The Charlottesville 29

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Five Dining Experiences of a Lifetime


The 2019 Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions will culminate August 20 at Prime 109’s “One Night Only” celebration of restaurants’ generosity, where bidding will end for five remaining dining experiences of a lifetime. Online bidding continues now, and every dollar of each winning bid goes directly to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Life is about experiences, not things. So, help feed our area’s hungry and enjoy one of these unforgettable experiences. From Parallel 38, you can win a package that includes more than $5,000 in rare wine, a wine dinner for eight, a wine class and brunch for eight, and free corkage for life. From Fleurie, you can win a luxurious wine dinner of a lifetime with twenty guests at Lovingston Winery, where Fleurie owner Brian Helleberg will serve some of his most exclusive wines. With Ivy Inn, you can be sous chef to Michelin Star winner Jeremiah Langhorne in the Ivy Inn kitchen, and help prepare a spectacular tasting menu for ten friends, while a professional photographer captures the memories. Lampo will build you a replica of its pizza oven at your home, throw a pizza party to teach you how to use it, and provide free dough for life. And, with Bodo’s, you can win lunch with University of Virginia Men’s Basketball coach Tony Bennett in his office at John Paul Jones Arena.

Bidding is ongoing. For more information and to place your bids, see the links below.

Parallel 38:  A Wine Lover’s Dream Quartet

Fleurie: Wine Dinner of a Lifetime

Ivy Inn: Be a Michelin Star Sous Chef

Lampo: Lampo for Life at Home

Bodo’s: Lunch of Champions with Tony Bennett


Ivy Inn Auction: Be a Michelin Star Sous Chef

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Here is your chance to experience Ivy Inn like you never have before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry: The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions. Along with all of the other restaurants in The Charlottesville 29, Ivy Inn has created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of Ivy Inn, the entire winning bid goes directly to the food bank. And, thanks to the efficiency of the food bank, each dollar donated creates four meals for the area’s hungry.

The Ivy Inn signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

Be a Michelin Star Sous Chef

While Charlottesville chefs are no strangers to acclaim, our city has produced just one chef with a Michelin star to his name. Former Ivy Inn sous chef Jeremiah Langhorne went on to open the Washington D.C. restaurant The Dabney, which has earned a star from the Michelin Guide ever since the guide started covering D.C.. Langhorne also won the James Beard award for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic.

And now, you can cook with him.

Win the Ivy Inn auction, and you will join Langhorne and chef-owner Angelo Vangelopoulos in the Ivy Inn kitchen to prepare a spectacular tasting menu for ten of your closest friends. You will work side-by-side the two world class chefs in every aspect of an over-the-top seven course meal: from composition to preparation to execution.

Your guests will enjoy your creations in a private dining room, accompanied by specially procured New World and Old World wines with each course. Enhancing the experience will be the company of two of our community’s most enchanting personalities: Luca Paschina and Gabriele Rausse. Paschina is longtime winemaker and GM of Barboursville Vineyards, while Rausse owns Gabriele Rausse Winery and is Monticello’s Director of Gardens and Grounds. The two will share stories of food, wine, and life, while your group enjoys a once-in-a-lifetime feast.

To preserve memories of your experience, nationally renowned food photographer Tom McGovern will take photographs throughout the meal, in both the kitchen and dining room. McGovern has captured Langhorne and Vangelopoulos before at Ivy Inn, and will provide you a digital file of professional photos of your experience.

It’s the Ivy Inn experience of a lifetime: Be a Michelin Star Sous Chef.

Note: The winner will schedule their experience at time that is mutually convenient for all participants. Chef Langhorne does not live in Charlottesville, and so will require advance planning.


Place your bids by email at The auction will end August 20 with live bidding at Prime 109’s Celebration of Charlottesville restaurants. Email bidding closes August 20 at 3 pm.

Current Bid: $2,500

Five Finds on Friday: Deirdre Armstrong

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Deirdre Armstrong of Harvest Thyme Herbs, the  vegetable and herb farm, beloved by area chefs, that she founded with her husband Phil. Deirdre recently lost Phil to an unexpected illness, and he is now remembered as an unsung hero of the food community, whose passion and hard work made thousands of meals more delicious. Deirdre’s picks:

1) Whippoorwill Crowder Peas in Ham Broth at The Shack. “These heirloom crowder peas were a gift to Chef Ian Boden from Dr. David Shields, English professor, author and seed saving pioneer at University of South Carolina. Ian passed them along to us, and once I tasted this dish, I could see why he was so eager for us to grow them. Served with pickled Fresno chiles and schmaltz cornbread, to mop up the insanely good ham broth, these rich, savory peas are a revelation.”

2) Doe Hill Pepper Bisque at the Ivy Inn. “Phil was known for his hot peppers, but Angelo makes this impossibly creamy soup from a golden yellow sweet pepper that is a pre- 1900 family heirloom from the Doe Hill area in Highland County, Virginia. Summer sunshine in a bowl.”

3) Wild Mushroom Risotto at Maya. “Risotto is always a wise choice at Maya, but this umami- rich variation hits just the right note with woodsy Sharondale wild mushrooms and Greg’s special magic.”

4) Shrimp Tacos at Chicano Boy Taco. “Chilled shrimp makes this taco so refreshing to me. Topped with roasted corn, grilled onion, cabbage, cojita cheese and tangy chipotle mayonnaise, all wrapped in a perfect handmade corn tortilla, it is a healthy summer standout on a menu that’s chock full of tempting choices.”

5) Fig Chocolates from Santiago Chocolates. “Jim Dutton is a self- taught chocolatier, and his mastery of the art is evident in his unique flavors, gorgeous stenciling, and insistence on only the finest ingredients. Opening a box of his chocolates takes my breath away each time. If forced to choose a favorite flavor, I would have to pick the decadent fig filling, with port wine and anise. Best savored with a glass of port, of course!”