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, come be inspired by the food and minds of today’s food communty. Come meet 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. Many other talks, including one on regional babecue, food demos and don’t forget a Tasting Tent with more than 10 local producers. Also sit in on The Sporkful’s live podcast at 1 p.m. with James Beard-winning host Dan Pashman. $50 . [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.