The Charlottesville 29

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Tag: Keevil & Keevil Grocery and Kitchen

Five Finds on Friday: Corry Blanc

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Corry Blanc of Blanc Creatives, Charlottesville’s award-winning maker of hand-forged cookware. Beloved by chefs everywhere, Blanc Creatives is planning a series of events showcasing their products and the amazing things that chefs can do with them, including a preview next month of Lampo’s much-anticipated steakhouse. Stay tuned for details on the Lampo event. Meanwhile, learn about Blanc Creatives’ many other events here. Blanc’s picks:

1) Fried Chicken Lunch at the Shell Station on Preston Avenue. “Breast, thigh, mac n cheese and collard greens for the win. There’s always a debate in town on who has the best fried chicken. While other places have good chicken, what kills it here are the sides! As a Georgia boy, I grew up eating chicken eight days a week and this place reminds me of home.”

2) French Fries at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie. “For the past eight years, I’ve lived on the south side of town and have had the chance to enjoy Ho’s without too much of a drive. There’s no bad dish in the place. My weak spot is definitely the fries though! Fresh cut, piled high on a large plate.”

3) Smoked Tomatoes and Gambas al Parilla at MAS Tapas. “Both dishes are as simple as it gets and deliver so much flavor. Super smokey tomatoes swimming in olive oil and plump shrimp slathered in alioli and salt. What more can you say?”

4) Chef Sandwich at Keevil & Keevil Grocery and Kitchen. “My workshop has been located in the Belmont neighborhood for the past five years. Belmont is an amazing part of town for food once the sun goes down. Not so much for lunch though. Until, Harrison and Jennifer opened up Keevil & Keevil.  The lunch selection is pretty extensive with sandwiches and whatever new creations Harrison’s playing around with that day.  My go- to (at least a few times a week) is the Chef Sandwich. Simple, classic, working-man-size roast beef and turkey.  Everything a sandwich needs to be.”

5) Dinner at Lampo. “It’s really a rare occasion that my wife and I go out to dinner. We both enjoy to cook and keep ourselves busy most of the time. On that rare occasion we go out it’s usually to Lampo. There’s so much talent crammed into that little kitchen. We like to start out with a Boulevardier or two, get an order of the Brussels sprouts and kale salads, usually go for the Diavola and Funghi pizzas and try our damnedest to polish of a round of zeppole dipped into the budino (chocolate pudding).”

Chef Tristan Wraight’s Sandwich at K&K

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There has been lots to like about Keevil & Keevil Grocery & Kitchen since it opened last summer in the former home to Gibson’s Grocery. Sandwiches that rival any in town, stellar breakfast, pop-up restaurant nights, pintxos and cider, and chef-prepared take-home dinners, to name a few. But, one of the best aspects of the Belmont shop run by Jennifer and Harrison Keevil is the guest chef sandwich series, where Harrison collaborates with a favorite local chef to design a special sandwich. The series calls to mind Parish Cafe, a Boston restaurant serving sandwiches created by the city’s best chefs. As at Parish Cafe, the results at Keevil & Keevil have been excellent.

First there was egg salad on rye from MAS’s Tomas Rahal. Next came pon hoss on a rye biscuit from The Shack’s Ian Boden. And, now is there a new sandwich from Tristan Wraight, of Oakhart Social.  An oblong lamb sausage patty, topped with provolone, roasted tomato, pickled mustard seeds, eggplant yogurt, and shredded lettuce, all on a sub roll from Albemarle Baking Co. “I just asked Tristan what his dream sandwich was,” Keevil said. “And, this was it.” Thank you, Tristan!

Five Finds on Friday: Dave Warwick

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Dave Warwick, Founding Brewmaster of Three Notch’d Brewing Company. If 2016 has been challenging for you, Three Notch’d has just what you need: a hug. Next Saturday, December 17, the brewery is rolling out a new beer called Group Hug, its first ever collaboration with crosstown friend Champion Brewing Company. Group Hug is a pale ale blending Lemongrass with three kinds of hops: Citra, Amarillo, and Sorachi Ace. The release party starts at 1 pm at Champion on the 17th. Details here. Hugging encouraged. Warwick’s picks: 

1) Pastrami Sandwich at Kardinal Hall. “In-house pastrami, McClure cheese, and rye bread from Albemarle Baking Co. Wash it down with a Ghost of the 43rd APA from Three Notch’d Brewing Co.”

2) Scrapple, Egg and Cheese Biscuit at Ace Biscuit and BBQ. “Available after Pig Roasts. I grew up in Maryland, scrapple is a delicacy there, and Ace does it right! Gotta get pimiento cheese on it!”

3) Cheese Curds at South Street Brewery. “Just amazing. Beautifully paired with Mitch Hamilton’s My Personal Helles Lager.”

4) Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich at Keevil & Keevil Grocery and Kitchen. “Cheesy, gooey, egg yokey goodness. All Virginia-sourced ingredients. Made to order or grab one out of the hot box if you’re in a hurry to get to work. They also have cold-brewed coffee on nitro from Charlottesville’s Snowing in Space Coffee Co. You can even take a growler of it to the office with you.”

5) Crazy Legs at LW’s Livery Stable. “Pork shanks marinated in jerk seasoning, paired with their Headless Horseman cocktail.”