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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Weekly Food Notes: Groceries, Cheese + More

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Turkey’s what’s on most people’s minds today — and driving. Last week was the big news week, but still a couple of things happened around here, food-wise.

Wondering about the delay with the former Martin’s locations and soon-to-be Publix stores in Carytown and the Village Shopping Center? I got in touch with Publix representative Kimberly Reynolds. “These two locations require more work,” she says, “whereas our previous openings were remodels. We are still working through the plans with the landlord and opening timeframes are still to be determined.” The Times-Dispatch reports that the Village Shopping Center spot will be demolished. Interestingly, the site sits astride the Richmond and Henrico border, so Publix is still waiting for the go ahead from the city, although Henrico has already approved the plan.

With grocery delivery services like Instacart, Shipt and Amazon Prime getting into the game, it almost seems the inevitable that a meal-planning app would pop up. PlateJoy works with Instacart and offers six-month and yearly subscriptions, reports Richmond BizSense.  You enter your likes, dislikes, cooking skills and any food allergies and the app will spit out a weekly menu, including recipes, and a grocery list.

And BizSense also reports on what the heck is going on a Zzaam in Carytown. Owner Derek Cha is planning a mini food court out front. “The project will convert Zzaam’s building at 3300 W. Cary St. to allow it to share the property with a barbecue joint, bubble tea concept, self-serve bar and itinerant oyster bar,” writes J. Elias O'Neal. And we all need to give many props to O’Neal for using “itinerant.” I so love your word choice, Elias!

Are you a guest, not a host, this year? Before you hit the road, decide on a designated driver and treat yourself to the Last Minute Holiday Survival Party at coffee shop Chairlift at Brenner Pass at 3200 Rockbridge St., right next door to its sibling, Brenner Pass, in Scott’s Addition. From noon to 8 p.m., you can grab wine, cheese, charcuterie and bakery items to impress your hosts, all the while sipping cocktails and nibbling on cheese.

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