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Five Finds on Friday: Jeff Bloem

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Jeff Bloem, founder of the area’s only local malt house, Murphy & Rude Malting Co., which makes specialty and base malts from grains harvested by small grain farmers across Virginia. Along with The Charlottesville 29, Murphy & Rude is the other collaborator on Reason Beer’s outstanding Collaboration 29, now available at Beer Run and Kardinal Hall, among locations. Murphy & Rude is also helping to fight Cystic Fibrosis with several upcoming fundraisers, where you can drink free beer, among other things. Details below. Bloem’s picks:

1) Pork Milanese at Tavola. “What makes this dish so list-worthy is that I don’t even think it’s because of the pork. Don’t get me wrong, the pork is incredible – locally sourced, perfectly seasoned, breaded, and sautéed – but it’s the balance of the background of Meyer lemon, capers, Roma tomatoes, and sautéed arugula that makes you ponder ordering another one. And so consistent.”

2) Grilled Radicchio Salad (add Salmon) with Allagash FV13 at Beer Run. “This one is my victory set — one of those quick and simple but arm twisting go-tos for good moods. The acidity of the Flanders-esque farmhouse ale is a delicious contrast to the bite and richness of the salad. No FV-13? Sub Collaboration 29. Collaboration 29 offseason? Grab a Belgian from the hallway to the back bar, middle shelf.  Remember, you did good.”

3) Four-egg white Greek omelet, no bread, home fries with black coffee at Tip Top. “Before I opened the malt house I worked from home for nearly seven years. I didn’t get out much. Kid drop-offs were my commute and I used this favorite to stretch it out a bit while I was ‘driving home.’ Nothing fancy, but man, hits the spot. Regardless of what you order, go big and leave a 40% tip. Those guys and gals are the hardest working staff in town.”

4) Fried Bologna Sandwich at Keevil & Keevil Grocery and Kitchen. “I grew up on these things and while Miracle Whip (don’t hate, I’m a Midwestern transplant) would take it up a notch, they nail it here. I’m not sure anything Harrison Keevil touches lacks a component of back-home authenticity, but this one really makes me smile as I inhale it in my car before even turning it on.”

5) Egg & Chorizo Burrito at Sunoco on 5th Street Extended.The back half of the Sunoco gas station on 5th Street Extended (across from Fifth St. Station development, next to Burger King, soon to go back to a Shell station) has long been utilized as a commercial kitchen for a small, often unknown, pop-up restaurant. This occasion is no different. I have no idea what the name of the Mexican place is that currently holds it down but it’s a gem.  Authentic, homemade, and cooked-to-order. There is La Michoacana and then there is this place.”

Murphy & Rude Cystic Fibrosis Fundraisers

All Out Before You (Brewer’s) Ball Out!
Saturday, June 1 at 4 p.m.
Orangetheory Fitness Charlottesville

Get an incredible workout (and watch Jeff kill himself to keep up with his wife), raise funds to Cure CF, and refresh afterwards with free pours of Collaboration 29, a collaboration IPA between Murphy & Rude Malting Co., Charlottesville 29, and Reason Beer.

Class Reservations: $25. To book: Call OTF Charlottesville at (434) 483-5757 or text event organizer Kelly Bloem at 703-919-0972 .

Ax Throwing
Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery (IX Park)
Friday, June 7 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Join open play or team up for some friendly competition to throw axes to Cure CF! Hosted by Lynchburg-based PowerPlay, $5 buys you 5 throws and there will be free giveaways to keep you coming back for more. No advance reservations or RSVP needed.

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Guest Sandwiches Relaunch at Keevil & Keevil

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Harrison Keevil’s departure from Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar is already paying dividends at Keevil & Keevil.  With his full attention back on the shop he runs with his wife Jennifer, Keevil has big plans for 2019. Kicking off the year is the re-launch of his guest chef sandwich series, where each month a different chef collaborates with Keevil on a special sandwich. Past iterations have been stellar.

This time it has a twist: a contest for charity. At the end of 2019, Keevil & Keevil will determine the best-selling guest sandwich of the year, and will donate $500 to the charity of the winning collaborator’s choice. Keevil & Keevil will also donate $500 to Therapeutic Adventures, a Charlottesville organization that plans outdoor adventures for disabled individuals. “I chose this charity in honor of one of my best friends Robert Spottswood, who tragically passed this summer,” says Keevil. “His disability did not stop him from doing what he loved: being outside.”

For the 2019 series, Keevil has arranged an all-star lineup of collaborators like Trigg Brown of Brooklyn’s Win Son, Jason Alley of Richmond’s Comfort, Pasture, and Bingo, and Jennifer Baum, President of Bullfrog + Baum. First up, in January, is one of the nation’s most acclaimed sandwich makers: Mason Hereford, of New Orleans’ Turkey and the Wolf and Molly’s Rise and Shine. In 2017, Bon Appetit named Turkey and The Wolf America’s Best New Restaurant.

Hereford’s and Keevil’s collaboration is a take on Hereford’s fried bologna sandwich. “He asked us to make a Virginia version of his now famous bologna sandwich,” says Keevil. “Like the original, it’s locally sourced and I know all the people that went into making the main ingredients of the sandwich.” It will be available starting January 2. The components:

Bologna: Keevil says he knows well the bologna artisan as well as the farm where the cattle for the bologna grazed

Bread: Organic Pain de Mie from Albemarle Baking Company

Chips: Rt. 11 lightly salted

Mustard Sauce: Hereford’s mustard sauce recipe, mixed with Duke’s Mayo

Lettuce: Shredded Iceberg

Cheese: American

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
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Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar
Edwards Surryano Ham with peanut sauce and thick cut apple pickle
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Exchange Café
Cheddar chive biscuit with applewood smoked ham and house made bacon fig jam
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Feast!
Jane’s Sweet Potato Biscuit w/ Edwards Country Ham and Va. Chutney Co. Plum Chutney
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Hunt Country Market
Country Ham with house made honey mustard
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Ivy Inn
Kite’s Country Ham with hickory syrup mustard
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JM Stock Provisions
House-made Tasso ham with hot sauce and honey
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Keevil & Keevil Grocery & Kitchen
Edwards Country Ham with Aunt Suzy’s cheese spread and pepper jelly
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Paradox Pastry
Kite’s Country Ham with Dijon mustard
(Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday)
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The Whiskey Jar
Kite’s Country Ham
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