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Five Finds on Friday: Zack Worrell

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Zack Worrell of Monolith Knives, Charlottesville’s own award-winning artisan of custom cutlery, beloved by chefs around the country. Monolith is teaming up with Nobel Peace Prize nominee José Andrés to help hurricane victims in the Bahamas. While Andres’ World Central Kitchen has already served more than one million meals in the hurricane aftermath, thousands remain in need. You can help the cause by entering Monolith’s raffle for an extraordinary one-of-a-kind José Andrés Signature Chef Knife, with a handle representing the Bahamian flag, and a blade etched with José Andrés’ signature, the WCK logo, and the Bahamian national slogan: “Forward Upward Onward Together.” Win the raffle and own the only knife of its kind, all while helping an urgent cause. Enter here

Worrell’s picks:

1) Rice Pudding from Foods of All Nations. “A local favorite, using a recipe that’s hasn’t changed in over 45 years. Foods has been offering their signature rice pudding on their deli shelves since I was four years old. It has the right amounts of everything: butter, sugar, rice, raisins, nutmeg and sweet southern style indicative of older Charlottesville. Pretty much the whole damn deli counter is a museum of tried and true recipes that make Foods of All Nations such a great place to shop.”

2) Steak Chinois at C&O. “This steak is C&O’s signature dish and most likely the longest lasting item to ever grace their menu. The steak is rare and delicious, served with Swiss gruyere and delicious potatoes and scallions with a tamari ginger sauce. This entrée is even better with their Boston Bib salad and bread. The C&O has a fantastic environment and wide selection of fabulous wines making it probably one of my top three places to eat out in Charlottesville.”

3) Bacon Wrapped Dates at Quality Pie. “Chef Tomas Rahal is a local favorite of Spanish infused culinary mastery. His bacon wrapped dates are to die for. They are so delicious and utterly addictive. Tomas has so many other delicious goodies at Quality Pie that there is more than enough to choose from to suit any taste. A wonderful staff and awesome family atmosphere make Quality Pie a big favorite of mine.”

4) The Hellboy at Lampo. “Sitting in the coolest little building in Belmont, Lampo is a must for pizza aficionados and lovers of Mediterranean and Italian inspired dishes with flare. The crew at Lampo have one special bad ass pizza there called The Hellboy. A traditional Neapolitan dough recipe with spicy honey drippings over pepperonis, red sauce and mozzarella create the most awesome fusion of hot and oh so tasty. Make sure to get the shaved Brussels sprout salad and you will be vanquished. A great selection of wines and knowledgeable staff will make your meal a real experience. Do make sure to give an extra 45 minutes of wait time, but it’s worth every minute.”

5) Bacon, Egg, and Cheddar on an Everything at Bodo’s. “Bodo’s is a staple of Charlottesville. Established over 30 years ago, Bodo’s has grown to three locations serving up amazing bagel sandwich creations of any kind. I have been asked to ship Bodo’s bagels to people who have left Charlottesville because the addiction was that good. My favorite, the morning ritual I call it: bacon, egg, and cheddar, on an everything. Even people who don’t like bagels like Bodo’s I sometimes have been known to eat Bodo’s 3-4 days a week. It’s an institution of Charlottesville.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Becca Lesnoff

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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.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Scott Meynig

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The Charlottesville food community suffered a great loss this week. From Food and Beverage Director at Keswick Hall to Operations Manager for Pippin Hill and Red Pump Kitchen, Scott Meynig wore many hats over the years, but none he enjoyed more than father and husband in his family’s baking business. In celebration of Meynig’s life, Family Ties & Pies will be open for business at tomorrow’s City Market, as it is every Saturday.

Meynig’s passing leaves a pie-slice sized hole in the heart of the Charlottesville food community. In tribute to Meynig, today’s Five Finds on Friday are some of his favorites, as remembered by friends and family.

1) Breakfast Brioche from Family Ties & Pies. “My fondest memories of Scott and food always lead me back to Family Ties & Pies breakfast brioche. It always made me smile to see him snacking on one as Donna and I would join him and reminisce about the four years that we worked together in Fossett’s and Keswick Hall. He was one of the finest hospitality leaders that I have ever worked with, but more than that, he was a true friend.” – Craig Hartman 

2) Fall Wood-fired Pizzas at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. “Every year Scott was enthusiastic when we started our Fall wood-fired pizza offerings at Pippin Hill. He checked first thing on the shift for each week’s offering and raved about them all, from the simple Three Cheeses to Hen of the Woods Mushroom and Basil. For Scott, it marked a seasonal equinox moment.” – Dean Porter Andrews and Lynn Easton

3) Chipotle Chocolate Gelato at Splendora’s Gelato. “Anytime Scott walked through the door at Splendy’s, I knew he was going to go straight for the bottom right corner of the first case, where Chipotle Chocolate would be if we were offering it. He would always cluck his disappointment if we were out, but get a small or a medium of other flavors anyway. There was one day where I had a front of house shift but the Chipotle Chocolate was going to be made as soon as I was through. Of course, he came in an hour too early. So, I brought him a cup to Red Pump as soon as it came out of the machine. What a great laugh that was. I’m going to make some Chipotle Chocolate today.” – PK Ross

4) Guests and Staff at Keswick Hall. “Scott really seemed to have no favorite dishes, just favorite guests and staff. He rarely sat down for a meal but would gather with the cluster of Keswick employees over lunch or dinner, dishing out amazingly creative one-liners with a marksman’s precision. He spent a lot of time meeting with the staff, individually or in groups, constantly endeavoring either to enhance the scope of their professional abilities or to give intelligent counsel on their domestic squabbles. When Scott was running the banquet department I loved to throw him ‘ringers’ that would challenge him. Scott: ‘Did you really promise the bride that the groom could ride in on a white horse dressed in armor’? I would just reply that I was trying to up-sell the event. Scott: ‘The horse and armor are fine but where are we going to get a lance?’
Scott really enjoyed our weekly wine-trainings and it was the only time he really sat and relaxed. One week we were doing New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and, as usual, I was coaxing the staff to come up with appropriate descriptors. Scott blurted out that he though they tasted like cat pee. That was a common remark, I stated. Scott replied that they all tasted like a cat’s pee and wondered if the cats were all from the same family? There was never a dull moment with Scott and sometimes those moments were long and arduous as he worked late into the night making sure that a particular rehearsal dinner ended correctly. And then, next morning, at the City Market he was there early, sometimes napping on the back of the car, but always ready to jump up to greet a friend or help his family sell their pies and ties.” – Richard Hewitt

5) Coconut Custard Pie from Family Ties & Pies. “Scott was an extraordinary team player, peacemaker and darn good all around nice guy in his life and in the culinary world. Loved by so many, he always was ready, willing and able to help in the kitchen of our business, Family Ties & Pies. I am at a loss of words but he was my best friend, the father of our amazing children, a lover of fine dining, mentor to countless young restaurant workers, and the ultimate peace and pie maker. We love and miss you.” – Lynette, Chelsea and Max Meynig

Pippin Hill welcomes the food community, friends, and family to a memorial service in celebration of Scott Meynig’s life, Tuesday October 8 at 5:30 pm. RSVP requested.