I’m a little under the weather, dear readers, but I am forging ahead with the news nonetheless. It wasn’t a bad week here in Richmond food news, not at all. No closings, no drama, just a few openings announced, a wine dinner and a few festivals.
It’s still American Craft Beer Week
. Or, should I say, American Craft Beer for Two Days. On Friday, Mekong
will host, and Midnight Brewery
will host on Saturday. Tuffy Stone
and Jason Alley
made their debut in the C.F. Sauer
’s Duke’s Mayonnnaise
ad campaign, and although the Elevation
will be airing throughout the South, they oddly won’t appear in Richmond. Here’s a link
to the original story.
Off-Broad Appétit announced its lineup of chefs:
- Adam Sappington, owner and executive chef of the The Country Cat in Portland, Ore.
- Rob Newton, owner and chef of Seersucker in New York City's Brooklyn borough.
- Nicholas Sefanelli, chef at Bibiana in Washington, D.C.
- Ruben Garcia, chef at minibar Jose Andres in Washington, D.C.
- Justin Brunson, owner and chef of Old Major and owner of Denver Bacon Co., in Denver.
The event is sponsored by the National Pork Board, and it benefits FeedMore. Tickets
The old Blackfinn spot will soon be the home of the third F.W. Sullivan’s Canal Bar & Grille
. Along with the first Sullivan’s in the Fan, Jake Crocker’s group, Jacobus Rex, owns another in Fredricksburg, as well as Lady N’awlins Cajun Café
, Uptown Market & Deli
and Jorge’s Cantina
. They’re planning a late June opening. (Richmond.com
A restaurant run by a culinary school gives recent graduates hands-on experience in the real world. Culinard
has taken that step and will open their new endeavor, Kitchen on Cary
, at 1329 E. Cary St. on Saturday. The executive chef will be David Hughes, formerly of Graffiti Grill. They’ll celebrate the opening with a fundraiser, “Wag and Wine
,” benefitting the Richmond SPCA, on May 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here
Also this Saturday (May 18) in conjunction with Slow Food RVA
, Little House Green Grocery
on North Side will hold an olive oil tasting from small California producers led by Stacy Luks
. The event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. VibeFest
is gearing up for its ninth annual event on Sunday, May 19, from noon to 6:30 p.m. in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center parking lot. Bands will include Blue Line Highway, Cardinal Compass, The Dreamers, Sommervilians with Solomon Miles, Andy Vaughan and The Driveline, The Taters, The Janet Martin Band, The Hullabaloos, and The Honky Tonk Experience. There’s a suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Positive Vibe Foundation
. (You can read an article here
about the Dreamers, an unusual performing troupe, from our not-yet-out June issue.)
They’re not exactly from here, but they are kind of close. Charlottesville gourmet grocery and sandwich shop feast!
won one of the five Specialty Food Association’ Outstanding Retailer of 2013 awards
. Plus they scored the cover of the association’s trade publication. So the next time you’re zipping up 64 to go watch a game or hang out on the Lawn, stop by their shop on Main Street and congratulate them.
Chesterfield’s Bigs BBQ
has plans to open another restaurant in the heart of VCU at 933 W. Grace St. (Richmond BizSense
The former Mulligan’s space will soon be occupied by Postbellum
and its intriguing logo, the latest venture by Ron Morse of Baja Bean Co. and Station 2. No date has been set yet for opening. (RVA News
We’ve been hearing about it for a while and saw something at the South of the James farmers market, but Chris Matera and partner Brad Hemp of wholesale company Sausage Craft
have officially announced that they’ll be offering hot dogs, bacon, ham and more through their new retail division, Salt Pork
. You’ll find their products online, at SOJ and eventually, at Cask Café and Market when it opens in July. (Richmond BizSense
)File under: I’m Not a Fan of Hooters.
However, the Hooters in Chester is now open after being taken over by its umbrella corporation, Hooters of America. It had been closed when its owner, Cornett Hospitality, went into bankruptcy. (Richmond BizSense
is planning a wine maker’s dinner with Michael Lancaster of Tin Barn Vineyards
from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on May 22. Expect things like tempura squash blossoms stuffed with lobster and scallops, braised lamb ravioli and pan-roasted duck breast, all paired with California wines. Tickets are $38 per person. You can find out more by calling 562-0138.
Lastly, the 32nd Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival
will be held on June 1 and 2 in Centreville. Expect food trucks, seminars, music and unlimited wine tastings.