Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Food News.

Every week, a listing of food-related news and events happening in and around Charlottesville, Virginia. This week? If you're nervous about holiday food preparation, there are TONS of classes this month! And there's moonshine! Do you have Cville Food News you’d like to share? Email me! Bon appétit y’all!

Edible News

Peter Chang is hiring..........in Atlanta. :D

The Downtown Hot Dog Company has announced they are now serving sweet potato tater tots! I mean, is there any better food news? Any better?! SWEET POTATO TATER TOTS!

Tavola now has gift baskets containing gift certificates, artisan meats and cheeses, wines, and their very own tee shirt. I can't think of a better holiday gift for your "tavola".

Ten has invited everyone to treat themselves this holiday season - they are offering a 3-course tasting menu for $30. What a bargain! Considering the 2nd course omikase sushi would probably run you $18 and the 3rd course Hawaiian Walu would run at least $22 someplace else, this is a steal!

Culpeper residents Chuck and Jeannette Miller are attempting to turn moonshine into a top-shelf spirit. They're working with celebrity chef Adam Perry Lang, had a huge launch party in New York, and they've even appeared on the Today Show!
    Edible Events

    Friday, December 3rd and Saturday December 4thChocolate Gifts and Goodies. Cooking class at the Charlottesville Cooking School. 10am. $75.

    Monday, December 6th
    Presentation 2010. Cooking class at The Seasonal Cook with Guest Chef Justin Hershey. 6-8:30pm. $60. A class focusing on current aesthetic in food, exploring asymmetric design, visual textures, natural shape and beauty. Perfect for applying to your holiday food platter. Cheese platter with fruits, nuts and crostini; hot and cold appetizers; vegetable frito misto with red pepper aioli; paprika marinated mussels with lemon, parsley, and crispy mushroom; pancakes with duck breast and gooseberry jam; tea sandwich of surryano ham and fried quail egg.

    Wednesday, December 8th
    PCA Art Drinks at Blue Light Grill PCA's monthly Art Drinks are moving to a new location! Join us at the Blue Light Grill downtown for conversation, prizes, and drink specials!

    Saturday, December 11th or Monday December 13th
    Choux Pastry. Cooking class at the Charlottesville Cooking School. 10am. $75. Intimidated by the idea of making your own choux pastry? Have no fear, Lori will teach you the basics of creating this classic light French pastry, along with several of its most delicious concoctions, including: Cream-filled Eclairs and Cream Puffs; Savory Gougères; Croquembouche.

    Sunday, December 12th
    French Dinner Party. Cooking class at the Charlottesville Cooking School. 4pm. $85. Feel confident about hosting events in your home. Let Marisa teach you how to create impressive meals. You will cook: Rack of Lamb with a reduction sauce of rosemary and thyme; Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Broccoli a la Maitre d'Hotel Crème; Renversée au Caramel.

    Tuesday, December 14th
    Christmas Eve / New Year's Meal. Cooking class at The Seasonal Cook with Guest Chef Mark Gresge. 6-8:30pm. $60. Oysters Rockefeller; braised short ribs with carmelized onion pave; roasted brussels sprouts with pancetta; chocolate pot de creme with Bailey's whipped cream.

    Saturday, December 18th
    Holiday Celebration Dinner. Cooking class at the Charlottesville Cooking School. 4pm. $85. Marisa will teach you how to make a delicious Holiday dinner that will impress all your guests. You will make: Crown Roast of Pork with Apple and Cranberry Stuffing; Cauliflower and Parsnip Mash; Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Poppy Seeds; Orange Spiced Sweet Potatoes; Lemon Tart with Sweetened Whipped Cream and Candied Lemon Rind.

    Sunday, December 19th
    Italian Christmas Feast of the Seven Fishes. Cooking class at the Charlottesville Cooking School. 4pm. $95. Celebrate Christmas like the Italians where 7 fish dishes are served on Christmas Eve. Together with Marisa you will make the following: Oysters on the Half Shell; Chilled Shrimp and Calamari Salad; Bacala and Potatoes; Linguini with White Clam Sauce; Linguini with Mussels; Salt Crusted Red Snapper; Struffoli.

    4 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    What makes you tie that craigslist posting to Peter Chang? While ATL, makes more sense, last i heard was that he was opening something in north barracks.

    Libby said...

    It's actually from "Tomorrow's News Today" an Atlanta site that reports on restaurants (link below, scroll down a bit). Plus the address is for his new Atlanta restaurant, scheduled to open by year's end.

    A few Atlanta news outlets have been reporting his imminent opening in Sandy Springs for months....let's just say if he's planning to open a restaurant 500 miles away less than a month later, he must be way richer than we thought :D :D

    http://www.tonetoatl.com/2010/11/birthwatch-progress-report-q4-year-end.html

    Dave McNair said...

    Again, I had to work pretty hard to get this one:

    “We’re very excited to announce that Mr. Chang’s restaurant will join Barracks Road in early 2011,” said Stuart Biel, leasing associate for Federal Realty, which owns the shopping center.

    Property owners, especially corporate ones, don't make such statement until the contracts are signed and the deposit is in the bank. :)

    Dave McNair
    The Hook

    Libby said...

    Again? Did we speak on this topic before ;)

    Dave, I never hinted that I didn't think he'd open on Barracks Rd, I only hinted he'd better have a pretty fast car or a good frequent flyer miles program, because as we've seen the real draw is Chang himself. When he's in the kitchen, the people come. When he flees, they stop. To open two high-end restaurants within a month of each other is a tall order and I wish him the best.

    All that said, your news is welcome news. Thanks so much for sharing it. And thank you so much for reading. Cheers!