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Five Finds on Friday: Alex Toomy

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Alex Toomy of Ragged Branch Distillery. On December 17, beef and whiskey from Ragged Branch will be featured in a special dinner at Back 40 restaurant with chef Tucker Yoder. Seats are extremely limited. Get yours here.  Toomy’s picks:

1) Timbercreek Burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, and extra mayo at Citizen Burger Bar. “No better place to watch my favorite sports event with friends than at this downtown mall burger joint.”

2) Prime Rib – rare – at Aberdeen Barn. “The side dishes are legendary, just like the wait staff.  Might not need to eat for a couple of days.”

3) Fried Oysters at Duner’s. “Crazy for the oysters, veal scallopini and homemade bread at this Ivy go-to. Sometimes after a long week,  we need a place ‘where everyone knows your name’ and the staff remembers our favorites. And if we have to wait for a table at the bar, it is always worth our while.”

4) Ragged Branch Ribeye at Back 40. “Super cool new place at Timbercreek Market ~ nothing quite like feasting on the fruits of our labor and then shopping for the week. That’s a good thing.”

5) The Bar at Hamiltons’. “Ragged Branch Bourbon at the bar. This is how we like to start a weekend.”

Ragged Branch Dinner, December 17, 2017, 6 pm

Sorghum and Rye Glazed Smoked Steelhead, Sprouted Lentils, Brussel Sprouts

Seared Pork Belly, Stone Ground Grits, Cider Bourbon Veil, Caramelized Cabbage

Braised Short Rib, Red Wine Anise Jus, Charred Carrots and Onions

Dry Aged Ribeye, Farro, Cauliflower, Maitake Mushroom

Whisky Chocolate Crémeux, Rye Cherry Jam, Shortbread

Five Finds on Friday: Zach Miller

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Zach Miller, co-owner of Timbercreek Market, set to re-open next month with the addition of a new onsite restaurant, Back Forty. While the market will still offer meat and produce from Timbercreek Farm and other local sources, Back Forty will be a full-service restaurant under the direction of chef Tucker Yoder. “Back 40 is his restaurant,” says Miller. “We simply are along for the ride.” For that ride, Chef Yoder says to expect “a more refined version of the things we are doing now.” There is even a bar with house cocktails, and Yoder has already begun jarring cherries in rye and sorghum for that very purpose. Miller’s picks:

1) Falconer Hoppy Wheat Ale from Champion Brewing Company. “You can always find a Champion at our house, but this beer is at the top of my list. Hunter’s beers are all great which is why we are collaborating on a special release with Champion for our new restaurant. We will grow the crops and Hunter will create a magic beer.”

2) The Steakhouse Burger at Citizen Burger Bar, served rare. “Shameless self promotion? Yes. But what is there not to like? So many great flavors in between the greatest bread in town – an Albemarle Baking Company brioche.”

3) F8 by Jake Busching Wines. “Jake’s wines are great! The F8 is not only great but the grapes are grown by my friend Carl Tinder, so knowing the farmer makes it a win and it’s really good to top it off!”

4) 434 Summer Pale Ale from Three Notch’d Brewery. “Another find in our kitchen. It is a delicious light drinking summer beer that our beer buyer, Maggie Slinkman, has made a staple at the market for the summer.”

5) Spicy Peanut Tofu at Revolutionary Soup. “This is my go-to spot for lunch when I am downtown. If I eat lunch it needs to be light and quick and Rev Soup delivers every time.”

 

Burgers with Bronco at Citizen Burger Bar

Kindness is contagious.

Exhibit A: The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions. What began last year as auctions of once-in-life-time experiences at restaurants of The Charlottesville 29 for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank ended up spawning so many acts of generosity that the auctions became known as the “gift that keeps on giving.”

Nearly a year after bidding closed, that continues. After much schedule juggling, one of the most sought-after auction experiences was held last night – Burgers with Bronco, a private dinner for the auction winner at Citizen Burger Bar with University of Virginia Football Coach Bronco Mendenhall and his entire coaching staff. In classic Hoo form, the auction was won by UVa’s second all-time leading tackler, Charles McDaniel, now President and CEO of Hilldrup Moving and Storage, with a bid of $3,500. Then, the runner-up turned around and gave $500 more to the food bank, just for the sake of kindness.

As if that was not enough, more benevolence came on the eve of the event. The auction prize was to include a professional photo shoot, but unfortunately a prior commitment – a fireman’s shift – prevented the original photographer from attending. Never mind – another generous Charlottesvillian to the rescue. Acclaimed photographer Tom McGovern happily volunteered to step in.

Thank you, Tom, for capturing these great images of the special event. And thank you to The McDaniel Family, Coach Mendenhall and his staff, and Citizen Burger Bar for their generosity. This one meal created more than 16,000 meals for the area’s hungry.

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Charlie McDaniel and UVa Football Coach Bronco Mendenhall

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