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Five Finds on Friday: Elizabeth Irvin

Charitable organizations have not been immune to the effects of COVID-19, which has slowed donations and required crowd restrictions that have cancelled fundraising events vital to charities’ budgets. Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Executive Director of one such organization: Elizabeth Irvin of The Women’s Initiative, which provides mental health care services to Charlottesville area women. In lieu of their annual Barn Party, this year The Women’s Initiative is hosting a virtual Family Variety Show, where, families can enjoy, from their own homes, a petting zoo, clowns, the infamous bear (who some say talks too much), games, and even a special performance by Dave Matthews. Learn how your family can support The Women’s Initiative and enjoy the event. Irvin’s picks:

1) Chicken Sous Poulet, with kale salad, plantains and pikliz at Pearl Island Cafe. “At The Women’s Initiative we all love that this exceptional food is just steps away from our satellite office at the Jefferson School City Center, and appreciate their years of catering our Family Barn Party.”

2) Ginger Lemongrass Noodles at Vu Noodles. “I used to be so torn between Pearl Island and Vu Noodles when they shared the Jefferson School space. Now Vu is on Water Street, and I am all about their healthy and delicious options.”

3) Charcoal Rotisserie Chicken at Al Carbon. “The chicken is absolutely delicious and we love supporting this local, family owned business.”

4) Turkey on Everything w/ Pepper Spread at Bodo’s. “A parent’s dream restaurant. For maximum enjoyment, add potato chips and a Coke and head to Walnut Creek on a Saturday morning for some stand-up paddle-boarding.”

5) Dulce de Leche Gelato at Splendora’s. “They will be closing this weekend (then hoping to reopen at a new location so keep your eyes out!), but I will get by there to order one last scoop on the downtown mall. They’re also raffling off free gelato to folks who make a donation to local mental health services—including The Women’s Initiative—through this Sunday. I’m doubly grateful for the goodness they bring to our community.”

Five Finds on Friday: Melissa Meece

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Melissa Meece of Firefly, which, after some Spring cleaning, plans to re-open in a few weeks with a full takeout menu. Check Firefly’s Facebook page for updates. Meanwhile, in the Culture of Takeout, Firefly has an online store for takeout and delivery of beer, wine, and other pantry items. Plus, order a gift card of $100 or more from the online store, and proceeds will go to a fund to support Firefly’s staff during the COVID-19 crisis. Meece’s picks:

1) Rustic Rosemary English Muffins from Orange Dot Baking Company. “I start my day off right with a local egg on a flavorful gluten-free muffin from Orange Dot Baking Company. It’s hearty and delicious. A couple of times a week I also treat myself to their chocolate chip biscuits and I can’t wait to try their new flatbread.”

2) Spring Rolls from Vu Noodles. “I’m thrilled that Vu Noodles will be re-opening later this month at the Flat on Water Street so I can get Julie’s fresh and delicious food again. Her menu is a vegetarian’s paradise.”

3) Bread Pudding from Moon Maiden’s Delights. “Since I prefer to eat mostly gluten-free and plant-based, I absolutely love that I can get any treats from Moon Maidens in York Place and not need to look at the ingredients. Her bread pudding is dense and flavorful – a meal unto itself – but doesn’t leave me feeling gross like a glutinous and sugary bread pudding would. It’s not always available, though, so try something else if she doesn’t have it.”

4) Catfish Po’Boy from The Southern Crescent. “When I feel like cheating on my (mostly) gluten-free and vegetarian diet, I want a catfish po’boy from Southern Crescent in Belmont. Something about their crispy cornmeal batter and the perfectly seasoned remoulade. Add a Zombie Punch cocktail to-go, and you’ve got the perfect meal. Like so many Cville restaurateurs, Ian and Lucinda are doing a great job quickly adapting and keeping us all fed during the quarantine.”

5) Undorn Mead from Skjald Meadworks. “My beverage of choice is mead, aka honey wine, and I love that there is a meadery right here in Charlottesville. Delicious at room temp or over ice, you can also use it as a cocktail ingredient. I also highly recommend their Sumarmal or strawberry mead, when in season.”

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Vu Noodles to Move to The Flat Creperie Space

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Sad news came today that The Flat Creperie, a longtime fixture for real crepes on the downtown mall, had closed. The good news is that the new tenant will be Vu Noodles, the beloved Vietnamese vegan food restaurant that had been sharing space with Pearl Island Cafe at Jefferson School City Center.

“I’m thrilled and so lucky to have The Flat,” says owner Julie Vu Whitaker. “It has been a place I wanted for so long.” As for what to expect at the new location: “sky’s the limit!” says Whitaker. Pho every day, to start. And, down the road, crepes may in fact return to the former creperie, in the form of banh cuon, traditional Vietnamese rice crepes (below).

Whitaker is building her new kitchen now, and expects a Spring opening. Stay tuned for vegan food so satisfying, even carnivores swoon.

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