Richmond Food News: Week of April 18-22

Stacey C. Slagle

‘All Best Days’

Blending laid-back vibes with densely packed scoops and the mantra “All best days,” a new ice cream shop is preparing to open in the Fan. Taking over the shuttered Ever Better cafe space, Westray’s Finest Ice Cream is the brainchild of a Midlothian native who gained his cool chops working at premium purveyors in New York including Van Leeuwen and Oddfellows. (Richmond magazine)

Learning by Doing

After decades in the food and beverage industry, longtime culinary instructor Warren Haskell is stepping out on his own. Bust out those aprons and welcome Kitchen Classroom, the forthcoming destination for hungry and curious Richmonders looking to get educated on everything from knife skills to preparing a Spanish-style steak dinner. (Richmond magazine)

Batter Up

A fan of breakfast all day, writer Genevelyn Steele is an equal-opportunity consumer of the many batter-based options offered on area menus. In this month’s 5 Faves, she tracks down delicious ways to step up to the plate, including crispy-edged classic pancakes at a Scott’s Addition diner and mini Dutch-inspired quick cakes aboard a local food truck. (Richmond magazine)


Make those resos and squeeze in a final visit before Secco Wine Bar — the Fan spot known for a thoughtful pour and ideal accoutrements, bids farewell on April 29. (Richmond magazine)

We caught up with Dayum This Is My Jam owner and founder of Safe Space Market Andy Waller, an entrepreneur with a sushi tattoo, a soft spot for cold brew, and a dedication to supporting the trans and BIPOC communities. (Richmond magazine)

Catch the tail end of Richmond Restaurant Week — celebrating 22 years, the spring edition of the annual event continues through April 24 with dozens of eateries featuring three-course prix fixe menus to benefit Feed More.

Fans of barrel-aged beers and pints that take a walk on the wild side, this weekend Fine Creek Brewing Co. is calling your name. The Powhatan brewery is getting funky with the return of its Wild & Weird Festival. Serving pours from breweries across the state, the sour lineup includes creations from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, The Veil Brewing Co., Oozlefinch, Bench Top and more. P.S.: I still think about this blackberry-lemon-ricotta pizza from a previous festival, and Fine Creek chef Sara Tocco is offering it as a repeat special.

This weekend, Pizza Bones is hosting a double dose of events with all the ’za your heart desires in between. On Saturday, grab a pal and head to Friend Bar, a gathering presented by the local group Women in Wine RVA; sample four luscious lady-made wines from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday kicks off a spring market with appearances from area bakers including Olivia Wilson, vendors and more from noon to 5 p.m.

Dom Giannelli of Carytown’s The Jasper recently took home the grand prize at the regional Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience. Now he heads to Kentucky, where he’ll defend his title as this year’s Virginia champion.

Caffeinated Richmonders, the time has come. Following months of pop-ups, Afterglow Coffee Cooperative, the city’s first employee-owned and -operated coffee biz from Lamplighter alumni, will open the doors of its Scott’s Addition cafe and roastery on Saturday, April 23.

RVA Love

Did two Richmond food businesses make appearances in The New York Times this week? Why, yes, yes, they did.

Hamid Noori, chef and owner of Carytown’s The Mantu, has always felt his purpose was to serve others. We spoke with the Afghan native last fall after he opened the doors of his restaurant to at 10 N. Thompson St. to feed newly arrived evacuees from his homeland. And this week, he was featured among fellow Afghan restaurateurs around Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., who continue to aid fleeing refugees. (The New York Times)

Local sausage producer The Mayor got a special, sizzly nod for its spicy linguiça links, which were declared a grilling season necessity. P.S.: They’re also said to accompany littleneck clams flawlessly and are now available nationally through mail order and wholesale company Heritage Foods. (The New York Times)

Upcoming Events

  • Earth Day With Seasonal Roots, Mise en Place (April 22): A free online class and collaboration with the online farmers market
  • Earth Day, Underground Kitchen (April 22): An intimate six-course dinner with wine pairings to celebrate Earth Day
  • The Wild and Sweet Plant Sale Spectacular, Wild Urban Farm (April 22-23): Step up your garden game with everything from standard veggies to unique heirlooms.
  • Timber Pizza Co. Pop-up, Final Gravity Brewing Co. (April 23): The D.C.-based wood-fired pizza venture returns for another RVA pop-up.
  • Second Anniversary Celebration, Crazy Rooster Brewing Company (April 23): The Powhatan brewery celebrates its birthday with special releases, live tunes and bites from El Guapo.
  • Community, Mocktails and Learning Session, Bryan Park (April 24): Sip nonalcoholic beverages and hear from local nonprofit NoLef Turns.
  • A Little Neighborhood Block Party, Dear Neighbor (April 24): The Church Hill shop unites a handful of vendors, including forthcoming ice cream shop Spotty Dog.
  • Smashed RVA Dog Pop-up, Accoutre (April 24): The burger pop-up turns to the dog side — Wagyu hot dogs all ways, from chili-topped to Chicago-style.
  • Real Local RVA April Meeting, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (April 25): Meet the group’s new executive director.
  • Sushi & More, Publix Aprons Cooking School (April 28): Crab rangoon, a surf-and-turf roll and green tea ice cream are on the menu.

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