Richmond Food News: week of December 6-10, 2021

Ah, sugar, sugar

Chocolates are one of life’s sparkling pleasures, and we recently caught up with a handful of local pastry chefs and bakers who are enjoying sweet success in the chocolate business. Discover the inspiration, culinary education and determination shared by the owners of Miss Maude’s Bar of Chocolates, JC Desserts, Gearharts Fine Chocolates and River City Chocolate. (Richmond Magazine)

Christmas every day

A husband-and-wife team rethink how – and when – coquito, a creamy Puerto Rican cinnamon-rum drink typically enjoyed during the holiday season, is experienced in their small family business, Loquito Coquito. The duo adapt a family recipe to introduce non-traditional flavors and offerings, including alcoholic ice cream, which can be enjoyed year round. (Richmond Magazine)

The French connection

Renowned French cognac maker François Voyer and Richmond’s premier whiskey maker Reservoir Distillery have more in common than you might think. After a chance meeting, the two spirits makers embarked on a transatlantic collaboration – sampling each other’s offerings, choosing casks, and sharing notes – to present a super limited and much anticipated whiskey release which falls in mid-December. (Richmond Magazine)


Alex Graf, the mistress of the ZZQ was chosen for a national program of the James Beard Foundation that aims to elevate pioneering women in the kitchen. (Richmond Magazine)

From a bakery dedicated to sourdough focaccia to one offering a gluten-free coffee cake, we don’t miss anything, here is five new places serve savory and sweet creations. (Richmond Magazine)

What is Lehja chef and co-owner Sunny bawejacan’t I live without an ingredient? We have that, along with other of his favorites in this month’s Spotlight feature. (Richmond Magazine)

Richmond is known for giving its pop-up restaurants a lot of love, and another local concept will soon become brick and mortar. Stay tuned for more details on Slurp, a ramen concept from The Jasper set to find a permanent home in Church Hill.

Local cafe at the wheel. I repeat: local cafe driving. Ironclad Coffee Roasters recently announced plans to debut a second location at the 2010 John Rolf Parkway in February which, yes, will offer the convenience of a coffee to go without leaving the whip.

After unveiling his N’awlins-inspired snowball shop, Suzy sno, Rabia Kamara, also of Ruby Scoops, has been named one of the Virginia Business’ 100 people to meet in 2022.

Mark These Calendars – Richmond Bakers Against Racism is hosting a sale of festive treats on December 18 at The Veil Brewing Co. in Scott’s Addition, the proceeds of which will go to Project Community, an upcoming gathering space and tea room of Andy Waller of Safe Space Market and Crystal Stokes of Frank Community Farm.

Want to join chef Brittanny Anderson over several days adventure in spain which includes visiting the Iberian pig farms and eating pintxos in Seville? Brenner Pass and Metzger Bar & Butchery co-owner takes a trip and invites food-oriented travelers to join.

Boogie down this Sunday funday as cocktail lover Bobby Kruger makes an appearance at The Jungle Room for Making spirits bright. Bonus: The event aims to raise funds for Side by Side Virginia, a nonprofit organization that works with LGBTQ + youth.

If you haven’t been to Henry’s Lilly Pad Cafe – recently visited by actor Ewan McGregor – and you’re feeling festive, this weekend might be a good time. Directory Richmond Boat Parade of Lights will finish its brightly lit brigade at 7 p.m., and the waterfront restaurant has stunning views.

Women in Wine RVA combines education and relaxation during an upcoming Sip and take care of yourself event on December 19 at Gallery5. Tickets for the gathering will include tastings and instructions on breathing techniques.

Events to come

  • Afternoon tea, Blue Atlas (Dec 10): Carytown teas poured with a multitude of accessories
  • Exotic beer collaboration, The Answer Brewpub (December 10): One Way Market global snack shop and An Bui brewpub join forces for three limited releases.
  • 2nd anniversary oyster roast, Starr Hill Brewery (Dec 11): Rappahannock oysters, melodies, tacos and release of an Anniversary Oyster Stout
  • Pop-up fine art, Our Life By Stella’s (December 11): Shop and enjoy bellinis and snacks. There is also a holiday happy hour the day before with Linda Grams and mulled wine.
  • Virtual Gingerbread Stout Tasting Panel, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery West Creek (December 11): a virtual event that explores the famous GBS and other seasonal versions
  • GBS party, Hardywood West Creek (December 11): Stouts on tap, Jiji Frozen Custard, live music and Santa’s visit
  • Slide brunch, JewFro (December 12): two seats for the paid event at Soul Taco owners’ Shockoe Bottom restaurant
  • Pop-up young mom, Cobra Burger (December 12): The Japanese-inspired pop-up returns for a night of ramen.
  • The brunch market, Pinky’s (December 12): Shop local vendors with a cookie and mimosa in hand.
  • Winter walk, The Valentine (December 10 and 12): Ardent Craft Ales pours his Winter Warmer during the guided tour.
  • Gingerbread House Class, Publix Aprons Cooking School (December 12): Get creative with candy and decorate a gingerbread house.

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