The Charlottesville 29

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

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JM Stock Steps In to Help Area’s Hungry


The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions of 2016 showcased the generosity of not just our area’s restaurants, but also others in the community, as one business after another volunteered to help the cause. In the end, with all proceeds benefiting the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the outpouring of generosity created more than 315,000 meals for the area’s hungry.

Now, yet another business has stepped in to help. The original auction item for Beer Run – The Ultimate Sausage Fest and Beer Class – was to include an over-the-top platter of charcuterie and sausages from The Rock Barn, to wash down with special beers selected by Josh Hunt and Hunter Smith. After The Rock Barn closed, however, and the auction experience was delayed until this weekend, another award-winning butcher – JM Stock Provisions – offered to take its place. The Beer Run auction was won by a group who bid $1,500, creating more than 6,000 meals for the area’s hungry. Thank you, JM Stock, for getting 2018 off to a great start.

Update: Good news! You can win a chance to attend this rare event just by donating $5 to the food bank.  Details here.

5th Coach Joins Breakfast of Champions


This week, one of the coaches attending tomorrow’s Breakfast of Champions, in The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions, noticed something was amiss. The event brings together four current UVa coaches who have won national championships – Brian Boland (men’s tennis), Brian O’Connor (baseball), George Gelnovatch (men’s soccer), and Julie Myers (women’s lacrosse) – for an over-the-top Bodo’s brunch with Potter’s Craft Cider and organic juice from Lumi. But, Myers noticed the inadvertent omission of the fifth current UVa coach to have won a national championship: Kevin Sauer, whose women’s rowing team won titles in 2010 and 2012.

Never mind. This is UVa after all. So, when he was extended a last minute invitation, Sauer of course said yes. Now, tomorrow’s event includes all current UVa coaches to have won national championships. Truly, a Breakfast of Champions. Congratulations to the auction winners and our thanks to them and the coaches for their support of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Attend Bodo’s Breakfast of Champions

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More than once I’ve heard The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions described as a gift that keeps on giving. Indeed, even after the bids created more than 315,000 meals for the area’s hungry, benefits have continued.

The latest example is the generosity of the team who won the auction for Bodo’s Breakfast of Champions – an over-the-top brunch for forty guests with four current UVa coaches with national titles in their sports: Brian Boland (men’s tennis), Brian O’Connor (baseball), George Gelnovatch (men’s soccer), and Julie Myers (women’s lacrosse).

With a bid of $2,400, Charlottesville resident David Weiss and friends won the auction. But, instead of filling the guest list solely with their friends, they’ve decided to make ten slots available to the general public in exchange for a minimum $50 donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. These donations will go on top of the one the winning group already made, meaning more money for the food bank and at least 2,000 more meals for the area’s hungry.

The brunch is Sunday, January 29, at 10 am at Weiss’ home. In addition to hobnobbing with NCAA champions, guests will enjoy a fabulous buffet of Bodo’s bagels, smoked salmon, spreads, and more, plus cider from Potter’s Craft Cider and organic juice from Lumi, including, of course, Wahoo Orange. Plus, acclaimed photographer Tom McGovern will be on hand to capture it all. Guests are even welcome to stay after the brunch to watch that day’s 1 pm televised men’s basketball game between UVa and defending national champions Villanova. A full day of champions.

The ten slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are sure to sell out fast. To book yours, email and state the amount of your donation, minimum $50. Good luck!

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