Richmond Food News: Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2022

We can do it

Calling all bibliophiles and Francophiles: A future downtown concept combines books and lots of butter. In the coming weeks, the Parisian-inspired Can Can Brasserie plans to open a weekday cafe inside the Library of Virginia. Dubbed Can Can Cafe, this taste of Carytown favorite will serve coffee, pastries and desserts, in addition to simple salads and French classics such as ham beurre, aka ham butter. PS: Upside-down pear cake is totally a thing, and pastry chef Can Can Ben Hill shares the recipe.

Get down tonight

This week we combine bar beats and music for disco’s sake. Ordering food for large groups of people and choosing the perfect song to set the mood are some of life’s greatest responsibilities. Appetite, were entrusted with both. Combining groovy tunes and specialty cocktails, the duo bring their traveling DJ set to The Jungle Room in Sabai this weekend. (Richmond Magazine)

when you are strange

The spooky time of year is heading our way, which means welcoming a bit of the unusual into our lives for the sake of the season. In the Open Tab feature of our October issue, Bird Cox went for some out-of-the-ordinary cocktails — we’re talking about ingredients ranging from a Dr. Pepper reduction to banana and curry. Bonus: recipes are included. (Richmond Magazine)

Get juicy

Not your average grape, Concords is a juicy sign of fall. Writer Stephanie Ganz shares her knowledge of the Massachusetts-born fruit and its humble beginnings, as well as where to find it around town, in beer and an alcoholic beverage called Big Dino. (Richmond Magazine)

Softness and Light

A celebration of light and love, Diwali is India’s biggest festival of the year, and in our October issue, baker Keya Wingfield talks about her story with the upcoming holiday. In this online preview, she shares a recipe for cheesy coconut laddoos, a round, sweet snack. (Richmond Magazine)

Mark those calendars

Carytown neighbors The Broken Tulip and Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery join forces for a night of wizarding wonder, Halloween bar dinner. Tickets will be on sale soon.


The Whisk bakery has introduced a second outpost, offering customer favorites such as croissants and macaroons alongside sandwiches and salads in the West End. (Richmond Magazine)

The duo behind Charlottesville-based coffee company JBird Supply are expanding their buzzing business to RVA with market appearances. Try their Honey Lavender Latte (I dig it iced) for a little afternoon boost from the Birdhouse Farmers Market. (Richmond Magazine)

Beets marinated in goat cheese, charred caulilini, a little barbecue ranch – however you like to wrap produce, we support every salad on the spectrum. (Richmond Magazine)

Remember the hot spots we teased you with this time last year? Grab a friend or three and get ready for the dining experience of your choice at Hot Pot 757 Henrico, located at 7502 W. Broad St. The concept is the latest from Raymond Xiao, owner of the Boil Bay Cajun mini-chain. Seafood & Bar and the original Hot Pot 757 in Virginia Beach. (Richmond Magazine)

The Virginia State Fair is in town until October 2, and if you’ve forgotten how much child-like joy a funnel cake and a ride on the swings can provide, I’ve got a ride. horizon of photos to remind you. (Richmond Magazine)

After closing its indoor space for the duration of the pandemic, Lamplighter Coffee Roasters recently welcomed guests inside the cafe. To manage the adjustment, online ordering will be eighty-six this weekend and resume on Monday.

Smack dab in the middle of The Fan, 3 Monkeys, the Main Street bar known for its happy hours, is undergoing a refresh following a change in ownership and management team.

Broad Rock Road bar-meet-barbecue The Pitts has officially closed the smoker. Owner Lisa Ann Peters announced the closure via Facebook.

Brooklyn, New York’s Win Son Bakery is heading south. On Saturday, the Taiwanese-inspired shop brings its milk buns and millet mochi donuts to Yellow Umbrella Provisions, selling boxes of goodies for $20 during the cash-only pop-up.

Prized for their seasonality and plump, robust flavor, wild chanterelle mushrooms are making their way into an upcoming release from Fine Creek Brewing Co. Powhatan Brewery will be tapping Allegheny Highlands Chanterelle Farmhouse Ale this weekend during its Oktoberforest Event.

Hog on the Hill has been postponed due to a 100% heavy rain forecast this weekend. Stay tuned for more details on the rescheduled date.

Events to come

  • Oktoberfest Dinner, Steam Bell Beer Works (September 29): A German-inspired multi-course dinner in the dining room
  • Magnum Friday, Jardin (Sept 30): Channel the energy of the big weekend on the patio as Jardin busts out the bottles of big boi.
  • Cut and Run Pop-up, Studio Two Three (September 30): 1115 Mobile Kitchen is rolling out an all-vegan menu at the Vintage Vendor event.
  • Metal Night, The Veil Funkhaust Cafe (September 30): Vinyl BYO at the inaugural event at The Veil’s dark and cozy cafe.
  • Richmond Makers Market Spooktoberfest, Basic City Brewing (October 1): The long list of local makers also features a day-long dog costume contest.
  • 5th Anniversary, Vasen Brewing (Oct 1): Scott’s Addition Brewery celebrates its fifth anniversary with guest taps offering beers from The Answer, Black Heath Meadery and Triple Crossing Beer, plus bites from TBT El Gallo, The Mayor and Moreover.
  • Oktoberfest, The Smoky Mug (Oct 2): Bavarian-themed festivities including smoky kielbasa, homemade mustard and themed cocktails
  • Pasta and Wine Dinner, Rappahannock (Oct. 3): A six-course pasta and wine dinner with pours from Barboursville, Virginia vineyards

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