All about the restaurant weeks. Do you own a bike? Do you live near one of the new RVA Bike Share stations? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you have no reason not to participate in Richmond’s first Bike Restaurant Week, hosted by Sports Backers. See the list of participating restaurants here, and reserve your spot before the specials end on September 21. It’s time to start making a game plan for the restaurant week you don’t have to bike to, the list of the restaurants participating in this fall’s Richmond Restaurant Week was released earlier this week.
Restaurant news from across the river. Things are happenin’ over in Manchester (finally)! One of Meg and I’s favorite lunch spots is Plant Zero — my go to order is the kickin’ chicken wrap — and did you know they’re now doing dinner? Style Weekly’s Karen Newton has all of the details on the expanding dinner options (spoiler alert: it’s good and affordable, two things I like to hear). Also popping up in the Manchester area is Soul Ice’s first brick and mortar location, just in time for the end of summer. It’s strategically located across the street from Croaker’s Spot, which seems like a winning combination of food stops. And last but not least a little farther down the road, Laura Lee’s just celebrated its first birthday and with that opened a cute little patio around back, perfect for those crisp fall evenings that are coming our way.
The hipster banana? And no, that’s not weird innuendo. That’s a new nickname for the pawpaw, a fruit that’s gaining in popularity. Apparently September is pawpaw season for much of the United States. NPR has the scoop on what you need to know about this hard to find fruit. And while I’ve never tasted one, they’re described as a cross between a banana and a mango while also being custard-like in flavor. Sounds, well intriguing? Anyone have eyes on where we can find pawpaws here in Richmond?
Pumpkin spice is dumb. THERE I SAID IT. And I am not sorry about it. I cannot stand pumpkin spice anything (except for maybe cake?) and even though I think we hit peak PS levels about 2 years ago, CVS reminds us why this trend is so dumb. To further prove my point, I’ll leave you with this article which impressively outlines all the ways pumpkin spice has infiltrated our lives.
Writers lovin’ on RVA. A couple of national publications are telling us Richmonders what we already know, our food scene is pretty dang awesome. Garden & Gun just featured our town as the “South’s best culinary secret” and I can’t help but smile when I see Velma Johnson’s photo (she’s Mama J). Also writing about Richmond this week is Condé Nast Traveler, which included the river city in a round up of places to travel this November, which reminds us… time to buy those Fire, Flour, & Fork tickets!
What to add to your calendar
An art festival for all ages. One of my favorite Richmond festivals these past few years has been the RVA Street Art Festival. This year the festival will be held at the Diamond (and it could use some beautifying). Head on over this weekend (Friday to Sunday) and watch some street art being painted and check out the various creative activities for both kids and adults.
What do Stock Provisions and Metzger have in common? Well aside from always cooking up some high-quality meats, they’re both hosting events on September 30. From 1-7 p.m. Metzger (in Church Hill) will be hosting its annual Oktoberfest, featuring German foods (think pretzels and schnitzel) and lots of beer. Get the schnitzel and don’t ask questions. Across town, at the Veil, from 4-9 p.m. Stock Provisions and Meat Hook (yes, from Brooklyn) are throwing the Kung Fu BBQ to benefit Tricyle. Details are slim but guaranteed to be tasty.
Attention (cheap) rosé lovers. Aldi’s $8 silver medal winning rose is slated to hit the grocery store shelves on September 20. THAT’S TODAY PEOPLE.
Coffee addicts unite. National Coffee Day is September 29th and Coffee with Strangers is partnering up with Ellwood Thompson and a bunch of local businesses to celebrate and support the Salvation Army. Just $5 will get you a super cool Coffee with Strangers mug and some coffee related swag, and a dollar donation will get ya a hot cup o’ joe.
Breaking news alert. THE DOG AND PIG WILL BE HAVING A DESSERT POP UP AT OCTOBER’S FIRST FRIDAYS. STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS. THAT IS ALL.