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Scallop Crudo at C&O

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Series: Great Dishes of 2016

A highlight of 2016 was The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions, where the restaurants of The Charlottesville 29 each offered a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience to whoever pledged the highest donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the restaurants’ generosity and the support of McGuireWoods LLP, every penny of the winning bids went directly to the food bank. The money raised by the auctions was enough to provide more than 315,000 meals to the area’s hungry.

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to attend one of the auction dinners: C&O’s. Billed as The Dinner Dean Has Always Wanted to Cook, it was a dazzling array of luxurious ingredients, beautifully prepared, and paired with extravagant wines. While every dish was memorable, the one that stood out most was perhaps the simplest. Nantucket Bay Scallop Crudo showcased raw, impeccably fresh scallops with a drizzle of Galardo Olive Oil and a scattering of diced jalapeno and microgreens. It was not just a standout that night, but one of the most memorable dishes of the year. Thank you, Dean Maupin, for an unforgettable night and for your extraordinary generosity.

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Five Finds on Friday: Dean Maupin

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On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Dean Maupin, chef-owner of C&O restaurant. Maupin’s picks:

1)  French Macarons from Albemarle Baking Company.  “They are just so well done, as is everything they bake there! They put such a huge smile on my kid’s faces when I bring some home.”

2)  Dinner at TEN.  “I wish I could eat there every day, easily some of the most well executed and tasty food around.  Remember Pei’s pop up Handsome Boy Noodles, off the charts.”

3)  Charcuterie from The Rock Barn.  “We offer a plate of it here at the C&O – braunschweiger, Daisy Della, coppa, it’s all right on the money. Their andouille, kielbasa and bacon are great as well.”

4)  Manti at Sultan Kebab. “Offered as a special from time to time, you may want to call ahead for this one, very special and full of Turkish soul, proprietors Deniz and Serhat have it on point!”

5)  Caterpillar Roll at Kabuto.  “I inhale this dish whenever I go there, very clean flavors and great service!”