Foodie fest, localized menus, and a happy anniversary: This week’s restaurant news

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Yolk lore

Speaking of local food, Fardowners chef Mark Cosgrove is a die-hard locavore who has ramped up the restaurant’s locally sourced menu items to feature Timbercreek Organics beef sliders, freshly baked bread from Goodwin Creek Bakery, pork from The Rock Barn, beef hot dogs by the Best of What’s Around, and eggs from Innisfree. Cosgrove said that, since the change, he’s been met with differing views from diners: “They seem confused as to why the egg yolks in their brunch omelet are orange instead of bright yellow,” he said. The yolks are meant to be that color, he points out, instead of the bright yellow color of factory-farmed eggs. Will local wonders never cease?

Tom yum!

The Tom Tom Founders Festival is on the horizon—and the tip of everybody’s tongues. What’s the buzz about? For starters, it’ll host 16 different local food trucks and five block parties around downtown Charlottesville beginning Thursday, April 11. You’ll find Patrick Kim’s Hanu Truck, which serves up Korean-style tacos and barbeque; Mouth Wide Open, operated by a food-loving couple who traveled around the country to taste the regional foods, offering Mississippi catfish and South Carolina crab cake (among many other things); and Pantheon Pops, which makes wholesomely delicious, guilt-free popsicles. These vendors (and more!) will set up shop at the wrap-up party at the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative on Sunday, April 14, beginning at 2pm. The weekend-long festival will be packed with food demos and talks, a craft beer symposium, and a food expo featuring local farmers discussing their trade, plus plenty of non-food-related events and activities. Visit tomtom fest.com for the full schedule.

Job security

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2012 that most people stay at their job an average of 4.6 years. It’s cause for celebration then that Billie Midthun and Mildred Carter, two fixtures at Timberlake’s on the Downtown Mall, recently celebrated 50 years of working at the drug store. Carter, who is in her 80s, has acted as a drug clerk and cosmetician since the 1960s, and Midthun, in her 70s, has manned the soda fountain, made sandwiches, and acted as bookkeeper. Owner John Plantz said, “We have old customers and old employees.” It’s hard to say if he was speaking of age or length of employment, but one thing is clear: With tenure like that, Timberlake’s may just be the best place to work in town.

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