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Five Finds on Friday: Megan Garvin

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Megan Garvin, co-owner of Moe’s Original BBQ – Water Street, which has partnered with a new local delivery service Cville Delivery. Launched this week by Cville Hop on Tours, Cville Delivery offers delivery to specific neighborhoods on specific days of the week. While national delivery services often take large cuts of what restaurants receive for delivered meals, locally owned Cville Delivery charges restaurants nothing, a great help for restaurants in the Culture of Takeout. Garvin’s picks:

1) Pickled Ramp Martini at The Alley Light. “I’m a sucker for an extra dirty martini and this one takes the cake. The perfect amount of saltiness every time. This is always a stop on the list when friends are in town or if we need a private wind down after a long day at work.”

2) Kale Tortellini at Bang!. “I finally understood the phrase ‘melts in your mouth’ after having the kale tortellini with brown butter. It’s always so hard to pick just a few dishes at Bang!, but you can guarantee that this one always makes the cut.”

3) Wait a Minute Sauce at The Continental Divide. “I’m addicted. Since my first visit at Continental, I’ve gotten the same order every time. A fresh house margarita to start and Red Hot Blues covered in Wait a Minute Sauce. Just enough heat to make your mouth water but not so much that it overpowers the dish. Perfection.”

4) Double Cheeseburger at Riverside Lunch North. “If my husband and I can’t agree on where to go for lunch, chances are you’ll find us at Riverside North. Best greasy smash burgers around. Double cheeseburger with grilled mushrooms and onions with a basket of fries and onion rings, and we’re both happy campers.”

5) House Acai Bowl at Corner Juice. “When I’m in a hurry and crave something healthy in the morning, Corner Juice is my go-to. Their acai bowl is light and fresh but has the perfect amount of substance. Julie has turned me on to their home-made almond butter. You never turn down the almond butter.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Nathan Hatfield

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Would you like to do Five Finds on Friday? As part of a Thanksgiving tradition, next week’s picks will come from a reader chosen at random. Enter here.

Meanwhile, today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Nathan Hatfield, Executive Chef of the Tasting Room & Taphouse at Mount Ida Reserve. From Cookies with Santa to a Wreath Workshop to a Fireside Wine Dinner, Mount Ida’s holiday events calendar is stuffed. On December 8, Mount Ida will host more than twenty local artisans for a Holiday Artisan Market, where visitors can shop while sipping wine, drinking beer, and enjoying the stunning views. Details here. Hatfield’s picks:

1) Cortado at Lone Light Coffee. “Wonderful locally roasted espresso, milk steamed just right. Not to mention the staff is great too (at both locations). We used to live right around the corner from the High Street location and were there several mornings a week.”

2) Vongole Pizza at Lampo. “It’s hard for me not to order this every time we go to Lampo, and we go too often. Lampo is awesome, everyone knows, but if you haven’t gotten this pie, go on, now’s the time.”

3) Kale Caesar at Greenwood Gourmet Grocery. “One of our favorite go-to spots on days off. Some of the best sandwiches in town and an awesome wine and beer selection. Their super lemony kale salad hits all the right notes and will keep me going out of my way to come here.”

4) Sazerac at The Alley Light. “Most Sundays after work you can find me and my wife at the bar. It might be my first drink, it might be my last; either way, there’s a good chance I’ll have a Sazerac. The version Andrea makes in one of the best I’ve had.”

5) Beef Back Ribs at Little Star. “We’ve been going to Little Star since they opened and this dish we find ourselves ordering again and again. The rib meat is cooked just right, the sauce is bright and spicy, and there’s a fresh herb salad to balance it all out. It’s good. Get it.”

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The Alley Light Auction: Bartender for a Night and Celebratory Feast

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Here is your chance to experience The Alley Light 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, The Alley Light 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 The Alley Light, 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 Alley Light signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

The Alley Light Bartender for a Night and Celebratory Feast

Led by our area’s most accomplished bartending mentor, Micah LeMon, the bar of The Alley Light has become Charlottesville’s top training ground for aspiring bartenders. Now you can learn from the man who has launched the careers of so many others, and then apply your skills as bartender for one night at The Alley Light.

First, the winner will train under LeMon for one four hour shift (3 – 7 pm) to learn preparation, set-up, and service techniques. Then, the winner will return another evening to host a happy hour for eight of their friends at The Alley Light bar. During happy hour, from 5 – 6 pm, LeMon and the winner will make cocktails for the group, while chef Robin McDaniel sends out an array of some of her favorite dishes. Then, the winner and group will move to the lounge area for more special food and drink. Afterwards, the auction winner will take home an autographed copy of Lemon’s book The Imbible, along with staff gear made exclusively for the restaurant.

Note: The auction winner will schedule their training and happy hour on a mutually convenient Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Bidding

Bidding for The Alley Light’s auction has ended. Winning bid: $2,200

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