The Charlottesville 29

If there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29?

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Five Finds on Friday: Lee Welch

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Lee Welch, FOH Manager of Revolutionary Soup, which has just introduced sandwiches stuffed in piadina – a traditional Italian flatbread cooked on a griddle, originating in Romagna. The Spicy Italian, for example, is capicola ham, Genoa salami, provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, pepper relish, and red wine vinaigrette. And, the Mozzarella Pesto is fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, basil pesto, and arugula. Welch’s picks: 

1) Quad Shot Iced Mocha made with Old World Espresso from Shenandoah Joe. “If I want to have the most productive day possible, it starts here. The coffee is always delicious, consistent, and highly effective. Wonderful and inviting staff in a cozy setting.”

2) Burrito del Dia at The Bebedero. “Always a different burrito and always amazing food complemented with inventive cocktails. The team behind the artistic collaboration that is The Bebedero strives to make each guest experience as beautiful as the atmosphere.”

3) Rib-Eye Steak & Cheese at Miller’s. “Some of my best memories are set on the patio of this ‘Oh-So-Charlottesville’ establishment with great friends, awesome food, and straightforward drinks. They shave the steak in house and serve it with onions, peppers, mushrooms, and jalapeños on an authentic Amoroso roll with melty white American cheese.”

4) Biscuits & Gravy at Barefoot Country Store. “Scottsville’s best kept secret is this quaint gem where you can enjoy a bottomless cup of coffee with the best biscuits and sausage gravy I’ve ever had. They locally source their ingredients, offer vegan/vegetarian options, and manage an inventory of antiquated toys, old fashioned candies, and even ammunition in their nostalgic shop.”

5) Apple Cider Donuts at Carter Mountain Orchard. ‘These mouth-watering donuts are as quintessentially Charlottesville as Marco & Luca’s and Bodo’s. It’s one of those things you miss dearly when you leave town and can’t get enough of when you come home.”

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Piadina at Revolutionary Soup

Five Finds on Friday: Yannick Fayolle

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Yannick Fayolle, the former Clifton Inn Executive Chef who now runs two food businesses: Blue Ridge Pizza Co., which he owns with his fiancée Nikki Benedikt, and also Fayolle’s Table, a catering service where Fayolle will bring a fine dining Chef’s Table experience to the comfort of your home. Fayolle’s picks:

1) Noodle Beef Soup at Monsoon Siam. “With the traditional Thai flavors, this has got to be one of my favorite soups. Light yet so flavorful. Top it with some of those amazing green chilis and this is one for the books.”

2) Pork from Mount Rouge Farm. “Can’t put into words how awesome this pork is! Josh Hatter feeds his animals with seasonal veggies, so tender and juicy. I love to smoke the butt roast in our wood fire oven to throw on top of some of our pizzas for Blue Ridge Pizza Co.”

3) Lamb Rogan Josh at Milan. “Only the best thing on the menu! The flavors bring me back to my island life in Mauritius. I really enjoy the blend of spices that complement the lamb . . . and the garlic naan. You can never go wrong with naan! Just an added bonus.”

4)  Prosciutto Pizza at Lampo. “Being in the pizza business myself, I love what these guys over at Lampo do! They have the science behind the dough and flavors down! This is a very classic Italian pizza whose flavors are very well balanced on a perfectly baked crust.”

5) Nitro Coffee at Shenandoah Joe. “Probably one of the greatest inventions of all time! The idea of coffee coming-out in the consistency as Guinness beer is probably the best thing every! I am one serious coffee fanatic. I must have my early morning fix of caffeine.”

Bizou Auction Experience Gets Even Better

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Already spectacular, the Bizou auction experience just got even better.  A Sparkling Parisian Brunch for ten people, it features an array of sparkling wines chosen by one of Charlottesville’s biggest oenophiles, Bizou co-owner Vincent Derquenne. But, man cannot live on champagne alone, and so the auction winner’s party now will also enjoy a special Parisian blend of coffee, created just for the occasion and donated by the acclaimed local roastery Shenandoah Joe. What’s more, guests of the Bizou brunch will not just enjoy this exclusive coffee at brunch, but will also each receive a bag of it to take home, which, ahem, could come in handy the next morning.

Thank you to Dave Fafara and Shenandoah Joe for their tremendous generosity and support of the food bank, yet another local vendor offering to help with The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions.

Great food, great sparkling wine, and great coffee. It’s the ultimate Sparkling Parisian Brunch.