There’s Fire, Flour & Fork, there’s GRAZE on Grace, there’s the Soup-er Bowl, and then there’s a nap, hopefully.
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FIRST YOU GOT YOUR FIRE, THEN HERE COMES THE FLOUR, AND THEN OVER HERE’S THE FORK
Would you like two free Fire, Flour & Fork Tasting Tent tickets? Yes, you would!. Would you like your own personal guide through this possibly overwhelming event? Yes, you would like that too I bet! Enter before Friday at 12:00 PM. OR, save yourself the cold, clammy, hand-wringing anticipation and just buy your own tickets to whatever FFF event most interests you!
KINGS AND VAGABONDS
Owen Lane announced last week that he has found a new home for his nose-to-tail cuisine. Vagabond is scheduled to open in the former Coda space at 700 E. Broad Street on November 7th, with Lane as chef and minority partner. Lane tells RTD that former Coda co-owners Daniel Delgado and Dave Peterson were the duo whose offer he couldn’t refuse, amid a sea of inquiries about the chef’s next move. Still holding on to your Magpie gift certificates? (Weird, but OK!) They’ll be honored at Vagabond, so lucky you.
GRAZIN’ IN THE GRASS
OK, so it’s not the grass, so much as Grace Street; but GRAZE on Grace is almost here! Slow Food RVA‘s fall feast is like a pared-down version of Broad Appetit, and it takes place on Sunday, November 8th from 12:00 – 5:00 PM between 4th and 7th Streets on Grace. About 20 restaurants will line the streets, serving $3 portions of their signature dishes all afternoon. Participants include Amour, Lehja, Pasture, Mosaic, and Rappahannock, plus over a dozen others. Hosted by the Downtown Neighborhood Association, GRAZE on Grace benefits FeedMore and Slow Food, and is part of a series of culinary events focused on good, clean, and fair food.
MO’ SOUP FOR YOU
Ready your spoons, it’s almost time for the second annual Soup-er Bowl at Max’s Positive Vibe Cafe. For a $10 donation, you can eat your way through bowl after bowl of soup from restaurants like Galley, Stella’s, and last year’s Soup-er Bowl champs, Perly’s. Al Yeganeh, the soup-slinger upon whom the Soup Nazi character is based is back to judge who has the best bowl.
WHEN THE GOING GETS TUFFY
Tuffy Stone knows his barbecue, and he’s got a bunch of trophies to prove it. Now he can add the Grand Champion title at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue to the list. The Q Barbeque owner (and Rancho T and Sharper Palate co-owner) took home top honors at the competition, which was held in Lynchburg, Tennessee last weekend. This is the pitmaster’s second Grand Champion title in three years. It comes with a $10,000 prize and a ton of pride.
SWEET HONEY BEE
Bees make the world go round. If you ate something today, thank a bee. But bees have had a rough go of it in the last few years, with several setbacks including colony collapse and habitat destruction leading to massive honeybee deaths. Several Virginia scientists are starting to grow buckwheat crops to support those industrious little buzzers, and Richmond Magazine has all the sweet, sticky details.
A CASE OF THE MONDAYS
Rappahannock Restaurant will start opening on Mondays as of this coming Monday, so schedule your power lunches accordingly.
ALL TREATS, NO TRICKS
Two family-friendly activities for your Halloween Saturday: First is Free Pop Day at King of Pops Headquarters. It’s hard to say goodbye (for the cold season), but free pops make it easier. And Perk! is hosting their first annual Halloween Perktacular, with crafts and storytelling, plus a 2:00 PM costume parade. Any kid (age not specified, so I say GO FOR IT, YOUNG ADULTS!) dressed in a costume gets a free treat!
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SIP: HARDYWOOD’S TRICKERY
Out this Saturday (Halloween), Hardywood Brewery describes Trickery as, “a limited release stout aged in apple brandy barrels for 8 months for a smooth apple brandy finish. Warm caramel, blackstrap molasses, and chocolate covered cherries. 13.5% ABV.” It will be available by the bottle (limit four per person) or on tap starting at 2:00 PM, and live music, featuring Los Ramones and Full Moon Fever (that’s a Ramones cover band and a Tom Petty cover band, respectively), kicks off at 8:00 PM.
In the coming week, we’re all going to be glad we stole our children’s extra Halloween candy because Mental Floss has this guide on how to pair it with wine. And if you weren’t sure that candy probably isn’t great for you, the Daily Meal wants you to be really, really sure.
If not now, when!? Follow along with the food fest all weekend here and with #fireflourfork15; and get a peek behind-the-scenes here.