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Five Finds on Friday: Vinnie Falcone


On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Vinnie Falcone, former sous chef at PastureQ, now a sous chef at Red Pump Kitchen.  PastureQ’s recent closure was a sad loss for Charlottesville, but the silver lining is the talent their cooks are adding to kitchens around Charlottesville, including Falcone at Red Pump.  Falcone’s picks:

1)  Fried Chicken Thighs from Wayside Takeout & Catering.  “There’s nothing more that I love on a day off than a big ole box of chicken thighs and a cold one.”

2)  Bone Marrow and Escargot at The Alley Light.  “This is my go-to spot for a great cocktail – Micah is insanely talented! Chef’s bone marrow & escargot is a must have when you’re there.”  (Note: this was our 2014 Dish of the Year.)

3)  Hellboy Pizza at Lampo.  “What’s not to love about this place? The food, drinks and service are always on point, especially the Hellboy.”

4)  Alioli at MAS Tapas.  “It’s my favorite place to go after work for some snacks with friends. You can’t go wrong here, especially if there’s alioli involved.”

5)  Hot & Numbing Tofu Skins at Peter Chang’s.  “I honestly eat the hot & numbing tofu skins almost every week. It’s my favorite dish in town. The flavor, heat & sensation you get from the Szechuan peppercorns is like nothing else.”




Five Finds on Friday: Lee Hendrickson


On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Lee Hendrickson, the new head chef of Red Pump Kitchen.  Hendrickson’s picks:

1)  Tuna Carpaccio at Now & Zen.  “The amount of flavor balance in this dish is so in-sync, and the wasabi vin pulls it all together.”

2)  Elote con Mayonesa at Al Carbon.  “Street food done right is so simple but so tasty.”

3)  Croque Monsieur at Pippin Hill.  “A grilled cheese sandwich is already a win for me, and the salt cured ham and the sweet onion jam really make it their own.”

4)  Chevre from Caromont Farm.  “So rich and creamy and consistent. I love this cheese and love using it in different ways on my menu.”

5)  BBLT at BBQ Exchange.  “With two types of bacon, how can you go wrong? Great place, great people, and great food.”

Five Finds on Friday: Jaclyn Conlogue

Photo by Jen Fariello.

Photo by Jen Fariello.

On Fridays, we feature five foods finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Jaclyn Conlogue, the Culinary Institute of America graduate who is now Manager for Catering and Special Events for The Barbeque Exchange.  This weekend at BBQ Exchange is one of the most swell swine events on earth: Porkapolooza.  Don’t miss it.  Meanwhile, Conlogue’s picks:

1)  Pork Belly anything at BBQ Exchange.  “Working here for the last five years has not diminished my love of pork belly, but fueled it!”

2)  Fried Chicken at BBQ Exchange.  “Only on Porkapolooza weekend, and man, have you got to try this stuff – lard fried, with pork sausage gravy on the side, AND biscuits? Forget that Whole30 diet for this weekend – I plan on eating fried chicken every day!”

3)  Pizza & Sally’s fun Cocktails at Red Pump Kitchen.  “Seriously, I tasted a hundred versions of that pizza dough, and I love it! Trying Sally’s latest libations is always fun too.”

4)  Bocadillo at MAS.  “Many a late night has ended at Mas with a bocadillo and a beer.”

5)  Single Origin Coffees at Shenandoah Joe.  “Anyone who knows me knows of my coffee obsession. Not just any coffee, but the single origin roasts that Dave sources. I love trying the new blends he’s working on, and I am always one of the first to sign up for the Geisha & Esmerelda when it shows up.”


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