Ah, Sugar, Sugar
Chocolates are one of life’s joy-sparking pleasures, and we recently caught up with a handful of local confectioners and bakers who are enjoying sweet success in the chocolate business. Learn about 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 is rethinking how — and when — coquito, a creamy cinnamon- and rum-spiked beverage from Puerto Rico typically enjoyed during the holiday season, is experienced through their small family business, Loquito Coquito. The pair are adapting a family recipe to introduce nontraditional flavors and offerings, including boozy ice cream, that can be enjoyed all year long. (Richmond magazine)
The French Connection
A 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 spirit makers embarked on a trans-Atlantic collaboration — sampling one another’s offerings, choosing casks and sharing notes — to introduce a super-limited, and highly anticipated, whiskey release that drops in mid-December. (Richmond magazine)
ZZQ pitmistress Alex Graf was chosen for a national program from the James Beard Foundation that aims to elevate female culinary pioneers. (Richmond magazine)
From a bakery dedicated to sourdough focaccia to one offering a crumbly, we’re-not-missing-anything gluten-free coffee cake, here are five new spots serving up savory and sweet creations. (Richmond magazine)
What is Lehja chef and co-owner Sunny Baweja’s can’t-live-without ingredient? We’ve got that, plus more of his favorites in this month’s Spotlight feature. (Richmond magazine)
Richmond is known for giving its dining pop-ups a whole lotta love, and another local concept will soon graduate to brick-and-mortar status. Stay tuned for more details on Slurp, a ramen concept from The Jasper set to find a permanent home in Church Hill.
Drive-thru local coffee. I repeat: drive-thru local coffee. Ironclad Coffee Roasters recently announced plans to debut a second location at 2010 John Rolf Parkway in February that, yes, will offer the comfort of to-go coffee without leaving the whip.
Fresh off the unveiling of her N’awlins-inspired snow-ball shop, Suzy Sno, Rabia Kamara, also of Ruby Scoops, has been named one of Virginia Business’ 100 people to meet in 2022.
Mark those calendars — Richmond Bakers Against Racism is hosting a festive treat sale on Dec. 18 at The Veil Brewing Co. in Scott’s Addition, with proceeds benefiting Project Community, a forthcoming gathering space and tea room from Andy Waller of Safe Space Market and Crystal Stokes of Frank Community Farm.
Want to join chef Brittanny Anderson on a multiday adventure in Spain that includes visiting Ibérico pork farms and eating pintxos in Seville? The co-owner of Brenner Pass and Metzger Bar & Butchery is taking a trip and inviting food-focused travelers to join.
Boogie down this Sunday funday as cocktail aficionado Bobby Kruger makes a guest appearance at The Jungle Room for Making Spirits Bright. Bonus: The event aims to raise funds for Side by Side Virginia, a nonprofit that works with LGBTQ+ youth.
If you haven’t been to Henrico’s Lilly Pad Cafe — recently visited by actor Ewan McGregor — and are feeling festive, this weekend may be the opportune time. The annual Richmond Boat Parade of Lights will wrap up its brightly lit brigade at 7 p.m., and the waterside restaurant offers prime viewing.
Women in Wine RVA is marrying education and relaxation during an upcoming Sip & Self-care event on Dec. 19 at Gallery5. Tickets for the gathering will include tastings and instruction in breathing techniques.
- Afternoon Tea, Blue Atlas (Dec. 10): Pourings of Carytown Teas paired with a bevy of accoutrements
- Exotic Beer Collaboration, The Answer Brewpub (Dec. 10): Global snack store One Way Market and An Bui’s brewpub join forces for three limited releases.
- 2nd Anniversary Oyster Roast, Starr Hill Brewery (Dec. 11): Rappahannock oysters, tunes, tacos and the release of an Anniversary Oyster Stout
- Fine Art Pop-up, Our Life By Stella’s (Dec. 11): Shop and enjoy bellinis and snacks. There’s also a holiday happy hour the night before featuring Linda Grams and mulled wine.
- Gingerbread Stout Virtual Tasting Panel, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery West Creek (Dec. 11): A virtual event that explores the famed GBS and other seasonal releases
- GBS Fest, Hardywood West Creek (Dec. 11): Stouts on tap, Jiji Frozen Custard, live music and a visit from Santa
- Drag Brunch, JewFro (Dec. 12): Two seatings for the ticketed event at the Shockoe Bottom restaurant from the owners of Soul Taco
- Young Mother Pop-up, Cobra Burger (Dec. 12): The Japanese-inspired pop-up returns for a night of ramen.
- The Brunch Market, Pinky’s (Dec. 12): Shop local vendors with a biscuit and mimosa in hand.
- Winter Wander, The Valentine (Dec. 10 and 12): Ardent Craft Ales pours its Winter Warmer during the walk-around tour.
- Gingerbread House Class, Publix Aprons Cooking School (Dec. 12): Get creative with candies and decorate a gingerbread house.