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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!”

Cville Ham Biscuits

Cville Ham Biscuits are all over Charlottesville: from humble dives to fine dining restaurants, and everywhere in between. We find them in country stores, gas stations, butchers, farms, church suppers, picnics, cookouts, weddings, funerals, coat pockets, and car seats. We eat them to celebrate, to mourn, and for no particular reason at all. Whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the Cville Ham Biscuit knows no boundaries – not race, creed, nor color. And, among the many great ham biscuits around town, no two are the same. Here is where to find some of the best.

Batesville Market
Shaved Kite’s Country Ham with local Elysium honey

Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar
Edwards Surryano Ham with peanut sauce and thick cut apple pickle

Exchange Café
Cheddar chive biscuit with applewood smoked ham and house made bacon fig jam

Jane’s Sweet Potato Biscuit w/ Edwards Country Ham and Va. Chutney Co. Plum Chutney

Hunt Country Market
Country Ham with house made honey mustard

Ivy Inn
Kite’s Country Ham with hickory syrup mustard

JM Stock Provisions
House-made Tasso ham with hot sauce and honey

Keevil & Keevil Grocery & Kitchen
Edwards Country Ham with Aunt Suzy’s cheese spread and pepper jelly
Keevil biscuit

Paradox Pastry
Kite’s Country Ham with Dijon mustard
(Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday)

The Whiskey Jar
Kite’s Country Ham

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