Exciting news for RVA: Craig Dodson, founder and director of Richmond Cycling Corps, was named this week as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes for 2016. The organization’s purpose is to change the lives of youth who live in Richmond’s public housing projects. Even more exciting news for RVA: The organization can take home $100,000 if Dodson receives enough votes to be named the hero of the year! You can vote every day through December 6 here.
If you’re looking for a good deal this week, you’re in luck. Nacho Taco Week is back for 2016 and running through this Sunday, November 6! The week of deals is brought to you by Style Weekly. Participating restaurants include Alamo BBQ, Casa del Barco and Don’t Look Back. You can find a full list of restaurants offering $5 meal specials this week here.
Thrillist is on the hunt for the best burger in America. You can take a look at their top picks here, the hardest part is deciding which burger to try first. Rest assured here that we fully agree with the idea of planning a trip centered around a visit to a particular restaurant.
ICYMI: BBQ fans, rejoice. ZZQ is opening a brick-and-mortar location this spring in Scott’s Addition, and Richmond Magazine has all of the details. Fans of the Texas barbecue can expect items they’ve come to know and love in addition to a few new options, including different options for sides and weekly specials.
Speaking of new developments for Scott’s Addition, Gelati Celesti posted a Facebook update recently on the progress of their upcoming Scott’s Addition location and it sounds like things are moving along quite nicely. If all goes well, the new spot could be open by Christmas. I scream, you scream, we all scream for…Santa Claus and ice cream?!
In the kitchen: I stumbled across a Food & Wine recipe earlier this week for a sausage and potato pan roast, and I’m dying to give it a try sometime soon. They call it the perfect cold weather weeknight dinner, and I’m thinking Food & Wine is on to something here.
Starting today, Maple & Pine Restaurant is offering a $10 brown bag special at lunchtime with your choice of a sandwich or salad. All lunches include chips and a drink, and the lunch specials will be offered throughout the course of November.
What to add to your calendar
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Willow Lawn’s third annual craft beer event, the Craft Beer Harvest, is happening this Friday, November 4th from 6 – 9 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics Virginia.
Cider Week Virginia is quickly approaching, taking place this year from November 11 – 20. You can find details on all of the events taking place throughout the state during the week online. I’m most excited about the Hill and Holler Ploughman’s Feast which is happening on Sunday, November 13th at Blue Bee Cider.