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What’s Happenin’ Wednesday

  • Just ahead of the 10K, King of Pops – Richmond is releasing a Ukrop’s Rainbow Cookie pop. Let’s all a take a minute to fully appreciate that…rainbow cookies in popsicle form! You can try one for yourself this Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at 3001 W Clay Street where the pops will be free thanks to Sportsbackers.
  • Thrillist put together a list of the best late night eats in major cities throughout the United States. Take a look and tuck this list away until your next visit to one of these cities so you know where to go for some late night grub.
  • If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen my recent story where I was super excited about finally getting some fresh herbs in the kitchen. I’ve been using the mint (along with lemon, lime and just a touch of sugar) to infuse my iced tea the past few weeks with the help of one of my favorite kitchen finds from Crate & Barrel.
  • Need a way to impress guests at your next gathering but don’t have much time? Check out this slideshow from Food and Wine on fast hors d’oeuvres with options that will impress even the most refined palate.
  • Why are pickles often served on the side of sandwiches, you ask? The Kitchn has the answer to that one.
  • In local restaurant news, the old American Tap Room underwent a quick turnover over at Willow Lawn and is now operating as Hattie Mae’s Southern Kitchen. You can read more details about the new restaurant over at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  • Just when I thought I couldn’t love North End Juice Co. any more than I already do, they introduced fresh-pressed juices to their menu, including watermelon juice! So excited to have this option, especially as things start to warm up again around Richmond.

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  • I’m co-hosting an event at Kendra Scott this Thursday (tomorrow!) where the store will be donating 20% of the proceeds from 6-8 p.m. back to the Massey Alliance. Come out, bring s friend,  enjoy some sweets and make your own piece of jewelry at the color bar! Details here.
  • The Boathouse and Trapezium Brewing Co. have partnered to develop a custom house beer for The Boathouse, The Boathouse Oyster Ale,  which is made with The Boathouse Oyster shells. The debut of the beer is taking place this Friday at a Trapezium beer dinner at The Boathouse at Sunday Park, and you can get your tickets here.
  • Hosted by Ardent Craft Ales, Swine & Brine is returning this year on Saturday, April 8. This is one of our favorite food events of the year in Richmond, you can read our recap from last year here.
  • Have you made your plans or reservation for the second annual Richmond Brunch Weekend yet? It’s happening this weekend and you can check out the full list of participating restaurants on the event website. Just remember, the harder you brunch, the more you’ll be giving back to the Massey Cancer Center and Massey Alliance.
  • Word on the street is that tickets are moving quickly for the third annual Supper at Sunset to benefit ChildSavers which is coming up on Thursday, May 25, so don’t wait to buy tickets if you’re hoping to attend.


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What’s Happenin’ Wednesday

  • SO MANY LISTS. Richmond’s Roosevelt restaurant and Strangeways Brewing were just recognized by Southern Living. The magazine just released its first ever South’s Best winners and the Roosevelt appeared on the South’s Top 10 Bars list and Strangeways was named one of the South’s 10 Best Breweries. And Richmond was number nine on The South’s Best Cities 2017 list by Southern Living. Separately, The Veil was featured on Thrillist’s Best New Breweries in America list.
  • Did you know that Shake Shack uses Martin’s Potato Rolls for its burgers? If you didn’t you do now. Eater has the scoop on why this classic bun has become so popular among burger joints across the nation.
  • In case you missed it: Yesterday we celebrated one year of blogging by sharing our 10 favorite dishes from the past 365 days!
  • What’s old is cool again. Blizzards® aren’t just for the fast food drive thru anymore, desserts inspired by this frozen treat are popping up all over the place. And you can even make one in your own home.
  • Richmond Magazine has all of the details on Flora’s planned opening on March 21 and I cannot wait to make my way over to try some of the Oaxaca-inspired dishes. The restaurant opening in the former Balliceaux space is the brain child of a few of my favorite Richmond chefs and restaurant owners — Jay Bayer of Saison, and Jason Alley and Michele Jones of Pasture and Comfort. Sign me up for a gallon of the chocolate soup served with toasted marshmallows!
  • Speaking of frozen treats, milkshakes are finally back at Roaring Pines, and King of Pops/The Reign is open after a seasonal hiatus.
  • If you watch Chef’s Table on Netflix, you need to watch this Portlandia parody featuring Fred Armisen.

What to add to your calendar

  • On Monday March 27th, say goodbye to winter with Metzger’s Iki Kai pop-up. There will be poke and tropical cocktails, what more could you need?
  • Patina’d on Grace will be hosting its Spring Fling Market on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Here’s your plan for Saturday: do some spring cleaning to make some room for your new finds at Patina’d on Grace, do some shopping at the Spring Fling Market and then pop over to Cask Cafe for a brew and/or lunch.
  • The Brunch Market is back this Sunday in Scott’s Addition. There will be fried chicken biscuits, flat breads and mimosas, plus lots of local vendors to check out. Please go and enjoy a biscuit for me, I’m counting down the days until the end of #cook90 so that I can partake in this biscuit partayyyyy.
  • The first BreakawayRVA ride is scheduled for April 29th. I’m giving you a ton of notice so that you can get your bike in order ahead of time. Rides will be held monthly from April to October this year.


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  • Hurry, or you’ll miss it: the inaugural Richmond Black Restaurant Week is happening now and runs through March 12th with with $15 two-couse lunch options and $25 three-course dinner options. Participating restaurants include spots like Croaker’s Spot, Mama J’s, Sugar’s Crab Shack and Spoonbread Bistro.
  • In my last What’s Happenin’ Wednesday, I highlighted a heartwarming story from Inc. and this time I’ve got one for you from The Washington Post, a piece by Tim Carman about how a dishwasher became a partner in one of the world’s top restaurants.
  • A few Richmond restaurant updates: Early Bird Biscuit Co. is returning to its Northside roots with plans to open a second location planned for 1221 Bellevue Avenue, Burger Bach is moving a few doors down in Carytown and Black Hand Coffee Company is opening a second location in Brookland Park, where roasting has already started. The Brookland Park location won’t have Black Hand’s infamous breakfast sandwiches, as the focus of this space will be more on coffee and roasting.
  • In sad dining news, Rappahannock Restaurant is closed until further notice after a fire this past weekend. Thankfully, everyone got out of the restaurant safely and no one was injured. The restaurant is sharing updates on its Facebook page.
  • Stroops V2: We didn’t have to wait but so long for an update on what our beloved Stroops would be up to next. They reopened their doors yesterday and details on their new hours and menu, which now has a focus on prepared foods and sandwiches, can be found here.
  • In the kitchen: I have not just one but TWO recipes for you this week. An excuse to eat pasta for breakfast with this Alton Brown recipe for breakfast carbonara that was featured in The New York Times and the secret to making your baked sweet potato fries extra crispy from The Kitchn.
  • If you’re a fan of Idle Hands Bread Company, you might want to donate or spread the word about the GoFundMe campaign owner Jay Metzler set up to raise funds for a new deck oven which will allow him to keep churning out all of that delicious bread and then some.
  • Buy a cookbook, get a free burger from Shake Shack. It might sound funny, but you better believe it’s true. You can get all details over at on the UrbanDaddy website.
  • In non-food related news, I’ve been loving on my first pair of tassel earrings since I got them a few months ago and Megan over at Marco Style highlights some super cute ones from Target in a recent post. Better yet, they’re a great deal.
  • Last but certainly not least, I can’t end this week’s post without giving a shout out to Nota Bene, the restaurant that Style Weekly named the 2017 Richmond restaurant of the year.

What to add to your calendar

  • You all have probably caught on to the fact that the Massey Cancer Center is an organization near and dear to my heart with the amount that I give love to their various events AND I have two more coming your way. Aren’t you lucky! Toast is giving 10 percent of food sales back to the Massey Alliance on Monday, March 13 and Kendra Scott is giving 20 percent of proceeds back to The Massey Alliance for all in store sales from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 23.
  • The 2017 opening weekend for the Goochland Drive-In Theater is taking place Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18. They’ll be showing Beauty and the Beast and Rogue One.
  • Origin Beer Lab and The Caboose are co-hosting a beer and cheese pairing, Flights and Bites, this Thursday, March 9. Tickets are limited and cost $20.
  • RVAHub has all the details on the 2017 line-up for Friday Cheers, which will be celebrating it’s 33rd season this year! The good tunes will kick off on Brown’s Island starting May 5.


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  • More restaurants are coming! The folks behind Rogue Gentlemen (not to be confused with Club Rouge) are opening a new concept in the old Boka Tavern space on Broad Street. Yaki will be a take on the modern izakaya, aka Japanese gastropub, serving mainly yakitori-ya (chicken skewers) — read all of the details on Richmond Magazine. Also making moves this week is Mean Bird. The beloved fried chicken (and vegan fried chicken) food truck will soon be opening a brick and mortar location in the old Sticky ToGoGo space on Main Street in the Fan. Note: they’ll have a limited schedule for the truck while they work to get that space up and running.
  • Does the warm weather have you wishing you were drinking a beer on the patio? Here are five Richmond beers to help you start celebrating spring early.
  • In related beer news, Hardywood’s Goochland facility is facing some setbacks thanks to some not so cooperative soil. The project is now slated to open in spring 2018.
  • I think I mention my love for podcasts at least once a month in What’s Happenin’ Wednesday and guess what, it’s that time again! Bon Appetit asked chef’s what they’re listening to and they aren’t all food related. I 100 percent endorse Revisionist History, Stuff You Should Know and the Sporkful.
  • ICYMI: I’m attempting to do the #cook90 challenge — meaning for the month of March I must cook all of my own breakfasts, lunches and dinners (with the exception of three cheat meals). If you have a recipe that you love to cook, share it here (or in the comments below) and I’ll try my best to cook it! I’m currently searching for a good bagel recipe so let me know if you’ve got one.
  • If labels at the grocery store often leave you feeling confused, you aren’t alone. Soon companies will be encouraged to cut those pesky “sell by” descriptors from 10 options to two, meaning consumers will only see “Use By” and “Best if Used By” dates on food. Yay for changes that make our lives easier. Side note, most foods are typically okay to eat if it is past its “Best if Used By” date.

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  • GUYS! GET EXCITED BECAUSE MRS. YODER’S MAKES ITS TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO SOUTH OF THE JAMES THIS WEEKEND. Sorry for yelling but I’m excited. My love for donuts runs deep and these are my absolute favorite in Richmond. Catch them this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Forget March Madness (ok not really, but go with me on this one), March Mindfulness is here. Take a break from the current chaos that is social media and just life in general with some classical music and meditation. Classical Revolution RVA will be hosting solo instrumentalists every Wednesday in March from 12-12:30 p.m. at 1708 Gallery (319 W. Broad St.). The events are free and open to the public.
  • Tickets are on sale for Steam Bell Brew Works’ RVA Brews & Blues Fest on March 25th. Seven acts are slated to perform and they’ll also be releasing a small batch beer, Old Salt Gose.
  • Brunch is starting at Laura Lee’s this Sunday and they just shared a sneak peek of the menu. Brunch will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and reservations can be made on the restaurant’s website. They had me at avocado toast and pork shoulder, sunchoke and sausage hash.
  • If the Oscars were your jam this past Sunday, you might be interested in attending the Richmond International Film Festival. More than 150 films from 35 countries will be shown during the festival and 50+ bands will be performing now through Sunday. More details including a list of films, bands and events can be found here.



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  • It’s awards season for the restaurant community in Richmond, y’all. Two Richmond restaurateurs — Brittanny Anderson of Metzger Bar and Butchery and Evrim Dogu of Sub Rosa Bakery — have been named semifinalists in the James Beard Foundation Awards, culinary awards that recognize the best in the business from throughout the whole country. The sixth annual Elby Awards took place this past weekend at the Altria Theater, celebrating the restaurant community in the Richmond region. You can find out who the big winners of the night were over on the Richmond Magazine website.
  • Travel + Leisure compiled a list of the best cheap eats in every state, and Virginia’s representation on the list came from right here in Richmond with a nod to the ham biscuit from Early Bird which rings in at only $4.95.
  • Good news for folks who live or work in downtown Richmond — or really anyone that is a fan of delicious lunch on the cheap —  Christopher’s Runaway Gourmay opens for the season on Monday, February 27th. Between that news and the crazy warm weather we’re experiencing, I’m starting to think that groundhog just might have been wrong.
  • From BuzzFeed: a food test that will you help you determine what city you actually belong in.
  • Heads up: You have a new place to be on Tuesday nights from 5-9 p.m. Postbellum is now offering Burger, Beer & Bourbon Tuesday’s where you can get a classic burger, a shot of bourbon and a 12 oz draft beer for $15.
  • If you love a good inspirational story like I do, you’ll love this one from Inc. on how flamin’ hot Cheetos came to be. I know, I know, you never really thought you would see Cheetos and inspirational in the same sentence. Just trust me on this one.

What to add to your calendar

  • Buskey Cider knows how to do it with the fun collaborations, don’t you agree? Last time it was sliders and ciders, this time it’s Girl Scout cookies and cider. It’s all happening tomorrow, Thursday, February 23 at 5 p.m. Details here.
  • Nota Bene Restaurant & Bar is holding their monthly pizza club this Sunday, February 26th from 5-9 p.m., and you really don’t want to miss this one because it features the one and only Stephanie Ganz! If you go, you’ll be able to try her Hungarian mushroom soup inspired pizza and a signature cocktail.
  • You guys! ZZQ is returning to Ardent Craft Ales on Saturday, March 4th at noon. Some ridiculously good Texas style barbecue awaits, in addition to the delicious beer that’s always present at Ardent.
  • On March 16th from 6-9 p.m., Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms will speak to building a local food system that works. The evening will include food and drinks from several local chefs, and you can buy tickets here.
  • Don’t forget, Richmond Brunch Weekend is coming up March 25 – 26, a weekend where you can enjoy brunch and raise money for Massey Cancer Center at the same time. You can keep up with the participating restaurants over on the event Facebook page.

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  • Let’s start with the bad news: Stroops as we know it will be closing this week. And after The Dog and Pig Show closed last weekend, Meg and I aren’t sure what to do or where to eat lunch anymore (kidding, sort of). I ate my feelings today to say my goodbyes (re: I shared five, I repeat five hot dogs with friends). Also closed, American Tap Room at Willow Lawn. The space will be turned into Hattie Mae’s Southern Cuisine and Oyster Bar.
  • The better news, lots of restaurants are opening (and reopening). The Hard Shell Downtown is open again after an interior remodel. The Cava location near VCU opens to the public this week (Thursday with limited hours and FREE food). And Anchor Bar, the restaurant that invented the buffalo wing opens at Stony Point on Saturday.
  • Ukrop’s lives! At Kroger. You can now find all of your Ukrop’s favorites at Kroger starting today — think rainbow cookies and chicken salad, but maybe not together.
  • The Washington Post burst my Kombucha loving bubble this week by informing me that the “health” drink might not be all that it’s cracked up to be. Decide for yourself by reading the full article here.
  • Two new food websites popped up recently that are worth following: Healthyish by Bon Appetit is a place where you can find (mostly) healthy but always delicious recipes and TASTE is an online magazine run by Matt Rodbard, author of Koreatown: A Cookbook, among other accomplishments. TASTE promises to share approachable recipes and to explore “today’s quick moving food culture.”
  • Stella’s Grocery is my guilty pleasure market. If I’m feeling too lazy to cook dinner or if I know I have a busy week coming up, I’ll pick up a pasta dinner there knowing it will last me for like four meals and be more delicious than anything I could make myself. Stella’s Grocery new item alert: housemade butternut squash and ricotta ravioli. Reheat it in your own cookware and we won’t tell anyone that you didn’t make it from scratch.

What to add to your calendar

  • If you’ve already given up on your New Year’s Resolution to get fit, sign up for the Monument Avenue 10k. There’s still time to get back on track and run with 30,000 of your closest friends. Also, non-runners it might be time to start planning your witty signs, you’ve got stiff competition with all the protest signs lately.
  • This weekend, Stone Brewing is celebrating the first birthday of its Richmond location. Join them in Fulton on Saturday for beer, coffee and Patrick Henry re-enactors. No, I’m not kidding.
  • Go grocery shopping for a good cause on Sunday at Ellwood Thompson’s. Five percent of sales will be donated to local non-profit FETCH a Cure.
  • FYI — The nice people that run the Mean Bird food truck have caught the bug that’s been going around and had to cancel all events scheduled for yesterday and today. Send them good vibes so that they’ll be better soon aka in time to serve up some tasty fried chicken at Kindred Spirit Brewing in Goochland on Friday. Go visit them when they’re back up and running, I’m sure it will make them feel better!

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