Food News: Cow juice, river water, and other more delicious-sounding things

Give the gift of milk and also the gift of water, and while you’re at it, gift yourself with an education in Armenian cuisine.

Photo by Stephanie Ganz.


In honor of Hunger Action Month, Kroger is partnering with Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the country, to provide fresh milk for families in need. Feeding America President Matt Knott says, “Milk remains one of the most requested and least available items in food banks, and Kroger is helping to change that for the families who need it most.”

According to Kroger, food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person, per year. Kroger hosted the ‘Pour It Forward’ program last year, generating more than 100,000 gallons of milk for families in need in communities across the country.

The process is simple: Just add on $1, $3, or $5 at checkout, and that money will go directly to local Feeding America food banks. For Richmond, that means FeedMore.


Armenian food is a bit of a mystery to me, and if there’s one thing I like to get to the bottom of, it’s a mystery! And if there are two things I like to get to the bottom of, they are mysteries and plates of food. I’ll get my chance to do both this weekend at the Armenian Food Festival at St. James Armenian Church. The Hye Burger, made with beef, lamb and a special blend of spices, is a crowd favorite; but this year I’m going to dabble in the realm of the Lamajoon, a traditional Armenian meat pie that looks like a pizza with kibbeh spread all over it. I’m coming for you, Lamajoon!


Style Weekly’s Brandon Fox reported this week that Chef Walter Bundy will bid farewell to Lemaire, “his home for the last 15 years,” to open his own restaurant in the Libbie Mill-Midtown development that Southern Season currently calls home. Bundy was named Executive Chef of Lemaire in May 2001 and has, ever since, been a culinary icon in Richmond, championing Virginia food in an elevated, refined way. Though the new restaurant doesn’t have a name yet, Bundy says there will be a dining patio and private dining room, plus parking as far as the eye can see. He plans to take Lemaire through the busy holiday season before locking in full-time on the new venture.


Saddle up and ride on in to the Central Virginia Food Truck Rodeo this Sunday at Chesterfield Towne Center. From 12:00 to 7:00 PM, the parking lot will be bustling with over 35 food trucks including the Dog Wagon, Gelati Celesti, Mosaic, Goatocoado, Carytown Burgers & Fries, and River City Wood Fired Pizza. There will be beer and wine, but there will not be chairs, so plan ahead and bring your own!


I’m all for positive thinking, but this can’t be good.

Richmond Magazine Food Editor Stephanie Breijo wrote a thing about bourbon barrel-aged iced coffee for Saveur, and it makes me want to get JACKED ON COLD BREW.


You’ve swum in it. You’ve tubed it. You’ve sunbathed on its shore. But did you know that the James River is the primary source of drinking water for many Virginians. It’s a fact! And one that the James River Association doesn’t want us to forget anytime soon. JRA has teamed up with local restaurants for a “Water for Water” fundraising campaign.

Throughout September, participating restaurants (including Comfort, Heritage, Pasture, Secco, Shoryuken Ramen, and Amour Wine Bistro, among others) will ask diners for a $1 donation for tap water. Proceeds will benefit the JRA, an organization that promotes “conservation and responsible stewardship” of the James. To kick off the month properly, the King of Pops crowdsourced a new flave, benefitting JRA–Coconut Blueberry with Swedish Fish, available through this month at the Pop Factory and under rainbow umbrellas city-wide.


Let me ask you–When a waitress offers you a choice of biscuits or toast, do you scoff at her, galled that she would even equate a dumb piece of crunchy bread to the miraculous feat of physics and flavor that is a fluffy, buttery biscuit? If you answered yes, you might want to take it easier on your foodservice friends, but also, mark your calendar for Sunday, September 20th. King Arthur Flour will be in Richmond for Biscuit Bash, a free and open-to-the-public Fire, Flour & Fork kick-off event with tons and tons of BISCUITS–Edward’s Country Ham biscuits, jam biscuits, biscuit demos, and invaluable biscuit-related knowledge from Sift Magazine editor Susan Reid, plus Foggy Ridge Cider and a few other surprises.


The Farmers Market at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church is open every Saturday from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, and its followers are devout for good reason.

Rainbow tomatoes! Isn't summer beautiful? #farmersmarketststephens #eatlocal #shoplocal #RVA #tomatoes

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