and Saturday and Sunday for their popular brunch. The Brookville breakfast and lunch menu will combine items from the Keevils’ recently launched Keevil & Keevil Grocery & Kitchen, plus Brookville-only items including old favorites like The Clyde’s Big Easy – a Virginia Muffaletta.
Through running their grocery and kitchen, the Keevils say that they have rediscovered their love of sandwiches. “I want to bring that same love to the mall,” said Harrison, who calls sandwiches his “dessert island food.” As anyone who has had one of his sandwiches knows, this is a very good development for workers and residents near the downtown mall.
For those still wishing to eat dinner at Brookville, it will be available evenings as an “event space for hire.”
While all of the experiences in The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions are amazing, among the most poignant and personal is Brookville’s. For the first time ever, Brookville chef Harrison Keevil will recreate the meal that inspired him to become a chef, a tasting menu that blew is mind in 2005 at Petrus, the Michelin-starred restaurant then in London’s Berkeley Hotel, under chef Marcus Wareing. Here it is. And, wow.
The Brookville auction ends Sunday, July 3, so get bidding:
1) Apricot Jam from Jam According to Daniel with Ricotta from Twenty Paces on 5-Grain Batard from MarieBette Cafe & Bakery. “I could honestly write an entire paragraph on each of these items alone, they inspire that much fervor. However, since I am limited to five picks, I figured I’d cheat a little instead. Each ingredient is perfect in its own right, yet when you combine the three, you somehow create something so . . . simply good. I find myself craving this toast almost everyday and if I had to pick one breakfast, this would be it.”
2) Tom Kha Noodle Bowl at Pad Thai. “If I’m having a bad day, the weather has been bad, or I just want something that will warm me from the inside out, I go to Pad Thai for this dish. It’s so easy to be tempted by everything else on the menu (hello pork belly drunken noodles, cabbage, lamb curry!), and many times I am. But, when I stick to my initial goal and order myself a huge bowl of this spicy, sweet and sour soup I am left satisfied, wanting no more.
3) Mr. Rech at The Alley Light. “This is my favorite dessert in Charlottesville, hands down. Hazelnut meringues sandwich a praline parfait, which is then all bathed in a dark chocolate ganache. Each bite is a delightful play of textures and sensations, and you can’t get much better than classic chocolate and hazelnuts together. It’s pretty rich so do yourself a favor and share it. Or don’t.
4) BFP at Brookville. “This Big F****** Pancake is where it’s at. Fried up in a cast iron skillet, it’s over an inch thick and doused in maple syrup and butter. You can get it with slabs of bacon cooked right in or in the summer, and my favorite, fresh local blueberries! In college, it was mine and my best friends’ “thing” (usually after a rough night), and we have made it a tradition to go there every time they’re all back in town.”
5) Anything I Cook On my Blanc Creatives Carbon Steel Pan. “I cook at home more than I eat out and man oh man! Cooking on this baby: perfect, even sear every time. Once, I cooked eggs on it and I swear they could’ve slipped right off, it was pre-seasoned so well. The only thing better than the pans themselves are the guys who make them. They are extremely passionate about their craft (“We’re like, skilled artisans!”), and it really comes through in all that they make. Good work boys (and Catalina)!”