Ask Lauren: New Year’s Eve in RVA!

Ahhhhh it’s New Year’s Eve, and you’ve got sooooo many questions!

Now, through the magic of the internet, you too can ask Lauren your myriad food-related questions. Well, technically, you can leave your questions in the comments below, I’ll ask Lauren, and then I’ll let you know what she says. It’s like the three-legged stool of restaurant recommendations.

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Here’s your basic, stereotypical New Year’s Eve question: how do my friends and I get around town after we, in all likelihood, celebrated a bit too hard?

You could coerce one of your friends to DD, you could get a bunch of cabs, or you could do it up right and rent a tour bus from James Limousine and have a grand ol’ time. The rates vary by how long you’ll need the bus and how many people in your group, but you can generally expect a price below $30 per person. That’s not too bad at all!

Hey! I want to take my special someone out for a fancy New Year’s Eve dinner, but I don’t want to drop a huge stack of cash. Suggestions?

Heritage is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration for just $35 per person. That’s a three-course meal at one of Richmond’s best new restaurants for a pretty great price. The menu remains a mystery, but there’s no way you’ll be disappointed. Reservations are required and must be made by phone (804.353.4060), dinner hours will be 5:00 – 10:00 PM.

Equally mysterious and delicious is a similar celebration over at Dutch & Co in Church Hill. They’re offering a four-course dinner for $45 per person. Same deal: menu remains a mystery but is surely awesome, reservations must be made by phone (804.643.8824), and dinner will be served 5:00 – 10:00 PM.

I remember, before kids, when my New Year’s Eve involved booze, glitter, silly hats, and dancing. I want my children to have fun on the holiday (maybe less booze but still glitter and dancing), what can we do that will get them having a good time?

First, pick up a couple pizza packs by Pizza Tonight from Ellwood Thompson or Relay Foods. Have everyone pitch in making the pizzas and adding their own toppings of choice. If you’d like to keep the clan out of the kitchen (and avoid the impending cleanup) grab some pizzas from 8 1/2—they’re delicious.

Ring in the new year, if your progeny can make it that late, with sparkling grape juice and some popsicles from King of Pops. If you really want to go all out, buy a couple rolls of bubble wrap and stomp the crap out of 2013 while welcoming in 2014. 1

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  1. Honestly, this sounds pretty great for adults too. 
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  1. new year’s event for richmond va – 6 bands, videodrome, local libations, live art, food trucks, jazz processional and rva logo rise at midnight
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    Renew Richmond, RVA Eventspace and NATIVES are happy to bring the Capital City a new and innovative take on bringing in the New Year! This event will be a new platform for establishing new traditions based on the strength of RVA’s local culture and embrace the qualities that make this city and region great.

    The main purpose of this event is to raise funds for some of RVA’s favorite non-profits. They may be small but all are doing great things to help add to the city’s robust creative energy. Some of the beneficiaries of the event are:

    Renew Richmond


    Slam Richmond

    Southside Child Development Center

    Project Yoga Richmond

    and others…

    RVA RISE 2014 Features:
    3 Venue Spaces
    6 Bands
    Free Social Toast
    Food Truck Court
    RVA Beer and Virginia Wine

    There are several unique elements that are being rolled out for this event:

    – instead of a ball drop at midnight, there will be an “RVA” logo RISE
    – a Social Toast with local beers, cider and Virginia wines will replace the standard midnight champagne toast
    – multiple venues and atmospheres for one low price
    – a live brass band procession at midnight

    Three Rooms of Live Music

    Eventspace: Mighty Joshua (Reggae)
    Beast Wellington (Vocal Jazz, Modern Covers)

    ArtSpace: The Roger Carroll Band (Jazz)
    My Son The Doctor (Eastern European, Balkan Folk)

    The Shop: Photosynthesizers (Hip Hop, Soul)
    Canary Oh Canary (Rock)

    Social Toast
    One of the unique twists we are taking on the NYE concept is a local beer, wine and cider Social Toast instead of a typical midnight champagne toast. Each guest receives a Social Toast drink ticket can be redeemed at any time during the night and is to be used to have a drink with a “stranger”, or someone you did not know before that night. Building relationships is one of the keys to RVA’s success as a community and we want to emphasize that going into the new year.

    Come celebrate the beginning of a great year for RVA while supporting some of the best non-profit organizations in the city!

    Tuesday December 31st, 2013 9:30pm – 2:00am

    @The Plant Zero Event Complex 0 E. 4th St. RVA 23224

    $40 Advance, $50 At The Door


  2. Jennie on said:

    Why leave the Hill for great pizza? Call Flames or Aziza’s.

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