The Charlottesville 29

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Five Finds on Friday: Ethan Zuckerman

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Ethan Zuckerman, with son Galen.

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Ethan Zuckerman, of Barefoot Bucha, which has just released a new kambucha flavor.  “The Cherry Root,” made from dark cherries and sasparilla, is said to be reminiscent of a smooth cherry root beer.  On Thursday, April 11, Zuckerman will appear at the Blenheim Artisan Series, where he will discuss the art of fermentation.  Zuckerman’s picks:

1)  Ragu Bolognese at Bella’s. “Add the house salad, the calamari fritti, and a bottle of Italian red. You’ll definitely have leftovers.”

2)  Datil con tocino (bacon-wrapped dates) at Mas Tapas. “Sweet, savory, sizzling slow food.”

3)  Pork Gyoza at Now & Zen. “Try them with the spinach and eggplant dish and a roll or two.”

4)  Pastrami & Swiss on an Everything Bagel at Bodo’s. “Don’t hold the mustard, horseradish, and lettuce.”

5)  South Side of Heaven crepe at The Flat. “Local sausage from the awesome folks at the Rock Barn, spinach, and cheese–super filling, local ingredients, and under $10.”

Five Finds on Friday: Dan Potter

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On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Dan Potter, co-owner of Potter’s Craft Cider, which recently released their second varietal, the Oak Barrel Reserve.  Aged in apple brandy barrels for 4-6 months, the Reserve develops vanilla, caramel and toasted oak flavors.  Less than 200 cases were bottled, so get it while it lasts.  Potter’s five picks:

1)  Southside of Heaven at The Flat. “An eye-opening experience to what a crepe can be.  Perfect after a long night out, big enough to feed two, but usually gone before anyone else gets a taste.”

2)  Freedom Ranger Chicken from Free Union Grass Farm.  “These birds are very active and run around more than a standard Cornish Cross.  Any way you choose to cook it, they have the tastiest thighs you will ever try.”

3)  Hemingway’s Paris by Forage.  “I’m very excited for the next dinner from Megan Kiernan and Justin Stone, the curators of Forage.  These two put together more than just an incredible meal – they create ‘holistic occasions meant to be enjoyed by all the senses.’  Every part of the experience is worth savoring.”

4)  The Horny Goatburger at Black Market Moto Saloon.  “Organic spiced goat with avocado, bacon, Gouda and cilantro lime sauce – what else is there to say?”

5)  Fried Chicken with Collards at The Whiskey Jar.  “Simple, but delicious.  This is a staple meal done well.  It’s always nice to enjoy at the end of a long week alongside a cold drink.”