Richmond Food News: July 7-13, 2022

Cultural exchange

A newly debuted culinary series brings all the soul-warming glee viewers love from shows like “The Great British Bake Off” — even cooler, it was filmed just outside Richmond. Produced in collaboration with VPM, Virginia’s home for public media, “The Great American Recipe” airs on PBS this summer, showcasing the stories behind the recipes from home cooks across the country. (Richmond magazine)

Shh pass it on

While most people pack extra socks when they travel, Willoughby Obenchain packs his pizza pans. He caused chatter on the local pie circuit, his Detroit-style pop-up, Secret Squares, is steadily becoming a household name. The Virginia-born and avid Phish fan puts texture — a distinctly crisp crust is a hallmark of the style — and attention to detail high on his list. (Richmond magazine)


in mourning

A longstanding fan bar and restaurant was the location of a deadly shooting during the fourth holiday weekend in July. On Sunday evening, on the terrace of City Dogs, 36 year old Kyle Stoner, a regular at the Main Street eatery, was the victim of a fatal gunshot wound. Described by friends as empathetic and a great dad, Stoner worked in restaurants including The Conch Republic and most recently Buz & Ned’s Real Barbecue. An arrest was made and City Dogs reopened on July 6 (Richmond Times-Dispatch and WTVR)

Get on

The Grace Street Building was once home to the family bake shop known for its packed lunches, Sally Bell’s Kitchen, which opened there nearly 100 years ago and has since moved to 2337 W. Broad St. recently demolished to make way for a future VCU dorm. (Richmond BizSense)

Billy Pie has said goodbye to its physical eatery in Patterson and Three Chopt. Owner Billy Fallen’s venture will ramp up its frozen pizza production, but can still be found handing out fresh pies during brewery hours at Basic City Beer Co. in Manchester.

Europe food market is moving to new digs at 5423 W. Broad St. and will host a soft opening on July 22.

Mark those calendars

The Happily Natural Festival, led by food justice advocate Duron Chavis, launches a Garden Literary Series focused on uniting young people through reading while getting rooted in gardening. The free series begins July 13 at Brook Road Youth Farm. PS: Tickets are currently on sale for the following Feast of the Resistancea vegan three-course farm-to-table dinner and city garden tour.

Glizzies are having a moment. horned dogsthe pop-up devoted to franks and funny puns, plans to host an event on July 24 at The Veil Brewing Co’s Forest Hill Avenue location.


One of the first of its kind local newly minted Carytown bottle shop Point 5 is stocked with a range of spirits, refreshing rosés, and crisp concoctions – all minus the booze. (Richmond magazine)

Presenting the Hanover heirloom in all its glory, the Summer Supper Somm dinner series is officially in action, making pit stops at 22 restaurants across the region. (Richmond magazine)

Fleshy, juicy and delicious, mangoes are tropical treasures, and we’re here to provide a little wisdom behind the stone fruit, including where to find a mangonada snoball, which is called “fun in a cup.” (Richmond magazine)

Grab a few pints of dollops and check out this recipe from JC Desserts for a blueberry trifle that screams summer time. (Richmond magazine)

The unofficial mantra of summer: cold and fizzy. From an Aperol spritz and a Paloma drink to a lemon drop-inspired twist, we’ve rounded up a roundup of places to enjoy refreshing sips, plus hangout recipes. (Richmond magazine)

Manchester’s anniversary is introduction brunch in the mix from this weekend, available on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm

Hatch Local’s Fat Kid Sandwiches has been launched Cheesesteak Emporium summer menu dedicated to cheesesteaks, with the exception of a tomato sammie.

The owners of River City Diner are expanding their portfolio of dining options. With a duo of restaurants in their pockets, Mick Fleck and son-in-law Jared Shanks enter Teriyaki Madness to Winterfield Crossing in October. (Richmond BizSense)

Celebration of Virginia apples in mature drink form, a new one digital cider route that encourages imbibers to explore the 29 cideries in the state that launched this week. The American Cider Association’s tour de cider invites people to view cideries, share their selections, and more. (News item)

RVA Love

Sunny Baweja’s Lehja — listing over 400 bottles — joined Longoven as a recent recipient of a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

upcoming events

  • Royal Pig pop upThe Veil Brewing Co. (July 9): Going back to their early days with a brewery look, Hatch Local’s Royal Pig brings its Cambodian fare to Scott’s Addition.
  • RVA Reggae Jerk FestBrown’s Island (July 9): A special rum tent, live reggae and some of the best “jerkers” on the East Coast
  • Tomato AnniversaryVillage Garden (July 9): Part of the ongoing Summer Supper Somm series, this event features tomato tastings, a whole pork roast, and desserts to boot.
  • RVA Makers MarketBasic City Beer Co. (July 9): Brews flowing, vegan dishes and a hefty lineup of local makers
  • Top secret cocktail pop upBlue Atlas (July 10): Get out the pretty clothes and get ready for an evening of speakeasy-inspired sips and scenery.
  • Real local RVA July meetingThe Beet at Ellwood Thompson’s (July 11): A panel session exploring the role of influencer reach for food companies, with a guest appearance from yours truly
  • Plated: an evening with dinner and dessertLark Baking Co. (July 12): A special evening meal with a dessert flight to share
  • From the Pros: Sangrias & Summer TapasMise en Place (July 13): Learn how to prepare sparkling wine cocktails and seasonal feasts.
  • Tomato DinnerThe Roosevelt (July 14): Executive Chef Leah Branch puts the spotlight on summer fruits during a five-course meal paired with wine from Barboursville Vineyards.