The 2017 Elbys

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Please note: Nominated restaurants and businesses wishing to buy additional tickets for employees must contact Event Director Catherine Wolfe, catherinew [at] richmag [dot] com.

The Elbys 2017

Richmond magazine presents The Sixth Annual Elby Awards!
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at the Altria Theater (aka The Mosque, aka The Landmark)
Doors 6:30 p.m., curtain 7:30 p.m.

The Elbys, the Richmond region’s dining awards, celebrate six years. Vintage dress is encouraged — Prohibition chic, glamorous dress from the 1920s into the early 1930s — in keeping with the new location, this circa-1927 theater. This year’s awards show will have a little vaudeville magic, a little neo-burlesque teasing with fans and feathers, a few surprises, and, of course, the dining awards! The reception to follow (food, drinks and dancing downstairs at the Altria Theater) will simmer with speakeasy secrets.

Proceeds from The Elbys will help support these local nonprofits:

Tricycle Gardens | Slow Food RVA | Shalom Farms

#elbys #rvadine


Nominees were selected based on a survey distributed to 100 industry professionals. Some categories have more than four nominees because of ties. 2016 category winners could not be a nominee in the same category this year.

Restaurant of the Year
Open a minimum of two years as of Nov. 1, 2016, this Richmond-region restaurant must have excelled in cuisine, service, consistency, quality and atmosphere within the last year, raising the bar in the dining community. (2016 winner: Dutch & Co.)

  • Heritage
  • L’Opossum
  • Metzger Bar & Butchery
  • The Roosevelt

Best New Restaurant
Opened between Nov. 1, 2015, and Oct. 31, 2016, this Richmond-region restaurant has already established itself as a pacesetter, demonstrating both culinary prowess and promise. Service, innovation and ambiance should all be taken into consideration. (2016 winner: Southbound)

  • Laura Lee’s
  • Nota Bene
  • Shagbark
  • Spoonbread Bistro

Chef of the Year
A chef who has held a culinary leadership position for a minimum of five years as of Nov. 1, 2016; known for food artistry and excellent standards and serves as an inspiration to other food professionals. (2016 winner: Owen Lane of Vagabond)

  • Brittanny Anderson, Metzger Bar & Butchery
  • Walter Bundy, Shagbark
  • David Shannon, L’Opossum
  • Joe Sparatta, Heritage

Rising Star
A chef or sous chef with extraordinary talent who shows leadership and promise. (2016 winner: Will Longoria of The Rogue Gentlemen)

  • Aaron Cross, Shagbark
  • Julie Heins, Secco Wine Bar
  • Trevor Knotts, East Coast Provisions
  • Scott Lewis, Laura Lee’s
  • Craig Perkinson, Southbound

Best Everyday Casual
A Richmond-region restaurant that embraces conviviality, serves consistently good food and is a community gathering spot.

  • Kuba Kuba
  • Mama J’s Kitchen
  • Perly’s
  • Stella’s

Employee of the Year
Exclusive of chefs, sous chefs and owners, this team member is an individual who is integral to the success of the restaurant. (2016 winner: Michael Verner of Heritage)

  • Beth Dixon, Pasture
  • Michael Smith, Laura Lee's
  • Hosea Roberts, Rappahannock
  • Mary Triplett, Heritage
  • Edwuan Whitehead, Stroops Heroic Dogs

Brewery of the Year
This Richmond-region brewery produces outstanding product and has knowledgeable staff.

  • Ardent Craft Ales
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • Triple Crossing Brewing Company
  • The Veil Brewing Co.

Cocktail Program of the Year
This establishment must have clarity and originality in its program, which also best suits the restaurant's style and cuisine. (2016 winner: Saison)

  • Heritage
  • Pasture
  • The Rogue Gentlemen
  • The Roosevelt

Wine Program of the Year
A restaurant or wine bar showcasing a comprehensive selection with a focus on staff education. (2016 winner: Barrel Thief Wine Shop and Cafe)

  • Acacia mid-town
  • Can Can Brasserie
  • Enoteca Sogno
  • Lehja
  • Secco

Local Food Purveyor of the Year
A farm or other agricultural institution providing high-quality, reliable, fresh ingredients for Richmond-area restaurants and/or markets. (2016 winner: Manakintowne Specialty Growers)

  • Autumn Olive Farms
  • Dave and Dee’s Homegrown Mushrooms
  • Tomten Farm
  • Victory Farms Inc.

Local Food and/or Beverage Product of the Year (excluding beer)
An item that is produced in the Richmond area and is superior in its quality.

  • Belle Isle Premium Moonshine
  • Blue Bee Aragon 1904 Cider
  • Crunch Dynasty
  • Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Reservoir Rye Whiskey
  • Texas Beach Bloody Mary Mix

RVAdine Philanthropist of the Year
An individual and/or restaurant that serves the community beyond its customers.

  • Jessica Bufford, Hutch, Talley’s Meat & Three, and Toast  
  • Michele Jones, Comfort and Pasture
  • Aline Reitzer, Acacia mid-town
  • Joe Sparatta, Heritage and Southbound
  • Michelle Williams, Richmond Restaurant Group