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079 – Charlottesville Community Magic.

079 – Charlottesville Community Magic.


“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” —Marianne Williamson

Resistance Work. With Persistence, Resolve, Resilience, and Magic. Welcome Friends, to a special episode of Edacious. Because it is not business as usual in our town of Charlottesville, Virginia this week. Now is not the time to speak of the latest greatest cocktail invention, nor to promote the latest brewery opening or wine dinner. Now is the time to celebrate all that is good about Charlottesville, to remind ourselves despite the hatred that visited us over the weekend, when all is said and done, we are magic. We are greater than the sum of our parts. When our community decides to come together for a common cause with Big Love behind it, there is nothing that can stop us. Our resolve, our resilience, our persistence, and our magic will be the ingredients that point the way and keep us grounded. It’s why I started this podcast. I looked around the community where I live and said, “Wow, folks need to know about this. Immediately. There is magic here.”

In this episode, I talk about Community Magic and the good folks who make it happen for us each and every day in our stores, on our farms, in our offices, in our fields, at our restaurants and kitchens. Folks whose passion is food but who know that food is just a starting point for so many other greater discussions and events and moments of connection. I’m convinced food is the great equalizer, the thing we all do, the thing each and every one of us can connect on. If you can just get someone from the other side of the fence to break bread with you, amazing things can happen. It’s why I’m here. It’s why I will continue to use this podcast to broadcast magic. Go in peace friends. Break bread. Practice self care. Get strong. Because this is only the beginning. Big Love. #Charlottesville #CvilleStrong #LoveisLove #YallMeansAll

Charlottesville Makers of Magic Mentioned During This Episode.
There are SO many others near and far I didn’t get to. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for keeping our Charlottesville community strong as well as your own, wherever you may be.

Kristin Adolfson of Still Point Press Design
Angie Akey of Moxie Salon
Brian Ashworth of Ace Biscuit and Barbecue
Heather Balmat, trademark lawyer
Jason Becton and Patrick Evans of MarieBette Café and Bakery
Bellair Market
MC Blair, radio host
Laurie Blakey of Pearl’s Bake Shoppe
Jake Busching, winemaker
Sheri Castle, food writer
Polina Chesnakova, food writer
Sara Cramer Shields and Andrea Hubbell of Our Local Commons
Travis Croxton of Rappahannock Oyster Company
Nancy Carter Crump, food historian
Will Curley of The Coat Room
Cville Coffee
Simon Davidson of The Charlottesville 29
Victoria Dunham, chef
Tim Edmond and Daniel Potter of Potter’s Craft Cider
Liz Finklestein, Piefest volunteer
Jeanne Frey of Treat Yourself Right Massage
Tim Gearhart of Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates
Grit Coffee
Craig Hartman of The BBQ Exchange
Martin Herbert of Small Potatoes Sales and Marketing and an Edacious Patreon supporter
Gail Hobbs-Page of Caromont Farm Cheese
Betty Hoge, Small Business Development Center
David Hopper of Chutney Ferret Industries
Phyllis Hunter and Will Harville of The Spice Diva
Integral Yoga
Java Java
JM Stock Provisions
Michele Jones of Pasture, Flora, Comfort
Tami Keaveney of Tavola and The Cicchetti Bar
Harrison and Jennifer Keevil of Keevil & Keevil Grocery and Kitchen
Market Street Market
Milli Joe’s
Susan McCulley, Nia Instructor
Christopher Morris, photographer
Mudhouse Coffee
Gerry Newman of Albemarle Baking Company
Rachel Pennington of The Pie Chest
Jenny Bandy Peterson of Paradox Pastry
Rebecca’s Natural Foods
Allie Redshaw
Wilson Richey of Ten Course Hospitality
Matt Rohdie of Carpe Donut
Shenandoah Joe’s
PK Ross of Splendora’s Gelato
Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner
Hunter Smith of Champion Brewery
Dawn Story of Farmstead Ferments
Ian Thomas and Marlene Steiner of Virginia Distillery Company
Timbercreek Market
Angelo Vangelopoulos of The Ivy Inn
Justin Vesser, PieFest and Soup There It Is! contest winner
Amanda Welch of Grubby Girl
Brian Wimer of IX Park and Lovefest
Cynthia Woodring, yoga instructor

SHOW NOTES – Links to resources talked about during the podcast:

  • Help Our Charlottesville Community Recover – Please consider donating to this cause, supporting victims of last weekend’s violence. Thank you.
  • An Open Letter – Local food writer Simon Davidson responds to a GQ piece about August 12th.
  • An Eyewitness – Local graphic artist Kristin Adolfson, who designed this very website, was a witness to the violence last Saturday. Here is her account in The New Yorker.
  • Resist. Persist. – Brian Ashworth of Ace Biscuit and Barbecue clashes with Nazis in his restaurant on Sunday. Eater has the story. Bravo Brian!
  • A Mother Grieves – Huffington Post speaks with Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer who tragically lost her life in last weekend’s violence.
  • Help Scotty Recover – My best friend has Stage 3B colon cancer. Bills are piling up. He can’t work. Can you help? Share! Donate! No amount is too small. Thank you and BIG LOVE to everyone who donated and shared the Big Love Bake Sale and Big Love Birthday! Next up? Tee shirts! Look for them soon.
  • Subscribe to This Podcast. Stay Edacious! – Come on, after this episode? You know you want to. Subscribers get new episodes instantly, while non-subscribers have to wait a few hours or days depending on the iTunes gods. Never miss a chance to be edacious!
  • Subscribe to Edacious News – Never miss a food event in our area! Learn about regional and national food stories so you can stay edacious!

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photo by C-Ville Weekly


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  • Cynthia Curnow Armstrong


    Hi. Now is the time without delay for all businesses in the area & individuals who employ people too, if interested in justice, to consider the wages they pay their employees, what benefits they can offer. For those who do pay a decent wage & care about their employees- thanks. I know Feast respects their employees. It can be done. It has to be done.

    • I agree wholeheartedly. Please listen to my introduction in this week’s episode, where I address that very thing. And thanks so much for your comment! Cheers!