817 West Main Street • Charlottesville, Virginia • 434.979.7957
Brunch MenuDinner MenuLunch MenuDessert MenuWine ListPhotosDirections

Spring is coming and we have some really cool things lined up. Mark your calenders, save the date and RSVP as soon as you can because we expect to fill up fast.

Chef/owner Mark Gresge of l'etoile restaurant has been working with Foggy Ridge and Albemarle CiderWorks to put together a fantastic down home evening of great food and the best in Virginia Hard Cider being made in our area.

Hard cider is Virginia's earliest alcoholic achievement and arguably its best. That is, back when it was being made. Our forefathers drank the stuff for breakfast, lunch and dinner and you can bet your life they were not drinking some sweet, insipid woodchuck-esque, girlie brew. This stuff was 'serious cider', dry, tart and crisp like the apples that thrive best in our Virginia climate. For many years Virginia historians and booze enthusiasts have been in wonder and awe that no one has picked up the gauntlet. Cider making went out of vogue at some point in our history probably due to prohibition or some loathsome shift in progress making booze for breakfast impossible. Foggy Ridge was the first to take on the challenge and more recently Albemarle CiderWorks. But now we have these 2 producers of fantastic, dry and complex ciders and we owe it to the spirit of good taste herself to get out there and drink this stuff and revel in its good old fashioned, plain deliciousness.

To better convey what it is Cider does, Mark has formulated this dinner a little differently. We wanted to keep the cost low and I believe we arrived at $65. We will be setting up large banquet tables on location at Albemarle Cider Works just south of town so that everyone can sit together and we will be bringing out the food 'family style' in large bowls and platters. And what food have we chosen to go with this gulpable fermented treat? Classic Southern Cuisine! Pork chops (from Oak Hill Farm) in apple sauce, collards with house cured bacon and all the trimming like dumplings, green beans casserole and much more. All the Southern classics in the hands of a classically trained chef. The many different ciders from both producers will be set on the table for everyone to pour and pass and taste and enjoy and owner/cidermakers Diane Flynt and Chuck and Charlotte Shelton will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their brew.

This dinner is going to be so much fun and a great way to welcome Spring. To book, just reply to letoile 979-7957 to reserve your spot.

The full menu can be viewed here.


0 Responses to " "

Content © 2009 l'étoile
Artwork © 2009 Barry Gordon