What’s your VINtelligence Quotient? Think you've got real drink smarts: a sense for expense, a nose for Bordeauxs? Play our blind-tasting WINEGAME and test your VI.Q. It’s like a game show… but with wine! Sommelier & Master of Ceremonies Jason Tesauro hosts a tasting with real stakes: The top-scoring wine gets regional bragging rights and a coveted by-the-glass placement at Acacia Midtown. Watch – in real-time – as celebrity judges make their picks while you put your own palate to the test and crown a People’s Choice winner. Twelve wines, two flights, one helluva good time. $75
Butcher/chef Tanya Cauthen of Belmont Butchery and Scuffletown Garden’s Adam Campbell show attendees how they break down a pig and share their knowledge on how to use some of the lesser-known cuts. After the lesson, pork small plates and complementary drinks for all. $40
Shagbark chef and drummer Brandon MacConnell gives a behind-the-scenes tour of Shagbark’s amazing kitchen. Then we’ll go upstairs into the demonstration kitchen at Libbie Mill-Midtown for some pointers on making his favorite holiday dish. We’ll finish with some lunch bites from the new Crafted restaurant. $50 for a child and parent (child must be between 8 and 13).
From 11 to 4, turn the table and ask questions of chef/restaurateur and regular “Chopped” judge Maneet Chauhan; Esquire’s food and drinks editor, Jeff Gordinier; former Noma chef de cuisine and Brigaid founder Dan Giusti; and celebrated author and food journalist Toni Tipton-Martin, at this event benefiting Tricycle Gardens. Hear about their newest projects, books and food. Many other demos, from cocktail making to baking to wine speed dating. Don't forget the Tasting Tent with more than 15 local producers and the new $1.25 School Lunch Throwdown with local chefs. And take part in a live taping with the country's No. 1 food podcast The Sporkful at 1 p.m. with James Beard-winning host Dan Pashman, UnMoo founder (and Richmonder) Josh Kadrich and winemaker Matthieu Finot from award-winning King Family Vineyards. All inclusive of food and drink. Doors open at 10 a.m. Full schedule here. We will send you a selection survey upon purchase.
[Also look for separate ticket bundles that pair Food U and Smoke on the Water, $125, and Food U and the Dabney Dinner, for $125]
Classes, demos, talks, panel discussions with local and visiting chefs and producers, kicking off with Carla Hall! Other highlights: Managing Editor of Garden & Gun, Phillip Rhodes will talk about Forgotten Southern Recipes, Ryan Lachaine will demo his grandmother’s Ukrainian recipes, the Lee Bros. will talk cookbooks and Greg Haley and Juana Straus will offer behind-the-scenes tours and classes at VMFA. Plenty to sample throughout the day at our Cooks’ Campus at VMFA and Virginia Museum of History & Culture! $50. See full schedule here.
You pick the two Signature events you'd like to attend Thursday through Sunday and we'll make sure you have a ticket to Food U as well! Choose from among Thanksgiving Throwdown, Around the World/Around the Lake, Smoke on the Water or the Dabney Dinner. Early Bird Bundle $145; after Sept. 15, $170.
Let Kristel Poole of Graffiato up your holiday cocktail game with this class focusing on Richmond's own Belle Isle Moonshine. You'll update a classic, learn a new cocktail and learn the ins and outs of batching drinks for a party. Small plates will keep you in the game.