Grace Manor Inn - Richmond, Va, 23220, USA

French Food Festival

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Parlez vous manger? You don’t have to speak the language to dig into some delicious French food this weekend at the French Food Festival. Once a year, Richmond’s famed French chef Paul Elbling comes out of retirement to help raise money for the Little Sisters of the Poor. This year, it’s Saturday (4/30) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There will be plenty of opportunities to dig into French fare, with regional specialties like boeuf bourginon and coubiliac de saumon (crusty filet of salmon with spinach and lobster sauce), as well as regional desserts like apple tart, chocolate pate and cream puffs. This year, there’ll also be a crepe station with a variety of those tasty, freshly made Frenchie-style pancakes. Is your mouth watering yet?

To wash it all down, there’ll be wine and beer for sale. Plus, a French marketplace will have books, preserves and other fun stuff for sale. Bands will play from 11 a.m. through 5:45 p.m.

Plan to go, throw your diet to the wind and stuff yourself silly. It’s for a good cause, after all.

Cap2Cap: Bring your bike!

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Head to Richmond the weekend of Saturday, May 7, and plan to bike through 400 years of history, not to mention beautiful scenery. Cap2Cap is one of Virginia’s fastest growing cycling events, and gives you the opportunity to get in on the fun, no matter your level of biking expertise.

Start out at Rocketts Landing on Richmond’s James River (there is also a starting point in Williamsburg), register for the length you want to bike (100, 50, or 25 miles), and plan for some cycling fun in this non-competitive ride. You’ll bike through Civil War battlefields, as well as farmland that remains relatively unchanged since colonial times. Each route is a loop, so you’ll end where you started. At Rocketts Landing, acoustic-string bluegrass band Jackass Flats will be playing as riders celebrate their finish. Riders get swag, a t-shirt and lunch at the finish.

Get Wined & Dined at Olio

Tantalize your tastebuds for the low price of $30 in the next of Olio’s first Friday wine dinners on May 6. From 6 to 7:30 p.m., you’ll get to sip Paul Dolan biodynamic wines while enjoying the culinary creations of the Olio cooking team.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Courses are served family style and guests are encouraged to relax, chat with their table mates and enjoy some great food. For this dinner, the menu is as follows.

First course: Paul Dolan Chardonnay paired with scallop-and-corn chowder topped with cherrywood bacon and parsley.

Second course: Paul Dolan Mendicino Zinfandel paired with balsamic-poached plus with French Fourme d’Ambert blue cheese over grilled hearts of romaine.

Third course: Paul Dolan Pinot Noir paired with grilled mahi mahi kebabs over porcini-truffle quinoa.

Fourth course: Paul Dolan Cabernet Sauvignon paired with fresh berry truffle with white chocolate ganache.

If you want to go, you’ve got to reserve a seat. Call (804) 355-5182 for reservations.

Restaurant Week is Back: Make Your Reservations Now!

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Trying new restaurants + three-course meals for $25.11 per guest + supporting Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals On Wheels = AWESOME!

Yep, your chance to sample some high-end fare for a pretty good price returns to Richmond from April 25 to May 1. Thirty area restaurants are creating special menus for spring Restaurant Week, so take this opportunity to try some great food. Go here to see the list of participating restaurants, browse menus (try not to drool on your keyboard!), and read about their reservation policy for the big week.

If you see a menu you love, call soon. Reservations are going quickly!

Spring Bada-Bing

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

“I Heart Virginia” mugs can make a fun souvenirs, but if you’re in town this weekend, you’ve got the chance to get some way cooler, handmade stuff to bring home from your trip to our fair city. Or, if you’re relaxing with a stay-cation, you can just spoil yourself and support some independent crafters.

Richmond’s not-to-be-messed-with independent crafting coalition, The Richmond Craft Mafia (Really, don’t mess with them. Their motto is “Rubbin’ out the mass produced.”), is hosting its spring shopping event, Spring Bada-Bing, this Sunday (4/17) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Plant Zero.

This super-fun shop-portunity will host more than 60 independent crafters from Richmond and across the nation selling all kinds of cool stuff. You’ll find handmade perfume, crazy toys, wall art, clothing, accessories, stationery and more. Take some one-of-a-kind stuff home, then when your friends jealously ask where you got it, brag about how it’s handcrafted.

While you’re in the Manchester area, also make sure you sidle over to Artspace, the spacious gallery located inside Plant Zero that’s open from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, as well as to ArtWorks, right next door, which is open from 12 to 6 p.m. and boasts 75 artists’ studios and five galleries you’re welcome to wander through.

Happy shopping!

Take a Step Back in Time with Barbershop

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Remember the good ole days–roller skates, ice cream, barbershop music? Well, we can’t help you get into your old skates (or keep you from crashing if you do!), but we can point you in the direction of some good, old-fashioned barbershop tunes.

The Virginians Barbershop Chorus, an award-winning 40-man chorus and chapter quartet group will be performing on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. and May 1 at 2:30 p.m., at the Camp Concert Hall in University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts. This year’s show is called Return to Duffy’s Diner and it will feature a delicious four-part harmony with healthy helpings of light-hearted fun and nostalgic melodies.

Get your tickets, which cost $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, online or by calling 1-866-VA-SINGS. We’ll be happy to suggest some diners on the way if you want to share a strawberry shake and burger on the way to the show.

Squirrely Sports

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

We’re not sure about the peanuts and cracker jacks, but you’ll certainly
find a good time at the Richmond Flying Squirrels season opener tomorrow
(4/7) at 7:05 p.m.

What are the Flying Squirrels, you ask? It’s our city’s funn-filled Double-A
affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The team boasts that they make the
games so fun, in fact, they had to add an extra “n” to the word in order to
contain it all.

You’ll find fireworks this Thursday and Friday, as well as on 19 other
nights this season.

There’s also a new “extreme” menu, because why go small when watching
baseball? If you’re feeling brave, try the Golden Gate Burger, a creation
that’d make Adam Richman proud. Two 6-ounce Black Angus patties are topped
with 3 mozzarella sticks, then drenched in chili and cheese, and served on a
crustini bun. You can wash it down with a beer from the Budweiser Thirsty
Acorn, too (best name ever for a baseball-park bar!).

Bringing your sweetheart to the game and just can’t stand that pesky
seat-rest separating you? Get tickets in the Cupid Section with love-seat
style seating, another addition for 2011.

Tickets range from $87 to $11 per game and can be purchased by calling

Can’t make the opener but want to catch a game next time you’re in town? The
season runs through September with lots of games throughout the week. Go
here to view the schedule.

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