Monday, February 22, 2010

Summer Dreaming

I had a chance to battle two snowstorms on recent visits to Summer Shack, a seafood joint on the Goochland/Richmond line, just West of Rt 288. While it's not haute cuisine, they do the fried seafood genre very well. Crabcakes, shrimp & grits, and oysters, and tuna tacos are also very good. It's a partnership of Bobby Dervishian, former co-owner of Patina Grill, and Stefan Crawford, formerly with the Border Chop House and chef at Mickey’s Crabhouse in Bethany Beach, Del., for 15 seasons.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Revising Warhol.....

From the Good Blog, and the Wall Street Journal

Researchers at Campbell's tested people's subconscious "neurological and bodily responses" ( using biometric research) to different images to guide the redesign of their label. Campbell's now knows, for example, that you feel more emotionally engaged with your soup when it looks warm and that you don't care about spoons.

I still don't like Campbells Soup

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Slow Food RVA Established

Over the past 8 months a small group of Richmonders have been working behind the scenes to launch a local chapter or "convivium" of Slow Food USA.

Slow Food is a non-profit, member-supported, volunteer-based organization started in Italy over 20 years ago to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the world we live in.

Local chapters (convivia) are the heart of the Slow Food movement. Organized by local volunteer leaders, they provide a forum for interested individuals across the community to taste, celebrate, and champion the food and food traditions important to their regions.

Chapters offer educational events and public awareness-raising activities to promote sustainability and biodiversity, and to connect farmers, cooks, educators, students—everyone who cares about their food, where it comes from, who produces it, and the environment which we all share.

The celebration of local, seasonal and sustainably produced wholesome food as a cornerstone of pleasure, culture and community underpins everything that Slow Food RVA will be about.

Visit us on our new website, follow us on Twitter, and become a fan on Facebook.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Enoteca Sogno has found a new home !

After several months of searching (soul and otherwise), Gary York has found a new space for Enoteca Sogno, on Richmond's northside in Bellevue. The former Belle B and Bella Arte space at 1223 Bellevue Ave offers some interesting architectural details and neighbors such as The Northside Grill and Nicola Flora.

Welcome Back Gary !

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Republic: Richmond's Bread & Circus

I know that there has been a lot of blogger gymnastics around the opening of The Republic in the former Cabo's space and issues around leases etc. I tried to keep my focus on what I'm paid to do- evaluate the food, atmosphere etc. While The Republic has engaged in some nifty marketing ploys- their offers of a tiered membership and lots of Republic shwag, in the end I think that there greatest success lies in the way they were able to maintain a smoking section. Lots of people still smoke, and many love to smoke while they drink. End of Story. They have a pretty good beer selection and decent bar fare. Rick Lyons has some experience under his belt in attracting a certain crowd. And he continues the streak with The Republic.

To read my full story, Check out this week's Style Weekly