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Five Finds on Friday: Scott Meynig

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The Charlottesville food community suffered a great loss this week. From Food and Beverage Director at Keswick Hall to Operations Manager for Pippin Hill and Red Pump Kitchen, Scott Meynig wore many hats over the years, but none he enjoyed more than father and husband in his family’s baking business. In celebration of Meynig’s life, Family Ties & Pies will be open for business at tomorrow’s City Market, as it is every Saturday.

Meynig’s passing leaves a pie-slice sized hole in the heart of the Charlottesville food community. In tribute to Meynig, today’s Five Finds on Friday are some of his favorites, as remembered by friends and family.

1) Breakfast Brioche from Family Ties & Pies. “My fondest memories of Scott and food always lead me back to Family Ties & Pies breakfast brioche. It always made me smile to see him snacking on one as Donna and I would join him and reminisce about the four years that we worked together in Fossett’s and Keswick Hall. He was one of the finest hospitality leaders that I have ever worked with, but more than that, he was a true friend.” – Craig Hartman 

2) Fall Wood-fired Pizzas at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. “Every year Scott was enthusiastic when we started our Fall wood-fired pizza offerings at Pippin Hill. He checked first thing on the shift for each week’s offering and raved about them all, from the simple Three Cheeses to Hen of the Woods Mushroom and Basil. For Scott, it marked a seasonal equinox moment.” – Dean Porter Andrews and Lynn Easton

3) Chipotle Chocolate Gelato at Splendora’s Gelato. “Anytime Scott walked through the door at Splendy’s, I knew he was going to go straight for the bottom right corner of the first case, where Chipotle Chocolate would be if we were offering it. He would always cluck his disappointment if we were out, but get a small or a medium of other flavors anyway. There was one day where I had a front of house shift but the Chipotle Chocolate was going to be made as soon as I was through. Of course, he came in an hour too early. So, I brought him a cup to Red Pump as soon as it came out of the machine. What a great laugh that was. I’m going to make some Chipotle Chocolate today.” – PK Ross

4) Guests and Staff at Keswick Hall. “Scott really seemed to have no favorite dishes, just favorite guests and staff. He rarely sat down for a meal but would gather with the cluster of Keswick employees over lunch or dinner, dishing out amazingly creative one-liners with a marksman’s precision. He spent a lot of time meeting with the staff, individually or in groups, constantly endeavoring either to enhance the scope of their professional abilities or to give intelligent counsel on their domestic squabbles. When Scott was running the banquet department I loved to throw him ‘ringers’ that would challenge him. Scott: ‘Did you really promise the bride that the groom could ride in on a white horse dressed in armor’? I would just reply that I was trying to up-sell the event. Scott: ‘The horse and armor are fine but where are we going to get a lance?’
Scott really enjoyed our weekly wine-trainings and it was the only time he really sat and relaxed. One week we were doing New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and, as usual, I was coaxing the staff to come up with appropriate descriptors. Scott blurted out that he though they tasted like cat pee. That was a common remark, I stated. Scott replied that they all tasted like a cat’s pee and wondered if the cats were all from the same family? There was never a dull moment with Scott and sometimes those moments were long and arduous as he worked late into the night making sure that a particular rehearsal dinner ended correctly. And then, next morning, at the City Market he was there early, sometimes napping on the back of the car, but always ready to jump up to greet a friend or help his family sell their pies and ties.” – Richard Hewitt

5) Coconut Custard Pie from Family Ties & Pies. “Scott was an extraordinary team player, peacemaker and darn good all around nice guy in his life and in the culinary world. Loved by so many, he always was ready, willing and able to help in the kitchen of our business, Family Ties & Pies. I am at a loss of words but he was my best friend, the father of our amazing children, a lover of fine dining, mentor to countless young restaurant workers, and the ultimate peace and pie maker. We love and miss you.” – Lynette, Chelsea and Max Meynig

Pippin Hill welcomes the food community, friends, and family to a memorial service in celebration of Scott Meynig’s life, Tuesday October 8 at 5:30 pm. RSVP requested.

 

Pippin Hill Auction: Sunset Wine Dinner for Eight

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Here is your chance to experience Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard like you never have before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry: The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions. Along with restaurants of The Charlottesville 29, Pippin Hill 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 Pippin Hill, 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 Pippin Hill signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

Sunset Wine Dinner for Eight

The auction winner and seven guests will start their evening with a glass of Sparkling Blanc de Blanc in hand while enjoying a vineyard tour from Pippin Hill Vineyard Manager Brooks Hoover.

Next, the group will make their way through the gardens with Head Gardener and Certified Horticulturist Diane Burns, who will lead a tour of the kitchen garden’s planting beds, introduce the farm’s chickens and bee colony, and teach the group how Pippin Hill realizes its vision of a truly local farm-to-table experience.

After the garden tour, the group will enjoy a five-course wine dinner on the Reserve Room Veranda where Executive Chef Ian Rynecki and Vineyard Manager Brooks Hoover will offer an over-the-top feast with special reserve wine pairings, including some from Pippin Hill’s cellar, not otherwise available to the public.

Finally, to complete the experience, each guest will leave with one of Pippin Hill’s favorite award winning bottles of wine and a basket of goodies from the garden.

Note: The auction winner will schedule their experience on a Tuesday-Thursday that is mutually convenient for Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards.

Bidding

Place your bids by email at charlottesville29@gmail.com. Public bidding ends on August 18, when all prior bidders in the auction for Pippin Hill will have a chance to bid again until the highest donation is reached, and a winner is declared. Regular updates of the leading bid will be posted below.

Current Bid: $2,500

Five Finds on Friday: Diane Burns

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Photo by Andrea Hubbell

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Horticulturist Diane Burns, who has expanded Pippin Hill’s flower beds and added new varieties just for a Cut Flower Workshop, July 23 at Pippin Hill. After a tour of Burns’ gardens, guests will learn how to harvest, handle, and arrange flowers, using the sustainable flowers from Burns’ gardens. Next, guests will take their arrangements to the Reserve Room Veranda to enjoy a chef’s lunch featuring vegetables from Burns’ garden, with plenty of Pippin Hill wine. Each guest will take home their floral arrangement. Tickets and info here.

Burns’ picks, which include her favorite local foods from Charlottesville City Market and beyond, particularly for summertime grilling:

1) Kielbasa from Double H Farm. “I love their smoky kielbasa flavored with garlic and spices. It is fantastic with grilled peppers.”

2) Carmen and Escamillo Peppers from Bellair Farm. “There are lots of vendors that sell produce at the market, but I like visiting with Jamie, and his friendly crew of folks, for the freshest produce. I buy the Carmen and Escamillo peppers to pair with kielbasa.”

3) Ginger Jam from The Farm at Red Hill. Wendy and Richard do a great job with dips and sauces, and their new line of ginger jam is the perfect addition when preparing grilled pork tenderloin. I first discovered The Farm at Red Hill at the Charlottesville City Market, and while the team no long participates in farmers’ markets, their goods can be found at The Great Valu in Crozet, Foods of All Nations, Whole Foods and the Barracks Road Harris Teeter.”

4) Tulip Poplar Honey from Elysium Honey Company. “We actually just added an apiary at Pippin Hill, so honey is on my mind. I love to brush the honey on thick slices of pineapple — grilling it lightly, just to show the grill marks. Yes, it really is all about the grill marks.”

5) Chocolate Pecan Pie from Family Pies & Ties. “Lynette’s Chocolate Pecan Pie is to die for. I prefer to eat it straight from the pie pan. It’s made with love and lots of chocolate. We can’t get enough of their baked goods.”