Charlottesville’s
Signature Dish

 

A public imagining by chefs, restaurateurs, and the community.

 

Philadelphia is known for its cheesesteak, Charleston has shrimp & grits, and Chicago is famous for deep-dish pizza. Iconic cities have iconic dishes, and Charlottesville is no different. We’ve got the talent, we’ve got the innovation, let’s get our collective imagination going and envision Charlottesville’s signature dish!

 

Submissions open until November 30.

 

SUBMIT YOUR DISH!

The Piedmont Palate

For many years now, Tom Tom has featured the best chefs, mixologists, and thought leaders in Charlottesville’s food scene, and invited the community to participate in picnics, competitions, and showdowns. You may have experienced them at Farm to Table Restaurant Week or the Craft Cocktail Competition or at a variety of Community Workshops and Panels.

This year, Tom Tom will be expanding its food programming to examine “The Piedmont Palate,” and the ways that food and civic identity are inextricably linked. Throughout this summer in our public outreach and at food stakeholder meetings, everyone was excited by the idea of a community-wide opportunity to envision a signature dish for Charlottesville.

 

NOMINATIONS

We’re inviting the public to share a dish that they think represents Charlottesville. These dishes can be the creations of a professional chef, or family recipes by home cooks. Those submitting are encouraged to consider the cultural history of the city and the use of local ingredients when choosing a dish to nominate.

SELECTION

In December, an expert panel of local chefs, restaurateurs, and food writers will review the nominated dishes and select a “Charlottesville Signature Dish” that they feel best represents a distinct culinary representation of the city.

UNVEILING

At the 2018 Tom Tom Founders Festival, we’ll unveil Cville’s Signature Dish during Farm to Table Restaurant week, April 9-15. All participating restaurants will be featuring a version of the dish as some component of their prix-fixe menu.

Nominations

Throughout the month of October, the public is invited to share the dish that best represents “Charlottesville.” This can be a family recipe or just a family favorite.

Some prompts to consider: what is a dish that is appropriate as both high-cuisine and approachable comfort food? What has history in the area? And what highlights many locally grown ingredients?

Selection

After the nomination process closes in October, a panel of writers, chefs, and restaurateurs will select the “Signature Dish” that they think best represents Charlottesville. The public nominations that surface favorite dishes, family recipes, and cultural history will be instrumental in these decisions.

Select nominations will be published on this page.

Unveiling

At the 2018 Tom Tom Founders Festival, we’ll unveil Cville’s Signature Dish during Farm to Table Restaurant week. All participating restaurants will be featuring the dish as some component of their pre-fixe menu.

We will also invite everyone to unveil their version of the dish at the Community Picnic which launches the festival on April 9, 2018.

The Piedmont Palate

For many years now, Tom Tom has featured the best chefs, mixologists, and thought leaders in Charlottesville’s food scene, and invited the community to participate in picnics, competitions, and showdowns. You may have experienced them at Farm to Table Restaurant Week or the Craft Cocktail Competition or at a variety of Community Workshops and Panels.

 

This year, Tom Tom will be expanding its food programming to examine “The Piedmont Palate,” and the ways that food and civic identity are inextricably linked. Throughout this summer in our public outreach and at food stakeholder meetings, everyone was excited by the idea of a community-wide opportunity to envision a signature dish for Charlottesville.