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Five Finds on Friday: Gisela Carradero Rivera


Today’s Five Find on Friday come from Gisela Carradero Rivera, Chef de Cuisine of Oakhurst Inn Cafe and Espresso Bar, where she has just introduced new fall menus. For breakfast, there are pumpkin waffles with whipped cream cheese, spiced rum syrup, and candied pumpkin seeds. But, don’t worry, the coconut grits are still there, too, though now they come with house smoked maple glazed pork belly and baked apples. For lunch, there’s a sandwich de pernil, with local braised pork, salsa criolla, and avocado aioli on an olive oil baguette. And, a harvest greens salad, with butternut squash, apples, fried Caromont Farm chevre, and lemon vinaigrette. See the full menus here. Rivera’s picks:

1) Aburi Salmon at Now & Zen. “A former chef of mine introduced me to Now & Zen back in my Keswick days and I can’t seem to stop going back, definitely a go to. The Aburi Salmon was on of his favorites and my husband and I always get it. Never changes and it is always delicious.”

2) Num Tok and Thai Tea at Monsoon Siam. “Can’t ever go wrong with cilantro, red onions, basil and all of the amazing ingredients in the Num Tok dish. Or any dish at the restaurant. Definitely my favorite Thai spot in town.”

3) House Sausage Pizza at Oakhart Social. “Let’s be honest, I love every dish I’ve ever had at that place. I think they do an amazing job! But the one thing I always get is the house sausage pizza. Love it.”

4) Mary Lou Mule at The Alley Light. “I love Mules, but the Mule at The Alley Light has been number one for me since the first time I drank it.”

5) Chocolate Praline Crunch Cake at Albemarle Baking Company. “It’s amazing. I find any reason to try and buy it for someone’s birthday although I try to eat it by myself.”

Five Finds on Friday: John Hoffman


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from John Hoffman, Executive Chef of Keswick Hall. On New Year’s Eve, Keswick is offering several different ways to celebrate the new year, including a special tasting menu with a jazz trio; a gala with an eight-piece band, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast; and, even a bash for the kids while their parents celebrate. For details and reservations, call (434) 924-4346. Hoffman’s picks:

1) Funghi Pizza at Lampo. “Lampo is our ‘Happy Place’ as my wife says. From Chef Loren to all of the service staff, they make your experience feel welcoming. The Funghi pizza with Sharondale Farm mushrooms and the house made N’duja are my go-tos.”

2) Ol’ Dirty Biscuit at Ace Biscuit and BBQ. “We went to Ace on a recommendation and it instantly reminded us of being back in Charleston, SC.  The Ol’ Dirty Biscuit is our breakfast staple.”

3) Empanadas at The Bebedero. “When my wife and I are having trouble deciding on a dinner date, we always seem to agree on The Bebedero.  The drinks are great and the food seems to be bursting with freshness.  The empanadas or if you’re lucky enough to catch pozole as a special are some of our favorites.”

4) The Farm at Oakhurst Inn.On lazy Sundays mornings we like to roll into the little cottage known as the Oakhurst Inn for brunch.  The Farm is always seasoned perfectly and the pickled jalepenos add just enough kick to get you moving.”

5) Crunchy Spicy Tuna Roll at Now & Zen. “I met Toshi while working an event at Keswick. The next week we had to stop by with some friends to check it out. The big rolls are something we’d never seen before. Our favorite is the crunchy Spicy Tuna but anything with eel is a plus.”

Five Finds on Friday: Jeanette Peabody

Jeanette Peabody

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Jeanette Peabody, the former Hamiltons’ chef who now runs the kitchen of the new Oakhurst Inn, adjacent to UVa’s South Lawn.  The Inn serves breakfast to guests and the general public seven days a week from 7 – 10 am, with coffee service until 2 pm.  Parking is extremely limited, so it’s best to walk over for now.  Peabody’s picks:

1)  Spicy Italian Sausage from Double H Farm.  “It’s highly seasoned with lots of fennel and perfectly salted. Packs a serious punch and you can create any meal out of it. I used to buy it from my favorite farmer Richard Bean and thank goodness Ara is carrying on the recipe. You can buy it from him at the City Market.”

2)  Eating at the Bar at Hamiltons’.  “It’s the best bar service in town. You won’t get treated better by anybody than Daniel Page. Curtis has a real knack for home-made pasta. We’re still dreaming about the gnocchi he and Hannah made for the Hill & Holler dinner at Montalto.”

3)  Margaritas at Mono Loco. “Mike Lewis is the consummate comic host. On a whim he will create a new margarita with seasonal ingredients. I like the spicy cucumber.”

4)  Red Row cheese from Caromont Farm. “This melty deliciousness made such an impression on me I immediately decided to use it on the baked eggs at Oakhurst Inn. I need to have it close by at all times.”

5)  Thai Mussels at Public Fish & Oyster. “I’ve only been there once but it’s my new favorite place for now. You can do an oyster tasting starting with a briny Virginia people-pleaser leading up to a full-flavored Katama Bay. Chef Matty’s Thai Mussels are amazing.”


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