Charlottesville Inside-Out

Seize the flavor of Carpe Donut; then head out to Barboursville to catch up with one of the longest running community theater groups in Central Virginia, the Four County Players.

The Story of Carpe Donut…

Once upon a time (July 2007 to be exact), two donut-loving fools decided that the people of Charlottesville, Va. needed a source for hot fresh donuts made from scratch with fresh organic ingredients. “I wanted to make and offer to the public one extremely well-made food, says donut peddler Matt Rohdie. He and wife Jen Downey, along with many self-sacrificing friends, relatives, and their dutiful children, embarked on a recipe-testing journey that turned the family kitchen into a flour-strewn, vanilla-clouded laboratory, and yielded at last the Donut that demanded to meet the public. Carpe Donut indeed!! Tender and steamy on the inside…slightly crisped on the outside…..dusted with crunchy melty cinnamon sugar…..and infused with the mellow sweetness of apple cider. With the help of 1950s era technology in the shape of the mighty Donut Robot, we were ready to get rolling.


After a month or two selling out of a tent at county fairs during thunderstorms, we knew it was time to provide our now beloved Donut Robot with a home less open to the elements. Enter Gypsy, our little red Donut-Wagon That Can. Measuring a mere 6 by 8 feet, Gypsy allows us to travel freely, and sell our donuts at all kinds of local craft fairs, music festivals, and other events. Our goal is to deliver the most perfect donut-eating experience possible We make all our donuts from scratch, and on site. Each donut is served hot from the cooker. Elapsed time from creation to devourment is always less then five minutes!


We love being able to work together as a family, and spend time out in the community chatting with friends old and new over something as fine and simple as a donut. Come by next time you see us out and about and Carpe yourself a Donut!!

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Matt Rohdie and his wife, Jen Downey, have been making from-scratch organic donuts since 2007, offering their delectable treats to customers in and around Charlottesville. Traveling to local fairs, concerts, and other events in their mobile donut truck, called Gypsy, Rohdie and Downey strive to create a sublime donut- eating experience for their customers.

The donuts are made with local apple cider, and used frying oil is converted into biofuel. Carpe Donut recently expanded to a storefront location in Charlottesville, and the owners are working toward a contract with 26 Whole Foods stores throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Soon, these delicious confections will be available to donut lovers up and down the East Coast.