click to enlarge In the foreground, bagara baigan is eggplant cooked in sesame seeds with tamarind gravy. Paneer butter masala is in the middle, and in back, the chicken biryani is cooked in a slow oven and served with basmati rice.

Scott Elmquist

In the foreground, bagara baigan is eggplant cooked in sesame seeds with tamarind gravy. Paneer butter masala is in the middle, and in back, the chicken biryani is cooked in a slow oven and served with basmati rice.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Short Order

RVA Food News: Alcove Indian preview, Taste of Richmond benefit + more.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Indian Overture: Just in time for those resolutions to shake up the downtown dining routine, Alcove Indian Cuisine has opened at 1112 E. Main St. Lunch and dinner are served at the mod, intimate café Monday through Saturday, with wraps, bowls, vegetarian entrees, poultry, lamb, lassies, soups and samosas. Dinner entrees are $9-16, luncheon deals about half that. The concept is healthy, mildly spiced food served quickly with exotic presentations. Happy hour beverages, catering and delivery are available. 644-0767 or 501-8185. alcoveva.com.

Primo plates: Leading Richmond chefs collaborate for "A Taste of Richmond," a benefit dinner for the Friends of James Beard at Lemaire in the Jefferson Hotel on Jan. 18. Walter Bundy, executive chef of Lemaire, serves as host to Dale Reitzer of Acacia, Joe Sparatta of Heritage, Lee Gregory of the Roosevelt, Jason Alley of Comfort and Pasture, and the Jefferson's executive pastry chef Sara Ayyash, who will present a six-course meal featuring their signature dishes. With sophisticated takes on sweet potatoes, collards and moon pies, along with quail, venison, sustainable sturgeon and other local ingredients, this event is destined to kick off the culinary new year with aplomb.

Dinner with wine pairings is $165 per person for James Beard Foundation members and $175 for others, plus tax and tip. A cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m., and a silent auction will take place. To reserve a space, call the hotel at 649-4618.

Powhatan tastes: Chef Tim Jones now leads the kitchen team at the County Seat Food and Gathering Place. His background at the Jefferson Hotel and Shula's Steakhouse, as well as hotels in New York and St. Louis, gives "a big boost to the culinary scene of Powhatan County," restaurant owner Janie Dean says. The County Seat is celebrating its 20th year in business with a new menu and nightly specials. Occasional live music includes jazz favorite Bop Nation playing Jan. 31. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, with dinner hours Tuesday through Saturday. 3883 Old Buckingham Road. 598-5000. thecountyseat.com.

Now Serving

Lucy's Chef Jason Lucy presents Angus beef, all cuts, in sandwiches, stew, steaks. Salads and specials, urban rustic interior with full bar, casual and friendly new neighborhood spot in Jackson Ward. Tuesday-Saturday. 404 N. Second St. 562-1444.

My Noodle & Bar Liquor is in at this cellar-level cafe for Asian fusion dishes. Some proceeds benefit refugee resettlement programs. 1600 Monument Ave. 308-1613.

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