Friday, May 11, 2018

Holed Up

Bagels and donuts on the horizon, plus food and drink events this weekend.

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 3:29 PM

The buzz on the bagels

The only bad thing about Nate Matthews’ opening up a storefront is that his bagel pop-ups have been on hiatus for the last couple months, while he and his team have been grinding away for the homestretch. We’ve been keeping an eye on that spot at Cary Street and Allen Avenue, and the official opening is so close we can taste it.

Matthews quietly opened the doors for a few hours last week, allowing anyone who happened to notice the post on Instagram to pop into the shop for a bagel and some coffee. The short-lived soft opening was a hit, and Nate’s Bagels will, at long last, open its doors on Wednesday, May 16. You can expect the classics like blueberry, garlic and onion, and flavors like gingerbread, three-cheese and orange-cranberry.

Check the Short Order blog next week for details.

The doughnut down low

While we’re on the topic of circular breakfast foods, let’s talk about Hot Diggity Donuts. Owned by married couple and business duo Michael and Laura Hild, the Manchester doughnut shop is tantalizingly close to opening its doors. According to social media, the team is “just waiting on our liquor license and a few last minute construction details.”

Michael Hild describes the concept as a doughnut lounge, which will be so much more than a shop that serves doughnuts and coffee. The menu will also feature cocktails, shooters, craft beer and wine on tap. Each yeast sourdough doughnut (sourdoughnut?) will be fried to order and topped with the goodies of your choice. Signature doughnuts include vanilla glaze, sesame chai, lemon poppy, maple bourbon, bittersweet mocha and rhubarb agave.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

What’s up this weekend

Here’s a friendly reminder that Mother’s Day is this weekend, and what says “I love you, Mom” like a glass of sangria? Beginning at noon on Sunday, Buskey Cider will serve up the newest iteration of its cider sangria. Starting with a base of Buskey’s tart cherry cider, the sangria features strawberries, lemons, limes, oranges and arugula (don’t knock it till you try it). Oh, and if you forgot to get your mom flowers, don’t sweat it — all the mothers who come by the cidery on Sunday will leave with a flower.

Several other local spots are honoring mamas this weekend. Quirk Hotel will pour mimosas on the roof, Whisk has Mother’s Day goodie boxes available, Rose and Eddie’s has a special menu on Sunday, and James River Cellars Winery will hold Mommapalooza, an all-weekend event featuring food trucks, wine-and-cake pairings and Mother’s Day portraits by Relish Photography by Lee.

Have You Tried The New Let's Go RVA Beer from Sierra Nevada?

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 1:36 PM

As I was scrolling through Trinkin, a locally owned application that shows you where and what beer is on draft near you, I noticed Let’s Go RVA IPA.

At first, I assumed this was a beer name mix-up: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has produced RVA IPA, a community-centric IPA using hop rhizomes donated to interested growers in the Richmond community, since they opened their doors six and a half years ago.

A little more research showed it wasn’t a mix-up. It’s a collaboration between SportsBackers, the non-profit whose goal is to foster a physically active community in Richmond, Venture Richmond and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., the long-running brewery based out of Chico, California, for the upcoming Dominion Energy RiverRock, a large outdoor festival happening May 18-20 on Brown’s Island.

So the all-important question: What does it taste like?

The Session IPA is 4.8% ABV and is pale clear yellow in color. It’s an accessible quaff with low hop bitterness (seven different hops were used: Magnum, Citra, El Dorado, Loral, Nelson Sauvin, Mandarin Bavaria, Huell Melon). Easy drinking for an all-day outdoor festival.

How did the two get together? Sierra Nevada is a four-year sponsor for the outdoor festival. SportsBackers, knowing that Sierra Nevada would again be sponsoring the festival and providing beer, saw a natural tie-in to Richmond’s burgeoning beer scene. They collaborated on the style, created the artwork for the tap handles, and named it based on SportsBackers’ upbeat slogan, Let’s Go RVA.

“Part of what we love about Dominion Energy Riverrock is the balance of extreme and extremely accessible,” says Pat Hazlett, event team manager for Sierra Nevada Brewing in a press release. “That’s what we wanted to capture in the Let’s Go RVA IPA we brewed exclusively for this year’s festival --a balanced, approachable IPA highlighting a few exceptional hop flavors and aromas. It’s a beer and a festival that anyone from an amateur to a pro can enjoy.”

If you can’t make it to the festival, you can find the beer at these local spots: Boulevard Burger and Brew, Capital Ale House (Main St. location), Colonial Kitchen & Market (New Kent), Dash In Dash Out, Fat Dragon, Heritage, Independence Golf Course, Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, Kroger (14101 Midlothian Turnpike), Salisbury Country Club, Southern Railway Deli, Strawberry Street Café, The Caboose (Ashland), The Hop Craft Pizza & Beer, Toast, Whole Foods Market (11173 W. Broad Street), Wong Gonzalez, and Zzaam Fresh Korean Grill.

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