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Five Finds on Friday: Mark Fulton


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Mark Fulton, co-founder and Director of Brewing Operations of Reason Beer, the Charlottesville brewery set to launch next week. Thursday at 4 pm at Beer Run will be your first chance to taste the new creations of the former head brewer of Maine Beer Company. Four Reason beers will be on tap: Blonde, Pale, Black, and Saison, while Blonde bottles will be available, too. The Beer Run party will be followed by a series of launch events around Virginia, including Saturday, July 22 at The Whiskey Jar. Learn more about Reason here. Fulton’s picks:

1) Ace Burger at Ace Biscuit & Barbecue. “This is my favorite burger in town.  The ground brisket is perfect, the pickles are tangy and fantastic, and it is topped with Charlottesville’s best pimento cheese.”

2) Hot and Numbing Combination in Hotpot at Peter Chang China Grill. “This dish fundamentally changed my perception of what spicy can be.  Far from a simple two dimensional heat scale, the hotpot embarks on strange new voyages in spice.”

3) En Fuego Wrap at Ivy Provisions. “It’s a greasy mess, but it’s the cure for what ails you on a slow morning.  IVP’s chorizo is the star here, mixed with green chili sauce and pepper jack cheese.”

4) Nachos at Beer Run.”My favorite place in town to grab a pint and a giant plate of nachos. Bring a friend (or two), and go all in with beans and beef, extra jalapenos, and bacon.”

5) Brown Butter Crumble Donut at Miso Sweet. “This thing is a little circle of heaven.”


Five Finds on Friday: John Meiklejohn


On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from John Meiklejohn, chef of Yearbook Taco.  Meiklejohn’s picks:

1)  Spicy Beef Tongue, Tendon and Tripe at Peter Chang’s China Grill. “I dream of this dish.  Those nasty bits are cooked perfectly. It’s served cold with chiles, cilantro and peanuts.  All I need is this dish and steamed rice – offal nirvana.”

2)  Chicken and Waffles at Ace Biscuit and Barbecue.  “It’s a toss up between the fried chicken and waffles and the Tommy Pastrami. Everything at Ace is made from scratch and you can tell. Brian Ashworth really knows his stuff. This is my family’s favorite place for breakfast.”

3)  Tongue, Tendon and Tripe Pho at Pad Thai. “Starting to see a trend? Mr. Ouypron puts together the perfect bowl here. All the flavors are in harmony – spicy, sweet, salty and sour. I can’t get enough of this, and it’s better than grandma’s chicken soup if you are sick.”

4)  Fried Chicken at Wayside Takeout. “I mean come on, it’s old school fried chicken with all the traditional fixin’s. And they serve fried livers, hearts and gizzards too? It reminds me of eating fried chicken at my grandma’s house.”

5)  Pork Belly Rice Bowl at Zzaam Korean Grill.  “Pork belly cooked to quivering, fatty perfection over steamed rice with a fried egg, kim-chee, house pickled veggies, seaweed and Korean Taco sauce. When I took my then 3 year old daughter here for the first time, the first bite she took made her get up and dance. This is the food that makes her booty groove.”


Homestyle II


Homestyle, the dinner last year joining Peter Chang’s and Champion Brewing Company, was such a success that there have been repeated calls to do it again.  So we are.  On June 17, Peter Chang will personally prepare another multi-course menu of some of his favorite dishes from back home, while Champion’s Hunter Smith will be on hand to pair each course with his beers.  The menu will include dishes like 鬼椒薰鱼柳 (Ghost pepper smoked fish), 金沙排骨 (Golden powder spare ribs), and 石锅藕丸 (Lotus root and fish ball in stone pot).

For the first one of these dinners, tickets sold out almost immediately.  And, we’d be surprised if that didn’t happen again. Five appetizers, five entrees, and beer pairings, all for $55. So, call now to reserve your spot.  (434) 244-9818.

Below is a photo from the first dinner to whet the appetite.