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
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
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
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]
Our annual global barbecue dine-around event returns to city center high on the hill above Tredegar Iron Works, overlooking the James River. with 15 talented chefs who know their way around fire. We’ll also host our first side dish culinary competition featuring Duke’s Mayonnaise. Watch for contest entry information $85.
Honoring John Dabney’s extraordinary legacy with a nod to the Lambert family’s contributions to hospitality and community service in Richmond. Special guest Carla Hall. Includes a copy of her new book Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration. Tickets ($85) and tables of 8 ($640) available. Presented by Virginia is for Lovers with additional sponsor Copper & Kings.
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.
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.
It's a feast of commonwealth proportions when Virginia takes on Massachusetts in a head-to-head showdown for the title of first (and best) Thanksgiving. It’s a dine-around with multiple chefs, including Will Gilson of Puritan & Co, Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks Q, Michael Hall of Spoonbread, Joy Crump of FOODE and Mercantile, Jason Bullard of Graduate Richmond, Velma Johnson of Mama J’s and Edwards Virginia Ham. Wine and cider from Virginia Wine Board plus Virginia beer and Ironclad Distillery bourbon. Cider tastings with Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider, contests, frivolity and plenty of food and drink! Presented by C.F. Sauer with additional sponsors American Evolution, Virginia Wine Board, Ironclad Distillery and Hayden Flour Mills. Nonprofit beneficiary: Tricycle Urban Ag. $60.
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.