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The Charlottesville 29 is a publication that asks, and answers: if there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29?

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Five Finds on Friday: Stu Rifkin

On Fridays we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. This week’s picks come from Stu Rifkin, the restaurateur and real estate maven who has done it all when it comes to Charlottesville restaurants: owned them, ran them, and brokered their sale. From April 7 thru 14, restaurants of theCharlottesville Restaurant Group, for […]

Veritas Vineyards and Winery winemaker Emily Pelton. Photo courtesy Charlottesville29.

Five Finds on Friday: Emily Pelton

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Emily Pelton, Winemaker at Veritas Vineyards and Winery, who next week, on March 31, will be part of a very special event at Clifton Inn: the Women in Wine Dinner. It will feature six courses of chef Tucker Yoder’s food […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Josh Lowry

On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Josh Lowry, sous chef of Zocalo (and earlier this week Zy.De.Co.) Lowry’s picks: 1)  Thai Beef Consomme Noodle Bowl at Pad Thai. “Rich, brothy, crunchy, sweet, sour, savory. It’s everything in a bowl…the best!” 2)  Pastrami and Swiss on an Onion Bagel with mustard at Bodo’s.  “We are […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Matt Turner

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Matt Turner, chef of the brand new Public Fish & Oyster, which opened last week. Turner once was chef at Jarman’s Gap and Camino, among other area favorites. Public features a seafood-focused menu of dishes like raw or broiled […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Jose De Brito

On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Jose De Brito, who once owned Ciboulette and is now the chef ofThe Alley Light.  De Brito’s picks: 1)  Croissant at Albemarle Baking Company.  “Having grown up in Paris, I am always looking for good French food. The croissants at ABC are my way […]

Citizen Burger Bar owner Andy McClure. Photo: Ashley Twiggs

Five Finds on Friday: Andy McClure

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Andy McClure, owner of Citizen Burger Bar, The Virginian, West Main, Three Restaurant, and The Biltmore. “Loving the idea of this,” said McClure, “and owning five restaurants in town, I thought it best to exclude my own places from contention. So here goes […]

Today’s picks come from Brian Helleberg, the chef who owns Fleurie and Petit Pois. Next week Fleurie is participating in Charlottesville Restaurant Week, which is an excellent chance to try a three-course menu of Fleurie’s modern French cuisine for just $36. Photo courtesy Charlottesville29

Five Finds on Friday: Brian Helleberg

On Fridays, we feature five finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Brian Helleberg, the chef who owns Fleurie and Petit Pois. Next week Fleurie is participating in Charlottesville Restaurant Week, which is an excellent chance to try a three-course menu of Fleurie’s modern French cuisine for just $36.  Menu here. Helleberg’s picks: 1) Marrow from Ham Hocks […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Richard Ridge

On Fridays, we feature five foods selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Richard Ridge, chef of Restoration, at Old Trail Golf Club in Crozet.  Ridge’s picks: 1) Country Ham and Apple Chutney Sandwich at Greenwood Gourmet. “It’s been on the specials board for as long as I can remember and I hope David and Nina […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Five from 2013

For the final Five Finds of 2013, we thought we would look back at some our favorite foods of the year.  There are too many to mention, but here are five that leap to mind. 1)  Pupusa de Queso con Loroco from El Tepeyac. For several months in 2013, this became an addiction. Loroco is an edible […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Walter Slawski

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Walter Slawski of The Shebeen and The Catering Outfit.  Slawski’s picks: 1)  “Newest addiction.”  Notorious P.I.G. at Ivy Provisions.  “A charcuterie-lover’s dream in some of the best baguette outside of Paris. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to write a sandwich menu.  It’s […]

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Five finds on Friday: Jason Oliver

On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Jason Oliver, Brewmaster at Devils Backbone Brewing Company, which was named Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival.  Next week be on the lookout for the latest batch of Dark Abby, […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Justin Ross of Parallel 38

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Justin Ross, who soon will open the highly anticipated restaurant Parallel 38 at Stonefield. Details here.  In addition to an impressive menu of mezze, Parallel 38 will feature 100 different wines, all available by the glass, and a special selection of trophy […]

Stuart Madany, cidermaker at Castle Hill Cider. Photo courtesy Charlottesville 29

Five Finds on Friday: Stuart Madany

On Fridays, we feature five foods finds selected by local chefs and personalities. To mark the first day of Virginia’s Cider Week, today’s picks come from Stuart Madany, cidermaker at Castle Hill Cider. On Saturday November 23, Castle Hill Cider will host Cider Fest 2013, from 11 am to 5 pm, featuring cider tastings, food by area chefs, […]

Five Finds on Friday: Jason Alley of Pasture

Five Finds on Friday: Jason Alley of Pasture

On Fridays, we and The Charlottesville 29 feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks comes from Jason Alley, the Richmond chef behind Pasture, one of the most anticipated restaurants to open in Charlottesville in years.  Featuring small plates of Southern food, Pasture is now open in Stonefield, directly across from […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Brooke Fedora of Horse & Hound

On Fridays, we and The Charlottesville 29 feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Brooke Fedora, the Culinary Institute of America graduate who runs Horse & Hound Gastropub with her husband Luther.  Every year, Horse & Hound is one of the best places in Charlottesville to celebrate Oktoberfest.  This […]

Five Finds on Friday:  Aaron Cross of Fossett’s

Five Finds on Friday: Aaron Cross of Fossett’s

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Aaron Cross, executive chef of Fossett’s at Keswick Hall.  On September 12, Keswick will host Dinner in the Vineyard, where guests will dine by torchlight in Keswick’s own Courtside Vineyard on a feast prepared by Cross.  Cross’s picks: […]

Five Finds on Friday: Matt Boisvert of C&O

Five Finds on Friday: Matt Boisvert of C&O

On Fridays, we and The Charlottesville 29 feature five finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Matt Boisvert, who is leaving his acting sous chef position at Tavola to re-unite with chef/owner Dean Maupin at C&O.  Years ago, Boisvert worked under Maupin for four years at Clifton Inn.  Boisvert’s picks: 1)  […]

Five Finds on Friday:  Hernan Franco of Beer Run

Five Finds on Friday: Hernan Franco of Beer Run

On Fridays, we and The Charlottesville 29 feature five finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Hernan Franco, the chef who has presided over the kitchen at Beer Run ever since it opened.  Franco’s picks: 1)  Chimichanga at El Puerto.  “I really enjoy the freshness of the sides.  The lettuce, tomato, […]

Five Finds on Friday: Vincent Derquenne

Five Finds on Friday: Vincent Derquenne

On Fridays, we feature five finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Vincent Derquenne, chef and co-owner of Bang, Bizou, and The Space.  Be on the lookout for pop-up dinners at The Space starting this fall, with food by the dynamic duo: Derquenne and co-owner Tim Burgess.  Derquenne’s picks: 1)  Ham and Brie […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Gail Hobbs-Page of Caromont Farm

On Fridays, we and The Charlottesville 29 feature five finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Gail Hobbs-Page of Caromont Farm, whose beautiful cheeses were featured last week in a Southern Foodways Alliance dinner at The Whiskey Jar, celebrating the region’s finest female purveyors of food.  Hobbs-Page’s picks: 1)  Amy’s Arugula Salad […]

Five Finds on Friday:  Brooks Tanner of BBQ Exchange

Five Finds on Friday: Brooks Tanner of BBQ Exchange

On Fridays, we feature five finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Brooks Tanner, who recently rejoined chef Craig Hartman at Barbecue Exchange, after previous stints with him at Fossett’s restaurant and The Statler Hotel.  Tanner’s picks: 1)  Sunday Brunch at Hamiltons’.  “Chef Curtis Shaver and his kitchen ninjas reinstated an […]

Five Finds on Friday:  Tomas Rahal of MAS Tapas

Five Finds on Friday: Tomas Rahal of MAS Tapas

On Fridays, we feature five finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Tomas Rahal of MAS Tapas, who focused on some of his current daytime favorites.  Rahal’s picks: 1)  Double Macchiato from Shenandoah Joe.  “Sometimes this is a meal, others a reward.  Perfect pitch by the baristas at Shen Joe.” 2)  Blueberry […]

Five Finds on Friday:  Matthew Hart of The Local

Five Finds on Friday: Matthew Hart of The Local

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Matthew Hart, chef of The Local.  In last week’s Five Finds on Friday, his wife Melissa Close Hart of Palladio included one of his dishes among her picks.  This week, Hart sensibly returns the favor.  Hart’s picks: 1)  […]

Five Finds on Friday:  Melissa Close Hart of Palladio

Five Finds on Friday: Melissa Close Hart of Palladio

On Fridays, we and The Charlottesville 29 feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from four-time James Beard award semi-finalist Melissa Close Hart, chef of Palladio Restaurant at Barboursville Vineyard.  On June 9, Palladio will be celebrating the release of Barboursville’s 2012 Vermentino Reserve with a multi-course dinner with […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Pei Chang of TEN Sushi

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Pei Chang, chef of TEN Sushi.  And, on Mother’s Day weekend, the mother of his three young children made the list!  Chang’s picks: 1)  Meatloaf Sandwich at Stonefire Kitchen.  “Artisanal sandwiches and salads engineered by Jeremy Butterfield, a […]