Chef Peter Chang's eggplant skewers, prepared traditional Szechuan-style at Chefs for Equality
Despite (or maybe due to) the cool weather, it’s a pretty warm, fuzzy, feel-good week for food news. We’ve got chefs cooking for gay rights, a new restaurant focusing on responsibly produced burgers, a few help-your-fellow-man menus and festivals, an ”everyone’s-invited” birthday party, and maybe a little too much fun with alcohol. Good times.
Jason Alley, Peter Chang, Mike Isabella, T. Leggett and Rappahannock River Oysters worked it out in D.C. on Tuesday in the name of equality, and the photos are maddeningly alluring. (Richmond Magazine)
Hormone-free, grass-fed beef burgers, veggie burgers and olive oil fries are coming to the VCU area very soon, at Five Guys prices. The potentially amazing but somewhat tragically named Moo Burgers opens at 309 N. Laurel St. next month. (Richmond BizSense)
Go hear Patrick Henry recite his famous speech in the name of beer, and help out the St. John’s Church Foundation while you’re at it. Liberty or Death Porter is a collaboration between Triple Crossing Brewery and St. John’s, and the release party is happening on Saturday (Sept. 27). (Richmond.com)
The Cathedral International Food Festival is coming soon, and it’s probably the only opportunity you’re going to have this year to eat African, Vietnamese, Polish, Filipino and Haitian food in one sitting. Bonus: the ramekin-size samples are only $2 a pop. Oct. 4, 11 a.m. to dusk. (Cathedral International Food Festival)
Ta-tas everywhere need your dining dollars! No, I’m not talking about Hooters. Pink October menus will run throughout the next month at Tarrant’s and Max’s Café; $1 from every Pink dish gets donated to the Komen Central Virginia. (Komen Central Virginia)
Lickinghole Creek’s three-day 1st Birthday celebration is this weekend! (Richmond.com)
New York blog Broke and Suave featured a Richmond cocktail named after Church Hill. I’m guessing "Slip n’ Fall" is referencing how so many of us fall prey to the too-amazing drink lists at The Roosevelt, Dutch & Co. and Metzger. (CHPN)
It’s definitely time for some countryside epicureanism and there’s a Southeast Asian-inspired farm supper at Tomten Farm: Sunday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. (Tomten blog)
Olli Salumeria gets national attention in The Washington Post with coverage by Richmond’s own Brandon Fox! (Washington Post)
Fun game in Charlottesville: offer up AMAZING sandwiches for folks who call your restaurant and pre-order, but only make 12 of them. Way to drum up some obsessive foodie interest, Hamiltons’. I know I’d be waiting with a team of friends on cell phones to get one, especially considering the ingredients on Oct. 1: Craig Hartman is bringing porchetta from BBQ Exchange and the whole thing will be served on Billy Bread. (C-Ville Weekly)
The high holy days are here! Recipes from the chosen people — specifically those who are executive chefs in New York. (Personal favorite: Francois Payard offers a honey-apple tart recipe.) (amNewYork)
Finally, this. Man number one has meatball. Man number two eats meatball. Man number one stabs man number two in arm. As a pregnant woman, I can’t decide whose side I’m on. (HuffPost Food)
Had to add that last one just to roughen up the edges a bit. It can’t all be rainbow sprinkles and pony rides, now, can it? Cheers.