Get your Halloween on early with this bar/restaurant crawl along Broad Street, where we will toast the spirits with some of the best cocktails our Arts District restaurants have to offer. We’ll start at the ICA and then hit Tiny Victory and five other spots.. $55
The Jefferson opened on Oct. 31, 1895, so it's fitting that FFF start here with a paired dinner at Lemaire with chef Patrick Willis and chef Scott Howell from Nana's in Durham. $125.
Chef Brittanny Anderson and pastry chef Olivia Wilson of Brenner Pass and friends honor French chef Eugenie Brazier, the first person to earn six Michelin stars in 1933. Chef Jill Mathias from Charleston’s Chez Nous and pastry chef Paola Velez from D.C.’s Kith/Kin join in the paired dinner tribute. $125
Costumes encouraged at this over-the-top paired meal at chef David Dunlap’s Maple and PIne at the Quirk Hotel. Joining him will be chef Patrick “Opie” Crooks from A Rake’s Progress and 2019 James Beard pastry chef finalist Pichet Ong from Brothers and Sisters — both restaurants inside the LINE hotel in D.C. A dinner designed for drama and exuberance. $125
Lunch/Supper is highlighting its local autumnal purveyors with a paired, five-course Ardent beer dinner -- Autumn Olive Farm, Manakintowne, Rappahannock Oysters, Free Union Grass Farms, Virago and Saunders Orchard through an Italian lens from chefs Stephen DeRaffele and Rick Lyons. Welcome cocktail by Virago. $125
Bartender Battle finalists compete for the John Dabney Cup. $20. Combo ticket with Thanksgiving Throwdown available. Nonprofit beneficiary: Tricycle Urban Ag. Sponsored by Ironclad Distillery, Copper & Kings, Virago Spirits and Cirrus Vodka.
Lemaire welcomes Harper Bradshaw of Harper’s Table and Early Mountain Vineyards in a celebration of the food and wine of Virginia. Lemaire’s Chef Patrick Willis and Harper will dig into their recipe boxes to bring us five courses from across the Commonwealth paired with the exquisite wines from Virginia’s Early Mountain Vineyards. $150 all inclusive.
Kevin Yanaga of Pod in Philly brings his exotic style to West Coast Provisions to prepare a 7-course dinner with Ian Boothman, Trevor Knotts and Michelle Williams. Door opens at 6:30. Dinner at 7. Welcome cocktail from Belle Isle Moonshine included. Nonprofit beneficiary: J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Culinary Scholarship Fund. $100
Walter Bundy of Shagbark hosts Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus in south St. Louis, a James Beard finalist for Best Chef: Midwest and semi-finalist multiple times and one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of 2011 hence a wine dinner. Nonprofit beneficiary: Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program. $125
The South meets the islands when Luke Owens comes to Richmond from The Chef & The Farmer in Kinston and brings along Warren Brothers to cook up something special with Mike Ledesma at Perch. Cocktail reception at 6:30. Dinner with wine pairings at 7. $125 Photo by Baxter Miller.
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.
Ian Boden of The Shack in Staunton joins Craig Perkinson at Southbound for a 5 course koji meets the south themed dinner. 4 seating times: 6, 6:30, 8, 8:30. Alcohol not included. $90. Nonprofit beneficiary: Shalom Farms.
a James Beard-nominated Rising Star who loves his Appalachian and Southern roots, will deliver big time, no doubt. (FYI: Deal won $20k on "Guy's Grocery Games," winning three out of three rounds.) Aaron Deal of The River and Rail rolls across the Commonwealth to cook with Lee Gregory at The Roosevelt on Church Hill. Doors open at 6; dinner at 6:30. Alcohol not included. $90 Nonprofit beneficiary: Tricycle Urban Ag.
Joe Sparatta welcomes Esca’s Dave Pasternack. Anthony Bourdain said this: “I doubt there is a human being alive who knows more about fish than Dave Pasternack. And every bite of his cooking reflects that knowledge and experience.” 4-course sustainable fish dinner. Alcohol not included. $90
We'll walk the Downtown Arts District in search of well-crafted cocktails at Tiny Victory (featuring Virago Spirits and Julep’s and the occasional local brew at Champion Brewing, among other stops, stirring in some history and art as we go. 21 and older. $50
Tour L'Opossum, Perch, Longoven and one of Richmond Restaurant Group's gems and others while gleaning behind-the-scenes skinny on the design process with an expert in the field. We'll enjoy a few bites and raise a glass or two to the vision of the chefs, designers and owners. Transportation included. $55. Sponsored by Virginia Wine Board and James Limousine.
We'll tour by bus sites related to female firsts throughout Richmond, from the street where the Martha Stewart of the 19th century had her boardinghouse to the state's first female African-American architect's home, from the site where suffrage began to the offices for the first African-American woman to charter a bank. $30. Bundle with Three Sisters Lunch for $50.
Lunch and learn about four centuries of Virginia women in food, from the Powhatan Indians to Mary Randolph's enslaved cooks, from how tea rooms, yes tea rooms, played a role in the suffrage movement to today's female-run kitchens and farms. Our lunch at The Broad will be based on the Virginia League of Women Voters' first cookbook and the Peytonia Cookbook, owned by Maggie Walker. The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture will assist, too! $30. Bundle with Broad(s) by Bus for $50.