click to enlarge Chicarrones with kimchi and salt and vinegar are available on Longoven's new snack menu.

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Chicarrones with kimchi and salt and vinegar are available on Longoven's new snack menu.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Snack Time

Classic bar food with a twist is now available at Longoven, and other dining news.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 12:17 PM

It’s been several months since acclaimed chefs Patrick Phelan, Megan Fitzroy and Andrew Manning opened Longoven, the widely anticipated upscale Scott’s Addition restaurant following years of sporadic pop-ups. The restaurant has been praised for its bold, experimental menu, and now diners on a stricter budget are able to enjoy the innovation.

Last week, Longoven launched a snack bar menu, featuring six items: five savory and one sweet, all in the $6-8 price range. Dishes include classic bar food kicked up a notch, chicken wings with buttermilk miso and herbs, fried pork rinds with kimchi, salt and vinegar. Every night, a “snack companion,” curated by beverage director Danny McDermott, will be available to complement the snack offerings.

Learn from Ledesma

So you want to host a holiday party? Learn from the best this weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 8, chef Mike Ledesma of Perch will host a two-hour cooking demo featuring techniques for at-home holiday entertaining. You’ll get to sample along the way while sipping cocktails and wine, and at the end of the demo a recipe booklet will go home with you so you can recreate the whole experience yourself.

The event begins at 2 p.m. at Perch, and tickets are available here.

Best Brewery

Last week, the online magazine Thrillist released an article listing the best craft brewery in every state. And in a surprise to approximately no one, Richmond’s own hallowed brewery the Veil Brewing Co. made the cut for Virginia. The write-up lauds the Veil for not “pouring haze bomb after haze bomb,” but coming up with creative beers like its gose series, stouts and barrel-aged saisons.

The national attention is great news for the Veil, of course, but perhaps we should prepare for even longer lines on the weekends, if that’s possible.

Read the full write-up here.

What a Drag

Reservations are already booked for this weekend’s holiday drag brunch at Laura Lee’s, but if you get there early enough you might just be able to snag a seat at the bar. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the show runs until 2:30 p.m. For $25 per person you get holiday punch with Belle Isle Moonshine and a three-course brunch featuring sweet biscuits, one of 10 entrees and some Christmas cookies for dessert, all while enjoying a holiday-themed drag show.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit CARITAS Works, a nonprofit that provides career preparation and job placement services to people facing employment barriers.

Learn more about this weekend’s drag brunch here.

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