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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Weekly Food Notes: Dipping Cheese, Whole Foods + More

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 12:15 PM

In the summer, things slow down a little. The openings, the closings, the plans and expectations for the Richmond dining scene — none of it is quite as hopping as usual. Nonetheless, the local world keeps on turning. The Weekly Food Notes took a hiatus last week, so we’re doing a little catch-up.

Hey, hey! The Richmond Wine Station is now open, it announced on its Facebook page. For more details, follow this link to a little story I did about it a while back. richmondwinestation.com

The Times-Dispatch reports that the new Sauer Center development where Pleasant’s Hardware had resided most of my adult life -- and which will be anchored by Whole Foods -- has been conditionally approved by the city. Um, conditionally? Has anyone told Jeff Bezos?

The Pit and the Peel, VCU’s favorite juice spot, opened its second location in Carytown in the former Pomegranate space at 3321 W. Cary St. You can expect an expanded menu and plenty of store swag on offer. thepitandthepeel.com.

The owners of the Pig & the Pearl have sold the restaurant’s building, coincidentally right across the street from the future Whole Foods, for the tide sum of $1.2 million, reports Richmond BizSense. They’re in a dispute with one of their investors, but Season and Mathew Appelget say the sale has nothing to do with it, and the restaurant will continue to operate. pigandpearl.com.

Nothing succeeds like success. Idle Hands Bread Co. is opening its second location at 407 Strawberry St., Richmond magazine reports. That’s the old Strawberry Wok and Sushi space. For another look at Idle Hands and owner Jay Metzler, follow this link. facebook.com/idlehandsbread.

Did I mention that Brenner Pass, the latest from the folks at Metzger Bar & Butchery, opened last week for dinner? You’ll find James Beard Award-nominated chef Brittanny Anderson at 3200 Rockbridge St. in Scott’s Addition serving Alpine-inflected cuisine. Obviously that means fondue, but also other dishes such as fritto misto with white anchovy, fennel, onion, lemon, and trout grenobloise with pommes fondant, lemon and parsley. brennerpassrva.com.

Mean Bird, the fried chicken food truck, opened a permanent spot in the old Sticky Rice To Go Go spot at 2227 W. Main St. tomorrow, while Hanami Sushi closed the same day in Glen Allen. meanbirdrva.com.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Richmond Breweries Show Their Stuff at the Virginia Craft Beer Cup Awards

There were plenty of local winners.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 2:51 PM

The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild hosted its annual Virginia Craft Beer Cup awards ceremony on Monday, June 5, at WestRock in downtown Richmond. This competition highlights statewide craft breweries and their brews. It’s the largest state competition of its kind in the United States.

This year, 356 beers were submitted in 24 categories from breweries all across the Virginia. The blind-tasting competition was managed by master Beer Judge Certification Program judge Tom Cannon with the assistance of 40 other judges. Breweries were limited to four entries, and outfits with multiple locations could only enter four beers as well.

Winners included Virginia’s oldest craft breweries, such as Legend Brewing Co. and Starr Hill Brewing and some of the newest, including Hammer & Forge Brewing Co. and Heroic Aleworks. Some of the largest, such as Green Flash Brewing and Hardywood Park Craft Brewing were winners, too.

Richmond-area breweries made the city proud, with 10 breweries earning medals in 13 categories. Garden Grove Brewing Co. earned three medals in two categories. Trapezium Brewing Co., Castleburg Brewery and Taproom, and Ardent Craft Ales earned two awards each. Other Richmond breweries taking home medals were Strangeways Brewing, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Center of the Universe Brewing Co. Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Legend Brewing Co.and Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery.

With nearly 200 breweries in Virginia, this list of award-winning beers can help you plan your next trip around the state.

Weekly Food Notes: Lawsuits, Boxed Lunches + More

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 12:53 PM

You don’t need to worry about going hungry when you visit the Valentine. Fan District restaurant Garnett’s Cafe has opened a second location once filled by Sally Bell’s Kitchen. Garnett’s will continue the tradition of boxed lunches and is now accepting to-go orders for those in a rush. Its hours are Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. garnettsdowntown.com.

Westhampton Pastry Shop is opening a new spot in the former Mixing Bowl space, reports Richmond BizSense. Check this space for news about its opening.

Now, you can get local and organic meals offered by Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market delivered right to your front doorstep. The grocery is now taking orders for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan sandwiches and wraps, plus drinks and sides. Don’t worry, you carnivores are included, too. ellwoodthompsons.com.

You might remember Frits Huntjens from his now-closed restaurant, 1 North Belmont. Unfortunately, his latest project, Petersburg’s Farmers Market Restaurant & Bar is defunct as well. BizSense reports that the developers of the historic building are suing Huntjens for damages and unpaid rent.

On Monday, June 5, 10 local breweries earned medals in 13 categories at the annual Virginia Craft Beer Cup awards hosted by the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, including Ardent Craft Ales, Castleburg Brewery and Taproom, Center of the Universe Brewing Co., Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery, Garden Grove Brewing Co., Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Legend Brewing Co., Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Strangeways Brewing and Trapezium Brewing Co. virginiacraftbrewers.org.

The developers of Libbie Mill Midtown are so over Southern Season, which filed for bankruptcy last year and abruptly closed its Richmond store. The busy folks at Richmond BizSense report: “An entity tied to Richmond-based Gumenick Properties, the developer of Libbie Mill, is suing former Southern Season CEO W. Clay Hamner and CFO Brian Fauver for fraud and more than $350,000 in damages over an agreement tied to the store’s lease in its short-lived local location.” Pay the rent, folks, pay that rent.

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