Posts Tagged Restaurant: l’etoile

Interview with Chef Mark Gresge of l’etoile

Ever wondered about the faces behind the food? This is the first in a series of interviews with chefs and other Charlottesville food industry personalities by Curry, a new writer here at Mas to Millers.


GresgeChef Mark Gresge is owner of l’etoile restaurant. He lives in Charlottesville with his wife and three children.

Would the following be an acceptable analogy for the S.A.T.? Alton Brown is to food science as Mark Gresge is to food history.

I’m a chef and a food historian. I love our culinary past, heritage and history, and I want to translate that into the restaurant. I love the technical aspect of cooking. I was an… Read More

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Biscuits and Gravy at l’etoile

Two mini biscuits with sausage gravy with l'etoile's Star Breakfast.

We recently asked for Facebook opinions on the best biscuits in town and were shocked by the responses. Bluegrass Grill & Bakery was the leader, although there was a strong anti-whole wheat contingent that disputed this pick. And the runner-up? Hardee’s. Seriously. I took it as a sign that we need better biscuits in this town, but after a Sunday brunch at l’etoile I think we’re doing just fine.

There are two options to enjoy the delicious biscuits with sausage gravy at l’etoile: a stand-alone starter biscuit ($6) or a mini pair of biscuits that’s part of the Star Breakfast ($10), where you can enjoy them with eggs any… Read More

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Cooking Class with Mark Gresge of l’etoile

I love this town. Where else can you have an intimate cooking lesson, over the course of two-and-a-half hours, with the head chef and founder of one of the best restaurants in the area, for the price of a meal at said restaurant?

The Seasonal Cook‘s evening classes generally follow the same format: You and seven other people sit around the chef’s table, close enough that you can practically feel the heat from the burners, and watch as he or she prepares dishes according to the theme for that evening. There is no imposed structure. Ask questions along the way, chat about restaurants and farms, follow the recipe exactly or not, have some wine… Read More

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