Of course there are plenty of restaurants to try when you travel to Richmond, but now you’ve got another dinner option—food trucks. The local dining delicacies served by up-and-coming chefs in mobile operations are usually only available to lunch-time diners, but thanks to the owner of Boka Truck, they’ll now be lining up to serve dinner twice a week in a spot not far from The Grace Manor Inn.
Starting in April, seven food trucks will be setting up in the parking lot of the Virginia Historical Society and serving up myriad cuisine for your eating pleasure on Tuesdays and Fridays between 6 and 9 p.m. Boka Truck will be there with globally influenced fusion takos—think shrimp n’ grits, pork belly, or duck confit served in corn tortillas. There’ll also be gourmet sandwiches and paninis from Sustenance Food Truck and Dressed & Pressed. Habanero’s will be there with authentic Mexican fare. Plus, Crossroads truck will be mixing up coffee drinks and other libations, and Mister Softee will have ice cream for dessert. It’s a great way to sample culinary creations from one or several of these talented cooks while you’re in town.
To find out more, check out the Richmond Food Truck Court Facebook page.
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
Start a weekend in Richmond with a little libation and culture at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Friday Art & Wine events. Every Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m., you are invited to stop by the Best Café for discounted happy hour beverages and free themed guided gallery tours at 7 and 7:30 p.m. Go here to check the upcoming schedule. One tap next Friday, March 30, is “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” where you’ll learn about the thorny side of a few works of art and on Friday, April 6, during “Twist of Fate” you’ll meet some tragic characters who were victims of their own fate. Themes change weekly and tours are free.
Monday, March 5th, 2012
Ever thought about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Richmond? We’ve got all kinds of events going on. So, grab your green shirt, make a reservation and head in to town! Here’s a rundown of events:
Shamrock the Block 2012, Saturday, March 17, 12 to 6 p.m.
This free St. Patrick’s Day celebration takes place in Richmond’s historic Shockoe Bottom. There’s plenty of fair food, live music all day, green beer and even children’s activities. It’s a fun way to spend a day outside in Richmond. Click here to see the band lineup.
St. Patrick’s Day Party, Capital Ale House All locations, March 17
Richmond-based beer bar and restaurant are hosting festivities on St. Patrick’s Day. Live music begins at 4 p.m. at the downtown location and at 2:30 p.m. at Innsbrook. Both will have ten Scottish and Irish beers on tap, along with more in the bottle, and Irish food and desserts all day long.
12th Annual St. Pat’s Street Party, Sine Irish Pub, March 17
Don some green and head to Sine for a lively all-day-long St. Patrick’s celebration that starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and runs until close. This celebration gets full fast and gets crazy as the night wears on, so if you’re interested, go early. There’ll be live music all day, as well as a DJ spinning tunes in a tent out back.
Church Hill Irish Festival, March 24 and 25
This is a must-visit for closing out the St. Patrick’s fun. For a $2 donation that goes to area charities and to preserve St. Patrick’s Church, you get access to a day of music, Irish dancing, children’s activities, thirty Irish craft booths, Irish food, plenty of Guinness, and more.
If you’re looking to celebrate and skip the driving, we at the Grace Manor Inn can help you find transportation to and from your lovely room.
Thursday, March 1st, 2012
No matter the time of day, the peaceful and reflective Japanese gardens at Maymont, Richmond’s own 100-acre Victorian estate with elaborate gardens and grounds, are a highlight, but they are particularly romantic when you view them at night. Friday, March 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. during the Full Moon Hike is your chance to explore them in their evening splendor with a horticulturist to guide you and tell you about the beautiful plants you’re viewing. It’s a great way to spend an evening in Richmond, and, at the Grace Manor Inn, we’re happy to recommend a special spot for a pre-tour dinner or post-plant-viewing libation. Tickets cost $20 and you can register here.