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Five Finds on Friday: Shelby Park

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On Fridays, we feauture five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Shelby Park, the recently announced Executive Chef of Trump Winery, where she has introduced a new spring menu.  On Mother’s Day, Trump is hosting a special buffet brunch including a glass of wine. While the brunch requires purchasing tickets in advance, Trump will also accept walk-ins for the regular menu that day.  Park’s picks:

1)  Hungry Norman at Bluegrass Grill and Bakery.  “Bluegrass is my favorite place in town to go for breakfast. The Hungry Norman is an English muffin topped with goat cheese, blackberry jam, sausage, poached eggs, and hollandaise. I love the combo of sweetness from the jam, slight sourness of the goat cheese, and the savory sausage. And then topping the whole thing off with eggs and hollandaise is just awesome. Their home fries are also to-die-for.”

2)  Tucker’s Pop-up Dinner Menu at Eljogaha.  “Chef Tucker Yoder is doing a series of pop-up dinners around town. He was the chef I worked for when I was an intern and also when I was a line cook at the Clifton Inn. The menu changes every weekend, but we got to enjoy sprouted grain porridge with almond milk and cabbage jus. The texture was so unique and such a different use of sprouted grains. Tucker also makes a great ribeye and a fantastic homemade sourdough bread. He is truly an amazing chef, and I’d recommend his pop-up restaurant to everyone.”

3)  Charcuterie and Pork from The Rock Barn.  “The Rock Barn has awesome pork products, and I just switched the charcuterie plate at Trump to feature their meats. We get the tasso ham, the Daisy-della, and the spicy Capicola, and they are all amazing. I also just had Rock Barn pork chops at Orzo with date puree, beer mustard, and polenta and absolutely loved it.”

4)  Cocktails at The Alley Light.  “The Alley Light is my favorite place to go for great cocktails. I love the fact that they will custom make you a cocktail to suit your tastes. Every drink is always expertly balanced, and their mixology is really impressive.”

5)  Egg Rolls at Bamboo House.  “The Bamboo House is a definite hole-in-the-wall place with some non-traditional décor, but their egg rolls are delicious. They’re not your average egg rolls.  Their are huge and packed with pork and veggies. I live nearby so getting a big order of take-out eggs rolls is my fried food go-to.”

 

Five Finds on Friday: Will Gray

On Fridays, we feature five foods finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Will Gray of The Rock Barn.  The Rock Barn’s owner, Ben Thompson, was recently named Virginia’s Rising Star Artisan by StarChefs.Com, and Gray is a rising star of his own, says Thompson. “Will has a passion for local food production and will inevitably leave a significant mark on the local food system,” Thompson said.  Gray’s picks:

1)  Pad Kee Mao at Thai Siam in Arrington. “My sense is that at this point the secret is out about what Ms. Mae is cooking on Rt. 56 in Nelson. Be polite, phone ahead, and remember that if they’re too busy, you’re getting sent home empty handed. If you want to try some Thai cooking at home, ask Ms. Mae if you can have a few of the kaffir lime leaves she grows in the windows.”

2)  Meritage 2008 at King Family Vineyards in Crozet. “Full disclosure: winemaker Matthieu Finot is a friend and mentor of mine, and I’ve passed many a great evening on the back porch at Stu and Ali King’s, so KFV will always be my favorite Virginia winery. It gets crowded during the summer, but stop by on an early winter afternoon and you’ll have all of Jarman’s Gap to yourself.”

3)  Whatever Wine Andrew Cole from Lampo pours in my glass. “Andrew is one of my oldest friends in Charlottesville, and I have been lucky enough to drink more than my share of the ‘sommelier’s choice.’ His excellent palate, thoughtful recommendations, and overall front-of-house excellence make him a favorite of customers and vendors alike. I can’t wait to see what he and the crew at Lampo are rolling out this winter.”

4)  Roaster’s choice at Trager Brothers Coffee in Lovingston. “I’m a coffee fiend. Hot, iced, morning, evening… I drink it all day. A critical part of my Rock Barn commute included a 6am stop at TBC in Lovingston to fill up my travel mug with whatever they had had just finished roasting. We went through so much coffee they started blending us our own ‘Rock Barn Roast.’ Will Trager will also pull you some of the prettiest shots of espresso I’ve ever seen.”

5)  Cocoa-Marsala Canolli, Three Cheese Filling, Salted Chocolate and Hazelnut Crumble at Tavola. “I know Tavola is a perennial favorite on Five Finds, but now that Sous Chef Caleb Warr jumped the fence from MAS, he’s bringing some inspired desserts to the menu. Check it out this weekend, and send him a glass of wine, too – it was his birthday on Thursday.”

Five Finds on Friday: Dean Maupin

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On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Dean Maupin, chef-owner of C&O restaurant. Maupin’s picks:

1)  French Macarons from Albemarle Baking Company.  “They are just so well done, as is everything they bake there! They put such a huge smile on my kid’s faces when I bring some home.”

2)  Dinner at TEN.  “I wish I could eat there every day, easily some of the most well executed and tasty food around.  Remember Pei’s pop up Handsome Boy Noodles, off the charts.”

3)  Charcuterie from The Rock Barn.  “We offer a plate of it here at the C&O – braunschweiger, Daisy Della, coppa, it’s all right on the money. Their andouille, kielbasa and bacon are great as well.”

4)  Manti at Sultan Kebab. “Offered as a special from time to time, you may want to call ahead for this one, very special and full of Turkish soul, proprietors Deniz and Serhat have it on point!”

5)  Caterpillar Roll at Kabuto.  “I inhale this dish whenever I go there, very clean flavors and great service!”

 

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