Last night, three of Richmond’s most creative bartenders came together for "The Fray in RVA" to raise awareness about an up-and-coming distillery and to raise money for FeedMore with The Fray in RVA. It all went down at Saison — with Saison's Chris Elford, Katie Nelson of Rappahannock and T Leggett of The Roosevelt. Each created two cocktails featuring Virginia Distillery Company’s new Virginia Highland Malt Whiskey. All tips and proceeds from the evening were donated to FeedMore.
I coerced a few friends into joining me for the evening, and, in the interest of fair journalism, we tried concoctions from each of the experts. I fell in love with Elford’s Spring Whiskey Punch — a blend of the Virginia Highland Malt, Cocchi Americano, Cardamaro, Creole shrub, Tiki Bitters, fresh ginger syrup and lemon juice. Served in an adorable tiny punch cup, it was bright and refreshing with a nice zip from the ginger.
Another of my favorites was Leggett’s The Shook Ones, which featured Virginia Highland Malt, Aperol, grapefruit juice, Cocchi Torino and orange bitters. Once the oversized ice cube in the drink melted a bit, the flavors blended for a smooth concoction that was light and citrusy with a nice underlying punch from the whiskey.
The Republic owner Antonio Hawkins was served an “unlawful detainer” summons seeking $168,820.69 by May 23. According to Mark C. Shuford, the lawyer for building owner Matthew Appleget, the summons seeks both back rent (base rent, pro-rated taxes, and pro-rated insurance), as well as rent through the end of the lease, which terminates in October 2014. Attorney Charles Homiller, who is representing Hawkins and The Republic, says the majority of the amount alleged to be owed is for rent on the remainder of the lease. Homiller says, “We’re working with the landlord’s attorney to try to resolve it without having it go to court.” (Click here to see an earlier post on this.)
The chefs for Off-Broad Appetit at Pasture were announced this morning. Portland, Denver, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C., will be represented at the June 1 event, which is a benefit for FeedMore.
Cous Cous will reopen as The Well, serving what they call “New Rustic Cuisine,” with things like fish and chips, house-cured corned beef and fried oatmeal (!), plus craft cocktails. They'll be open for dinner only. (Richmond.com)
Lunch will expand next door on Summit Avenue and serve dinner — at the newly named Supper. Many, many witticisms followed in the wake of the announcement and I'm sure many more are to come. (Richmond.com)
Deep Run Roadhouse submitted an ABC application and will soon serve alcohol along with its barbecue. (Hint: A dry cider like the varieties Foggy Ridge makes are the perfect barbecue accompaniment). They also have plans to expand into the space next door. (Style Weekly)
It was 10 years ago when Julep's New Southern Cuisine first opened its doors. They'll celebrate with a wine dinner on May 20th. A five-course menu paired with Barboursville wine is planned, so reserve your cab to take you home accordingly. Tickets are $125.10. (RVANews)
Even more wine is coming to the area when Republic National Distributing Co. completes its planned expansion in Ashland. The new facility will be more than 200,000 square feet. (Richmond BizSense)Secco Wine Bar posted this news on Facebook: “Today is our 3rd Anniversary and we'd like to mark it with a bittersweet announcement: Starting next week, Secco will no longer serve lunch.” As of Monday, Secco’s hours will be 3 p.m. to midnight Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday. “Now for the ‘sweet’ part,” the post continues: “Drawing on the popularity of our BEER BRUNCH, we will now offer brunch EVERY Saturday and Sunday (starts 5/20)!”
So long, from NYC, folks!