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Pad Thai Auction Creates 4,400 Meals for Hungry

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The Battle of New Ross took place during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. More than 200 years later, we had our own Ross battle yesterday right here in Charlottesville, this time over Pad Thai’s incredible auction item: a Thai Street Food Feast. On the one side, there was Justin Ross, co-owner of Parallel 38. And, unbeknownst to him, on the other side, there was another Ross – PK Ross (no relation), owner and magician at Splendora’s Gelato. In the end, after lots of bidding back and forth, PK prevailed with a $1,100 donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, which is enough to provide 4,400 meals to the area’s hungry.

Thank you to the Rosses and Pad Thai for their generosity and support of the food bank. It’s yet another example of how special Charlottesville’s food community is: two food business owners fighting over who gets to give more money to the food bank, in order to enjoy an amazing meal donated by a third business owner.

Addendum: As if this were not great enough, after PK read this and learned that her bidding rival was Parallel 38’s Justin Ross, she called him and offered two seats at her Pad Thai auction dinner.

 

Five Finds on Friday: PK Ross

On Fridays, we feature five food finds from area chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from PK Ross, owner and gelato magician at Splendora’s Gelato.  In recent weeks, Ross has been working on some serious cocktail and beer gelatos to prepare for a whole week of them during the second week of September.  Details to come on their Facebook page.  Meanwhile, Ross’s picks:

1) Knish from Balkan Bakery/Fig at City Market.  “I wish I knew what witchcraft she uses to make her dough; it has the perfect elasticity and bite.  And spiced potatoes in a pocket-sized round?  Donezo.”

2) Chirashi Bowl at Now & Zen. “Honestly, the head-on shrimp does it for me.  And the spicy tuna goo.  And the roe.  And sometimes there’s mackerel in it.  And you get the point.”

3) Head Cheese at Timbercreek Market.  “There is a distinct possibility I housed a quarter pound of it as lunch and dinner in one day.  Great spices, gorgeous aspic texture between meaty bits, without being overly unctuous.  I’ll be stalking their meat counter for it regularly.”

4) Thai Gyoza at Thai Fresh.  “I need fast and easy with the hours I keep, and I hit a trifecta with these because they’re also delicious.  I think the goo alongside them has fish sauce, and the world needs more fish sauce.”

5) Chickpea Salad at Greenwood Gourmet.  “I go to Greenwood when I run to Crozet/Nelson for peaches/plums/etc.  I started stopping there for the exceptionally curated beer selection but since I was browsing anyway why not get the brightest, crunchiest chickpea salad ever?”

 

 

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