Hello, 2017! Fresh off a relaxing holiday vacation in Hawaii (more details on that trip to come), I’m back in the blogging spirit. 2016 brought a whole lotta changes for Meg and I — Meg (and Taylor) bought a house, I got a dog and we started Let’s Share a Dish — and I think I speak for both of us when I say that we’re excited to see what this year holds for the both of us. We’re going to do our best to get back to a more regular blogging schedule, so get excited. To kick things off here’s our first What’s Happenin’ Wednesday of the year!
What’s Happenin’ Wednesday
- Ready to start planning your escape from winter weather? Here’s the year-long road trip for you. You’ll have to start in south Texas (does Austin count?) And you’ll end near San Diego.
- One of our favorite lunch spots is now open for dinner! Meg and I are hooked on Plant Zero’s kickin’ chicken wraps and now we can’t wait to see what they whip up for dinner. Extended hours started today and a dinner full menu will be rolled out soon.
- Refinery29 pulled together a list of the best brunch spots across America, and Richmond’s own Perly’s was chosen to represent Virginia. If you haven’t been to brunch yet at Perly’s you don’t know what you’re missing. The cinnamon babka french toast, breakfast bagel sammy and and cheese blintzes are just a few of my personal favorites.
- If you’re into New Year’s resolutions, there’s still time to commit (I think?). For the home cook looking to step up their game, perhaps perfecting basic knife skills is your resolution, or if you’re looking to save a bit of money but still eat like a king, Bon Appetit has created a food lover’s guide to eating on a budget.
- ICYMI: Balliceaux is shutting down and will be reopened by Jason Alley and Michele Jones, of Comfort and Pasture, and Jay Bayer of Saison and Saison Market as an upscale casual Mexican concept. Details from Karri Peifer on Richmond.com.
What to add to your calendar
- Sarah Choi, head dumpling maker from Shoryuken Ramen, and Seo Kelleher will be hosting two Dumpling Making classes at Mise En Place. Don’t miss your chance to attend January 26 for Chinese New Year and February 16th for Valentine’s Day. Tickets are $45 per person a small price to pay for being transformed into a dumpling making machine!
- Whisk is hosting its first pop-up event, the BUBO dinner, on January 15. Forty-five dollars will get you a six course tasting menu with flavors of the Mediterranean. The drunken pork belly with grits and the egg noodles sound incredible.
- Have you ever wanted to eat at Metzger, The Roosevelt, Lucy’s, Saison and Heritage all in one night? You’ll get your chance (sort of) on Martin Luther King Jr. Day all while supporting a great local nonprofit, Diversity Richmond. The executive chefs of each of these restaurants will be putting together a five course tasting menu paired with seasonal Ardent Craft Ales.
- Richmond SPCA’s Supper Club will be visiting Julep’s on January 11th for its first event of 2017. Fifteen percent of dinner proceeds will be donated to the Richmond SPCA and reservations are recommended.