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Guest Sandwiches Relaunch at Keevil & Keevil


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

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

The Whiskey Jar
Kite’s Country Ham

Keevil & Keevil Launches Pop-up Dinners


You can take the chef out of the restaurant, but you can’t take the restaurant out of the chef. Or something.

Since closing Brookville last year to focus on Keevil & Keevil Grocery and Kitchen, Harrison Keevil has still fed his creativity by concocting inventive sandwiches, take-home meals, and specials at the tiny Belmont grocery he runs with his wife. But, the chef who has cooked at The Fat Duck, Dinner, and Clifton Inn, still longs to let it rip every now and then. And, so next month Keevil & Keevil launches a pop-up dinner series, beginning of course with “Decadence.”

“I love cooking well crafted over-the-top dishes,” says Keevil. “And this is a throwback to the early days of Brookville.”

How many Mom & Pop corner stores serve Uni Spaghetti with Lobster Knuckle, Squid Ink, Chives, and Buttered Bread Crumbs? Or, Foie Gras Poutine with Cheese Curds, Duck Gravy, and Triple Cooked Chips? Full menu below. November 2-4 at 5:30 pm. More details here.