Food News: Wegmans, kegged wine, Earth Day, and so much celebrating

Richmonders have so much to celebrate this week in the food world. Whether it’s welcoming a new grocery store to the suburbs or reaching the ten year anniversary of 821, it’s time for us to drink wine, eat delectable dishes, and be merry.

Wegmans answered the people of Central Virginia’s prayers, pleas, and Facebook groups yesterday with a press release stating that they will open two locations of the magical grocery store in Midlothian and Short Pump. There are still a few approvals that need to take place in order to determine a construction timeline, but we’ll keep you updated on the Taj Mahal of food market’s long-awaited local openings.

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It’s only Thursday! Meaning: you can still make reservations at Richmond’s favorite restaurants to support a good cause. Richmond Restaurant Week runs until this Sunday, giving you four more chances to experience some amazing dishes.

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Just so you know, 821 has brought us amazing breakfast sandwiches and hot delivered goods for TEN years now! In case you missed the big birthday party on Tuesday, you should still take a stroll past to bid them a congratulations. They earned a four out of five stars on our Pints and Pint-sized scale, so it’s worth the effort.

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Earth Day doesn’t have to just be celebrated on one day! This Saturday, the 17th Street Farmers Market will host live music, local brews, and a brand new wine distributor, Tap 26, to honor the wonders of our amazing planet. Don’t let the alcohol abundance fool you, there will be plenty of kid-friendly activities. Plus, it’s outside, which should be enough to get the little tykes worn out, right?

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Speaking of Tap 26, founder Jon Lintvet and his wine team also have plans to work with Blue Bee Cider on distribution, which, we can all agree, would be deliciously amazing. Craft beer who? Kidding! I’m sorry, I love craft beer too much to let myself get away with even a slight diss.

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Almost as elusive as the fictitious Willy Wonka, Peter Chang was featured in a New York Times piece for his famously awesome menus and the fact that he randomly shows up at his various locations. Have you spotted him?

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New York Times didn’t get enough of Richmond-based food spots, for, earlier this week, Evrim Dogu from Sub Rosa bakery was mentioned in an article about artisanal bakers. Warning: it’ll make you want a crusty delicious roll, baguette, or other baked good that no petty pre-packaged carb can provide.

Photo by: Foodie Buddha

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