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).
Drag mothers and their daughters will bring us a brunch performance that will go down in history. Special guests include Natasha “The Community Diva” Carrington, chef/author and co-producer of “Wig” and “Wigstock” David Burtka and New Orleans-based drag brunch historian Poppy Tooker. Sponsor: Cirrus. $70
Come to ZZQ for this collaboration between two Texas pitmasters, Chris Fultz and Esaul Ramos. This family-style meal will celebrate Texas-inspired barbecue with a menu that will blend Ramos’ influences with influences that inform Fultz’s barbecue as a Texan cooking in Virginia.
Purchase a Saturday bundle ticket for two FFF Events, Sampling the Centuries and Dining as Living Theatre: An Intimate Conversation with Chef Patrick O’Connell $135
3 Star Michelin Chef Patrick O’Connell, the recent recipient of the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award, is interviewed by Phillip Rhodes, Garden & Gun’s Executive Managing Editor. Savor a cocktail and The Inn at Little Washington’s famous truffled popcorn as you enjoy a rare on-stage interview. Included is the book “Refined American Cuisine.” Chef O’Connell will sign books after the discussion. 5 p.m. $50 (There also will be a combination ticket with the Sampling the Centuries event, $135. L’Opossum dinner attendees will receive a book and admission as part of their dinner ticket.)
Chef Matt Kirwan welcomes chef Matt Conroy of Oxomoco in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Together they will reveal the similarities between Mexican and Southern fare during a four-course meal in The Roosevelt’s intimate dining room.Two seatings, 5:30 and 8 p.m. $90
More than 20 chefs with ties to Virginia will participate in this memorable event at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, presented by TowneBank. Go on a journey through small plates of Virginia’s bounty, along with paired cocktails, wine and beer, and desserts. You’ll travel through culinary influences from the 1700s, such as the cooking prowess of James Hemings, and continue right into the future of food . From Staunton’s Ian Boden in Staunton to Ashleigh Shanti, formerly of Virginia Beach, from Fredericksburg’s Joy Crump to Brunswick County’s best stewmaster, many of the state’s best will be gathered. Sponsors: Baldor, Virginia Wine, Cirrus, Belle Isle Moonshine and A. Smith. Bowman $95
Join Chef David Shannon at L’O LIFE, a pop-up dive bar, for a seven-course tasting menu with beverage pairings to celebrate the roots, branches and offshoots of a sweet and savory culinary family tree. The special guest of honor: Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington. The guests chefs: Noah Sandoval of Oriole, Kumiko & Kikko, and Bonnie Moore of Willowsford and The Inn at Little Washington. Special musical guests: RVA’s very own Sick Bags. 8 p.m. $285 (Included is a complimentary ticket to “Dining as Living Theatre” at 5 p.m. and a copy of “Refined American Cuisine.”)
Greg Baker, known for resurrecting nearly lost Florida ingredients and cooking techniques, for whole animal butchery, whole vegetable use, and for being an avid defender of farmer worker rights and policy reform comes to Jason Alley’s Comfort. Beneficiary: FeedMore. Alcohol not included. $90
Chef Jack Vidra, Author madison moore, phd. and Chef David Shannon
Seven Course Tasting Menu with Beverage Pairings & A Signed and Kissed Copy of
Fabulous: The Rise of The Beautiful Eccentric
ADULT CONTENT 18+ ONLY $185
Nonprofit beneficiary: NATIONZ Foundation
Little Saint brings James Beard-nominated Erik Bruner-Yang of Brothers and Sisters, the communal marketplace Maketto and the new Spoken English back to Richmond, hosted by chef Alex Enggist for a 4-course, paired dinner. 2 seatings; 6 and 8:30. $125.
Smoke on the Water, presented by Cavalier Produce, rolls the roasted meats, fish and vegetables over to Henricus. Rappahannock, Autumn Olive Farms, Carena Ives, Jason Bullard of Graduate Richmond, Dale Reitzer, Dutch & Co., Fatty Smokes: A Barbecue Joint, Justin Cherry and much more! There will be liquids, too. Beneficiary: Shalom Farms. Early Bird ticket till Sept. 15: $75. With transportation $90. Presented by Cavalier Produce with additional sponsors Ironclad Distillery, Canon & Draw, Cirrus Vodka and Virago Spirits.
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.
Visit VSU’s experimental farm for a special tour and then go farther south to Browntown Farm, Virginia's small farm of the year. Herb Brown Sr. and his family have owned their farm since 1908. We'll have a family-style lunch at Browntown, featuring some of their produce and products and learn about the Brown family’s farming heritage. Duron Chavis, an urban agriculture advocate and community engagement coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will lead the tour. Therese Nelson, founder of Black Culinary History, will join us and share her research. $65.
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.