Secco gives Riesling a whole summer, Hardywood loves strawberries, food carts stay up late

RVA has two new (very tasty) options to help cool down in the heat, and Shockoe will be the center of two great food events.

The guys over at Hardywood are at it again, this time with strawberries. Their new beer Virginia Strawberry is a Belgian-style white ale infused with about 2,000 pounds of strawberries. Hardywood is keepin’ it local, buying the strawberries from Agriberry CSA–just 30 miles from the brewery. The summer time brew is now available for purchase and is said to have a refreshing delicate body that finishes with a hint of tartness.

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Beginning on Monday, kicks off its third annual Sampling Shockoe which is a restaurant week focused on Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom dining options. This year, 18 restaurants will be participating in the week-long event offering diners an appetizer, entree, and dessert for just $30. New this year, restaurants can now offer a $15 option for either lunch or dinner. Take a look at the menus here.

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Speaking of Shockoe Bottom…have you ever gotten that midnight snack craving and wanted more than just something from your pantry? Well your dreams are coming true. GrowRVA, the wonderful people behind the weekly Monster Food Truck rally at the Virginia Historical Society, will be hosting a late night version of the Monster Food Truck rally on Saturday, July 28th from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM. The event will be held in the parking lot of LaDifference at 14th and Dock Street. Mark your calendars and keep your ears perked for more details.

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The folks over at Secco recently let us in on how they’ll handle the hot and humid that is currently Richmond: the Summer of Riesling, a three-month party for the most versatile grape in wine making. What that means for you is the following:

  • Daily flight specials and a rotating array of “secret stash” items
  • “Acid Hour” — $2 off all by-the-glass Rieslings from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday
  • 20-minute complimentary lecture on the fact that not all Rieslings are sweet. Who knew!?!? We sure didn’t, so head over to Secco for some deals, wine, and education.
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