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MAS Auction: A Walk Through Spain in 29 Bites


Here is your chance to experience MAS 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, MAS 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 MAS, 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 MAS signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

A Walk Through Spain in 29 Bites

In its fifteen-plus years as one of Charlottesville’s favorite restaurants, MAS has hosted some epic meals. Yet, never one quite like this. The auction winner and five guests will sit at the bar along the kitchen and enjoy a 29 course tasting menu – a dazzling array of bite-sized creations by chef Mike Ketola. While the menu will depend on the season, Ketola will spare no expense in the ingredients, from truffles, to caviar, to Jamon Iberico – his very best interpretations of a culinary walk through Spain. Perched beside the kitchen, guests will have the chance to discuss the food with Ketola, as they enjoy it. Only the most special wines would be appropriate for a meal like this, and Ketola and GM Benos Bustamante will pair the food with the best of the best.

It’s the MAS dinner of a lifetime: A Walk Through Spain in 29 Bites.

Note: The winner will schedule the meal at a mutually convenient time for MAS.


Bidding has ended for the MAS experience. Winning bid: $2,600.

Five Finds on Friday: Millie Winstead


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Millie Winstead, Director of Development for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the beneficiary of The 2019 Charlottesville Restaurant Auctions. In the auctions, now underway, the restaurants of The Charlottesville 29 have each created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for whoever pledges the largest donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. And, the food bank in turn takes each dollar and creates four meals for the area’s hungry. Winstead’s picks:

1) Atun a La Parilla at MAS. “I would go to MAS any and every day. The menu changes all the time and everything they make is so good. But, one thing that I always include in my tapas choices is the tuna. It is perfectly cooked (rare) and is seasoned with just the right amount of grey sea salt.”

2) Fruit Focaccia at Albemarle Baking Company. “Another place I would visit every day, in my perfect world, is ABC. Our family’s Saturday morning would not be complete without a stop at Gerry’s. After a stroll through our city’s wonderful farmer’s market, we always visit ABC to get my fruit focaccia, a variety of pastries for the rest of the family, and a baguette for a future weekend meal.”

3) Watermelon Salad with Crab at Little Star. “This is a new find and I can’t wait to go back and have more. The flavors were unexpected – who would think to put those two things together? I’m so glad they did because the sweet and savory combination was perfect.”

4) Dealer’s Choice at Lost Saint. “This place feels special, kind of like you have to be from here to know it even exists. Tucked away within Tavern & Grocery, it is a perfect get-away with a friend or date. And, the bartenders know their business. Let them guide you and teach you, and sit back and enjoy.”

5) Weekly Soup from l’etoile Catering. “I miss having Mark at a physical location I can go whenever I want, but this is the next best thing (unless you want to invite me to a party you have him cater!). Working for the food bank, I travel throughout central and western Virginia. When I find myself passing through Crozet, I stop to see what Mark has put in his cooler on his porch, a.k.a. what will be my family’s dinner that night. I know it will be delicious.”


Tomas Rahal’s Tribute to Richard Bean

Tomas Rahal, of MAS Tapas, is among the many chefs who have created a tribute dish to honor Double H Farm’s Richard Bean, the local food giant who passed away late last year. Rahal’s dish is Shenandoah rabbit and duck liver terrine. A complete list of the chefs and their dishes is here.  Rahal’s words:

“Richard was the purest form of ‘terroir’ we have in Central Virginia. Sweet and pugnacious, he and Jean brought so much energy to the local food scene as growers, mentors, and friends. It was a unique honor to have met him, worked with him, known him, fed him. He cannot be replaced.”

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