Food News: How many vegetables can you shove in a birdhouse?

Also included in this week’s Food News—beef, ham, lamb, goat, and…seaweed.

Photo by: Kacper Gunia


Get your burgers, fries, and Ardent Craft Ales this Sunday night from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Stock Provisions. These guys know their meats, so, while Stock co-owner James Lum explains that crazy accoutrements won’t be the focus of this particular burger party, he says “They’re just going to be really good burgers.” All food will be served take-out style, but Lum says folks should “feel free to hang as they wish.” And hang we will.


If you’ve been consulting your Magic 8 Ball and Ouija board to determine when you might again taste the smokey deliciousness of an Edwards Ham since the fire that shut down their facility in January, now is your chance to get some real answers. Edwards is encouraging ham-lovers to ask their questions on Facebook, and then they’ll answer as many of them as they can this Friday.


With the closing of the William Byrd Community House last fall came the loss of the Byrd House Market, a Tuesday afternoon farmers market beloved by locavores picking up their weekly CSA shares and other fresh produce. Speculation swirled among market regulars and the vendors–many of whom depend on the mid-week market to provide a substantial chunk of their weekly incomes–as to what the next step would be.

Here it is, but that doesn’t mean you can skip the more in-depth story I’ll be writing about this later on, OK?

Thanks to some dedicated farmers including Autumn Campbell of Tomten Farm, Amy Hicks of Amy’s Garden, and Deborah Stoneman of Byrd Farm and former Byrd House Market Manager of five years, Ana Edwards, a new bird will soon take flight: The Birdhouse Market will start up on May 3rd, with a Tuesday afternoon market taking place at the Randolph Community Center, a short five blocks from the old Byrd House Market location. Community partners including Enrichmond, The Richmond Public Library, Second Baptist Church, and Shalom Farms will help bring this new urban market to life. They’ll also need a manager, and if you think that should be you, by all means, apply.


Restaurants are bustin’ out all over! Northside is going south of the border with Mi Jalisco, set to open in the former Tastebudz location in the next few months, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Meanwhile downtown, Kabana, a rooftop bar atop a Homewood Suites and, soon, a Hampton Inn & Suites on the 700 block of E. Main Street, will open this spring with chef Warren Jones in the kitchen and general manager Sean Rapoza. And later this summer, Hopewell will welcome its own Boathouse at City Point with a gorgeous riverfront view as part of a $7 million river redevelopment plan.


Judging by the way March is shaping up, we are clearly ready to shake off winter’s icy grip. The calendar is fully loaded with edible, drinkable, learnable activities to propel us from our cave-like homes and into the great Daylight-Savings-Time-Adjusted landscape. Onward!

This weekend!

The Church Hill Irish Festival

March 20th at Outpost Richmond (and beyond)

Spring Equinox Open House and Ride

March 20th at Heritage

Ramen Pop-Up to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

March 22nd at Ellwood Thompson’s

“You Can’t Study What Isn’t” with Joel Salatin

March 27th at Metzger Bar & Butchery

Lamb & Ham Sunday Supper

March 28th at Saison Market

Into the Wild with Ardent Craft Ales and Blue Bee


CAN I EAT THIS SEAWEED OR NOT!? Food Republic to the rescue.

This is not what we mean when we say “shower beer.”


Guys, it’s St. Patrick’s Day! How are you even sober enough to read right now? #doingitwrong


Pimmenah Master Jason Alley has a recipe for a new take on an old classic over on the Garden & Gun blog, and I’m gonna eat it all up.


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