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Five Finds on Friday: Chris Bullard


On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Chris Bullard of the food truck Blue Ridge Pizza Co., part of an outstanding food and drink line-up at a the upcoming Cider Week Food Truck Takeover, on November 15, where top area chefs will take over food trucks for the evening. There is too much great food and drink to list it all, but details are below. Plus, it’s a Hill & Holler event, so it’s bound to be good.  Blue Ridge Pizza Co. will also be at the Old Trail Fall Festival this Sunday from 3 pm – 7 pm.  Bullard’s picks:

1) Full Nelson Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery.  “This is the only tap at my house that doesn’t rotate. The perfect flagship beer to represent central Virginia craft beer.”

2) Goodwin Creek Pretzel with Jomo Beer Mustard at Fardowners.  “Anything from Goodwin  Creek is awesome but paired with Mark’s Jomo mustard this pretzel is the perfect snack or a pre-dinner bite.”

3) Royale Burger at Restoration.  “This burger is the best bite every time! The flavors are so perfect for each other it’s hard to pick out the individual components.”

4) Hop Cider from Potter’s Craft Cider.  “Perfectly refreshing and goes with everything!”

5) Pulled Pork Nachos at Southern Way Cafe.  “All of the BBQ at Southern Way is unreal, but when you take amazing BBQ and put it over fried-to-order tortilla chips with some pico, well that’s just an experience.”

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Five Finds on Friday: James King


On Fridays, we feature five finds from area chefs and personalities.  October is Virginia Wine Month, and today’s picks come from James King of King Family Vineyards.  This Wednesday, the vineyard is hosting another First Wednesday, from 5 pm until 8:00 pm, with food by Smoked BBQ Co. and Blue Ridge Pizza Co., and music by Jenifer Jackson.  King’s picks:

1)  The Perfect Sandwich at Restoration.  “While I often opt for their signature burger, ‘The Royale,’ The Perfect Sandwich has become a recent favorite. Bacon, arugula, and a fried egg on Goodwin Creek Bread. You can often find me here on Sunday taking in their amazing view of the Blue Ridge Mountains while sipping on a local beer. Kids eat free on Sundays . . . enough said.”

2)  Steak Chinoise at C & O.  “Went here for date night and was seated in their outdoor patio.  The food, service and atmosphere were all very nice. Served with Gruyere-thyme potatoes and comes in a tamari-ginger pan sauce.”

3)  Anything at The Alley Light.  “I can’t say enough good things about this place.  I don’t make it into Charlottesville that much with work and kids, but when I can I want to go here.  The food is excellent, the cocktails are delicious, the atmosphere is perfect and the service is superb. Ask for ‘Katie.'”

4)  Pork Belly at Parallel 38. “Small plates made to share allow you to try several different things throughout the course of the evening and ensure you don’t leave hungry. Served with cipollini onions, roasted garlic sumac and a pork jus reduction. A great place to eat if you’re planning on catching a movie afterwards.”

5)  Red Row from Caromont Farm. “While I love all of their cheeses, this is my favorite by far.  It’s a semi-soft cow’s milk cheese and the rind is washed in local hard cider from Albemarle Ciderworks.  Simply delicious.”


Five Finds on Friday: Rachel Stinson Vrooman


On Fridays, we feature five food and drink finds from local chefs and personalities.  In celebration of Virginia Wine Month, which begins next week, today’s picks come from Rachel Stinson Vrooman of Stinson Vineyards.  On October 1, Stinson is releasing its 2013 Meritage, which for the first time will include Stinson’s own estate grapes. Vrooman’s picks:

1) La Petite Frog Boxed Picpoul de Pinet from The Wine Guild.  “Boxed Picpoul has changed my entire summer! It doesn’t seem possible that this little gem from the Languedoc could actually cost only $20 for a 3 liter box (member price). Trust me, you need this in your life.”

2) Crozet Lemonade at Crozet Pizza Pourhouse.  “Crozet’s answer to the Long Island Iced Tea will have you feeling like a local in no time. Old Grand Dad 114 bourbon, orange liqueur, simple syrup and lime juice topped with Sprite and layered with maraschino cherry juice. This is also a great spot to watch football if you can coax your friends out of Cville.”

3) Chicken Liver Pate from Free Union Grass Farm.  “Chicken liver, bacon, onions, shallots, garlic, cream, whiskey, cloves, coriander and herbs sealed in pork fat. Put this on a piece of toast for breakfast and you won’t need anything else. Call or email to make sure it’s available before you swing by their farm stand (open Wednesday & Friday from 1pm to 6pm). We try to stock it in the tasting room if we can keep from buying it ourselves!”

4) Fried Chicken Skin Tacos at Yearbook Taco.  “The perfect combination of crunch and flavor. Recipes vary but the buffalo sauce version is my all time favorite. These are a daily special so its wise to obsessively stalk their Facebook page until they post and then head over immediately before they run out.”

5) CrabFest at Restoration.  “I’m originally a Maryland girl so I’m always on the hunt for steamed blue crabs. This happens once a year in late August – put it on your radar for next summer! $35 gets you all you can eat blue crabs and sides like mac n’ cheese and sweet potato/bacon hush puppies.”

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