Feast On This

March 6, 2010

More amazing, amazing food! Charlottesville is such a perfect fit for my mouth! We traded the hotel breakfast for an opportunity to try out Shenandoah Joe’s coffee, which I’ve had before and loved, and Bodo’s Bagels, which all the locals rave about.

Coffee stop was first.

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I got an Ethiopian with steamed milk on top. Mmmmm.

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As you saw in my breakfast post, at Bodo’s I ordered a whole wheat bagel and topped it with half a banana and some of their natural crunchy peanut butter. I stuck to half a bagel ’cause I’d always rather have more toppings!

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The bagel was good, but not as good as bread!

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We went to our first meeting and all got really good vibes. Our second location was really different than the first and posed several big red flags, so we’re moving forward with the first location!! (I’d rather not announce it publically though, just for business protection).

In between appointments we stopped into another bakery for a little research and nibbled from this Whole Wheat Carrot Muffin. Great Harvest’s are way better πŸ˜‰

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Lunch was an obvious choice: Feast! Everyone recommends it and the menu looked incredible!

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The building is just incredible with food. And an organic butcher!

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Lots of samples were nibbled!!!

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Including a local Virginia peanut butter sample!!!

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Obviously I went a little crazy on that one…

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More Polyface chicken!

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I couldn’t decide between panini and salad so I got half and half.

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Polyface Chicken Salad (I was a little disappointed that this was "chicken salad" and not chicken on a salad. But it tasted good.

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And the panini was delicious, but the bread was quite white and not as flavorful as it could have been. LOVED the fig spread though!

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Check out Mike’s presentation. I wanted his soup!

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Sampling more local food :)

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For dessert I tried a few sampled Chocolate Toffee Pistachios :)

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I’m a little fooded out at the moment. I feel like I ate all morning! We’re headed out for more exploring and are looking forward to a fun dinner tonight. Mike headed back home, but Zeb, our opening trainer, is still here to play.

Hope the weather is as nice where you are!

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1 darryn (brio.gusto) March 6, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Polyface as in Polyface farms featured in Food, Inc.? Awesome!!!


2 Heather (Heather's Dish) March 6, 2010 at 2:13 pm

WOW feast is right! charlottesville is DEFINITELY a good place for your mouth! i’m so excited to see the new location whenever you can announce it :) hope you guys have an awesome rest of the day!


3 Run Sarah March 6, 2010 at 2:13 pm

SO much good food in this post. Especially the nut butters and toffee pistachios!


4 Food Makes Fun Fuel March 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Local peanut butter and an organic butchery? Someone’s living my idea of heaven


5 Karla March 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Wow all that looks delicious!
I love little local places! So quaint!


6 Jules @ eatdrinklivelearn March 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Looks like Charlottesville is a perfect fit! Congrats on the new adventure.
Polyface is mentioned in Omnivore’s Dilemma too, right?


7 Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place March 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm

organic butcher?? Love that! Congrats on finding the right spot for Great Harvest. Any news on your house selling?


8 Gabriela March 6, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Wow, what gorgeous eats! Looks like you’ll be loving Charlottesville! All those nut butters, salads and delicious looking chocolates at the end are making my mouth water. Enjoy exploring the local area this weekend!


9 Gabriela March 6, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Holy YUM!
Delicious eats!
I wish theyΒ΄d sell bagels and crunchy PB in Brazil…
Looks so DIVINE!
Have a great day, Kath!
Brazilian XOXOΒ΄s,


10 Meredith @ Sweat Every Day March 6, 2010 at 2:33 pm

oh c’ville! my mom lives 20 minutes past and since I went to college in richmond, many a trips were taken. you should REALLY take a trip to polyface once you move there, it is probably less than 40 from where you are! if you need a real estate hookup, my uncle is the CEO of the board of realtors there :)


11 Hannah March 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I’m obsessed with pistachios at the moment… and can’t believe I never saw those toffee ones when I was in Charlottesville in January! What a same :(

Too bad the salad wasn’t your ideal, but I guess you’ll be able to try all the others soon, huh?


12 lynn (The Actors Diet) March 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm

look at all that fancy foodie food!


13 Cynthia (It All Changes) March 6, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Too bad about the chicken salad. But I love local little coffee shops and search them out.


14 Jil March 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Charlottesville looks amazing!!! and so does all the food!! Jealous!!


15 Light Delight with TouTou March 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

M”mmmm local peanut butter!! I love that! what a fun weekend:)


16 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 6, 2010 at 2:46 pm

oooh so much good food! All those PB samples – that must’ve been heaven! What a fabulous day :)


17 Danielle (Coffee Run) March 6, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Is this the same Polyface that’s written about in “The Omnivore’s Dilemma?” If it is, that’s cool!

The soup presentation is interesting lol


18 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm

You’re makin’ me wish I went to UVA just so I could live in C-ville (and save my parents $150,000 but that’s not the point!)!

I STILLLLL need to try a carrot muffin from GH.


19 Amanda Paris March 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm

GAhhhh my favorite place to eat is the Mediterranean place across from paneras in barrocks shopping center! if you haven’t tried it, you should!!


20 Tracie @Hollafoodzone March 6, 2010 at 3:06 pm

That looks like about the best food day ever!


21 rustique March 6, 2010 at 3:09 pm

You just lived a dream day. Looks incredible.


22 Cellabella March 6, 2010 at 3:40 pm

C-Ville EAT Recommendations: I used to live in Charlottesville almost 10 years ago, and even then I was amazed at all the wonderful eats that could be found. A little while ago my husband and I visited C-ville again and discovered Feast as well. Too bad we’d already eaten otherwise I would have gladly dined there. We were on the hunt for Albermarle bakery which I LOVED when I lived there. They used to have the best breakfast focaccias (sweet focaccia topped with mascarpone cheese and fresh berries or stonefruit…does GH make anything like that?!) Anyways, there’s a delicious soup place that used to serve Albermarle’s ciabatta bread. I’m not sure if they still do, but if not, maybe they can start serving GH’s bread :) It’s called Revolutionary Soup and they offer a great variety of homemade selections every day. Perfect for cold weather. Blue Moon Diner has good breakfasts and Food of all Nations is a great little market with wonderful local produce. One summer I ate their sugared plums by the bushel, they just burst in my mouth like liquid jewels. Don’t overlook the used bookshops while you’re in downtown either. Enjoy!


23 Maggie @ Fit.Fun.Food March 6, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Peanut butter samples! That looks dangerous!


24 Sara @ ActiveGal March 6, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Wow! So much good food all in one post! I think I could eat peanut butter all day every day…too bad the calories stand in my way :)


25 Kristilyn (My 29th Year) March 6, 2010 at 3:51 pm

That sucks that you weren’t too thrilled with your lunch, but all of those samples look delicious! As does the soup – what a cute presentation!



26 Lauren @ eater not a runner March 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm

That looks like an amazing lunch! And congrats on the bakery location….that is SOO exciting πŸ˜€


27 Jenn (www.j3nn.net) March 6, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Wow, Feast looks like the perfect lunch eatery! I would love to have places like that locally. :(



28 Stephanie March 6, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Love that you are totally representing VA right now girl! Love seeing things from my homestate that are so lovely and deelish – it’s a pretty great place to live, not gonna lie! You’ll have to let me know when you want to head about 45 minutes east into the west end of Richmond (“Short Pump”) to check out Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Tom Leonards, Home Goods and the huge outdoor mall with any shopping you could possibly want – I can be your tour guide for sure :) Have fun on this gorgeous day!


29 Kath March 6, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Yes, let’s be friends :)


30 hemp jogger March 6, 2010 at 9:45 pm

short pump is the best!!!


31 Stephanie March 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm

agreed and agreed!!! πŸ˜€


32 Lisa @ Early Morning Run March 6, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Wow. This all looks amazing. Simply amazing. I am jealous you’ve had polyface chicken! Since reading Michael Pollan’s book I definitely want to get a chance to try it. The bagel looks good. I love it when bagel places have pb as an option – so many in NYC don’t. It’s all about the cream cheese schmear. πŸ˜‰

Congrats on finding a space! So exciting!


33 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 6, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Hey Kath!!! I’ve been traveling for the past day and am just now catching up on your blog– it looks like you’re having an AWESOME trip so far!!! Enjoy it!


34 The Paris Food Blague March 6, 2010 at 4:50 pm

ah i love figs. enjoy yourself!

a bientot
the paris food blague


35 Joanne March 6, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Oh, how I miss Cville! I lived there for a summer and if I ever move back east, I would definitely live there again. I just realized while reading this post that I never tried Bodo’s when I was there. I drove passed it all the time on my way to UVA to run at the track but never got the chance to stop by. Have you been to the gelato place at the pedestrian mall? I definitely recommend it. Also, I don’t know if you’ve been up to Cville in the summer, but all the restaurants on the mall have tables set up in the middle of the mall. It’s so cute! (And hot and sticky with humidity!) There’s also a really good yoga place on the mall too, but I can’t remember the name. Sorry for my long rant about Cville, it’s definitely one of my favorite places and makes me miss the east so much! Have a great weekend.


36 Lauren March 6, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Wow, I love little dives that are so thoughtful on their food presentation. Looks like you guys are going to be around some seriously good eats after the big move!


37 Paula March 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

So many overwhelming flavors to try! i love the soup presentation :)


38 [email protected] March 6, 2010 at 5:24 pm

That sounded like so much fun! :)


39 Simply Life March 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm

what a yummy day!


40 [email protected] lady March 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Yum that bagel looked so good! It looks like a food filled day, you must be having a blast!!!


41 christie @ honoring health March 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Wow, everything looks amazing. I have never eaten at Feast but will surely give it a try.


42 Michelle March 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Kath, you and Matt always have so much fun….and your foodie experiences always exciting!! Im totally with you on the “more toppings, less bagel”. :) And yup, bread is TOTALLY better than dry bagels!!

I’m so honored to have you stop by my blog and comment. This is going to sound like the dorkiest thing ever, but THANK YOU! You made my day last night. hehehe I’m glad slow cooker oats are interesting to you, the queen of cool healthy food cookin’. πŸ˜€


43 Kath March 6, 2010 at 9:18 pm
44 Matt March 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Try the Mango Grilled Chicken Salad recipe http://www.fruitundressed.com/recipes/mango-salad.html from Del Monte!

This message is being posted on behalf of Del Monte and we hope that it is of interest for you.


45 Trishelle March 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm

SUCH amazing eats!! I love how much fun you two are having on this little business trip πŸ˜€

Enjoy the rest of your time!


46 [email protected] March 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm

What a great town Charlotte is! How fun! The food looks amazing.


47 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm

That sounds like foodie heaven girl!!!! I have a feeling you’re going to loooove it there!


48 Abby March 6, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Looks like you’ll be right at home in Charlotesville! And chocolate toffee pistachios sound AMAZING!


49 Rachel March 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I went to college at JMU in Harrisonburg, VA, and I made many a trips to Cville. I would move there in a heartbeat! I live in Norfolk, VA now but the VA mountains have a special place in my heart!

Bodo’s is so yummy, excpet they never toast your bagel! They look at you funny if you ask for a toasted bagel! And Starr Hill….it’s a favorite of ours! The Love is my favorite by them!


50 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) March 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Your whole wheat bagel with banana and peanut butter has me drooling. Major YUM! For some reason, this combination for breakfast just always looks perfect. πŸ˜€


51 Joanne March 6, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Okay. I’m sold. We are moving to Charlottesville. The restaurants look great. Competition will be fierce! So when you open up, send me a gift cert. for my first meal. Promise – I’ll be your best customer!


52 kate March 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm

cville sounds like a fabulous place to start a business & move! congrats again :)


53 Heather March 6, 2010 at 9:03 pm

wow that is so much food! looks like some fun little places!


54 Brittany March 6, 2010 at 9:41 pm

What a day full of fun and delicious VA eats! Bodo’s Bagels is always a good spot to get a bagel. I actually have a t-shirt from there that I stole from a best friend in high school. :)

I can’t wait until you all are officially settled in VA – we’ll have to hang out. I’m sure our beer loving men would have fun together. And, we’re only 45 minutes away.


55 Heather March 6, 2010 at 11:25 pm

HI Kath,

I noticed the Polyface Salad on the menu board at the Organic Butcher. Not sure if you have read Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” but he essentially spends a week at Polyface farms and writes about their fully sustainable farming style. It was also featured in Food Inc. Here is a link to their site http://www.polyfacefarms.com/default.aspx, you should check it out it would be amazing to go on a tour there. I live in Halifax, NS and my boyfriend and I are planning a trip down to VA in the summer and Polyface is one of the things I would like to do while we’re there.




56 Kath March 7, 2010 at 7:13 am

Yes, I have read both OD and In Defense of Food and seen Food Inc and Fresh, so I know how famous Polyface is. That’s why I pointed it out twice!


57 Kelly March 7, 2010 at 9:21 am

It’s gorgeous in Charlotte! :)


58 [email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ March 7, 2010 at 6:34 pm

That food looked amazing at that restaurant.


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