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!
One of my favorite combinations of the night was DeFazio’s scotch egg (a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage, rolled in panko and roasted, topped with hot sauce) alongside The Bruery’s Tart of Darkness. The egg was a savory, spicy and satisfying blend of textures, and the tart but not-too-sour flavors of the beer complemented it and cut through the heat.
I also fell in love with Patina’s beer-braised kalbi (Korean barbecued) short ribs paired with Legend Crim Dubbel. The Legend Belgian-style dubbel was sweet without being overpowering, and the finish made me think of Christmas just a little. It was a lovely way to wash down the charry flavors of the meat.
Also quite interesting was The Savory Grain’s shaved beef skewer topped with a globe grape and blue cheese alongside Wild Wolf Area 151 Belgian-style ale brewed with blackberries. The sweet and tangy flavors played well together here. I also would like to request that the restaurant start selling the salted caramel popcorn and peanut clusters that they handed out packaged to go.
The most unexpected, successful pairing of the evening was Brookville Restaurant’s bacon chocolate-chip cookie paired with Factory Girl Session IPA. I would never have expected a hoppy beer to successfully cut through chocolate and bacon flavors, but it worked.
If all this beer talk has left you thirsty, don’t fret. There are plenty more events to attend this weekend, especially the walk-around grand tasting on Saturday. Check out the full lineup and pick up a ticket.
"I want to get back to something with a more casual vibe," says owner Sean McClain. "Something that's more like the way we originally conceived the place." Gone will be complicated dishes and instead you'll find Asian-influenced fare from India, Thailand, Korea and China, plus American standards.
“The name ‘Viceroy’ came from the British title — when they took over another country, they appointed a viceroy to run it," McClain says. "We wanted to do a lot of different kinds of food, inspired by that."
Virginia Beach's Rich Chinook will head up the kitchen, which will be retooled during the week the restaurant is closed. Prices will range from $7 to $14, and McClain promises a strong happy hour, plus late night bar hours. "We want it to be more approachable, more of a neighborhood place to hang out.”
And what about chef Ryan Baldwin, whose cooking earned praise from our reviewer back in January, not to mention a spot for Viceroy in our "Best New Restaurants" feature? Stay tuned.