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Zocalo Auction: Legends’ Dinner for Ten with Jefferson Vineyards


Here is your chance to experience Zocalo 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, Zocalo 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 Zocalo and Jefferson Vineyards, 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 Zocalo signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

Legends’ Dinner for Ten with Jefferson Vineyards

Two local legends join for one epic night.

While Zocalo has long been known for consistent execution of a steady menu of crowd favorites, chef-owner Ivan Rekosh will let loose for one night. The auction winner and nine guests will enjoy a six-course over-the-top feast, designed and prepared by Rekosh himself, featuring unique dishes created just for the evening.

What warrants the occasion? Extraordinary, Reserve wines, not typically available to the public, from one of the pioneers of Virginia wine, Jefferson Vineyards. A special focus will be two grapes that Jefferson Vineyards considers the heroes of Virginia wine: Petit Verdot and Viognier. “Jefferson’s Own Estate Reserve,” for example, is a 2016 Petit Verdot made in homage to Thomas Jefferson. Another is Jefferson Vineyards’ first ever skin fermented Viognier, which has won raves from wine critics. Rekosh and Jefferson Vineyards winemaker Chris Ritzcovan will work together on a menu to pair with these and other special Jefferson Vineyards wines. And, they will visit with guests during dinner to discuss the food, wine, and pairings.

Note: The auction winner will schedule the dinner on a mutually convenient date for Zocalo and Jefferson Vineyards.


Bidding for Zocalo’s experience has ended. Winning bid: $3,000.

Five Finds on Friday: Kath Younger

Every Friday, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs, personalities, or readers.  This week’s picks come from Kath Younger, author of the blog Kath Eats Real Food, where she blogs about literally everything she eats.  Kath’s five picks:

1)  Black Bean and Corn Relleno at ZocaloI’ve seen it mentioned before, but this pepper is my favorite entrée in all of Cville.  The flavor combination of the smoked grits and the cheesy, tortilla-crusted pepper with that amazing cilantro sauce are just incredible!

2)  Meritage from Jefferson VineyardsAlthough I’m not drinking now due to the baby baking in my stomach, the JV Meritage is one of my all-time favorite red wines.  I will have to celebrate with a huge glass in September!

3)  Veggie Plate at Eppie’sI’m a Registered Dietitian, so I gotta put some veggies on the list! I always get collard greens, sweet potato, and black beans with that incredible cornbread that tastes like cake!

4)  NoBull Burger from Oh My Gosh . . . YumObsessed!! We always have some in our freezer for quick dinners and serve them on our Great Harvest Virginia rolls for a small burger with big local taste.

5)  Spicy Cashew Trout at CommonwealthI hope this is still on the menu, because it was one of the best entrees I’ve ever had. The cashews on top were sweet, candy spiced, the trout perfectly seared, but the show-stopper is their coconut rice – so sweet and rich!  [Note: Sadly, this is not on the current Commonwealth menu.]

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