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Food Truck Takeover

Cider Week

If you don’t have plans this Sunday evening, you might want to snag tickets to the first ever Food Truck Takeover.  How often do a bunch of award-winning chefs get together to cook whatever they feel like in a food truck?  Two of the chefs, Curtis Shaver and Tucker Yoder, were named C-VILLE Rising Stars for their potential to be join Charlottesville’s next generation of Mt. Rushmore Chefs. The other two, Caleb Shriver and Phillip Perrow, were nominees for Food & Wine Magazine’s People’s Best New Chef in the Mid-Atlantic. They will all be taking over food trucks South Fork, Spiked, and Blue Ridge Pizza Co..  And, as part of Cider Week, great cider will be on hand to wash it all down, including Blue Bee, Albemarle Ciderworks, Potter’s Craft, and Foggy Ridge.

Among the many great dishes, Yoder plans Fried Braised Fall Squash, with turnip and apple chow-chow, smoked cornbread, and buttermilk dressing.  And, for dessert, an Apple Hoe Cake with cider bourbon syrup.

Top it all off with bluegrass by Ben Hernandez, and you’ve got a pretty solid fall Sunday evening.  $65 gets you all the food and drink you want, and, best of all, proceeds benefit the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville.  Sunday from 5-8pm at Adventure Farm.  Buy tickets here.

Five Finds on Friday: Chris Bullard


On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Chris Bullard of the food truck Blue Ridge Pizza Co., part of an outstanding food and drink line-up at a the upcoming Cider Week Food Truck Takeover, on November 15, where top area chefs will take over food trucks for the evening. There is too much great food and drink to list it all, but details are below. Plus, it’s a Hill & Holler event, so it’s bound to be good.  Blue Ridge Pizza Co. will also be at the Old Trail Fall Festival this Sunday from 3 pm – 7 pm.  Bullard’s picks:

1) Full Nelson Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery.  “This is the only tap at my house that doesn’t rotate. The perfect flagship beer to represent central Virginia craft beer.”

2) Goodwin Creek Pretzel with Jomo Beer Mustard at Fardowners.  “Anything from Goodwin  Creek is awesome but paired with Mark’s Jomo mustard this pretzel is the perfect snack or a pre-dinner bite.”

3) Royale Burger at Restoration.  “This burger is the best bite every time! The flavors are so perfect for each other it’s hard to pick out the individual components.”

4) Hop Cider from Potter’s Craft Cider.  “Perfectly refreshing and goes with everything!”

5) Pulled Pork Nachos at Southern Way Cafe.  “All of the BBQ at Southern Way is unreal, but when you take amazing BBQ and put it over fried-to-order tortilla chips with some pico, well that’s just an experience.”

Cider Week

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.