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Two for Tuesday: Hill & Holler and KimKim Sauce

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1)  Dinner with Hill & Holler.  Hill & Holler founder Tracey Love describes it best:  “a roving farm dinner event company bringing farmers, chefs, winemakers, and the community together with the goal of enjoying a farm crafted dinner while raising funds for local food and agricultural organizations.”  The dinners she puts together several times a year have quickly become legendary in the Charlottesville food community.  We had the pleasure of enjoying the most recent one – a four course family-style dinner (menu pictured) at the newly opened Old Metropolitain Hall, prepared by one of the most accomplished chefs in Charlottesville, Dean Maupin of C&O.  A benefit for Beyond the Flavor, the meal featured products from a bevy of outstanding local purveyors, including Potter’s Craft Cider, Pollak Vineyards, Sausage Craft, Border Springs FarmFree Union Grass Farm, Silky Cow, Rare Lynx, Albemarle Baking Co., and Shenandoah Joe.  One in our group remarked that it was some of the best food they could ever remember eating.  Hill & Holler is a Charlottesville treasure.  For updates on upcoming dinners, follow along on their Facebook page.

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2)  KimKim Sauce and Coco Pop.  Watch out, this Virginia-made sauce is addictive, based on the habit-forming Korean paste gochujang, made of fermented chilis, rice, and soy beans.  After first discovering it at Feast!, we have been wolfing it down with almost anything – bulgogi, pork, chicken, rice, eggs, etc.  It complements all of these things beautifully.  But, the sauce is so good that it can even play a starring roll.  To wit, it is great on Coco Pop, the airy cakes made from popped wheat flour, rice flour, and corn flour.  The neutral, nutty flavor of the cakes allows the delicious KimKim Sauce to shine.  KimKim Sauce is available at Feast! and Whole Foods;  Coco Pop is available at Whole Foods.  This would be a very healthy snack if it were possible to stop eating.

Five Finds on Friday: Dan Potter

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On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Dan Potter, co-owner of Potter’s Craft Cider, which recently released their second varietal, the Oak Barrel Reserve.  Aged in apple brandy barrels for 4-6 months, the Reserve develops vanilla, caramel and toasted oak flavors.  Less than 200 cases were bottled, so get it while it lasts.  Potter’s five picks:

1)  Southside of Heaven at The Flat. “An eye-opening experience to what a crepe can be.  Perfect after a long night out, big enough to feed two, but usually gone before anyone else gets a taste.”

2)  Freedom Ranger Chicken from Free Union Grass Farm.  “These birds are very active and run around more than a standard Cornish Cross.  Any way you choose to cook it, they have the tastiest thighs you will ever try.”

3)  Hemingway’s Paris by Forage.  “I’m very excited for the next dinner from Megan Kiernan and Justin Stone, the curators of Forage.  These two put together more than just an incredible meal – they create ‘holistic occasions meant to be enjoyed by all the senses.’  Every part of the experience is worth savoring.”

4)  The Horny Goatburger at Black Market Moto Saloon.  “Organic spiced goat with avocado, bacon, Gouda and cilantro lime sauce – what else is there to say?”

5)  Fried Chicken with Collards at The Whiskey Jar.  “Simple, but delicious.  This is a staple meal done well.  It’s always nice to enjoy at the end of a long week alongside a cold drink.”

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