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Five Finds on Friday: Jessica Hogan


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Jessica Hogan of Farmacy, a health-focused food trailer coming soon that will showcase local and organic foods. While the trailer remains under construction, tomorrow morning at the Tom Tom Fest farmer’s market you can be the very first to enjoy a sneak preview, when Hogan and her boyfriend and business partner Gabino Gonzalez will be offering their breakfast tacos and burritos. Follow along here for updates. Hogan’s picks:

1) Buttermilk Pancakes at MarieBette Café and Bakery. “MarieBette is one of my favorite places to go, especially for breakfast. In my opinion it’s the only place to get good buttermilk pancakes with strawberries. Quality ingredients are what make the difference. Delicious!”

2) Chicken Salad at Feast! “Feast has many things I like, but my favorite is their organic chicken salad. It’s perfect on a salad or in their chicken salad sandwich made on fresh ABC ciabatta. It is the perfect consistency and spice and tastes great. I am also a fan of their concept – a grocery store supporting our local artisans and farmers. I am all about supporting local and eating organic food.”

3) Pupusas at Beer Run. “Sunday Brunch at Beer Run is amazing. I have worked there for five years and yet I have even chosen to have my birthday brunch at Beer Run before! Where else would I go? The food is local, organic, and incredible. The pupusas and the strata are two of my brunch favorites, but in all honesty you can’t go wrong any day of the week. It’s just so tasty, and is actually why I wanted to work there to begin with.”

4) Gnocchi with Truffled Mushroom Ragout at The Local. “The Local has great food,  and my favorite dish of theirs is gnocchi. Since I don’t eat beef, they are very accommodating and let me put their truffled mushroom ragout on them instead, and it’s absolutely lovely! I love that they use three kinds of mushrooms in it from Sharondale farm.”

5) Chocolate Praline Crunch Cake at Albemarle Baking Company. “Albemarle Baking Company has so many things I like. Hard to name a favorite. The chocolate praline cake is so moist and delectable, with its layers of chocolate and praline. It’s creamy and crunchy, and made with some of the finest ingredients.”

Five Finds on Friday: Jason Tesauro


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Jason Tesauro, writer, speaker, sommelier, and author of a recent feature for Travel & Leisure. This Thursday, July 7, Tesauro will serve as Master of Ceremonies for a very special evening at Gearharts Fine Chocolates. The Simply Virginia Dinner includes an all-star line-up of Tim Gearhart, Curtis Shaver, Spencer Crawford, Gail Hobbs-Page, and Hunter Smith for “a hands-on evening of demonstrations, flights and tastings” featuring “the Commonwealth’s finest vino, vittles, cheeses, chocolates, and beers.” Details and tickets here. Tesauro’s picks:

1) Brioche Feuilletée at MarieBette Cafe and Bakery. “Buttery, flaky, golden brown, finger-lickin’ French sublimity paired with an off-the-menu Cortado.”

2) Pimentón Padron at MAS Tapas. “Green and blistered black, these firecrackers and a bottle of Albariño take me right back to Galicia, Spain.”

3)  Porchetta Panuozzo at Lampo. “Broccoli rabe, aged provolone and bread baked to order. Super fresh with a little char, it’s Little-Italy-NYC good.”

4)  Crispy Shrimp at The Local. “Washed down with Champion suds, Chef Matty’s sweet and spicy app sends me to my Asian-hued happy place.”

5) Fried Oyster Po’Boy at Southern Crescent. “Save yourself the Frequent Flyer miles. These are true Leidenheimer baguettes with a crisp crust and fluffy center.”


Five Finds on Friday: Benoit Pineau

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On Fridays, we feature five finds from area chefs and personalities.  It’s Virginia Wine Month, and today’s picks come from Benoit Pineau, winemaker at the award-winning Pollak Vineyards.  On the evening of October 30, Pollak will host its last Final Friday of 2015, with live music by Hot Twang, Gourmet Grilled Cheese, and more. Pineau’s picks:

1)  Quiche Lorraine at MarieBette Café and Bakery. “It is delicious and the bakery’s style takes me back to France.”

2)  Taco Loco at La Michoacana Taqueria.  “Great value for a fresh, authentic taco with great seasoning choices.”

3) The Local Burger at The Local.  “Because sometimes I need my burger. It is a simple, very well prepared burger. Local organic beef topped with Swiss cheese, smoked bacon, and caramelized onions.”

4)  Melrose at Greenwood Gourmet.  “This is my favorite vegetarian sandwich. It’s a panini with portobello mushrooms and red onions with homemade pimento cheese and arugula.”

5)  Canard a la Peche at Restaurant Pomme.  “The mango salsa and peach sauce are a very good choice to pair with the duck breast. You can pair it with the wine of your choice, they have a great wine list!”

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