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Friday Food News.

Every week, a listing of food-related news and events happening in and around Charlottesville, Virginia. This week? Oysters, wine, chocolate, and PHO! Plus the Saturday Farmer’s Market. Do you have Cville Food News you’d like to share? Email me! Bon appétit y’all!


Edible News

Brookville Restaurant is giving back! Every Tuesday and Wednesday Chef Harrison has pledge to give $1 for every guest he serves to 4 charities important to him: Local Food Hub, V Foundation for Cancer Research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Nice!

I’ve prayed for it, I’ve dreamed it, and today it’s actually happening! PHOFEST 2010! Eat pho for charity today at a benefit to end human trafficking. 5-8pm today on the UVA Campus, 100 Alderman Road. Sponsored by the Vietnamese Student Association. A description from the event’s website:

“Authentic Vietnamese food to end human trafficking. Proceeds will go towards the Vietnamese Student Association’s 2010-2011 Collective Philanthropy Project, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. BDCF reaches out to kids in crisis throughout Vietnam. The residential facilities, centers, and programs give children and youth a new chance in life: the chance to have a home, a good education, and a happy, stable life. They aim to break the poverty cycle by offering education, training, and job opportunities to those who need them the most. Menu: $5.50 Pho, $1.50 Summer Rolls, $1.50. A pho-eating race will take place. Tshirts will also be sold.”

A pho-eating race? Tee shirts? Eat pho for charity? Were four words ever more delicious?

Edible Events
Friday, November 12th
PhoFest 2010! (see the above description).

Louisiana Thanksgiving. Cooking class at The Seasonal Cook with Guest Chef Eleanor VonAchen. 6-8:30pm. $60. Sweet Potato and Spinach Soup, Fried Turkey, Oyster Dressing, Brown Gravy, Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce.

Saturday, November 13th
Wine and Chocolate at Stone Mountain Vineyards. 11am-5pm. No reservations required. Join us as we pair gourmet chocolates with Stone Mountain’s award-winning wines.

Saturday, November 13th, and Sunday, November 14th

7th Annual Oyster Roast. Cardinal Point Winery, Afton, Virginia. 12-5pm each day. Live music and plenty of oysters from our friends at Rappahannock River Oyster Company. Raw oysters return this year! Four-time World Shucking Champion, Deborah Pratt, and her sister, Clementine Macon, will ensure that we more than keep up with demand. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Includes wine glass, wine and oysters sold separately. Last year it was $5 for 1/2 a dozen, a pretty sweet deal if you ask me :D

Sunday, November 14th
Thanksgiving for Beginners. Cooking class at the Charlottesville Cooking School. 10am. $85.

Cooking Class at The Happy Cook. 5-6:30pm. $35. A new series of private classes with Chef Ingrid Berger. This private class is limited to 20 seats. And, for a comprehensive cooking class that includes instruction and a full meal, you can’t beat $35 for a great evening out. Menu: Mulled Apple Cider, D’Anjou Pear and Watercress Salad with Toasted Pecans and Orange Blossom Honey Vinaigrette, and Penne Pasta Mac and Cheese with Roasted Garlic, Butternut Squash, Rosemary and Italian Cheeses.

Wednesday, November 17th
Turn Your Leftover Turkey Into Chinese Takeout. Cooking class at The Seasonal Cook with Guest Chef Marisa Catalano. 6-8:30pm. $60. Turkey Wonton Soup, Turkey Thigh and Chinese Vegetables with Oyster Sauce, Turkey and Scallion Lo Mein.

Thanksgiving Pie. FREE cooking class at the Lorna Sundberg International Center. 4m-6pm. Learn how to cook delicious Thanksgiving pies and eat it in company of international people. There is no fee but registration is required. You can register through our website and sign up to receive our monthly newsletter:

Saturday, November 20th
The Basics of Vegan and Raw Food Workshop. Studio 206, 1st Street just off The Downtown Mall. 11-1pm. $25. Themed for Thanksgiving, with Thanksgiving recipes that will satisfy any vegan and raw foodist. Find exciting new ways to eat healthy, without sacrificing any savor and flavor. Using gluten-free, no-sugar, low fat recipes, you can feed yourself with locally grown and organic vegetables and international spices. From knife skills to ingredients and nutritional facts, this two hour class will both educate AND feed you! RSVP and advance payment is required so we have the right amount of ingredients.

Thursday, December 2nd
Formal Dinner Party. Cooking class at the Charlottesville Cooking School. 6pm. $85.

Thursday, December 2nd, Through Sunday December 5th
7th Annual Gingerbread Competition. Omni Hotel, Downtown Mall. The competition is open to everyone, and for 2010, we are encouraging Gingerbreaders to create houses depicting holidays around the world! Registration forms due November 24th. Click the link to download a registration form.

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

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