Attending or planning any playoff or Super Bowl parties and need to bring a dish? Here’s a recipe for baked pimento cheese and sausage dip from Vivian Howard that promises to be a crowd pleaser. Bonus: if you cheat and use store bought pimento cheese, you’ll only need three ingredients.
If you haven’t heard already, Shagbark is starting brunch service on Sundays. The menu isn’t up online yet, but we saw a preview and it looks mighty tasty. I’m dying to try the buttermilk corn cakes served with honey butter and spiced apple-pear confiture or the Up-South Fry Up a dish composed of two eggs, fried brioche, country sausage and black eyed peas. Shagbark is open for brunch on Sundays starting at 11 a.m.
Watch out bees, a new honey is in town. Ames’ Hot Southern Honey has hit the ground running in Virginia stores. The chili pepper-infused honey was created by Ames Russell and is can be found in many stores around town.
The opening date for Cava Grill’s Richmond location isn’t set in stone yet, but we’re getting closer people! Stephanie Breijo over at Richmond Magazine has the scoop on some updates.
I’m in charge of purchasing our office coffee at Hodges and while we’ve certainly upgraded from the times when we were brewing Folgers, we still haven’t found our one true coffee love — that’s not surprising when someone who rarely drinks coffee is the one making all the coffee decisions. If your office is ready for a coffee upgrade, I suggest listening to this recent episode of the Sporkful, in which WNYC (New York’s Public Radio station) does an office wide (400 person) coffee taste test.
The Washington Post Beer of the Week for January 15th, is Stone Brewing Company’s collaboration with Ardent Craft Ales and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Give Me Stout or Give Me Death. Politics aside, great beer is something I think we can all get behind.
What to add to your calendar
I’m giving you enough advance notice so that you can truly add this to your calendar now. The Veil Brewing Company will again be hosting the guys from High Roller Lobster Co. on February 11th for their Tasting Room Remix with TRILLIUM! These lobster rolls are no joke. And while you’re there enjoying a brew you can also congratulate them for being recognized as one of Beer Advocate’s Best New Breweries.
Stay tuned for more details on Blue Bee’s Break Your Resolution Crawl happening on January 28th. We do know there will be plenty of booze, sugary sweets and fatty foods so that you can break all of your New Year’s resolutions in one place.
Tickets are on sale now for the first Underground Kitchen event of the year. The dinner is being hosted at a secret location on Monday, January 23rd and your clue is “a room with a view” — learn more and purchase tickets here.
The Edgar Allen Poe Museum, located in Shockoe Bottom, is celebrating the poet’s 208th birthday this Saturday. There’s a full day’s worth of events happening in his honor capped off with a midnight champagne toast, and tickets are only $5. Oh don’t worry, there will be cake!
Runners with a passion for wine, or wine lovers with a passion for running, Sports Bakers just announced the perfect event for you. The Sports Backer’s Uncorked Half Marathon will be held on May 6th (giving you enough time to start training) and will run 13.1 miles through New Kent. Part of the course will run through New Kent Winery and finishers will be treated to a glass of wine.