Overheard on the restaurant scene… This week’s food news (October 1)

SMALL BITES

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Cakes are making their debut on the menu at Bodo's. Photo: Courtesy Bodo's Bagels Cakes are making their debut on the menu at Bodo's. Photo: Courtesy Bodo's Bagels

Just when you thought a Caesar salad was enough to satisfy your lunch craving, Bodo’s Bagels adds another treat to the menu—literally. Cakes (that’s what they’re called) are coming out of the Preston Avenue location’s oven as of last week and, for $1.25 you get a chocolatey, brownie-esque followup to your bagel and schmear.

“Food is good.” That’s the tagline from new Corner restaurant, fig—and we believe it! The restaurant, which has its grand opening Thursday, October 3, is the latest venture for Jozo Andelic and Anja Cetic, whose names you may recognize from another West Main restaurant, the now-shuttered Balkan Bistro. Though it closed earlier this year, Balkan had a big influence on the offerings at fig, which will serve a lunch and dinner menu with plenty of house-made ingredients like sausage, pork kielbasa, baklava, and bread. We’d venture a guess it wasn’t the food that caused Balkan to close—it was the location. Fig is located in the former Café Europa spot, which bodes well for its longevity.

The best way to end hunger? By drinking! …We joke, of course, but hunger is certainly no laughing matter and to do its part, Fifth Season Gardening Co. will host the Homebrew for Hunger Festival on Saturday, November 9 from 5-8pm. The festival features local craft breweries and homebrewers alike, with proceeds benefitting the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. More than 20 local brews will be available for tasting. Last year’s event in Chapel Hill, North Carolina raised $15,000, but surely Charlottesville can top that. A donation of (up to three) canned goods at the door enters you in the raffle to win prizes from homebrew manufacturers. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door, if any are left, and can be purchased at homebrewforhunger.com.

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