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Sultan Kebab Auction: Ziyafet for 50

Sultan Kebab

Here is your chance to experience Sultan Kebab like you never have before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry: The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions. Along with all of the other restaurants in The Charlottesville 29, Sultan Kebab has created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of Sultan Kebab, Blenheim Vineyards, and Potter’s Craft Cider, the entire winning bid goes directly to the food bank. And, thanks to the efficiency of the food bank, each dollar donated creates four meals for the area’s hungry.

The Sultan Kebab signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

Ziyafet for 50 

The best way to enjoy Turkish cuisine is a ziyafet: a massive Turkish feast. The winner of  the Sultan Kebab auction will enjoy a feast for up to fifty guests in their own home, with plenty of mezze, kebabs, and other Turkish delights. The winner may select their own dishes, or leave it to Sultan Kebab to create the feast, including even some traditional off-menu Turkish dishes chosen by owners Deniz Dikmen and Serhat Peker.

To accompany the feast will be contributions from two of our area’s favorite producers of adult beverages. Blenheim Vineyards will provide two cases of wine (24 bottles), paired with the feast by winemaker Kirsty Harmon. And, Potter’s Craft Cider will provide two cases of cider (24 bottles), paired with the feast by Potter’s cider makers.

It’s the ultimate Sultan Kebab dining experience: a Ziyafet for 50.

Note: The auction winner will schedule the experience at a mutually convenient time with Sultan Kebab.


Bidding has ended for the Sultan Kebab experience. Winning bid: $2,800

Five Finds on Friday: Melissa Boardman


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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Melissa Boardman, Wine Director of Fleurie, which is celebrating Virginia Wine Month with a very special meal. On October 21, Fleurie welcomes Lovingston Winery for a multi-course feast by Chef Jose de Brito, paired with Lovingston wines. Details here. Braised beef cheeks, celery root, rigatoni stuffed with oxtail, red wine & cacao reduction with a pine nut & raisin condiment? Reserve at (434) 9710-1800 or Boardman’s picks:

1) Nachos and Margaritas at The Bebedero. “These nachos are a meal and a half. The chorizo meat topping is the way to go. The mornay cheese sauce is so flavorful. You can’t beat River’s selection of mezcal. I have him pick one for my margarita, which I also add jalapenos and cilantro to. The best part about all of this is that they serve a limited menu until 1 am. Perfect for an after-service snack.”

2) Foie Gras and Sauternes at Fleurie. “Chef Jose de Brito prepares this healthy portion of seared foie to perfection. It’s a great way to start a dining experience. You can also belly up to the bar for a quick decadent snack. However, it’s not foie gras without Sauternes. I’m loving the Sauternes from Rousset Peyraguey called Atropos. This unique, natural sticky spends six years in barrel before it is bottle. It’s a sweet treat that borders on savory.”

3) Sucuk Platter and a Glass of Emir at Sultan Kebab. “Sucuk is a Turkish sausage that reminds me of a spicy kielbasa, without the grease. In fact this sausage has a bit of a crunch. If you are really hungry or are there with a couple friends, add a plate of the Manti.  Turkish marinated ground beef dumplings served with homemade garlicky yogurt, drizzle of crushed red pepper butter sauce and dry mint. My meal here is not complete unless I have a glass or two of Doluca’s Emir. It’s a super dry, mineral driven white wine from Turkey.”

4) Weisswurst and Hefeweizen at Court Square Tavern. “I like the platter with their potato salad. This veal sausage is light, airy and heavenly. They have a great selection of German beers. Ask Jeff to pick you out a good one. Hefeweizen and weisswurst use similar spices in their recipes, so it’s a natural pairing.”

5) Cheese Plate and a Bottle of Vouvray at Tilman’s.  “I am a cheese freak! I could live on it (and wine) alone. I love Tilman’s because Courtney only picks the best of the best. I give the cheese monger on duty carte blanche to customize a plate for me. They know I like the powerful stuff. The other thing I love about Tilman’s is the retail pricing on bottles and minimal corkage fee.”

Five Finds on Friday: Kathryn Matthews


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Kathryn Matthews of Iron Paffles & Coffee, which opens downtown this Tuesday, April 11, and will serve Charlottesville’s first ever paffles. What’s a paffle? It’s puffed pastry pastry cooked on a waffle iron, then stuffed with a variety of sweet or savory fillings. Matthews’ picks:

1) Prosciutto Pizza at Lampo. “I was blown away when I first tried Lampo’s pizza and I have been an avid customer since. The prosciutto pizza is my favorite. The meat is sliced fresh and the lemon is a very nice touch.”

2) Chocolate Almond Croissant at MarieBette Cafe and Bakery. “I usually have a hard time choosing between a chocolate or an almond croissant, but MarrieBette has it all in one! And it is divine!”

3) Avocado Toast at Beer Run. “Avocado on a thick piece of MarieBette multigrain bread? Yes, please! And I always add bacon to boot.”

4) Paramount Bramble at The Alley Light. “I’m originally from England and we love our brambles. So I was very excited when The Alley Light added this cocktail to their seasonal menu. It’s the perfect combination of sweetness with a punch, and a perfect accompaniment to any of their dishes.”

5) Appetizers at Sultan Kebab. “I spent three years in the Middle East where Turkish food (or variations thereof) is common in local restaurants. Sultan Kebab hits the nail on the head with their appetizers and I could not pick just one. The kisir, dolma, halloumi, and baba ghanoush are all fantastic.”

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