place of origin
Born and raised in Ethiopia, VCU graduate Lily Fasil has brought the culinary culture of her homeland to Richmond’s Second Street. Ethiopian Cafe Buna Kurs is now open in Jackson Ward in the former Juicebox area of Saadia. Faisal sources beans from Yirgacheffe and offers traditional Ethiopian breakfast dishes to connect the community through coffee. (Richmond Magazine)
We met Jason Miller, co-owner of Crazy Rooster Brewing Company, a tie-dye and Grateful Dead jams and lather enthusiast with broad appeal. The Powhatan-based fledgling brewery has garnered an intoxicating following after winning a gold medal at the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild’s Craft Beer Cup earlier this year. (Richmond Magazine)
Hygge in a glass
Woody, smoky, nutty – if you like a little less pumpkin spice latte and a little more fireplace burn, look no further. Writer Bird Cox has tracked down four local waterholes that channel fall almost as much as the city’s foliage right now (it’s serious leafing time). Also on deck? Recipes for the hygge-inspired sips from Alewife, 21 Spoon and The Stables. (Richmond Magazine)
Sparkling and hearty
What does kale have to do with it? Everything – Chef George Carroll of The Savory Grain gives kale salad a tangy refreshment by flavoring it with crispy bacon, candied pecans, creamy goat’s cheese and tangy parmesan. (Richmond Magazine)
power of the pear
Often overlooked in the fall when apples steal the show, pears have their own delicious qualities. From buying tips to must-try dishes, including fruit poached in Chablis, in our latest Ingredients column, author Stephanie Ganz praises the pear. (Richmond Magazine)
Monday marked the Indian holiday of Diwali, a festival of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Mumbai-born baker Keya Wingfield, who immigrated to Richmond 16 years ago, shares her experiences of the holiday, from childhood memories to continuing today’s traditions. (Richmond Magazine)
It’s time to review those subscription services, set a TV reminder for November 10th, and plan the snacks for the watch party: Young Mother’s Daniel Harthausen is one of 10 chefs working on the upcoming HBO Max series ” The Big Brunch”. The eight-part cook-off, hosted by Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy, Sohla El-Waylly and Will Guidara, aims to explore undiscovered culinary voices from every corner of the country. The grand prize is $300,000.
Earlier still, Brenner Pass, Black Lodge and Butcher Bar & Butchery owner Brittanny Anderson — no stranger to on-screen cooking with a “Top Chef” stint under her apron — will be cooking at the season finale of “Bobby’s Triple Threat” November 1 at 21 watch
RVADine arrivals and departures
An offshoot of French brasserie Carytown, Can Can Cafe serves classic pastries, salads and sammies as well as whimsical desserts Monday through Friday and is now open at the Library of Virginia. (Richmond Magazine)
Brick House Diner, a busy breakfast spot, is moving to a restaurant. If you’re taking over the shuttered Kitchen 64 space, look for Brick House on the Boulevard, which will debut early next year while the original location moves from its Midlothian Turnpike space to Westchester Commons. (Richmond BizSense)
Do you have a craving for macaroni and cheese? Bookbinder’s seafood and steakhouse owners John and Jayme Taxin have unveiled an entire concept dedicated to the holy grail of side dishes. Find Big Wife’s Mac n’ Cheese parked at 1017 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. with a permanent spot expected to open later this year in the closed Growlers to Go. (press release)
After a series of controversial Facebook posts after Roe v. Wade Earlier this year, Brewer’s Cafe owner Ajay Brewer announced that the Manchester coffeeshop was closing its doors. Fox News reports that he “was hospitalized for stress following an onslaught of ‘lies’ from ‘social media bullies’ targeting him and his company.” (Fox News)
One of Jasper’s most popular events of the year has returned: in celebration of the Day of the Dead, Bar Muertos is taking over Carytown Bar through November 5th with a series of mezcal-infused libations honoring the traditions and flavors of Mexican culture.
A happy hour of mirin-glazed guinea fowl drums can only mean one place: Longoven. From now on, Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. can be visited from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Scott’s Addition restaurant reso-frei for à la carte specialties.
The city’s unofficial booze capital, Scott’s Addition is hosting its annual Booz Crawl on Saturday, October 29th. A style of trick-or-treating for spirits, sparkling and cider, the event features 13 neighborhood alcohol producers.
The final days of Twin Peaks-inspired Bevvies — hello, Laura’s last call — at Black Lodge are coming to a close on October 29th.
After years of pop-ups, Spotty Dog Ice Cream has opened its New England-style salon in Union Hill, which pays homage to the sundaes and scoops of summer vacations bygone. PS: Expect cool Halloween treats this weekend. (Richmond Magazine)
October is Virginia Wine Month, and there’s nothing quite like exploring the Shenandoah Valley’s wineries first-hand. (Richmond Magazine)
Bringing on the heat, Village Garden’s Chile Chill Out dinner series continues their ode to the peppers with events at Lehja and The Roosevelt. (Richmond Magazine)
With 40 participating restaurants, three course fixed price meals and $5.22 from each meal donated to local hunger relief charity Feed More, Richmond Restaurant Week continues through October 30th.
Just in time for the pie-focused holiday, Richmond’s JoyeBells Sweet Potato Pies are now available in all 1,100 Food Lion stores. (press release)
Sichuan chef Peter Chang’s first restaurant in the country’s capital, Chang Chang, is now open. The two-in-one split-level concept offers both dine-in and to-go service.
The former Lush Cupcakes and King of Pops building in Scott’s Addition was recently purchased by ice cream maker Charm School to serve as a manufacturing facility and potential retail location. (Richmond BizSense)
The owners of New York Deli purchased the building of Lady N’awlin’s Cajun Cafe at 2329 W. Main St. after the Louisiana-inspired restaurant closed in September. (Richmond BizSense)
Disco and groovy cocktails go hand in hand when Love Club returns to The Jungle Room on Saturday night. (Richmond Magazine)
- Big Pig Project, Supper (Oct. 28): The seventh annual Biergarten benefit event features barbecue, oysters and beer.
- Lobster Roll Pop-up, Cirrus Vodka (Oct. 29): Yellow Umbrella Provisions appears at The Distillery with lobster rolls from 1:00 p.m. until sold out.
- Mozart Festival, Rotating Venues (10/29): Swing through Church Hill’s shops, from Sub Rosa Bakery to Second Bottle Wine & Snack Shop, to hear the classical composer’s music.
- Honeymoon Halloween, Wax Moon Records (Oct. 29): Riffs on Taco Bell by TBT El Gallo, Honeywine by Black Heath Meadery, Vino by Second Bottle and a pinball tournament
- ‘9 Times’, Isley Brewing Company (Oct. 29): Ring in nine years of brewing with a celebration – and beer release – inspired by the line from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
- Halloween Bash, Blue Atlas (Oct. 29): Get spooky on the lawn with live music, fortune telling and a costume contest.
- Boundsouth, Southbound (29 Oct): A fiendish dining experience with a three course meal and cocktails to match
- Vegan Trunk or Treat & Moon Market, Stone Brewing (Oct. 30): Vegan treats, a weird pumpkin patch, food trucks and 40+ vendors
- Day of the Dead Takeover Week, Cocodrilo (Nov. 1-6): A week-long offer of $35 three-course meals inspired by the holidays