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Five Finds on Friday: Erica Hellen & Joel Slezak

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Photo by Brianna LaRocco.

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Erica Hellen and Joel Slezak, of Free Union Grass Farm. Tomorrow marks the opening of the 2017 Charlottesville City Market, where Free Union Grass Farm is a longtime fixture and one of our favorite sources of meat, poultry, eggs, chicken liver pate, and duck fat caramels. This fall, the farm is hosting a special Outstanding in the Field feast with James Beard semifinalist chef Tarver King of The Restaurant at Patowmack FarmDetails and tickets here. Hellen’s and Slezak’s picks:

1) Potter’s Craft Cider. “Any of them, all of them. In a region dominated by wine and beer, their perfectly dry libations pair with everything and work year-round. The Farmhouse Dry is such a crowd-pleaser that we went through five pony kegs at our wedding!”

2) Ham Biscuit at JM Stock Provisions. “Seriously, it’s perfect. It’s moist and flaky and lofty, and sticks to your ribs without sticking to the roof of your mouth. Add a little peppery honey and a pile of their Tasso ham and baby, buckle up. We like to buy them in twos – one for now, and one for pretty much right after that.”

3) Chicken Salad at Feast!. “You know it, we know it: Feast is the OG. They’ve been sourcing locally since before it was even a thing, and they’ve been using our chickens for their chicken salad for years now. It’s our go-to lunch on delivery day and is perfect hot or cold.”

4) Baguette at MarieBette. “It’s hard to nail something so seemingly simple, but Marie Bette has done it. Who knew bread could be so elegant? #westilllovegluten”

5) Al Fresco Lunch at Greenwood Gourmet Grocery. “It’s the perfect pit stop on the way to Seven Oaks Farm, our satellite duck operation. We grab one of the aforementioned baguettes, a stick of salami, and a soft-ripened cheese. We spread it all out at a table under the trees, eat every last crumb, and wash it down with a ginger beer so potent you can feel it up in your nose.”

Five Finds on Friday: Daniel Perry

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On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Daniel Perry, creator of the outstanding and rave-winning JAM According to Daniel. Perry’s coveted jams are available at stores around town and also directly from him Saturdays at City Market. “Every Saturday until Christmas, rain or shine,” said Perry, “100 unique local producers are waiting to enlighten you about why their product is different and why you need it in your life . . . Vote with your wallet!”  Perry is particularly excited that his apricot crop this year is sufficient to make his popular apricot jam, which happens only every 3-5 years.  Perry’s picks:

1) Roasted Pork Sandwich with pickled fennel and chipotle mayo at Greenwood Gourmet Grocery.  “The perfect combo of crunchy, fatty, and tangy – refreshing after a morning of berry picking.”

2)  Roasted Chicken and Yucca Frita at Al Carbon.  “This chicken smells so good that utensils are too slow.  Eating with both hands is recommended. It’s ‘fall off the bone’ tender, in a literal sense. And seeing the green charcoal rotisserie really seals the deal.”

3)  Fried Plantains at Pearl Island Foods at the City Market.  “Crunchy, slightly sweet, with a spicy slaw and garlic aioli. Just right for a mid-morning snack when tomato selection leads to decision fatigue.”

4)  Pulled Pork Soul Bowl with Fries and Bold & Spicy Sauce at Ace Biscuit & Barbecue.  “Ditch the bun, it’s just in the way. Get in touch with your inner carnivore.”

5)  Ricotta from Twenty Paces.  “Creamy, fluffy, and so refreshing. It’s great on bread, and amazing on a spoon. Try it with olive oil, maple syrup, and coarse sea salt, all at the same time. Like ice cream meeting yogurt and butter, spreadable mellow creaminess. So fluffy!”

 

Five Finds on Friday: Michael Lewis

Lewis, left, with Rufus.

Lewis, left, with Rufus.

On Fridays, we feature five foods finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Michael Lewis, chef-owner of Mono Loco.  On Sunday, February 22, Mono Loco is doing yet another of its hugely popular pop-up brunches, from 12-4.  There’s great stuff on those pop-up brunch menus, so mark your calendars. Lewis’ picks:

1)  Double Espresso at Greenwood Gourmet Grocery. “This is how I start most mornings: a double espresso with David and Nina the owners, and joining in on the colorful conversations.  It’s a gourmand’s Mom & Pop!  In the afternoons, try an amazing chicken sope with fresh pineapple pico, hope Claude Thibaut is doing a wine tasting, and say hello to Rufus the dog.”

2)  Smoked Jalapeno Meatloaf Sandwich from South Fork food truck. “Phil used to work with us at Mono, so its awesome to watch his continued success. I never imagined I could derive so much joy from a meatloaf sandwich, but his is savory and rich with a hint of spice, and he won’t judge you if you order two!”

3)  Carne Asada at MAS Tapas.  “My happy place.  Tomas and crew are my go to spot for the Charlottesville uninitiated.  It’s crowded, brash, loud and unapologetic, and I love that.  Plus, the carne asada is always spot on.”

4)  Crabcake at Three Notch’d Grill.  “Out in Crozet, Haden and Cathy just run a solid, chill place.  Sit at the bar, have a Titos’s martini and my favorite crabcake in town.  They’re filled with crab, not filler, and the jicama slaw and lemon beurre-blanc just balance the dish beautifully.”

5)  Spicy Tuna Tartar at Zocalo.  “Some people complain that it’s the same menu, so what!!  It’s consistently good food, year in and year out, which is incredibly difficult to do.  And, the tuna tartar is the best app in town.”