Charlottesville’s
Signature Dish

 

 

 Iconic cities have iconic dishes. Charlottesville is no different.

A community exploration into Charlottesville’s culinary history and culture.

 

ADD YOUR VOICE!
 

NOMINATIONS

We’re inviting the public to share a dish that they think represents Charlottesville. These dishes should reflect the cultural history of the city and emphasize the use of local ingredients.

EXPLORATION

In January, an expert panel of local chefs, restaurateurs, and food writers will review the nominated dishes and meet with cooks and chefs from Charlottesville’s local restaurants to explore what dish is truly Charlottesvillian. Along the way, the talks, discussions, and discoveries will be published for the public to join in!

UNVEILING

In April, we’ll unveil Cville’s Signature Dish prior to the 2018 Tom Tom Founders Festival. Additionally, all participants in Farm to Table Restaurant Week will be featuring a version the dish as a component of their prix-fixe menu.

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

Meet the Master Tasters

 

Join us in exploring the history of our regional cuisines and dishes

Dear Charlottesville,

We need your help.

Our region’s great culinary minds are in search of Charlottesville’s signature dish. As a longtime Charlottesville food writer and consumer, my role is simply to help these great minds distill their thoughts as we seek to discover Charlottesville’s definitive dish. From the time that our nation’s first epicurean feasted at Monticello, the Charlottesville area has been known for its food. But, among all that our region has to offer, what dish distinguishes us most?

Many of our resources are written: menus, clippings, history books, and cookbooks by influential Virginians like Mary Randolph and Edna Lewis. But, our greatest resource is you: the people of the Charlottesville area. We need the input of chefs, farmers, historians, home cooks, artisans, and other lovers of food. We want your ideas for the signature dish and for what other sources to consider.

What are we looking for? First, the dish will be one that, both historically and today, our area’s residents love to cook and eat. Second, to the extent possible, it should draw on ingredients from our rich bounty of produce. What products thrive so well here that they have become iconic parts of our cuisine? And third, to have sustained our interest for so long, the dish will be one that has inspired variations. In New Orleans, there are said to be as many recipes for gumbo as there are people. Charleston’s shrimp n’ grits likewise is a base for creativity. And, Chicago’s deep dish pizzas vary from one to the next. Everyone has their favorite.

So please, join us in our search for Charlottesville’s signature dish. We cannot do it without you.

Gratefully,
Simon Davidson
The Charlottesville 29

Dear Charlottesville,

We need your help.

Our region’s great culinary minds are in search of Charlottesville’s signature dish. As a longtime Charlottesville food writer and consumer, my role is simply to help these great minds distill their thoughts as we seek to discover Charlottesville’s definitive dish. From the time that our nation’s first epicurean feasted at Monticello, the Charlottesville area has been known for its food. But, among all that our region has to offer, what dish distinguishes us most?

Many of our resources are written: menus, clippings, history books, and cookbooks by influential Virginians like Mary Randolph and Edna Lewis. But, our greatest resource is you: the people of the Charlottesville area. We need the input of chefs, farmers, historians, home cooks, artisans, and other lovers of food. We want your ideas for the signature dish and for what other sources to consider.

What are we looking for? First, the dish will be one that, both historically and today, our area’s residents love to cook and eat. Second, to the extent possible, it should draw on ingredients from our rich bounty of produce. What products thrive so well here that they have become iconic parts of our cuisine? And third, to have sustained our interest for so long, the dish will be one that has inspired variations. In New Orleans, there are said to be as many recipes for gumbo as there are people. Charleston’s shrimp n’ grits likewise is a base for creativity. And, Chicago’s deep dish pizzas vary from one to the next. Everyone has their favorite.

So please, join us in our search for Charlottesville’s signature dish. We cannot do it without you.

Gratefully,
Simon Davidson
The Charlottesville 29