The Charlottesville 29

If there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29?

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Five Finds on Friday: Kate Asquith

Todays Five Finds on Friday come from Kate Asquith of Appalachian Beekeeping Collective, a nonprofit organization that trains and supports people to become beekeepers in economically distressed areas of Virginia and West Virginia. Appalachian Beekeeping Collective then purchases honey from its beekeepers and sells it online, with all proceeds going back to the non-profit’s efforts to support beekeepers. This week Appalachian Beekeeping Collective launched its new online store, where you can buy delicious honey, while supporting their cause. Feel-good holiday gifts. Asquith’s picks:

1) Scallion Bubble Pancake from Peter Chang. “My whole family is in love with these, but my six-year-old especially. She will tell anyone who asks that it’s her favorite food. It’s the main thing keeping my hope alive that she’ll be an interesting eater.”

2) Fresh Mozzarella Sandwich from Market Street Market. “I think this is a perfect sandwich. I also don’t understand how they can make such good salads for less than $5. Of all the things I have missed during the pandemic, I think I miss the Market’s deli the most.”

3) Morning Melt Sandwich on Everything Croissant from Bowerbird Bakeshop. “My second favorite sandwich in Charlottesville right now, and especially when they had fresh tomatoes this summer. I like to meet a friend here and then bring a box of their gorgeous pastries home for my family. Also a big fan of their rosemary almond croissant.”

4) Triple Pickle Taco from Brazos Tacos. “Honestly, I just go down their menu and pick all the tacos with the mushrooms bruja. This is my favorite.”

5) La Familia from Al Carbon. “A full rotisserie chicken and several sides. This is my go-to takeout. My children are probably 15% pollo al carbon at this point, we get it so often. My favorite side is the platanos fritos with the delicious cinnamon cream sauce. The rest of my family practically lives off yucca fries and yellow rice.”

Five Finds on Friday: Kate Lynn Nemett

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Kate Lynn Nemett of Potter’s Craft Cider, which has relaunched events like live music, food trucks, and more. With patio seating and plenty of space to spread out, Potter’s is ideal for pandemic-friendly relaxation. This evening, it’s Blue Ridge Pizza Co. plus live jazz by Adam Larrabee, Brian Caputo, and Randall Pharr. Follow along on Facebook for updates, or check the cidery’s events page. Potter’s is now also booking weddings and private events for the fall. Nemett’s picks: 

1) Kale Salad at Feast!. “I know kale salads were all the rage about five years ago, but I just can’t stop (won’t stop) eating them. The kale salad at Feast! is my idea of perfection: massaged kale, shaved parmesan, huge crusty croutons, and lemon tahini dressing. Adding a scoop of chicken salad makes it even more delightful.”

2) Dry-Fried Mushrooms at Peter Chang China Grill. “Eating at Peter Chang’s is always a complete revelation. It’s one of my favorite places to take out-of-towners because a) it blows your expectations for Chinese food out the window, and b) can you believe there’s mind-blowingly authentic Sichuan cooking in central Virginia? I have to order the dry-fried mushrooms every time I go. They’re so light and crispy – never greasy – but pack a huge flavor wallop from scallions, chili flakes, and numbing powder sprinkled on top.”

3) Dealer’s Choice at The Alley Light. “I’m an up-for-anything kind of drinker—when I’m in good hands. I’ve never had a cocktail at The Alley Light that hasn’t been delightful. Micah and his crew are at the top of their game. While I could pore over every drink description on the menu, I usually just go with the Dealer’s Choice and let the bartenders flex their mixology muscles. I’ll inevitably like it.”

4) Funghi Pizza at Lampo. “I imagine Lampo must top 90% of these lists. Everything that comes out of their kitchen is just so good. But this mushroom pizza is really impossible to pass up. The combination of wood-fired mushrooms, garlic, thyme, and sharp white cheeses is savory, creamy, and earthy all at once. It’s a really struggle to not eat the entire pie in one sitting, by myself.”

5) Chai Latte at Lone Light Coffee. “Some might think a chai latte is a chai latte—but not at Lone Light. Their in-house chai spice blend is aromatic, slightly spicy, and a million times fresher than the stuff that comes out of a box. Sitting down with a giant, steaming mug of this warming drink is one of my favorite indulgences, especially on a chilly or rainy morning. Or afternoon. Or really anytime. I’ve shared many a good conversation over this magical elixir.”

 

Peter Chang’s Auction Sneak Peek: A Night to Remember

Peter Chang’s offering in The 2019 Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions is amazing: The Ultimate Szechuan Corkage Dinner — a multi-course feast for ten paired with wines by one of our area’s top oenophiles, Erin Scala of In Vino Veritas. Sounds great, yes. But what would it be like to experience it? This week we had a sneak peek.

Peter Chang’s invited Scala for a preview meal to inform her potential pairings for the auction winner’s experience. Note that this was not the actual menu to be served for the auction winner. That will be designed and prepared by Peter Chang himself specifically for the auction winner – a selection of his favorite authentic, home-style dishes. Instead, to help Scala with wine pairings, she sampled some dishes that might be similar to what the auction winner will enjoy.

The restaurant was also kind enough to welcome a few other special guests, and before we knew it, it was a gathering of some of the top young names in Charlottesville food and drink. In addition to Erin, there was her husband Joseph, GM of Common House, formerly of Fleurie and Per Se; Will Curley, co-owner of The Wine Guild and former GM of Brasserie Saison; Priscilla Curley, co-owner of The Wine Guild and GM of Tavola; and Justin Ross, owner of Parallel 38, formerly of Zaytinya. As fate would have it, Scala was also celebrating her birthday, and, before, during, and after the meal, said that she could not imagine a better way to celebrate.

Thank you to Justin Ide Photography for capturing the images. Thank you to the Scalas and Curleys for the amazing wines. And, thank you to Peter Chang’s for treating us all to such a special evening. The main takeaway: whoever wins the Peter Chang’s auction experience is in for one special night. Wow.

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Shredded Tofu Skins

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Salt and Pepper Shrimp

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Tea Smoked Duck

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Abalone in Consomme

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Shredded Pork with Vegetable Roll

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Lobster Dry Pot

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