Well, we’ve almost made it. The end of our first year is in sight and we figure now is as good a time as any to take stock, thank everyone for their support and take a look at what is on the horizon here at Parallel 38.
The highlight of our year was without a doubt our trip to New York and the opportunity to put on dinner at the James Beard House. That amazing experience was bookended by a couple of accomplishments, which were just as humbling. Right before we left for New York The Washington Posts' Tom Sietsema snuck into Parallel 38 with local restaurant critic C. Simon Davidson and said some kind words. Then, upon our return, we found out the community was honoring us by voting Parallel 38 the Best New Restaurant in C’villes’ annual Best of publication. Our wine list was voted runner-up to Dean Maupin and his excellent team at one of our favorite spots in town, C&O. We can’t express the amount of gratitude we feel towards everyone who helped us make this year such a great success but we can definitely try.
First off we would like to thank the community for supporting us. We’re proud to live, work and hail from such an amazing place. (I moved out here 8 years ago to visit some family and never left, enough said.) Secondly, we would like to thank all of the fantastic local vendors that work with us from Clay and Linda at Autumn Olive to Mark at Planet Earth Diversified, James, Holly and Cassandra at Whisper Hill Farms, the Charlottesville IRC, which is doing amazing work, Gary at Twin Springs Farm, Mark at Sharondale, the fine folks from The Rock Barn and Mi Tierra.
Then we have all the fine folks that grease the social and creative wheels in the valley. Thanks to the brewers: Champion, Three Notch’d, Star Hill, Devil’s Backbone, Blue Mountain, Parkway, Old Bust Head and Hardywood. The cider makers: Dan and Tim at Potters and Diane at Foggy Ridge abd the winemakers: Early Mountain, Blenheim, Stinson, Ankida Ridge, Willowcroft and Michael Shaps. Lastly, we want to thank all of the incredibly talented people that work in the industry around town. As the saying goes, “a rising tide lifts all boats,” and the tide is definitely rising.
Turning our attention towards the future: We’ll be continuing our Charity Cocktail program this month by donating a portion of proceeds from the sales of our Pumpkin Margarita to Hospice of the Piedmont. It is also that time of year when people might be nominating restaurants in the area for the James Beard Awards. If you are reading this hopefully you are a fan of what we do and maybe you would like to let The JBF know. Maybe someone else in the area is doing something that really excites you; let them know about that too. Keep an eye out for news on our New Years Eve/One year anniversary celebration. Again, thanks for all your support.
We hope to see you soon.