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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!

Culinary Walking Tour Visits Fan District Bed and Breakfast

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

To start their 2012 tours, Real Richmond Food Tours and More offered their VCU: Alternative Eats tour to a sold out crowd on a bright, crisp Saturday afternoon January 14th.  Maureen and Susan, tour hosts, take ticket holders on a mile and a half walk through Richmond’s culture, architecture, history – and, naturally Richmond’s food scene.  The tours feature at least seven different areas of the city, seven totally different tours. But, even the same tour experienced several times provides a very different perspective by stopping in different eateries along the way.  Tours are rotated so not all areas are available at the same time.

Today’s tour began at the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast, in the heart of the Fan, just a block from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus. After a quick briefing about the house, the two guest rooms, and William Miller (the marble carver who built the house in 1869), the group visited the dining room where breakfast is served to guests and the wine room where beverages and hors d’oeuvres are available for guests in the evening as they make their dinner plans.  Pat and Mike explained they began renovations in 1996 (still on-going, an old house is never done!) and opened as an urban inn/bed and breakfast in 2000. Then to the inn’s best feature – the Kitchen, where gourmet breakfasts are prepared for guests!

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Restaurant Week Comes to Carytown

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

August 1 through 6, 2011, prepare to entice your taste buds with amazing Carytown dining during “Taste of Carytown” Restaurant Week.

Taste of Carytown Supports Richmond Public Schools Foundation

The week before the Watermelon Festival, participating Carytown restaurants are offering special pricing and menus to showcase their most popular dishes and raise funds for the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, to assist the organization in its goal to support the school system by seeking monetary donations and other resources that will enrich the learning experience of public school students by establishing an environment that prepares them for jobs that aren’t available yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems that we don’t event know exist.

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Dining Valentine’s Day Style

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Did you forget to make dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner?

SIx Dining Options in Richmond Virginia for Valentine's Day. But hurry and make your reservations today!

We’ve assembled a list of six neighborhood eateries with Valentine’s Day Specials; if you call today, you may be able to get a reservation!

Six Burner, one of our personal favorites, is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend long and Monday – the actual Valentine’s Day – with their regular menu and chef’s specials as well. Chef Philip Denny’s reputation is built on local seasonal ingredients combined with a unique combination of flair, elegant presentation, and superb service. Six Burner is the first Richmond restaurant approved by the Health Department to employ the sous vide method of cooking in addition to more traditional kitchen techniques in food preparation. Check their website for more detail.  Six Burner is a local favorite; the weekend events like the Richmond Ballet’s Giselle and the Maymont Flower and Garden show, will be a big draw – so call and get a reservation right now! (804) 353-4060

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