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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: Mitchell Beerens

On Fridays, we feature five foods finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Mitchell Beerens, co-owner of Lampo, the much-anticipated new restaurant to open this fall, with partners Loren Mendosa, Ian Redshaw, and Andrew Cole. Beerens has spent time in the kitchens of Bizou,MAS, and Tavola. In the former location of The Farm, Lampo will specialize […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Dean Maupin

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.  […]

Five Finds on Friday: Doug McLeod

Five Finds on Friday: Doug McLeod

On Fridays we feature five food finds selected by local chefs or personalities. This week’s picks come from Doug McLeod, chef of Duner’s. McLeod’s picks: 1) Chicken and Waffles at Ace Biscuit & Barbecue. “One of my guilty pleasures, best Southern food in town.” 2) Dried Fried Eggplant Szechuan Style at Taste of China. “I find myself craving them. And the service is […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Stephanie Williams

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. This week’s picks come from Stephanie Williams of La Vache Microcreamery, maker of extraordinary handmade caramels. A modern day renaissance woman, the mother of two is a trained architect who also co-founded the outstanding wine buying club The Wine Guild, and occasionally combines her loves […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Spencer Crawford

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. This week’s picks come from Spencer Crawford, sous chef of Palladio Restaurant, which was recently invited to make yet another appearance at the James Beard house. Crawford’s picks: 1) Virginia Apple Cider from Bold Rock Hard Cider. “What I drink almost all the time. Not a bad place […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Michael Shaps

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. This week’s picks come from Virginia Wineworks’ Michael Shaps, widely regarded as one of Virginia’s top winemakers. Next Thursday at The Ivy Inn, Shaps’ wines will be part of a very special wine dinner, featuring a multi-course meal, paired with some of […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Laura Jawitz

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Laura Jawitz, the award-winning baker at Greenwood Gourmet. Since her January move from New York, where she baked for Brooklyn’s acclaimed Pies & Thighs, Jawitz has quickly developed a following around town for her amazing pies. Jawitz’s picks: 1)  Cheeseburger, “All the Way” at Riverside Lunch. […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Twenty Paces

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. This week’s picks come from the team behind Twenty Paces, the new sheep dairy and creamery on land leased from Bellair Farm. Still early in their first year of production, Twenty Paces’ outstanding ricotta is already available at Feast! andFlora, and also served at tavola, The Ivy Inn, and C&O, among others. All […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Jeanette Peabody

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Jeanette Peabody, the former Hamiltons’ chef who now runs the kitchen of the new Oakhurst Inn, adjacent to UVA’s South Lawn. The Inn serves breakfast to guests and the general public seven days a week from 7 – 10 […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Todd Grieger

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Todd Grieger, Executive Chef of Red Pump · A Tuscan Kitchen, the new project from the team behind Pippin Hill set to open next month on the downtown mall. Grieger is also a veteran of top area kitchens like Palladio Restaurant, Mas, C&O, and […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Brian Jones

On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Brian Jones, chef of Petit Pois. On May 13, Petit Pois is hosting the Charlottesville stop of Wines of Germany’s second annual Riesling Road Trip.  Paul Grieco (of NYC’s Hearth and Terroir), who in 2012 won the James Beard Award for nation’s best wine and spirits […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Rachel Willis

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Rachel Willis, a New England Culinary Institute alum whose resume reads like a greatest hits of Charlottesville restaurants over the last few decades: Metropolitain, Continental Divide, L’Avventura, and Executive Chef of Clifton Inn. Willis now runs Black Twig Farm with her […]

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Five Finds on Friday: Nadjeeb Chouaf

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Nadjeeb Chouaf of Flora Artisanal Cheese, which appeared in Eater’s recent Charlottesville Heat Map. Look for Nadjeeb at Champion Brewing Company for a cheese tasting every Saturday night from 6 pm to 9 pm. Nadjeeb’s picks: 1) Maiale Milanese at Tavola. “I […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]