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. 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. [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]
This one’s for team pie! All things pie—sweet and savory—for the whole family! Pizza pie, oyster pie, pumpkin pie and everything in between. Flaky and crumbly and to pie for! Sample the goodies from Greenbriar Cafe, Lemaire, Kitchenette, Gelati Celesti, Mean Bird, Red Cap Patisserie, Slice of Joy, Billy Pie, Root Stock Provisions, Pao Cakes Bake Shop, Good Foods Grocery and Trussings Craft Fizz. Canon & Draw for those over 21. Nonprofit beneficiary: Tricycle Urban Ag. $35 for 1 adult and up to 2 children under age 12.
Join us on a walking tour of the Downtown Arts District led by a local artist who has done his share of livening up Richmond's streets with art. We'll combine in-depth looks at street art with tastings of food from Jackson and Monroe ward markets, bakeries and restaurants for a multi-sensory experience. $55 for 16 and up. $30 for 9-15.