Family Meal, given the name, may not be quite what you expect. It has a roster of comfort food, but things like the Voltaggio-inflected duck-fat-fried French fries, salads with charred Little Gem lettuce and halibut with rhubarb lobster sauce are mixed in with fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and the house-cured pastrami sandwich.
"The menu will change with the seasons and location," says Voltaggio, "but the most popular, key items will remain."
Tim Bereika, formerly of Mosaic and Secco, guest-starred at the last chef take-over series and it sounded like I really, really missed out. (Richmond magazine)Early Bird Biscuit Co. opened in Lakeside with, you guessed it, fluffy homemade biscuits and let me tell you, this is a trend I can fully support. Ever since Perly’s closed, you’d be hard-pressed in this town to find biscuits as good as theirs — and in general, despite our ironclad Southern cred, biscuits have fallen by the wayside in recent years, for no good reason. (Richmond magazine)
Portrait House, in collaboration with The Nile, began serving their all-new Ethiopian menu. Please scroll down to the end of the story, where, buried at the end, you’ll also discover that Portrait House owner Hamooda Shami has bought a spot in Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall and plans to open a restaurant similar to (perhaps) Don’t Look Back. (Richmond.com)
Torero Tapas Bar and Grill is now open in the old Europa space in Shockoe Slip.
The Viceroy closed to retool its menu and will open July 28 with a new chef and a more casual vibe. (Richmond magazine)
I was afraid of this: Selba is for sale. (Richmond.com)Urban Farmhouse — the name is innocuous, the food is excellent and their march to take over this town is steady and sure-footed. In addition to a location in Scott’s Addition, they also plan to set up shop a few doors down from VCU’s The Depot on West Broad Street. (Richmond BizSense)
Now, this I find very interesting news: Mac McCormack is planning to open McCormack's Big Whisky Grill this fall in the old Texas de Brazil spot at Regency Square mall. That space is ENORMOUS. Remember the guys that would rush up to your table with long — really long and sharp — swords of meat? I mean there were a lot of those people running around without stabbing each other, so there’s some space to fill. I think McCormack is going to have a blast with all that freedom, and I can’t wait to watch him do it. (Richmond.com)
And if you haven’t checked out any of the events at the National Beer Expo this week, you still have all weekend to get your heinie off the couch and do something different for a change.
Or you can check out COTU’s second annual Summer Moon Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday. It celebrates the first moon landing and that’s about the best excuse I’ve heard yet to drink beer, eat a ton of food and listen to live music all day long.
Also, tickets for the culinary and history event Fire, Flour & Fork organized by Real Richmond Food Tours and planned for Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, went on sale Tuesday, with several dinners — including one with chef Sean Brock at Comfort — selling out within hours. (Associate publisher Susan Winiecki is a partner in Real Richmond Food Tours.
A very interesting email went out from Once Upon a Vine South this week. (Richmond.com)
In other news:
Who doesn’t want to know what a McDonald’s fry is made of? (Eatocracy)
Eat a fish head. All the cool kids are. (Food Republic)
C’mon, people, fried-chicken flavored Oreos are not a thing. (Eater)
The story that made me say “duh” this week: Healthy food can improve your mood and crap food makes you feel worse. As researcher David Ludwig put it, "When we feel stressed, we seek foods that are going to comfort us immediately, but often times those foods lead to surges and crashes in hormones and blood sugar that increase our susceptibility to new stresses." I heard this on NPR, people. And I’m sure this study cost lots and lots of money. (NPR)
I’ve sworn off Cheetos now that deadline for the August issue is over, and I’ve finally scrubbed all of the orange stains off my keyboard. So eat something healthy, for once in your life, and wash it down with a Guinness because everyone always says you can live off that dark beer alone. (This guy didn’t think it was a great way to live, however.) And go outside — the weather loves you for once!