Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Meals From the Heart

When a child is receiving medical treatment for serious illness or injury, taking away the worry of "what's for dinner?" can be a wonderful relief. This is why one our favorite ways to help out at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville (RMHC) is by volunteering for their "Meals from the Heart" program. 

Red Shoe Cville volunteers provide a meal for RMHC residents on the third Monday of each month. If you're interested in helping out check out our Sign Up Page here or contact our Volunteer Coordinator Carl Schwarz, at caschwarz83@gmail.com or 417-540-1791.  

If our regular dinner rotation doesn't work for you there are many other opportunities to give families - many of whom are through the hardest days of their lives - a little piece of mind the rest of the month. The goal at RMHC  is to have at least one prepared meal each day – breakfast, lunch, dinner, even brunch - so there are lots of chances to make someone's day a little better.  Some volunteers even come in just to bake cookies - and trust us, after a long day at the hospital, fresh baked cookies are a welcome sight and smell!

And don't fret if you're new to the process - the RMHC website provides everything you need to know about providing a meal. Plus, Carl is such a great guy that he'll even come to the house on your first evening to give you a brief orientation and make sure you're comfortable with everything.  Bon appetit!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Brew Ha Ha

Imagine a day filled with tasting incredible chili from amazing local cooks and restaurants accompanied by beer from Charlottesville's best local breweries...Well, that is exactly what we have in store for you on April 18!

In addition to our annual Chili Cook-Off this year, Red Shoe Cville will be hosting Cville's first ever blind beer battle - the Downtown Chili Showdown Brew Ha Ha! We're going to take away the logos from your favorite beers and let YOU decide - purely on taste - who brews your favorite beers!! Added bonus...it's for the kids and families of Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville!

Categories will include IPA, Wheat, Malty/Brown/Stout, Lager and a Brewer's Choice. Tasting flights can be purchased for $5, entitling purchaser to vote for one beer per flight.  Additionally, each brewery will have a beer of their choice available for purchase at their booth for $5.

Participating breweries include: Three Notch'd Brewing Company , South Street Brewery, Blue Mountain Brewery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company.

Stay tuned for more info....

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Get your tastebuds ready because on April 18, 2015 home cooks, restaurants and businesses from around Charlottesville will be donning their chefs hats for the 2015 Downtown Chili Showdown!  This year's competition is going to be bigger and better than ever with even more competitors, great entertainment, and - new for 2015 - the First Annual Downtown Chili Showdown Brew Ha Ha blind beer battle!

Details on how you can get involved will be coming soon, so stay tuned!