Food News: Shucks, shucks, goose

Thai Corner’s retirement, oysters, and big gay sandwiches (plus plenty of food events) lead this week’s food news.

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Sabai’s Grand Opening & Thai Corner’s Exit

Subbing in for Ganz here as she chills by the water and hopefully has fruity drinks. And speaking of fruity drinks, Mai Tai anyone? Sabai announced their grand opening for July 18th on Facebook. The new Thai spot has garage doors that open to the street for you to take in that summer heat–I mean, they have a snow cone machine, so it’s just like the boardwalk, but better because booze! They’re serving up a full menu of cocktails and street fare in the meantime.

As those garage doors open, a Thai Corner closes. Chef Michael Ng announced on Facebook that he’s retiring his Thai Corner restaurant and food cart brand. Going forward, he will be partnering with Korean takeout spot JKogi to help them expand their venture into the space at the corner of 2nd Street and rebrand the Thai Cabin carts.

Shucking once, shucking twice

Oysters in a half-shell. Oyster power! That Saturday morning cartoon did not make the cut, but I would have eaten it up. Olio hosts an oyster pairing event with white wine, bubbly, and beer. One of each please. They’re shucking Rappahannock River Oysters on Friday, July 10th, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, $5.

If that’s not enough to feed your mollusk addiction, Garden Grove Brewery hosts the “What The Shuck?” oyster stout release party on Saturday, June 20th. They’re tapping their new oyster stout collaboration with Chapel Creek Oysters at noon, with shucking to start at 3:00 PM and music from Clay Spokes in the taproom at 8:00 PM.

Like art a latte? This place is for you.

Mott Gallery plans to open its doors in Carytown at the end of this month serving Blanchard’s Coffee and baked goods from Kabbie’s Kake Studio. Brainchild of gallery owner Aaron Mott of Buffalo, New York, the space will be open 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Wednesday through Sunday. Check out Richmond Magazine for more caffeinated, artsy details.

Sandwiches For Equality

You’ve had that beauty of bacon, lettuce, and tomato…but have you had a BLgT? A group called “Get Out” successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign to bring their BLgT Tour across the United States.

They’re raising money for LGBT community centers by eating sandwiches (yum!) and selected Pasture1 as the location for their Richmond stop this Thursday, July 9th at 5:00 PM. Through September, you can have a fried green tomato BLT, and proceeds from the sandwich will benefit Diversity Richmond. Sample the sandwich and have an equality-inspired cocktail at the Richmond kickoff.

A Rogue Menu Update

The dudes at the Rogue Gentlemen are making a few updates to their menu and format. Chef/owner John Maher announced on Facebook that the restaurant is switching to a weekly prix-fixe with a special snack menu available at the bar.

And those glorious Parker House rolls from baker Drew Thomasson? It’s going to be carb-o-heaven because you’ll get them when you sit down. Pass the bread basket–stat! Check out the new menu here for all those delicious details.

Bastille My Heart

We just celebrated American liberation, and now it’s time to focus on the French and continue celebrating with libations–in particular, wine. Lots of wine.

Secco celebrates Bastille Day on July 14th at 6:00 PM with a French Wine 201 Class hosted by David Witkowsky of Potomac Selections. You’ll get to explore and taste wines from lesser known regions–plus rose! $35 and tickets can be purchased here.2

Also on July 14th at 6:00 PM, Max’s on Broad hosts a five-course Perrin Family Wine Dinner featuring wines from the Perrin Family and Tablas Creek Vineyards. Tickets are $69, and you can make your reservation by calling Max’s at 804.225.0400.

More Events For Ya Mouths!

On Monday, July 13th, Heritage hosts author and foraging authority Chris Bennett with local RVA all-stars to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation and their search for a cure for pancreatic cancer. Featured chefs include Lee Gregory of the Roosevelt, Owen Lane of the Magpie, Brittanny Anderson of Metzger Bar & Butchery, Randall Doetzer, and Bryan McClure. Check out Stephanie’s adventures in the woods as she helped pick wild things for the event. To reserve a seat for the Southeast Foraging Dinner, call Heritage: 804.353.4060.

Bao-chick-a-wow-wow. Chinese pop-up, The Jackdaw, hosts their first event at Shoryuken Ramen July 12th-13th. Check out the menu here. To RSVP, call Shoryuken at 804.855.4246.

Dinner In The Field announced new summer dates. July 31st, August 1st, and August 2nd are now available for reservations online. Also, those adorable Brits from Sorted made their way to a recent event, so check out what they had to say here.

Sip: Paloma Slushie From Saison Market

This spin on the cocktail is a beautiful, powerful-yet-delicate blend of tequila, grapefruit, and lime juice in a swirly machine served up frozen. Saison Market has two slushies on rotation, so if the paloma has been put to bed, either icy poison will be a safe bet. Plus, that new patio is perfect for a chill summer night.

Bite: Sweet Corn Cookie from Dal-Kohm

This cookie is moist and has just enough balance between chewy and cakey. In fact, its cookie texture perfection. The brightness of the corn flavor is reminiscent of breakfast cereal in the very best way. These cookies are made from dehydrated corn kernels–talk about made from scratch! Find Dal-Kohm at South of the James Market, and grab all the baked treats, including macarons. Just leave a cookie for me, please.


Scallop BLT. Celebrating the SEAson. #dpsmakes #rvaeats #rvadine #rvafood #richmondeats #scallops

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  1. Disclosure: I moonlight at Pasture, so come say “Hey, boo!” 
  2. Also, for full transparency in Internet news roundup matters, Secco is a client of Big Spoon. 
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Kevin Clay

Kevin is a lover of nachos, cake, cats and Richmond (in no particular order, but that nacho craving though!)

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