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]
Part of Fire, Flour & Fork, a gathering for the food curious, this Eat Up the Art Sunday lunch at the Lewis Home with Lewis private chef J Frank includes a tour of Frances Lewis's private art collection from Lewis curator, Jay Barrows, includes beverages. Details will be emailed. $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.
Chef Luke Owens and Master Sommelier Robert Jones of Kysela Pere et Fils LTD join Chef Mike Ledesma of Perch for a five-course dinner on Sunday evening. Chef Luke cooked here last year when he was the executive chef of The Chef and the Farmer in Kinston, N.C. This year, he’s striking out on his own in Greenville.
Chef Joe Sparatta of Heritage welcomes Joe Kindred, a 2019 James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef: South, from his namesake restaurant, Kindred, in Davidson, North Carolina. Both restaurants excel at either being that celebration spot or the place you just go to grab dinner with friends. Ask Joe K. about the milk bread. $90
Sunny Bajewa welcomes longtime friend Maneet Chauhan to Lehja. “Iron Chef” competitor, longtime “Chopped” judge and the owner/chef of a growing Nashville restaurant empire, chef Chauhan recently opened Chaatable in Nashville’s Sylvan Heights neighborhood. Come for this paired dinner that will most definitely be an evening between friends. $135
Join the longtime crew at Union Hill’s Metzger in welcoming co-chefs Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan of Maydan to Richmond for a paired multi-course evening — some of which will be served family style. Bon Appetit named Maydan the country’s No. 2 best new restaurant in 2018. $135
The fifth annual John Dabney Dinner will trace the influence of chef James Hemings on other Virginia chefs including John Dabney and Edna Lewis. Join Joy Crump, Ashleigh Shanti and others for this collaborative dinner, where we will honor Charles and Shirley Sherrod at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture at 6:30 p.m. $85 [There is a ticket bundle for the Dabney Dinner and Food U for $125]
Join Chef Michelle Williams as she welcomes Chef Alex Lira, a James Beard semi-finalist in 2018, back to Richmond. Chef Lira cooked at Europa while in Richmond, and life has come full circle now that he's opening Estadio in Charleston, S.C. They will serve an incredible tapas dinner. $125 paired. (up to 100 seats, one seating at 6:30).
A 5-course dinner at Sub Rosa Bakery that explores a different local grain in each course. Taste the efforts of Common Grain Alliance, bakers, farmers and millers who are reinvigorating a regional grain economy with a 5-course paired dinner at Sub Rosa Bakery that explores a different local grain in each course. Nonprofit beneficiary: Common Grain Alliance. $90 paired with wine and cider. Pre-dinner cocktail event still available.
Yana has travelled the world bringing authentic Filipino cuisine to every state of the U.S., South America and beyond. There were no spoons and forks before Spanish conquistadors took over the islands now known as the Philippines. The native people ate with their hands (also referred to as kamayan style... meaning "with hands.") Join chefs Yana Gilbuena and Ian Merryman for a six-course communal dining experience served over banana leaves meant to promote camaraderie, conversation and a relaxed atmosphere. Tiny Victory scores a huge get with her FFF debut. Alcohol not included. $90
Don your best vintage attire and jump into a Sunday evening dinner party for the ages. The Giavos family and Chef Loretta Montano invite you into their intimate restaurant/rec room for an evening to remember. Four-courses including sharing of "punch bowls” with Virago Spirits. $125 paired. Bygones is willing to assist with your vintage attire with a 20 percent discount!
A “King of Pork;” a JBF semifinalist for "Best Chef: Great Lakes, and winner of a No. 6 spot on Bon Appetit magazine’s “Best New Restaurants” list, Chicago's Jason Vincent teams up with Jason Alley at Pasture for Sunday dinner. Nonprofit beneficiary: Feed More. Welcome cocktail from Ironclad Distillery included. $90
Sip a drink and meet members of the Common Grain Alliance, bakers, farmers and millers who are reinvigorating a regional grain economy at Sub Rosa Bakery. Nonprofit beneficiary: Common Grain Alliance. $15.
Join Chef Danielle Goodreau and the Tazza Kitchen team for a taste and sips of things to come that will be available from The The Big Kitchen, opening late fall in a renovated diesel engine repair shop in Scott’s Addition. Beer and wine included. $55.
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.
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.
Jessica Wilson joins The Broken Tulip for a Sunday Roast Lunch with three courses: a starter, aged beef roast, and a dessert, paired with vintage Bordeaux wines from Broken Tulip's stellar cellar. Nonprofit beneficiary: Tricycle Urban Ag.Choice of two seatings: 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. $95
Sahil Rahman and Rahul Vinod, childhood friends-turned-restaurateurs are partners in Rasa, a fast-casual Indian restaurant in Navy Yard, join Sunny Baweja at Lehja for Sunday family-style, paired brunch! The second generation restaurateurs' debut eatery opened in December 2017, receiving high praise from The Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema. Signature cocktail provided by Blade & Bow. $95
What better chef to prepare an FFF brunch than fresh breakfast and lunch specialist Kevin Jamison of Commune?! Jamison, who owns two restaurants, a 21-acre farm in Pungo," a new bakery and a farm in Haiti, studied food sustainability in developing nations and learned from a chef who worked inside the Vatican. The Backbones of Commune Executive Chef Barry Smith and head baker Ishiah White join the cause! Christine Wansleben and Jenny Tremblay host the communal happening at Mise En Place accompanied by select Virginia beer and wine from Commonwealth Brewery and Thibaut Jannison Winery! Sponsored by Real Local RVA. $65
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.