Events by Day
FFF 2018 features behind-the-scenes tours, guest chef dinners, lunches, brunches, demos and tasting opportunities at Food U and large-scale signature events to choose from.
Just added two Friday dinners! Tickets on sale now!
Food U schedule posted Sept. 20th!
Create your very own FFF experience!
november 1, 2018
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
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.
november 2, 2018
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.
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.
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.
This bus tour of stops marking civil rights history in Richmond and Virginia, including the site of the Eggleston Hotel in Jackson Ward. Neverett Eggleston III will share his family's legacy in food and at the forefront of movement. Nonprofit beneficiary: Richmond Food Justice Alliance. Lunch will be served. $55
Visit Autumn Olive Farms where the Trainum family raises heritage pork for a tour and lunch prepared by Joe Sparatta and Lee Gregory of Southbound, Ian Boden of The Shack and Bryan Hollar of Reunion Bakery with wines from Ox-Eye Vineyards. $125 inclusive.
november 3, 2018
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
Fabulous: The Rise of The Beautiful Eccentric
ADULT CONTENT 18+ ONLY $185
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.
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.
Join us on a walking tour of the Downtown Arts District led by a local artist who has done his share of livening up Richmond's streets with art. We'll combine in-depth looks at street art with tastings of food from Jackson and Monroe ward markets, bakeries and restaurants for a multi-sensory experience. $55 for 16 and up. $30 for 9-15.
Visit VSU’s experimental farm for a special tour and then go farther south to Browntown Farm, Virginia's small farm of the year. Herb Brown Sr. and his family have owned their farm since 1908. We'll have a family-style lunch at Browntown, featuring some of their produce and products and learn about the Brown family’s farming heritage. Duron Chavis, an urban agriculture advocate and community engagement coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will lead the tour. Therese Nelson, founder of Black Culinary History, will join us and share her research. $65.
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.
november 4, 2018
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