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. And chef Drew Adams from Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons in Georgetown. A dinner designed for drama and exuberance. $125
2019 James Beard: South chef winner Vishwesh Batt from Oxford’s Snackbar joins his friend Sunny Baweja of Lehja and Master Sommelier Robert Jones of Kysela Pere et Fils LTDf or a paired meal celebrating Batt’s win, after seven nominations. Lucky 7 prevails! $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
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
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.)
Native Texan pitmasters Esaul Ramos of 2M Smokehouse in San Antonio, Texas and Chris Fultz of ZZQ in Richmond, Virginia are leading pioneers in the “New School Barbecue” movement. Fueled by their love of Texas barbecue they are redefining long held traditions by incorporating influences from heritage and place. Set under the backyard lights at ZZQ’s new restaurant, Esaul and Chris will collaborate on a family-style meal that blends Texas and Virginia as seen through the lens of a second-generation Mexican-American and a Texan cooking in Virginia. $90
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
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.”)
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.
SOLD OUT 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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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