Richmond Food News: Week of June 20-24, 2022

A playful pairing

First meal reigns at the newly minted Biscuits & Gravy in the addition of Scott. The breakfast and brunch-centric concept, from the owners of neighboring shuffleboard and social club Tang & Biscuit, officially pours unlimited coffee in kitschy mugs and serves breakfast lasagna alongside tried and true classics. PS: Ever tried eggs with Bloody Mary Hot Sauce? Here’s your chance. (Richmond magazine)

Change of course

The pandemic put life on hold and for many in the food and beverage industry it led to serious entrepreneurial steps. In a preview of our July movie celebrating Richmond’s ghost scene, writer Stephanie Ganz speaks with several former bartenders who have turned their love of gifting into drunken business ventures including a canned cocktail, an on-the-go drinking station and drink advice. (Richmond magazine)

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Early Enlightenment

Recently someone asked me where I had dinner recently and that got me excited. My answer? A Young mom pop up, headed by 26-year-old Restaurant Adarra Bar Manager Daniel Harthausen. The bi-monthly, reso-only dinners showcase the yin and yang of Japanese and Korean cuisine, and I’m not the only one to notice: the waiting list is over 100 people. (Richmond magazine)

Turn heads

Home to spicy dolmades, freshly made pita bread and slow-cooked shawarma, a family-run Middle Eastern eatery that opened its doors in 2020 draws many people to a shopping center on Gayton Road. We spoke to the duo of brothers from Iraq behind the West End’s Shawarma Bistro. (Richmond magazine)

Mark those calendars

Calling all oenophlies and grape gurus: do you think you can distinguish between a juicy nebbiolo or a rustic sangiovese? Jardin throws its first annual Blind Tasting Championship on July 10, and the bottle-feeding battle will put wine drinkers to the test in a 12-minute duel. Stay tuned for more details.

After a three-year hiatus, The Veil Brewing Co. to be Forever summer festival. The sampling event, which will benefit ChildSavers on Aug. 6 and be held at the nonprofit’s headquarters overlooking Church Hill, is split into three sessions on Aug. 6 and will feature dozens of breweries and a performance from Maine’s High Roller Lobster Co.

RVADine debuts

Local chain Bell Greek has been extended from Midlothian and Chester to the West End. The family-owned company of Ibo and Ashley Pinar introduced a third location at 7011 Three Chopt Road last week.

Handing out everything from fried oyster po’boys to Philly cheesesteaks, food truck Grilled meat and delicacies has found a more permanent home. Look for his brick-and-mortar restaurant debuting July 2 in the former Africanne on Main space at 200 E. Main St.

Offering a taste of the Caribbean via oxtail, snapper and curry chicken, Charles’s kitchen — which debuted its original eatery in 2015 — is settling in larger digs at 10835 W. Broad St. after a recent move.

ICYMIA

Rustic and rooted in history, Haitian cuisine comes alive through Zaz’s house. Haitian chef Sthara Normil’s Caribbean-inspired pop-up appears on Eat 66 on June 24. (Richmond magazine)

In celebration of Juneteenth last weekend, Charlotte’s Southern Deli and Tapas invited black chefs from across the region to the restaurant for a anniversary party. (Richmond magazine)

The local artists and partners behind the bright, fun and queer-aligned Ash + Chess stationery company were among those chosen this year to design the packaging for Skittles’ annual Pride Packages in honor of Pride Month. (Richmond magazine)

From his favorite 90s hip-hop to local go-tos, meet chef and restaurateur Mike Lindsey. (Richmond magazine)

Craving a soothing bowl of noodles? Plan a Pho Tay Do visit soon, as the Vietnamese eatery at 6328 Rigsby Road is going on vacation for a month from June 26.

Local food delivery services ChopChop and LoCo believe it takes two. The companies merged in April with plans to make ChopChop the main brand. (Richmond BizSense)

Why, hello, Thursday, it is Heritage calling. Husband-and-wife team Joe and Emilia Sparatta’s Fan restaurant is now open for dinner service Thursday through Saturday.

The Pine Street building that once housed the garlic-tinged stalwart mom on sold last week, marking the end of an era. The shuttered corner spot was purchased by Fever Dreams LLC for $900,000. (Richmond BizSense)

The well and the shellThe Carytown location moves west and moves to 5820 Patterson Ave in late July. Stay tuned to learn more about the new space.

upcoming events

  • Happy HourHatch Local (June 23): Head to the Hull Street food hall from 3-5pm for happy hour deals
  • The Beat Box dance partyCharm School (June 24): School is out and the Broad Street ice cream parlor is ready to dance with snacks and scoops included.
  • One night in SantoriniOur Life by Stella’s (June 24): The Greek-chic boutique kicks off Friday with cocktails, a DJ set, and discounts.
  • Safe Space Pride MarketGallery5 (June 25): An all-queer and trans-hosted event with vendors and Hardywood brews, followed by an after-party and burlesque show
  • Tiki partyBell Cafe (June 25): An evening full of tropical snacks and drinks
  • Bloody Mary SundayVirago Spirits (June 26): Back Pocket Provisions joins the Richmond-based distiller for a morning cocktail celebration.
  • Horn dogs pop up, Don’t Look Back Triple (June 26): Hot Dog! A candid menu with everything from classic to a summer variant, plus ranch fries
  • Pop-up Secret SquaresThe Jasper (June 26): Catch the Detroit-style ‘za pop-up swinging square slices.
  • Feast of the ResistanceSecret Venue (June 26): A grassroots, farm-to-table, vegan multi-course dinner and urban farm tour by food justice activist Duron Chavis
  • Spanish spectacular with Sara AducciZoom (June 27): Buy a to-go kit from Belmont Butchery and go online to learn more about Spanish cheeses from cheesemonger Sara Aducci.
  • Susie & Esther Pop-upPizza Bones (June 29): The Mediterranean and Jewish-inspired concept returns, teaming up with InWine for an evening of small plates and summery sippers.
  • Patois cider dinnerCelladora Wines (June 29): A four-course dinner with spring releases of Patois Cider in Crozet with desserts by Olivia Wilson