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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Weekly Food Notes: We're No. 1, Westward Expansion + More

Beer dominates, of course, but wings and ice cream are on the horizon, too.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Rappahannock Oyster Co.’s Ryan and Travis Croxton, who also own Rappannock and Rapp Sessions on East Grace Street, will open Rappahannock Oyster Bar in Los Angeles, California. The L.A. branch will make 14 restaurants for the Rappahannock Oyster Co. group. “We figured,” Travis Croxton says, ‘Why the hell not?’” rroysters.com.

Soon you’ll be able to grab some pimento cheese fries and a sandwich named the Jefferson piled with roast beef, bacon, horseradish mayo and white cheddar. West Virginia-based Secret Sandwich Society at 501 E. Grace St. announced that it will open the first week of November. secretsandwichsociety.com.

San Su opened last week in the Chippenham Square Shopping Center at 7437 Midlothian Turnpike, with Korean barbecue, sushi and steamed seafood dishes, Richmond BizSense reports. “It’s going to be authentic Korean food,” says owner Alex Hyun.

Anchor Bar is a chain -- but its original restaurant in upstate New York is reputedly where buffalo chicken wings were invented. There’s some dispute about this -- the real inventor may be John Young of John Young’s Wings ’n Things -- but what isn’t in doubt is that the wings were first served in Buffalo, New York -- hence the name -- and that they are delicious. Anchor Bar will open at Stony Point Fashion Park by the end of the year, reports the Times Dispatch. anchorbar.com.

Ice cream may not be the first thing that you think of in the fall, but the old Quirk Gallery building at 311 W. Broad St. will soon host Charm School. “Everything but our sprinkles will be made in-house,” co-owner Alex Zavaleta told Richmond BizSense. “The baked goods are meant to complement the ice cream.” charmschoolrva.com.

Richmond’s Edible Education Kitchen a la cart, is a self-contained interactive, mobile culinary cart manned by Ann Butler, who teaches school children about cooking and nutrition. Edible Education is a finalist in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity Tour, part of the first 50-K Pitch Contest, which will award two 50,000 grants to startups that relocate to Cape Girardeau, Missouri. edibleedu.com.

Tricycle Gardens and Shalom Farms were named two of the 10 top organizations in the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank’s new 2016 Good Food Organization Guide. foodtank.com.

Richmond has the most craft breweries and wineries per capita in the nation according to WalletHub, which bases its data on the U.S. Census Bureau, Council for Community and Economic Research, and Yelp, among other sources. Don’t get too excited though -- we tied for first with eight other cities across the nation. WalletHub named Richmond as the sixth most food friendly city as well. wallethub.com.

And don't forget! Richmond Restaurant week starts on Monday, Oct. 24 and lasts until Sunday, Oct. 30. richmondrestaurantweek.com.

CORRECTION: This article erroneously stated that Secret Sandwich Society was based in North Carolina when it first published. The company is actually based in West Virginia.

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