Masa and Mezcal
What do Mexico Metropolis, Virginia Tech and native restaurant group Large Kitchen Hospitality have in widespread? They’re all a part of the story of the soon-to-debut restaurant idea Conejo. Opening subsequent week within the Westhampton Commons growth at Patterson and Libbie, the brand new eatery guarantees a mezcal-heavy cocktail listing, tortillas created from heirloom corn milled in-house and dishes devised by seasoned chef, cookbook creator and Mexico Metropolis native Danny Mena. (Richmond journal)
Shield and Serve
Briny bivalves, the Chesapeake Bay and the bond amongst fellow cooks maintain a particular place within the hearts of Alewife Chef de Delicacies Bobo Catoe Jr. and proprietor Lee Gregory. This month, the Church Hill seafood shrine kicks off a tribute to all three with the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The seven-part dinner collection runs till December and can characteristic visiting cooks from throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C., together with Inn at Little Washington alum Devin Rose, now of Adrift within the Northern Neck, and former Saison proprietor Adam Corridor of The Feed Retailer in Maidens. Better part: Proceeds profit the VCU Rice Rivers Heart. (Richmond journal)
Identical, however Completely different
After gaining their espresso chops at one of many area’s longtime roasters, a crew of former Lamplighter Espresso Roasters staff has launched a brand new employee-owned caffeinated collective, Afterglow Espresso Cooperative. Having taken over Lamplighter’s bean sourcing, roasting operations and wholesale purchasers, Afterglow additionally hosts pop-ups and farmers market pickups at its Scott’s Addition cafe area. (Richmond journal)
With 12 months six efficiently within the books, Richmond Black Restaurant Expertise could also be over, however mark these calendars for the organizers’ subsequent occasion, the Coronary heart & Soul Brew Fest, happening this summer time. (Richmond journal)
Hold your eyes peeled for a touring pizza oven popping up at space breweries and farmers markets. D.C.-based Timber Pizza Co. — the identical homeowners of bagel store Name Your Mom deli — has RVA in its sights. (Richmond journal)
Snack time, start! Check out our roundup of spots serving every little thing from foldable Lebanese flatbread to churros and low to fulfill these between-meal cravings. (Richmond journal)
Sandwich pop-ups are having one other second. This Saturday, March 19, Vasen Brewing will host a sando occasion mashup that includes Hamfish, a pop-up specializing in barbecue and seafood rolls, and Tyler’s Meat Cart, from pork purveyor Tyler Trainum of Autumn Olive Farms. From 1 p.m. to sellout, swing by for every little thing from an Arby’s-inspired roast beef and cheddar to a smoked lobster roll.
One single sandwich, two days of pop-ups. On March 25 and 26, Longoven chef Pablo Corrales shall be serving up the mighty El Mestrami, a stunner of a sammy lined with smoked pastrami, Salvadoran cortido, Gruyere, manchego, avocado and aji panca mayo, all aboard a garlic knot from Carytown’s Montana Gold Bread Co. Preorders are open now.
Spoonbread Bistro introduced it has bid farewell to its Fan location at 2526 Floyd Ave., closed for the reason that onset of the pandemic, whereas its Lauderdale Drive outpost, Spoonbread Bistro Deux, stays open. (Richmond BizSense)
A waterfront escape in Varina that established itself as a primary place to retreat for sunsets, stay tunes and the occasional celeb recognizing is being pressured to use for brand new particular permits from the county. As a part of the method, a group assembly has been scheduled for April 4 at 6 p.m. at The Lilly Pad. (Richmond BizSense)
Initially posting menus on Instagram tales each Thursday and gaining a severe ’za following, Secret Squares is graduating to the following tacky chapter. Helmed by Phish fan Willoughby Obenchain, the homegrown pop-up will not require a fast DM and journey to Willoughby’s home to safe a sq. pie. As an alternative, patrons can now choose up their Detroit-style pizza from Early Chook Biscuit Firm’s North Facet storefront. (Fashion Weekly)
Subsequent cease on the East Coast tour for the touring, bubble gum pink-colored Hey Kitty Cafe on wheels: Quick Pump City Heart. On March 19, the van stocked with every little thing from treats to swag shall be parked from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Information launch)
The LX Group, the crew behind Swap, Nama, Belle, Kabana Rooftop, and Sonora Cantina & Rooftop, are hitting refresh on a handful of their ventures. Search for Sonora to transition to Juan’s Cantina and Rooftop, a brand new chef to steer the kitchen at Nama, Belle to realize a brand new idea and Kabana to obtain a makeover. (Richmond Instances-Dispatch)
Right here to make an look in every little thing from mules to margaritas is Belle Isle Moonshine’s newest bottle drop, Yuzu Ginger, a tingly, citrusy infusion from the Manchester distillery. (Information launch)
Following a brief closure for the season, longstanding meals cart Christopher’s RunAway Gourmay — recognized for a imply tarragon rooster salad — is about to make a return to its acquainted downtown nook on March 28.
Shout-out to the espresso pioneers at Blanchard’s Espresso Roasting Co., who’ve seamlessly transitioned from a strictly bean-focused firm to a multilocation cafe operation; their Broad Road outpost took the crown for finest espresso store within the state from Meals & Wine.
The listing of the nation’s prime culinary contenders narrowed even additional earlier this week with the announcement of this 12 months’s James Beard Award finalists. Cheers to Peter Chang, all the time bringing the new, scorching Sichuan warmth, for his Excellent Chef nomination. (Eater)
- Mayor Meats Pop-up, Last Gravity Brewing Co. (March 17): Basic bangers and mash with braised cabbage, plus dessert, aka Irish Gobs, from Fats Rabbit bakery
- Star Cooks Restaurant Week Pop-up, Celladora Wines (March 17): A four-course menu from the culinary crew behind Oro
- St. Paddy’s Day Celebration on the Farm, Hanover Vegetable Farm (March 19): An all-day, green-tinged gathering with stay bands and Irish fare
- Farmers’ Market-to-Desk Dinner, The Underground Kitchen (March 19, 26): A six-course menu full of produce from space growers
- Spring Moon Market, Stone Brewing (March 19): Sip a beer and store native artists through the daylong market.
- Secure Area Market Spring Fest, Three Lakes Park (March 20): An out of doors market with over 40 distributors and an look from Kudzu ramen
- The Olive Tree, Publix Aprons Cooking College (March 22): Expertise the oval fruit in its many varieties throughout this hands-on class.
- Isley Beer Dinner, Tarrant’s West (March 24): A multicourse meal paired with brews from Isley; a portion of proceeds will profit the Richmond Alzheimer’s Affiliation.