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Plein Air Richmond 2013

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

It has been an exciting week to witness creativity in the works in Richmond, Virginia. 44 juried artists from around the US descended on Richmond to “paint what they see” from the city’s sidewalks, alleys, public spaces, gardens, historic neighborhoods as part of Plein Air Richmond 2013. Residents and visitors noted the artists with their easels, palettes, and works in progress all around Richmond. Here at the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast, we have had the opportunity to host two of the artists.

These dedicated, disciplined artists are up and out in the city painting early in the morning. They grab a cup of coffee and a muffin to go while the innkeepers are still snoozing in their bed! Some evenings they could be found capturing the evening light. They had very long days, exploring, painting, and learning about the city. Each day a specific area or attraction has been featured:

Paula Frizbe

Paula Frizbe

  • Monday Shockoe Slip/Shockoe bottom
  • Tuesday Maymont
  • Wednesday Church Hill
  • Thursday Libbie and Grove

Friday was a half-day at Wilton House Museum while they spent the afternoon getting ready for the gala event at the Brazier Gallery, where the finished paintings were seen for the first time and were available for sale. Proceeds for the event benefit the Richmond Symphony!

Saturday morning’s fast & fresh from 9 to 11 – judging at Allen Ave and Monument Ave.

This was just the Second Annual Plein Air in Richmond. If you missed it, watch for information about the Third Annual event in 2014.

Lori Putnam

Lori Putnam

Food Tour Visits Bed and Breakfast

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Real Richmond Food Tours and More visited the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast this afternoon. This urban inn is located in the heart of the historic Fan District and is featured often on the “VCU: Alternative Eats” walking tour. After a quick introduction to the inn, a bit of its history, its parlor, dining room, and wine room with its fabulous view of the east garden and its hydrangeas, tour-goers were ushered into the kitchen.

Grilled Shrimp on Homemade Pickle Relish with Chipolte Aioli

Breakfast is the biggest part of the name bed and breakfast and this inn is a foodie’s paradise. Breakfast items focus on fresh, local, seasonal and organic (if available) ingredients brought together in a creative way to highlight the flavors of central Virginia.

First up, Mike offered a grilled shrimp, atop a homemade pickle relish garnished with a chipolte aioli served in a Chinese soup spoon. Guests were offered a taste of Barboursville Vineyard’s Brut, the Virginia version of champagne to celebrate the day, which happened to be one couple’s anniversary.

A toast, anyone?

After a toast to their anniversary and the the second year of Real Richmond Food tours, Mike prepared a fresh peach espuma garnished with fresh peach cubes, also served in a Chinese spoon.

Fresh Peach Espuma! YUM!

Next on the menu, Mike presented puffed pastry baskets with pastry cream and a trio of fresh berries: raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. The sampling menu concluded with a quick explanation of “sous vide” cooking and a taste of a rib eye for those interested!

Puffed Pastry with a trio of berries

The visit ended with cold water-to-go in a signature, reusable, foldable, clip-on-able, freezable water bottle! All that one needs on a hot walking tour!

 

 

Ice cold water-to-go

Broad Appetit June 3 2012

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Broad Street in downtown Richmond hosts the 5th annual largest food festival known as Broad Appetit, on Sunday June 3rd.   Overall admission to this “smorgasbord in the street” – a veritable foodie paradise is free. You’ll find over  60 local restaurants and dining establishments offering $3 mini plates featuring their signature dish or a $5 combo plate from many. Signature dishes will be submitted to be judged by a panel of experts who will determine who has the “To Die For” dish in Richmond. Info

This year, for the first time, Virginia beers will be poured exclusively at the festival.  A special sample cup is available for $5 and includes 4 sample tickets.  Or, if you choose, full cups of delicious Virginia brews will be available. The breweries represented include Legend, Starr Hill, hardwood Park, Devils Backbone, O’Connor, Roanoke Railhouse, and Virginia Apple Cider from Bold Rock Cider.

Wineries and growers will also be represented.

This year you’ll be able to place your vote for the People’s Choice through their mobile site – just look for the QR code and follow the directions.

Two sound stages and a cooking demonstration stage as well as a Kids Area stage will be functioning. Check the Schedule as you plan your day! Proceeds from this great day with an emphasis on food benefit The Central Virginia Food Bank/Meals on Wheels. So come support a great cause and taste the finest signature dishes of Richmond’s culinary scene from comfort food to vegetarian and Vegan, from southern to Asian, and even Mexican. Best of all, once you’re there – no driving! All of these restaurants will be setting up mobile kitchens on Broad Street, just east of Belvidere, between Adams and Henry. Cruise the culinary scene in 4 blocks of Broad. It happens only once a year – so don’t miss it! See you there!

Outdoor Lifestyle Festival Dominion Riverrock

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Beginning May 18, 2012 and extending through May 20, 2012, Richmond’s riverfront, trails, and rapids will be hosting outdoor enthusiasts with a three day festival for canines and humans featuring a variety of outdoor sports. There are trail running events, kayaking, dog jumping, stand up paddle boarding, biking, and even climbing/bouldering events. This is the East Coast’s premier outdoor event designed to attract athletes, spectators, musicians, and dogs to the James River riverfront at Brown’s Island and at Historic Tredegar.

Dominion Riverrock May 18 through May 2012 on the banks of the James River in Richmond, VA

Ultimate Air Dogs is open to novice jumpers as well as experienced high flyers – from small to large. Your dog wants to be a star!

Bring your camera and catch the pro’s on the freestyle bike course! Some of the best in the nation will be there.

Ever try a 5K Mud Run? Riverrock starts with one, including obstacles and mud pits to get to the finish line. I’d wear old running shoes if I were you! Speaking of old shoes – this is a green event and there will be volunteers ready, willing, and able to take those old running shoes off your hands for recycling.

Check out the schedule of events here. Here’s a map for the event!

Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast is located less than a mile from the event and is the closest B&B to Tredegar and Brown’s Island. It may be too late this time to get reservations for a guest room but make plans for next year. You’ll be treated to a hearty gourmet breakfast that will stick to your ribs well into the afternoon!

RVA Street Art Festival

Friday, April 6th, 2012

 

The city is about to encounter another festival aimed at showcasing the talents of local and national muralists. What do Venice and Shepard Fairey have to do with the latest art event and what the city’s flood wall might look like? Read more on the RVA News site »