What’s Happenin’ Wednesday

What’s Happenin’ Wednesday

People need our help. It feels like the only thing we have control of in this crazy world are the actions we decide to take. In the spirit of that, I wanted to kick this week’s WHW off with a few places you might be able to help people in need this week. Here you can find a list of organizations working to help those in Puerto Rico affected by hurricane Maria (donate!). If you want to support the victims of the mass shooting/domestic terror attack in Las Vegas, please consider making a donation here. And for those interested in affecting change or at least making an effort to affect change when it comes to gun violence in America, please consider donating or becoming involved with Americans for Responsible Solutions.

Richmond restaurant news. Poke Sushi Bowl is opening its first Richmond-area location in Short Pump. The restaurant, which has roots in Charlottesville, will serve a variety of customizable bowls. Richmond’s donut competition is heating up with a new bakery popping up across the river. Hot Diggity Donuts is hoping to open its doors in Manchester in early 2018, and the donut shop will also serve beer, wine and kombucha on tap. Also joining Manchester’s dining scene (across the street from Hot Diggity Donuts) is The Butter Bean Market & Cafe. Butter Bean’s executive chef comes to RVA by way of San Francisco, so let’s give him a warm welcome! And last but not least, the Front Porch Cafe in the East End is hosting soft opening days throughout the month of October to get ready for its grand opening.

Straight from the freezer into your oven. Whisk has expanded its frozen baked goods selection and now in addition to flakey, butter croissants (both plain and chocolate) you can now make their delicious chocolate chip cookies fresh at home! I’ve made the take and bake croissants a few times now and highly recommend them if you’re entertaining guests for breakfast but maybe don’t want to put on real clothes to head out into the real world early on a Saturday morning.

Will run for beer. Did you know: there are at least six running groups in the area that like to enjoy a cold one or two after getting the heart pumping. If running and drinking beer are two of your favorite pastimes (no judgment here) read the full details in Annie Tobey’s article for Style Weekly.

Ok, I admit it. I am a restaurant snob. And odds are, if you’re reading this, you might be too. Those once loved chain restaurants that may have excited us in our childhood or early adulthood are likely places we no longer visit (at least not willingly) but why is that? And what does that say about our culture? Eater has six, count them, six, articles for you to read covering the chains we love to hate — Applebee’s, TGI Fridays, Olive Garden, Friendly’s (yeah, I forgot about Friendly’s too) and Red Lobster.

What to add to your calendar

Set your calendar reminder now. But really, you need to do it. At 5 p.m. sharp on Friday our favorite little restaurant that closed its doors earlier this year, The Dog and Pig Show, will be popping up for First Fridays with its beloved salted chocolate chip cookies and milk and cookies bars this week. Get there early, I’m willing to wager that these sweet treats won’t last for long!

BBQ, brews and an awesome view. This Saturday, (the third annual?) Hogtober Festival kicks off at noon with tons of barbecue, beer and live music. This kid-friendly event is one of my favorites in Richmond and even though the weather is looking a little cloudy for Saturday, this is still one worth checking out.

Just don’t spill your beer. The Veil will be playing horror movies outside in their parking lot every Friday in October. Movies start between 7:30-8 p.m. and River City Kettle Corn will be cooking up some freshly popped kettle corn. And if you’re feeling like you need a full meal, Brasa will be grilling up fresh veggies, meats and seafood.

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