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Five Finds on Friday: Lee O’Neill

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Lee O’Neill of Radical Roots Farm, a longtime participant in the Charlottesville City Market, which now has a chance to be named the best farmers’ market in the country. Vote here!

Meanwhile, Radical Roots is joining other local producers and artisans in Food From our Farms 2020, a socially distant harvest dinner benefiting Local Food Hub. For a recommended donation of $100 per person, you will receive a locally sourced fine dining experience, delivered right to your door. Meals are prepared by APimento Catering and Gail Hobbs-Page of Caromont Farm, with desserts by Albemarle Baking Company, and beverages from Blenheim Vineyards and Blue Ridge Bucha. You will also receive bonus goodies from Back Pocket Provisions and Catbird Co., a Local Food Hub tote, and a recipe book with recipes from Radical Roots, MarieBette, The Pie Chest, and more. Dinners are available 9/26 and 10/3, and tickets must be purchased one week in advance. Support the Local Food Hub! Tickets and information here. O’Neill’s picks:

1) Coco Verde Acai Bowl from The Juice Laundry. “The ultimate treat after a long day of farming and making deliveries.  Nutritious, hydrating and a meal in itself.”

2) Coconut Macaroons dipped in Chocolate from Albemarle Baking Company. “Sweet and savory all wrapped up in one.  I love these for a nice gluten free treat.”

3) Peach Sorbetto from Splendora’s. “Any in season fruit is amazing, especially with a touch of basil or mint. Refreshing on a hot, summer day.”

4) Spicy Salmon Sushi Roll from Now & Zen. “I love fresh sushi and any roll from Now & Zen is amazing. Combined with shrimp spring rolls and a bowl of miso soup . . . perfection.”

5) Drunken Noodles from Pad Thai. “Perfect on a cool autumn day to warm you from the inside out.”

Five Finds on Friday: Erin Scala

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Erin Scala, the sommelier,  New York Times acclaimed podcaster, and wine writer, who was once named one of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers, and now runs her own wine shop: In Vino Veritas. A longtime student of wine, Scala was a great asset to Fleurie, Petit Pois, and other restaurants, but this is the first store full of Scala’s favorite hand-selected wines – a treasure trove for wine lovers. Plus, thanks to Scala’s industry contacts, the shop offers special tasting opportunities, like today’s with Portuguese winemaker Filipa Pato, from 4:30 – close. Subscribe to the shop’s newsletter to stay up to date. Scala’s picks:

1) Tomato Bisque at Milli Coffee Roasters. “Served with grilled toast points. This is my winter treat— it’s a super rich, heartwarming tomato soup.”

2) Kouign Amann at Bizou. “Each Sunday brunch service, Vincent makes just a few of these classic pastries from near his hometown in Brittany. You can find a few different versions around town (like the kouignette at MarieBette) but Vincent’s is closer to the large, rustic bread the dish’s inventor, Yves-René Scordia (Douarnenez), made in the late 1800s. The crispy, buttery, sweet edges are the perfect pairing with just about anything from Bizou’s value-priced bubbles list. Vincent says ‘it’s all about the butter.'”

3) Heirloom Tomatoes from Radical Roots Farm. “When the farmer’s market is active, I make a beeline to their tent and fill up a basket with delicious things to eat— but it’s always mostly tomatoes. With a little olive oil and sea salt, they are the best!”

4) Bread at Back 40. “Chef Tucker Yoder has a sourdough that’s been going for years. It’s especially awesome when he makes homemade butter to go with it.”

5) Sweet Tea Caramels from La Vache Mircrocreamery. “Warning: you can’t eat just one.”