Good things come to those who wait. Rappahannock Restaurant is opening its doors again on Thursday after a fire closed the restaurant for six weeks. Head to their Facebook page where you can like or comment on their most recent post to enter a giveaway for $100 and then open your OpenTable app to make a reservation to celebrate the restaurant’s return with the staff, which is returning entirely intact after the hiatus. Bonus: If you visit on Thursday, there will be $1 oysters for your dining pleasure. Cheers to a decade. No doubt about it, the South of the James Farmers’ Market is one of our very favorite Richmond activities, we even did a post last year on our 10 favorite market vendors. The market turns 10 this year and Stephanie Breijo over at Richmond Magazine has the scoop on how the market has grown and what it looks like… View Post

After a brief hiatus, the latest 5 Bites and Sips post is up on the blog today featuring items from some of my favorite recent dining adventures! If you missed the first or second post in this series, don’t fret, you can give them a read here and here. The Taft at Secret Sandwich Society I first sang the praises of The Taft when we had the chance to get a sneak peek of Secret Sandwich Society before the restaurant opened to the public back in November — you could say this sandwich had me at hello. But, this menu item is one I’m not planning to part with anytime soon. Why is this sandwich so darn good? Made up of slow roasted pork shoulder, rosemary mayo, braised kale and provolone on a toasted baguette, every individual element of this sandwich is done to perfection and perfectly complements the other… View Post

Dream job = ice cream flavor judge. Gelati Celesti just put out an open call for judges for its spring ice cream flavor contest and I want to know where to sign up. If you want to be in the running for this prestigious job, fill out an entry form at one of Gelati Celesti’s four locations by April 18. Must be available on the evening of April 25th for the spring tasting event. The keyword here is new. ICYMI: Pop’s Market on Grace has new Saturday hours, now open 9 to 5. And Union Market just debuted its new spring/summer menu — that melon and prosciutto salad is calling my name — and its patio has a new look. Get your game plan together, restaurant week is almost here. Meg mentioned Richmond Restaurant Week in last week’s What’s Happenin’ Wednesday, and we’re set to visit Laura Lee’s (also see: the RTD’s… View Post

What’s Happenin’ Wednesday With the opening of Red Cap Patisserie, the Fan District has another bakery to call its own. You can read more about this French-inspired bakery owned by Martine Wladar in The Richmond Times-Dispatch. I need to plan a visit because swooning over the bakery’s Instagram photos is only going to tide my sweet tooth over for but so long. Speaking of The Richmond Times-Dispatch, did you know you can get a digital subscription to Richmond’s daily newspaper for only $8.99 a month? We’re big fans of local news here at Let’s Share A Dish and after some sad layoffs at the Richmond Times-Dispatch this week, it’s an important time to support local journalism. We talk a lot about restaurant closings and openings in this space, but we also like to celebrate when one of our favorite spots has been around a good long time, so here’s my official… View Post

I hate that I am saying this but I have been counting down the days to April 1 — aka the end of my #cook90 challenge. The cooking part hasn’t been too bad but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this experience it’s that my next kitchen needs to have a dishwasher. Who knew one person could create so many dirty dishes? I want to say I’ve spent at least a half an hour every single day in March washing dishes, and I’m #overit. Overall, I’ve really enjoyed #cook90. I tried my best to cook things that were outside of my comfort zone and I’m excited that I’ve added a few more recipes to my repertoire. I’ve learned that making pasta from scratch isn’t really all that hard, but you do need a decent amount of counter space. And apparently, I like baking a lot less than I thought I… View Post

Renovations are officially underway for ZZQ’s brick and mortar location. I cannot wait until I can finally get my #meatchurch fix on a day other than Saturday! Follow ZZQ on Instagram for updates on their pop ups at Ardent this summer/fall. One of my favorite frozen treats growing up was an ice cream cookie sandwich and my adult self is giddy over the new but classic ice cream cookie sandwich options at Gelati Celesti and Charm School. Oh and Charm School even has vegan options! Warm weather equals fruity cocktail weather. If you’re looking to shake up your cocktail game, Refinery29 has 42 grown up ways to drink tequila. Does this mean Jumbo Texans at El Rods aren’t grown up drinks? Shyndigz 2go & Market is now selling take and bake treats, meaning you can now offer to bring dessert to your next dinner party/get together and impress all of your friends (without slaving… View Post