Last week Meg and I attended Ardent’s second annual Swine and Brine and let me say, it did not disappoint. We both enjoyed our fair share of tasty small plates created by some of Richmond’s best restaurants. And even though it rained — for the second year in a row — we still had a great time! The Dish Let me start by saying, Ardent knows how to throw a great event. The staff were super well organized, the check in process was streamlined and they had more than enough staff on hand to pour beer and serve food. This is not one of those events where you have to stand in the beer line for thirty minutes. Tickets ($20) were mainly sold presale, and upon entering you were given three tickets — redeemable for one beer or food item each (a select few food items cost two tickets) — and an…

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Can you believe it is already the end of April? Last week was a little crazy for me with a ton of meetings and events for both work and fun, so I’m excited for a little more downtime this week! It’s Wednesday! Here’s What’s Happenin’ Let me start by saying I don’t really love wine (gasp!). I know, I’m working to expand my palate, but it is a slow process, okay? But I think we can all trust the French when it comes to wine. Enter: Grapefruit wine, which is apparently all the rage in France right now. You can either search for a bottle or make your own by mixing the juice of one whole grapefruit with a bottle of rosé! Poor Rachael Ray, she just wanted to share her sandwich recipes on Twitter and then the behive attacked. Classic internet. ICYMI: Meg and I celebrated our takeover of the Virginia Bloggers’ Instagram account on…

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Taylor and I recently spent a long weekend in Austin, Texas visiting one of Taylor’s closest friends, Matt, who’s living there while getting his MBA. Austin has been on our list of places to visit for awhile, but we decided to take advantage of the timing and make a trip happen this year. I’d never been to Texas before and I was excited about going for a number of reasons – but I’d be lying if I said food wasn’t at the top of the list! We stayed at Matt’s apartment in East Austin just a few minutes from downtown, and it was the perfect place to call home for the weekend. If you’re planning a trip to Austin anytime soon, this post should serve as helpful guide for some fun places to eat and see while you’re there. Torchy’s Tacos The tagline for Torchy’s Tacos is “Damn Good”, and they aren’t…

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The Richmond location of Citizen Burger Bar opened this past weekend in Carytown at 2907 W. Cary St. in the space formerly occupied by Portrait House. The Citizen Burger Bar Carytown is the restaurant’s third location, joining two other Virginia locations in Charlottesville and Clarendon. Kelsey and I sat down last week with Andy McClure, owner of the The Virginian Restaurant Company, (currently composed of the three Citizen Burger Bar location as well as a number of other restaurants in Charlottesville) to chat with him about what Richmonders can expect from Citizen Burger Bar Carytown. The Food As you might expect, burgers stand out when you take a look at Citizen Burger Bar’s menu – but this isn’t your standard burger. The beef comes from Timbercreek Organics, a farm located in Charlottesville. “We don’t say it’s some of the best beef in the world –  we say it is the best beef in the world,”…

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How often do you find yourself staring into your refrigerator aimlessly, hoping that something edible will just appear? That’s basically what happens to me every night after work, and I love to cook. Hunter Hopcroft, one of the owners at Stock Provisions (formerly Harvest Grocery & Supply), hopes that his shop can help inspire home cooks who may feel inadequate in their own kitchens. I know the feeling. Sometimes it’s hard to get excited about cooking at home when it’s so much easier to enjoy an incredible dinner at one of Richmond’s many critically acclaimed restaurants.     “We wanted to create a space and a store that inspired people to want to cook.” – Hunter Hopcroft Back in late 2014, J.M. Stock Provisions — a butchery based in Charlottesville — opened a counter inside Harvest Grocery & Supply. After months of staffing overlaps and running supplies back and forth between Richmond and…

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