What’s Happenin’ Wednesday

what's happenin' wednesday

What’s Happenin’ Wednesday

  • 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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