So little to tell you about, so much time. Wait, strike that. Reverse it
. The food news never waits, never stops, never ends…
Because I’m old and probably don’t have enough tattoos (or any) — but mostly because I’m old and that makes me irrelevant — I can’t try out for i.e.*’s new show on WCVE, A Taste of RVA.
However, if you are much younger than I am, and therefore a still-viable person whom people don’t ignore because you’re so frickin’ ancient, and you possess “an ineffable and nearly indescribable ‘RVA essence’ that will help brand our city and promote the genre bending, fusion inspired, inventive cuisine and neighborhoods around the city,” you really ought to go for it. Audition info here
is sweet 16!Carena’s Jamaican Grille
opened Tuesday with much fanfare and I’m happy to say, she’s still got it: Dang, those jerk chicken wings are good — as is everything else. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and the take-out window is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Foo Dog
opened, and when I tried to go there last night, it was packed. And that's nothing but a good thing. I say, get your heinie out a little earlier if you want to try it.
In beer news: Triple Crossing Brewing Co. opens a week from today, April 11. I’ve lost track of how many local breweries that makes, but I’m sure my intrepid readers will inform me shortly. Stop by the brewery’s opening for a bite from Popping Mealies to go along with your beer. (Richmond.com
VCU continues its expansion, and now it’s about to expand directly on top of Sally Bell’s Kitchen, home of the incomparable caramel upside-down cupcake. After 90 years on Grace Street, the owners have sold their building to VCU and are moving the bakery — perhaps to Jackson Ward. There are no plans to close the business. This has been a long time coming — it’s been almost a year since negotiations were first initiated. Better to sell out than be pushed out, right? Or maybe they’re exactly the same thing … (Style Weekly
It really and truly is spring, at last: The food truck season has officially begun. (Fan of the Fan
Boka is set to open next week on Robinson Street. I will give you minute-by-minute updates as I stare hungrily into its windows and wait for the door to open. (Richmond.com
Check out this great interview with Paul Heitz of Amour Wine Bistro on WRIR’s The Creative Habit
Did I know this? Did GrowRVA tell me about this? Am I going senile in my old age? Whichever, it’s great news! The folks from GrowRVA are starting up a new farmers market at Chimborazo Park — and the food desert just got a little greener in Church Hill. (Richmond BizSense
There will be a meeting on April 9th, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Main Street Station to continue the discussion about the 17th Street Farmers’ Market. If you’d like to come, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is this food news? It seems to be. A new nightclub, The Broadberry
, will soon replace the old Nu Nightclub. According to their news release, “In addition to concerts, The Broadberry will house a full-service restaurant. Executive chef Xavier Beverly, also the executive chef at The Camel, will be teaming up with Matt McDonald of Joe’s Inn to develop The Broadberry’s menu. Xavier brings experience from his work with Zeus Gallery and Live to Eat Catering. The venue will provide a full menu from the kitchen during all business hours.” I’m down with that.
Remember that horrendous story about the U.Va. student who was surrounded by ABC agents with drawn weapons in a parking lot, so she tried to flee in her car, hitting one agent, because she thought she was being attacked and was then thrown in jail, only to be released when they discovered that she was NOT buying alcohol underage but had instead purchased soda water? (Soda water!) She’s suing everybody involved, including the state, for $40 million. And she’d better get it. As a mother, this story chilled me to my very bones. (Richmond Times-Dispatch
There was a drug raid at New Fish Market on East Broad Street. (Greater Jackson Ward News
Not exactly food news but mildly diverting nonetheless: The “Sweet Tooth Bandit” walked into Family Dollar in Church Hill and stole a bunch of candy. (CHPN
In other news:
Most people are misanthropes who don’t want to sit together in restaurants. (The Atlantic
Most depressing headline of the week: Sugar Is Killing Us. (Salon
You will not
believe what's going on at Chobani. (NY Post
Coffee flour is a thing and it’s not exactly what you’d expect. (The Atlantic
via Jack Acree of Saffron Road
Hipsters. They drink PBR. Here's why — just don't expect them to mention all of the old, aging punk rockers that drink it, too. (The Savory
There are weird log lady videos out there and a bunch of famous chefs are in them, but no one knows why. (Eater)
People weren’t that impressed with the New York Times Magazine’s story
about a 15-year-old chef, because we are old and cranky. (Grub Street
While I’m not auditioning, I plan to plant some lettuce and skulk around the farmers market this weekend. Oh! And Saturday night, the entire staff of Richmond magazine will attend the Virginia Press Association
awards, where we’ll be chomping down on some chicken, quaffing a glass or two of cheap wine and making fun of the folks over at the Style Weekly table. May the best publication win! (Us.)