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Archive for August, 2011

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Get a taste of one of Richmond’s most quaint and quirky neighborhoods, along with some regional art, at the 20th edition of this fun festival on Saturday, 9/17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 75 painters, ceramicists, jewelry makers and more will line the corner of Forest Hill Avenue and 43rd Street for a fun day of shopping, people watching and fundraising for homeless service provider Freedom House. There’ll also be live music all day and food for sale, so plan to spend a few hours wandering along the street. It’s a great way to spend part of a weekend in Richmond!

Wicked in Richmond

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Green with envy… not so good. Green and musical… very good! The gorgeously green Broadway show Wicked returns to Richmond’s Landmark Theater October 5-16, so plan your visit and get your tickets now.

Learn how Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West got to where they were when Dorothy showed up in Oz at this show. When it played in the River City last year, Wicked broke box office records and sold out fast. The show has also won 35 major awards, including three Tonys.

After you get your tickets and book your room at the Grace Manor Inn, let us help you choose a delicious restaurant to stop by before the show, and a fun place for post-curtain-call cocktails. We’ll help you make it a wonderful weekend.

A Summer Feast, Tobacco Co.-Style

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

The Tobacco Company, located in Richmond’s Shockoe Slip, may be one of the city’s old stalwart restaurants, but new sous chef Justin Von Moll is out to prove that the cuisine is still fresh and innovative at the summer feast taking place there on Sunday, 8/28.

Von Moll will be serving up a full menu influenced by his childhood in Charleston, S.C. Get ready for southern with a chef-inspired twist. In fact, there’ll be a full southern spread with traditional favorites like candied bacon; ho’cakes; collard greens braised with ham hock, malt vinegar and hot sauce; as well as fresh twists on favorites like a spinach salad topped with strawberry and cucumber salsa and sugar cane-basil vinaigrette; Cheerwine-braised pork belly; and Coca Cola-BBQ glazed meatloaf with bacon and blue cheese. Of course there’ll be desserts, too—save room for chocolate-bacon-pecan pie with sweet bourbon whiskey foam. Go here to see the full menu.

Tickets cost $50 per person and include food, soft drinks, tax and tip. A cash bar featuring the restaurant’s summer cocktails will also be available. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Get yours here.

A Hospitable Restaurant Walk

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

What’s better than stuffing yourself at one delicious restaurant buffet? Stuffing yourself at five different ones! Sounds too good to be true—but have no fear. You can gorge yourself, and can raise money for a good cause at the 6th Annual Gilbane Restaurant Walk on Friday, 8/26 from 5 to 9 p.m. Pretty awesome!

The event takes place in Richmond’s Shockoe Slip at Cha Cha’s Cantina, Current (140 Virginia St., 788-4281), Europa, The Lucky Buddha and The Tobacco Company. Each restaurant features a buffet as well as libations, and proceeds go to the Hospital Hospitality House, a nonprofit that provides lodging for families in medical crisis.

Tickets cost $40 per person or $35 for groups of two or more and must be purchased by 8/19. Get yours here. Don’t want to deal with driving? You can also take the Bottom and Back Bus to and from the event.

Moonlight Bike Ride

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

The next time you head to Richmond, bring your bike and ride it at night. Anthem’s Moonlight Ride takes place on Saturday, 8/13, and is one night when you’re encouraged to cycle.

Choose the “Half Moon” 8-mile ride or the “Full Moon” 17-mile route through Richmond’s North Side and Near West End. Plan to get festive because bikers are encouraged to dress up. There are even prizes for the best bike costume and the best decorative bike light.

If that’s not enough fun, there’s also a party at the end! Yacht-rock tribute band Three Sheets to the Wind will be performing, plus there’ll be pizza, ice cream and beer! Woo hoo!

Go here for more information and to register.

Filipino Festival

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Yep, there’s more eating to be done this summer. Make room for some exotic flavors next weekend (8/12-13) at the Filipino Festival. Taking place Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, this celebration includes folk dancing, live music, games and kids’ activities.

The main event, of course, is the food! Plan to try roasted pig, lumpia (Filipino spring rolls) and the famous chicken adobo, which is a special slow-roasted dish featuring soy, vinegar and garlic flavors.

Bring cash and prepare for food-festival fun.

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