Meet at Tricycle Urban Agriculture in Church Hill and jump on a bus to walk the grounds at Charlotte Acres, Tricycle’s new incubator farm. At another stop, we’ll learn more about the terroir that creates the luscious Hanover tomato from one of the county’s expert growers. We’ll then head west to a farm that supplies Ashland Meat Co. store, to James River Cellars and finish at historic Hanover Tavern for lunch. $75.
Climb aboard a bus leaving Libbie Mill-Midtown and venture inside the world and history of Hamilton Beach. Meet the creative geniuses inside the company’s on-site testing lab and tour the test kitchen with Richmond favorite Pat Schweitzer, formerly Pat of Pat and Betty of Reynold’s Wrap commercial fame. Find out what’s next in electronic wizardry. Lunch provided. $65
Skip out of work on Friday afternoon and learn how to make delectable but low ABV cocktails with Perch’s Beth Dixon and Nashville’s Holli Bishop of Sunda. Enjoy bar snacks during the demos and then enjoy your drinks over a lunch prepared by Chef Mike Ledesma. Noon to 2. $65.
Thirty years ago, Walter Bundy traveled to Duck, N.C. and realized from Blue Point Chef Sam McGann that cooking was artistic and that he could maybe make a career out of it. Shagbark Bundy and mentor McGann are together again for this four-course lunch featuring coastal cuisine. $75
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
We raise a glass and a plate to savory and sweet pie makers, Richmond’s coffee culture and its craft ice cream makers. Come sample the best of the state’s hand pie and pie makers, watch home bakers compete, enjoy coffee-infused cocktails, dessert wines, and don’t forget the ice cream. There will be pie walks, kid and adult culinary spelling bees and more inside and out VMHC. Sponsors: C.F. Sauer’s, Belle Isle Moonshine and Virginia Wine. $50 per adult, and that adult can bring two children 13 and under free
Longoven hosts chef Moeen Abuzaid of NYC’s Broken English pop-up for an eight-course dinner with five pairings. A native of Jordan, Moeen worked across the Middle East’s five-star hotels before coming to the United States and sharing his fine Arabian dishes with diners here. $185
To launch its upcoming “Resettled” podcast featuring stories from refugees, VPM serves as a FFF co-host for this dinner featuring Chef Hamid Noori of The Mantu in Carytown and Chef Opie Crooks of A Rake’s Progress in Adams Morgan, D.C., along with Richmond home cook originally from Afghanistan. $125
Jessica Wilson, who is opening the urban farmhouse restaurant GRACE, and Publix chef Willie Hernandez will go deep into a basket of locally sourced produce and products to share their favorite techniques and, along the way, prepare a paired four-course meal in Publix’s Apron Cooking School at Nuckols Place. $125 for two.
Chef Dale Reitzer and his friends at the VCU Rice Rivers Center and the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program take you on a culinary expedition, highlighting sustainable and invasive species that are in our James River eco-system and within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. $90 (If you desire to sit by another party that makes a separate ticket purchase, please email email@example.com by Oct. 23.)
Chef Brittanny Anderson and Chef Ryan Lachaine at Metzger Bar & Butchery cook up a wine dinner with German and Eastern European flavors. Eastern European and German wine pairings by Nathan Conway. $125
The Longoven trio welcomes Ted and Matt Lee and Steven Satterfield to their new Scott’s Addition space. Cocktail hour at 6:30 includes bubbles and snacks. 7 p.m. dinner is a 5 course seasonal all-vegetarian tasting menu with two wine pairings. $135
Join Sariann Lehrer, co-author of A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook and co-owner of The Broken Tulip in Carytown for an epic medieval feast. Sit at a decked-out banquet table and enjoy a menu of dishes based on historical recipes. On-theme attire is encouraged and rewarded. Doors open at 6:30, dinner at 7. Tickets $100. On sale Sept. 7th.! Nonprofit beneficiary: Tricycle Urban Ag.
Marcelle will introduce each course and discuss her modern-twist, traditional Middle Eastern Cuisine.Join Chef Marcelle Afram for a Middle Eastern feast celebrating the end of a fruitful harvest. This five-course dinner will be hosted at Blue Bee Cider, the South’s first urban cidery and founder of South’s first urban apple orchard. Chef Marcelle will pull from the many cuisines of the Middle Eastern region, incorporating apples and ciders from Blue Bee’s orchard. Here’s the menu.
Presented by Libbie Mill-Midtown, Around the World/Around the Lake will bring the wealth of the world’s cultures in one place with food, drink, dancing, music and more. Travel to India courtesy of Lehja, Central and South America from Empanadas Market and Pao’s Bake Shop, the Pacific Islands from Perch, Africa from Nile and beyond for far less than an around the world airfare! Plus Cote d’ Azur, Freekin’ Rican, Kudzu, Holistic Alaye and much more. $60. Nonprofit beneficiary: Shalom Farms. Presented by Libbie Mill-Midtown with additional sponsors Virago Spirits and Cirrus Vodka.
Intimate counter service by the chefs, Danny Lee, Scott Drewno and Jason Alley at the soon to open Bingo, from Comfort and Pasture co-owners Jason Alley and Michele Jones, Saison owner Jay Bayer and local businessman Ted Ukrop who will bring this more than 11,000 square feet of space back to life. Nonprofit beneficiary: FeedMore. Choice of 2 seatings: 6 or 8:30 p.m. Alcohol not included. $90.
Chef David Dunlap went to Charleston Food and Wine and brought back a new friend, The Macintosh's Jacob Huder. 6 course Truffle dinner. Choice of two seatings: 5:30 or 8 p.m.. See how Broad Street melds with The Battery. $125.
This bus tour of stops marking civil rights history in Richmond and Virginia, including the site of the Eggleston Hotel in Jackson Ward. Neverett Eggleston III will share his family's legacy in food and at the forefront of movement. Nonprofit beneficiary: Richmond Food Justice Alliance. Lunch will be served. $55
Visit Autumn Olive Farms where the Trainum family raises heritage pork for a tour and lunch prepared by Joe Sparatta and Lee Gregory of Southbound, Ian Boden of The Shack and Bryan Hollar of Reunion Bakery with wines from Ox-Eye Vineyards. $125 inclusive.