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Brookville Auction


Here is your chance to experience Brookville like you never have experienced it before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry. It’s The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions, presented by McGuireWoods. Along with all of the other restaurants in The Charlottesville 29, Brookville has created a signature experience available to whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Brookville is generously donating the entire experience, which means the winning bid goes directly to the food bank. Each dollar donated is enough to provide four meals to the area’s hungry. So, a winning bid of, say, $1,500 would mean not just a wonderful meal for the winner and their guests, but also 6,000 more meals for the area’s hungry.

The Brookville signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

The Dinner That Inspired Harrison to Be a Chef

Brookville chef and co-owner Harrison Keevil still remembers the moment he first knew he wanted to be a chef. It was September 8, 2005, during his parents’ anniversary dinner at Petrus, the Michelin-starred restaurant that was then in London’s Berkeley Hotel, under chef Marcus Wareing. “It blew my mind,” says Keevil. He still has a copy of the tasting menu they enjoyed that night, and will recreate all eight courses of it for the auction winner and seven guests. Using primarily Virginia meats and produce, Keevil will also bring in some of the best luxury ingredients from outside Virginia. In addition, says Keevil, “each course will be paired with the best Virginia wine that is available.” Enjoy the dinner that was so spectacular it inspired Harrison Keevil to become a chef.

Note: The winner will schedule the event with Brookville on a mutually convenient Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.


Public bidding for the Brookville auction ended on July 3, 2016.

Winning Bid: $1,300

Introducing Keevil & Keevil Grocery and Kitchen

Brookville sammy

One of the more clever restaurant concepts I’ve seen is coming to Charlottesville.  Years ago, when I lived in Boston, I marveled at the genius of a place called Parish Cafe, whose entire sandwich menu consisted of collaborations with top area chefs, such as the Blue Ginger, by Blue Ginger chef-owner Ming Tsai — tuna steak grilled rare with a teriyaki glaze on onion focaccia with Boston bibb lettuce, tomato, avocado, wasabi aioli, and chopped scallions. The advantages were many: delicious and interesting sandwiches for customers, free exposure for area restaurants, and a showing of community among Boston restaurants.  With a great restaurant community in Charlottesville, I had always thought the concept could work well here.

Now we will find out.  The couple behind Brookville restaurant, Harrison and Jennifer Keevil, are adding a new business to their fold: Keevil & Keevil Grocery and Kitchen, in the former location of Gibson’s Grocery on Hinton Ave.  As Belmont residents themselves and longtime regulars of Gibson’s, the Keevils plan to sustain its community spirit. “The customer’s of Gibson’s Grocery have come to love the quality of service from the Gibson Family for the last thirty plus years,” says Harrison, “and Jennifer and I look to continue to uphold those standards for years to come.”

So, the Keevils will continue to offer grocery and convenience items, as at Gibson’s. But, they plan major upgrades in prepared food.  Harrison shares my love of sandwiches, and will create a menu of made-to-order sandwiches, plus take-away salads and sandwiches. The Keevils will also introduce a breakfast menu of made-to-order sandwiches, grit bowls, smoothies, and more. A sample preview menu, below, includes options like a bacon marmalade grilled cheese and a “Reuben” made from grilled oyster mushrooms.

Perhaps best of all, though, is a monthly rotation of “Guest Chef Sandwiches.” Like at Parish Cafe in Boston, Harrison will collaborate with top local and national chefs to create two new sandwiches each month. With so many great chefs in the area, these should be a treat.

The Keevils expect to open in late July or early August.  Stay tuned.

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Keevil Menu


Five Finds on Friday: Arley Arrington


Photo by Amy Jackson.

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Arley Arrington of Arley Cakes, who also makes desserts for Brookville.  This Monday is Pi Day – 3/14 – and Brookville is celebrating with a pop-up pie shop, from 12 – 6 pm, offering Arrington’s creations.  Details here.  Arrington’s picks:

1) Meta Burger at Mel’s Cafe.  “I love Mel’s with all my heart – partially, because I think it is important to support minority-owned businesses, and because they always ask about my recent vacation, and notice my haircut, and are excited to meet my friends. But also because of the Meta Burger. Grilled onion, Swiss cheese, and a perfectly greasy burger on rye bread for $3. That can’t be beat.”

2) Tuna Tostada at Continental Divide.  “While I am a daily purveyor of incredible amounts of sugar, I don’t actually have much of a sweet tooth myself. I love food that has a good balance of savory and sweet. Fresh tuna with goat cheese and mango chutney makes my heart sing.”

3)  Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Sandwich at Market Street Market.  “Everyone always talks about their $5 special, which seems cool, but I have never ever regretted opting out of that for this sandwich. Again, it’s got the sweet and savory combo that I love, topped with honey, pear, and basil.”

4) Chicken Kao Soi at Monsoon Siam.  “Years ago, a friend clued me in to this fairly regional, hard to find, dish.  It’s been at least 3 years, and I haven’t looked back since. It has so many of my favorite things–curry, coconut milk, and pickle.”

5) Chicken & Waffles at Brookville.  “This was the first chicken & waffles I ever had. It ruined me. Set the bar way too high. Led to a lot of disappointment. Fortunately, I have pretty good access to Brookville’s version.”

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