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]
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.