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Cheesy Knowledge

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

You know about Virginia ham, peanuts and maybe even wine… but what about cheese? Yep, our agriculturally rich state also has some delicious producers of the dairy delight we all call cheese. You can learn about and taste some of Virginia’s cheesy bounty at Ellwood’s Café on August 8 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Ellwood’s own master of all things cheese Dany Schutte will teach the class, called The Love of Local Cheese, and she’ll showcase a wide variety of flavors produced here. Space is limited so book yours soon. Go here for more information.

The Birds are Coming to Richmond!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

No not the creepy Alfred Hitchcock birds… well, actually, it might look just a little like the Alfred Hitchcock birds when 10,000 Purple Martin’s swarm Richmond’s beautiful Shockoe Bottom on their way to South America. Here in the River City, we throw a festival when this slew of flyers stop into town! This year “Gone to the Birds” takes place on Saturday, August 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market.

You’ll get to see the birds roost, learn a bit more about these beautiful, purple feathery friends and even take home a gourd to encourage Martins to roost in your yard. There’ll be purple gelato, purple martinis at area restaurants and more purple fun! Enjoy.

Restaurant Week & Watermelon

Monday, July 18th, 2011

What’s that you say? Regular restaurant week and Sampling Shockoe aren’t enough for you? You want more discounts from Richmond’s best restaurant? Well, you’re in luck! The Carytown Restaurant Committee is hosting the neighborhood’s own restaurant week, “Taste of Carytown,” August 1-6. The event is being hosted to raise funds for the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation and includes discounted meals at a range of eating establishments.

Higher end dining spots will offer special menus for $25 per person, but more affordable eating spots will also be offering special menus with portions going to the foundation. The committee decided to mix up their structure so more restaurants can participate, and so diners can eat, save money and donate no matter their budget. Pretty nifty!

Like Carytown on Facebook to keep up with the area restaurants and their special menus as they are released. The dining deals all lead up to the famous 28th Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival on August 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cary Street will be shut down and packed with all sorts of vendors for one of the state’s largest one-day festivals. There are fair food vendors, bands, crafts, and of course, plenty of sweet, icy cold watermelon. Plan your weekend in Richmond now!

Bastille Day in RVA!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Raise a baguette, beret, bon bon or bottle of bordeaux—Bastille Day is this Thursday, July 14! You can get in on France’s national celebration at two restaurants here in town.

Amour Wine Bistro is offering a four-course French dinner for $45 at 7 p.m. made up of two appetizers and two entrees each paired with a three-ounce glass of wine. Highlights from the menu include prosciutto-wrapped melon with locally grown radicchio, toasted pine nuts and Vidalia vinaigrette and bacon-wrapped New York sirloin served with a cracked mustard duxelle cream. Go here to see the full lineup. Reservations are recommended for this event. Call 353-4020 to book your seats.

Bistro Bobette is also celebrating in grandiose fashion with an indulgent, three-course fois gras menu for $34. There’ll also be all-you-can-eat mussels for $24. There is limited seating for both of these tasty sounding meal choices, so call 225-9116 to reserve a spot.

À votre santé!

Fabergé Revealed

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Anastasia’s whereabouts may never have been discovered, but you can get a taste of the elegance experienced during her family’s reign when the largest collection of Fabergé goes on display at the VMFA. From July 9 through October 2, Fabergé Revealed will showcase more than 500 objects created for the Russian imperial family by jeweler Karl Fabergé in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This largest public collection of the beautiful accessories and eggs outside Russia will feature five of the crazy intricate, delicate 13 Russian imperial Easter eggs that are in the United States. The exhibition will feature the VMFA’s own Fabergé collection, which is one of the finest in the United States, along with donations from three additional collections. Tickets to the event cost $15 for adults and $12 for seniors age 65+. You can buy them online or in person at the event.

Dragon Boat Race

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… dragon boat? Yep, you got it, 40-foot people-powered canoes decorated with Chinese dragon heads paddling to the beat of a drum and racing down the James River. You can see it for yourself Saturday, July 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dragon Boat Festival. Teams of between 20 and 25 paddlers will compete in heats for your viewing pleasure.

The best place to catch the action? Rocketts Landing! Just hang out and view the boats go by, or grab a patio-side seat at Conch Republic or The Boathouse. It’ll be a fun day of spectatorship. Got a team that wants to race? You can still sign up. You’ll get a boat, your equipment and two practice sessions before the race. Go here for more information.

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