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Five Finds on Friday: Eric Bein


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Eric Bein, the Culinary Institute of America graduate who founded the Florida-based Station 400 Restaurants before relocating to Virginia in 2015 and starting first Jack’s Shop Farm and now Jack’s Shop Kitchen. The Ruckersville restaurant serves lunch, brunch, and dinner, and also an array of provisions to-go. Menus here. Bein’s picks:

1) Virgindia Pale Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.  “With the craft beer scene touting over-the-top IPAs, Hardywood shows true craftsmanship in this well balanced, citrusy IPA using Virginia hops.”

2) Pie in the Sky at Pie in the Sky. “Their namesake dish,  an Italian Grinder stuffed inside of a whole cheese pizza.  What else needs to be said?

3) Beef Brisket at BBQ Exchange. “The true measure of a great pit master, Chef Craig’s brisket, with its dark bark and pink-hued smoke ring, is a tender, succulent vehicle to slather on their signature sauces.”

4) Bavarian Sausage Platter at The Bavarian Chef. “Wiesswurst, Bauernwurst, Bratwurst… I’m not sure who Chef Jerome kidnapped from Germany, but these are expertly crafted sausages, most certainly to be washed down with a dry German pilsner.  Bring your appetite.”

5) Apple Donut from Donut Kitchen. “With a cult like following wherever they are, this food truck prepares their donuts fresh daily. The perfect ratio of dough and apple filling, tossed in cinnamon and sugar, it’s an ethereal experience.”



Shepherd’s Pie at Jack’s Shop Kitchen

Five Finds on Friday: Jerome Thalwitz


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Jerome Thalwitz, chef-owner of The Bavarian Chef. Tomorrow, October 29, The Bavarian Chef’s food truck will be at Random Row Brewing Co. for a UVa Children’s Hopsital Fundraiser, where one dollar from every beer sold will go to the hospital. While the fun starts at 6:30 am (including Bodo’s!), The Bavarian Chefs’s truck will start serving at 4 pm. Details here. Also, at the restaurant itself, this is the last weekend to enjoy the fall pairing menu – four courses paired with wine or beer for just $50.  Menu below. Thalwitz’s picks:

1) Ceviche at La Finca Grill. “A gorgeous Peruvian ceviche of shrimp and white fish in tangy leche de tigre with sweet potato and hominy. Save room for the Tres Leches cake!”

2) Deviled Eggs at Jack’s Shop Kitchen. “These aren’t just any deviled eggs. The yolk filling is so velvety smooth, and they are accompanied by fresh avocado and melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with just the right crisp on the outside.”

3) Gambas al’ Parilla and Sangria at MAS. “MAS is my favorite date night spot with my wife. These jumbo shrimp, salty and fresh off the grill with garlic alioli, are a must-have on your list of tapas and raciones. Hook it up with a carafe of sangria and let the good times roll!”

4) Spice Rubbed Brisket Sandwich and Rothaus Pils at Kardinal Hall. “Tender smoked beef brisket on an original Philly hoagie roll with red cabbage slaw taps into my German tastebuds. Perfectly paired with one of the world’s best pilsners, Rothaus Pils hailing from the Schwarzwald.”

5) Guinness Chocolate Cake at Paradox Pastry. “Stout beer, dark chocolate and Irish cream—this always puts me in my happy place.”