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The Local Restaurant and Catering

Charlottesville , VA
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LOCATION

824 Hinton Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22902 US (map)

PHONE

434-984-9749

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ABOUT US

The Local’s Genesis:

The Local was started in March 2008 to provide a venue to showcase the abundant supply of small farmers, artisan cheese makers, breweries, distilleries... Read more
The Local’s Genesis:

The Local was started in March 2008 to provide a venue to showcase the abundant supply of small farmers, artisan cheese makers, breweries, distilleries and award winning vineyards located in Charlottesville and the surrounding area. We are truly blessed to have such a wide variety of agriculture readily accessible and a local population so willing to support the local food movement. in addition, we strive to support local craftsman, and much of what you see in the restaurant is fabricated locally. check below for details.



History of the Building:

The building was built circa 1912, and was originally a shoe repair shop with a small apartment upstairs for the proprietor. It served the new Belmont development which was subdivided in 1890 from a large farm to pay off debts incurred by the deceased owner Robert Slaughter. The farm house manager’s house sits directly across from the back deck and is the white brick house. Over the years the building has served many businesses ranging from a church, general store, furniture store, motorcycle shop, pool hall and finally a photography studio. The upstairs has always served as an apartment until it was renovated for the restaurant. If you look at the floor carefully you can still see the lines where walls once divided the room into a bedroom, living room, and kitchen.



Catering:

The Local has approximately two thousand square feet of dining space upstairs and can comfortably serve sixty inside for seated dinners and up to one hundred and fifty utilizing the outdoor space. The Local is constantly growing and has recently expanded our services to where we can now provide off-site food and beverage catering. Our sensational menu is full of locally grown and cultivated products that would be perfect for your next event, including weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate luncheons, holiday parties, etc. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Delivery
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American, Asian, Cajun, French, Indian, Italian, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Southern, Southwestern
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Outside Alcohol OK, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
Which of the following items can you provide?
Barware

REVIEWS

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Josh
Wedding:
4/25/2015
5.0/5.0
My wife and I used the Local for our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception catering. They did a wonderful job! I can't speak highly enough of Courtney the coordinator at the Local, she is the ultimate professional. It is evident she knows the wedding landscape in the Charlottesville area and she is skilled at her job. We got a remarkable number of compliments for our food at the wedding reception saying how it was the "best wedding food we've had" and things like that. I will admit I was skeptical coming into the process of choosing a caterer and hoping not to sacrifice on food quality and yet the Local delivered beyond my expectations. I certainly agree with the compliments we received from guests. I would encourage any prospective brides/grooms to consider the Local for outstanding service, food quality, and overall wedding expertise. You will not be disappointed!
My wife and I used the Local for our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception catering. They did a wonderful job! I can't Read more...
My wife and I used the Local for our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception catering. They did a wonderful job! I can't speak highly enough of Courtney the coordinator at the Local, she is the ultimate professional. It is evident she knows the wedding landscape in the Charlottesville area and she is skilled at her job. We got a remarkable number of compliments for our food at the wedding reception saying how it was the "best wedding food we've had" and things like that. I will admit I was skeptical coming into the process of choosing a caterer and hoping not to sacrifice on food quality and yet the Local delivered beyond my expectations. I certainly agree with the compliments we received from guests. I would encourage any prospective brides/grooms to consider the Local for outstanding service, food quality, and overall wedding expertise. You will not be disappointed! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning
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Amanda
Wedding:
4/11/2015
5.0/5.0
The local catered my wedding 2 weekends ago at king family vineyard. Everything went as I had hoped, absolutely perfect. Courtney was our day of coordinator and she went above and beyond her job. She wrote some of our chalkboard signs for the day! During the day of the wedding (more like the week) she helped calm me down and made me feel really good about reliquishing control over the situation. All our venders we're on time, something she coordinated. And she really just made everything flow and look beautiful. I really could not have had such an amazing wedding without her. The locals food was absolutely fantastic. There was plenty of everything and it all looked amazing on display. The staff was so friendly and always there to help! The local and specifically Courtney made our wedding day the most perfect day I could have dreamed of. I would suggest using them for anything you may need!
The local catered my wedding 2 weekends ago at king family vineyard. Everything went as I had hoped, absolutely perfect. Read more...
The local catered my wedding 2 weekends ago at king family vineyard. Everything went as I had hoped, absolutely perfect. Courtney was our day of coordinator and she went above and beyond her job. She wrote some of our chalkboard signs for the day! During the day of the wedding (more like the week) she helped calm me down and made me feel really good about reliquishing control over the situation. All our venders we're on time, something she coordinated. And she really just made everything flow and look beautiful. I really could not have had such an amazing wedding without her. The locals food was absolutely fantastic. There was plenty of everything and it all looked amazing on display. The staff was so friendly and always there to help! The local and specifically Courtney made our wedding day the most perfect day I could have dreamed of. I would suggest using them for anything you may need! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Tracy
Wedding:
4/11/2015
5.0/5.0
The Local catered my daughter and son-in-laws wedding this past weekend at King Family Vineyard. I can't say enough good things about the food and the service. Courtney was our coordinator. To say that she was a wedding day coordinator wouldn't do what she did justice. She made sure all the vendors were on the same 'plan', she worked with us on the schedule, the decorations, setup, everything that made the day special and it all ran like clockwork. The food was amazing from the cocktail hour (we're still talking about the shrimp and the crab dip), to the dinner. My brother said the meatloaf tasted like a good steak. We had a buffet, but Courtney made sure the bride and groom got their plates served to them with exactly what they wanted. The food was not only delicious, but it looked beautiful too. Whole salmon fillet was gorgeous. Mac and cheese served from dutch ovens. Definitely a step above your normal buffet.
And the staff. Wow. Every single one of the them was friendly, helpful, funny, and engaging. And Courtney was everywhere at once making sure it was all perfect. She even helped one guest fix his pants! (of course I didn't know this until after the evening was over).
Of course I would recommend the Local for your catering needs. And I would recommend Courtney for your wedding coordinator. We planned this wedding from 2 hours away, and we couldn't have done it without her.
The Local catered my daughter and son-in-laws wedding this past weekend at King Family Vineyard. I can't say enough good Read more...
The Local catered my daughter and son-in-laws wedding this past weekend at King Family Vineyard. I can't say enough good things about the food and the service. Courtney was our coordinator. To say that she was a wedding day coordinator wouldn't do what she did justice. She made sure all the vendors were on the same 'plan', she worked with us on the schedule, the decorations, setup, everything that made the day special and it all ran like clockwork. The food was amazing from the cocktail hour (we're still talking about the shrimp and the crab dip), to the dinner. My brother said the meatloaf tasted like a good steak. We had a buffet, but Courtney made sure the bride and groom got their plates served to them with exactly what they wanted. The food was not only delicious, but it looked beautiful too. Whole salmon fillet was gorgeous. Mac and cheese served from dutch ovens. Definitely a step above your normal buffet.
And the staff. Wow. Every single one of the them was friendly, helpful, funny, and engaging. And Courtney was everywhere at once making sure it was all perfect. She even helped one guest fix his pants! (of course I didn't know this until after the evening was over).
Of course I would recommend the Local for your catering needs. And I would recommend Courtney for your wedding coordinator. We planned this wedding from 2 hours away, and we couldn't have done it without her. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning
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Jenny
Wedding:
4/11/2015
5.0/5.0
I really can't say enough good things about The Local. They did such an amazing job for our April 11 wedding at Early Mountain Vineyards! We worked with Courtney, who was great from the get-go. After I initially emailed her, she sent me a comprehensive list of everything they could do and I could pick what sounded good. They are also very willing to come up with new dishes to your taste. After we came up with ideas for the menu, we went in for a tasting. There were 4 of us (me, my husband, and my parents), but the tasting was free and we were offered wine to go with it. Everything was so delicious it was hard to choose our dishes! We had wanted to try lamb as well since we were having a spring wedding - they didn’t have any at the time, but invited us down for another tasting closer to our date. Courtney was responsive and so easy to work with. She definitely understood what we were going for, from food to decor, and made the whole process a breeze. Most importantly for me, our entire wedding was gluten free (I’m a celiac). I was quite worried about this (the last thing a bride wants is an upset stomach at her wedding), but The Local didn’t skip a beat and we were able to easily have an entirely delicious and safe gluten free menu (including mac and cheese!). We received so many compliments from our guests - they all loved the food! And the wait staff on the day were so wonderful too - very friendly, efficient, but not intrusive. All in all, The Local was a great decision and we highly recommend them!
I really can't say enough good things about The Local. They did such an amazing job for our April 11 wedding at Early Read more...
I really can't say enough good things about The Local. They did such an amazing job for our April 11 wedding at Early Mountain Vineyards! We worked with Courtney, who was great from the get-go. After I initially emailed her, she sent me a comprehensive list of everything they could do and I could pick what sounded good. They are also very willing to come up with new dishes to your taste. After we came up with ideas for the menu, we went in for a tasting. There were 4 of us (me, my husband, and my parents), but the tasting was free and we were offered wine to go with it. Everything was so delicious it was hard to choose our dishes! We had wanted to try lamb as well since we were having a spring wedding - they didn’t have any at the time, but invited us down for another tasting closer to our date. Courtney was responsive and so easy to work with. She definitely understood what we were going for, from food to decor, and made the whole process a breeze. Most importantly for me, our entire wedding was gluten free (I’m a celiac). I was quite worried about this (the last thing a bride wants is an upset stomach at her wedding), but The Local didn’t skip a beat and we were able to easily have an entirely delicious and safe gluten free menu (including mac and cheese!). We received so many compliments from our guests - they all loved the food! And the wait staff on the day were so wonderful too - very friendly, efficient, but not intrusive. All in all, The Local was a great decision and we highly recommend them! Read less
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Skylor
Wedding:
11/29/2014
4.8/5.0
The Local was amazing! Everyone loved the food, and we couldn't have been happier. Courtney was great! We would recommend them to anyone!
The Local was amazing! Everyone loved the food, and we couldn't have been happier. Courtney was great! We would recommend Read more...
The Local was amazing! Everyone loved the food, and we couldn't have been happier. Courtney was great! We would recommend them to anyone! Read less
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Alexis
Wedding:
11/29/2014
4.8/5.0
The Local was the perfect caterer for our wedding! Our guests are still talking about how good the food was. They were very flexible and were able to meet our needs. A few suggestions for future couples, I asked the Local to have some appetizers saved for me and my husband since we were taking photos during cocktail hour. Courtney met us as we arrived at our reception with a huge plate of appetizers for us (including the DELICIOUS shrimp). They also made our dinner plates for us so we made sure to have time to eat. Courtney was also willing to be lenient on some of the pricing (we had a few guests who were pregnant so we asked for their alcohol price to be lowered). Courtney also had great ideas for our "his" and "hers" drink. Overall, we were incredibly happy with this vendor and would recommend them to anyone for their wedding!
The Local was the perfect caterer for our wedding! Our guests are still talking about how good the food was. They were Read more...
The Local was the perfect caterer for our wedding! Our guests are still talking about how good the food was. They were very flexible and were able to meet our needs. A few suggestions for future couples, I asked the Local to have some appetizers saved for me and my husband since we were taking photos during cocktail hour. Courtney met us as we arrived at our reception with a huge plate of appetizers for us (including the DELICIOUS shrimp). They also made our dinner plates for us so we made sure to have time to eat. Courtney was also willing to be lenient on some of the pricing (we had a few guests who were pregnant so we asked for their alcohol price to be lowered). Courtney also had great ideas for our "his" and "hers" drink. Overall, we were incredibly happy with this vendor and would recommend them to anyone for their wedding! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
We used The Local for our catering and day-of coordination. I can't say enough wonderful things about them! They created and entirely gluten-free menu for me, created custom desserts, and coordinated a special craft beer on draft for the groom. The food was delicious and each tasting made us feel like fancy, high-rollers. Courtney did our day-of coordination, but worked with us throughout the process, going to choose linens and flowers and walk through the venue with us. She was exceptional. The Local has a more rustic feel, which I was worried would take over the feel of the reception, but they easily tweaked their set up so it was more elegant. The food was much tastier than some of fancier places we tried, too. I would recommend them to anyone without hesitation.
We used The Local for our catering and day-of coordination. I can't say enough wonderful things about them! They created Read more...
We used The Local for our catering and day-of coordination. I can't say enough wonderful things about them! They created and entirely gluten-free menu for me, created custom desserts, and coordinated a special craft beer on draft for the groom. The food was delicious and each tasting made us feel like fancy, high-rollers. Courtney did our day-of coordination, but worked with us throughout the process, going to choose linens and flowers and walk through the venue with us. She was exceptional. The Local has a more rustic feel, which I was worried would take over the feel of the reception, but they easily tweaked their set up so it was more elegant. The food was much tastier than some of fancier places we tried, too. I would recommend them to anyone without hesitation. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning
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Shon
Wedding:
11/22/2014
4.7/5.0
Courtney at The Local coordinated the catering and day of schedule for my daughter's wedding. We loved the food provided by The Local and Courtney's services were far more than "day of" coordination. She helped me solve many problems and made sure the rehearsal, ceremony and reception went smoothly and without any problems. The Local staff were very helpful and friendly and exceptionally professional. We were very pleased with all their work and the cost was quite reasonable. We couldn't have been happier and were delighted with a beautiful wedding day.
Courtney at The Local coordinated the catering and day of schedule for my daughter's wedding. We loved the food provided Read more...
Courtney at The Local coordinated the catering and day of schedule for my daughter's wedding. We loved the food provided by The Local and Courtney's services were far more than "day of" coordination. She helped me solve many problems and made sure the rehearsal, ceremony and reception went smoothly and without any problems. The Local staff were very helpful and friendly and exceptionally professional. We were very pleased with all their work and the cost was quite reasonable. We couldn't have been happier and were delighted with a beautiful wedding day. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning
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Amber
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
We got soooo many compliments about how this was the best wedding food they had ever had! It was absolutely amazing. I used their day of coordinator as well and she was fantastic! She took care of literally everything on the day of our wedding. A problem arose and she did everything she could to fix it. I did not have to worry about a thing. And again, can't say enough about how awesome the food is. I want more thinking about it right now.
We got soooo many compliments about how this was the best wedding food they had ever had! It was absolutely amazing. I Read more...
We got soooo many compliments about how this was the best wedding food they had ever had! It was absolutely amazing. I used their day of coordinator as well and she was fantastic! She took care of literally everything on the day of our wedding. A problem arose and she did everything she could to fix it. I did not have to worry about a thing. And again, can't say enough about how awesome the food is. I want more thinking about it right now. Read less
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Karen
Wedding:
10/18/2014
4.9/5.0
I can't thank Courtney and Helen for making our daughters wedding such an amazing event!

When our daughter got engaged Oct. 2013 and with the difficulties of putting together a wedding long distance, I live in Mexico and our daughter lives in Baltimore, we proceeded quickly to lock in our decisions of vendors. Having lived in Charlottesville for years before, we knew of the great food and reputation of the Local. Our daughter wanted a barn wedding that was also formal. We choose the beautiful setting/barn at Rounton Farms in Orange, VA about a 45min drive from the Local. The southern fare the Local offered was a perfect fit.

Courtney was great from the beginning, having not worked a wedding or event at Rounton before, she was more than happy to take the time and go visit w us to check out the venue. She made great suggestions from the beginning and she recommended MS Events, ( Linda
Winkler) for the rental company. Because they worked together regularly it was easy and a pleasure to coordinate and plan with them. One deposit w the Local secured the rental contract and made for easy billing and coordination. Of course, there were changes as we got closer to the date and the numbers for guests changed etc. and they both were very willing to work w the changes and never made me feel bad about doing so.

When we were within the 3wk before zone, Courtney introduced me to Helen as the "day of" manager. You could not ask for a sweeter person to work with. She made me feel no matter what ?'s I had or requests I made seem like "no problem", including a 48hr before subtraction and addition to the rental table setting needs.
Helen and her staff performed professionally and pleasantly during the night of the wedding.
The food and service were great and the evening was a huge success. They worked well with
Rounton's staff and the florist making the final touches possible.

We couldn't have been happier with our experience.
I can't thank Courtney and Helen for making our daughters wedding such an amazing event!

When our daughter got Read more...
I can't thank Courtney and Helen for making our daughters wedding such an amazing event!

When our daughter got engaged Oct. 2013 and with the difficulties of putting together a wedding long distance, I live in Mexico and our daughter lives in Baltimore, we proceeded quickly to lock in our decisions of vendors. Having lived in Charlottesville for years before, we knew of the great food and reputation of the Local. Our daughter wanted a barn wedding that was also formal. We choose the beautiful setting/barn at Rounton Farms in Orange, VA about a 45min drive from the Local. The southern fare the Local offered was a perfect fit.

Courtney was great from the beginning, having not worked a wedding or event at Rounton before, she was more than happy to take the time and go visit w us to check out the venue. She made great suggestions from the beginning and she recommended MS Events, ( Linda
Winkler) for the rental company. Because they worked together regularly it was easy and a pleasure to coordinate and plan with them. One deposit w the Local secured the rental contract and made for easy billing and coordination. Of course, there were changes as we got closer to the date and the numbers for guests changed etc. and they both were very willing to work w the changes and never made me feel bad about doing so.

When we were within the 3wk before zone, Courtney introduced me to Helen as the "day of" manager. You could not ask for a sweeter person to work with. She made me feel no matter what ?'s I had or requests I made seem like "no problem", including a 48hr before subtraction and addition to the rental table setting needs.
Helen and her staff performed professionally and pleasantly during the night of the wedding.
The food and service were great and the evening was a huge success. They worked well with
Rounton's staff and the florist making the final touches possible.

We couldn't have been happier with our experience. Read less
Services Used: Catering

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