Tails You Win
You've had ham and bacon, sausage, maybe even hog jowls if you're at all Southern. But perhaps you've never tasted the other parts of a pig — and you're curious about the nose-to-tail dinners that happen in other, less squeamish places like San Francisco, Charleston and Paris.
Here's your chance to indulge locally: At Six Burner Restaurant, chefs Tanya Cauthen of Belmont Butchery, Jason Alley of Comfort, Dale Reitzer of Acacia Mid-town and Lee Gregory of Six Burner present a four-course meal Jan. 18 involving much of a pig's anatomy, from nose to tail — think head cheese, for example, and pork belly.
Proceeds benefit Children's Hospital, and seating is limited, priced at $75 per person with optional wine pairings additional. “It's to build a sense of camaraderie and to give customers who are into different things something to talk about, something to go for,” Gregory says of the menu, which promises to be memorable and not extreme. He's hoping the culinarily curious will return for future events, like maybe an offal dinner. 353-4060. 1627 W. Main St. www.sixburner.net
Relish: A Zen cafeteria that was ahead of the Richmond curve closed at year's end in Shockoe Bottom, at least temporarily. Fans of vegetarian guru Michael King are mourning the loss of a lunchtime standout, but the concept is still alive and changes may be forthcoming. For now, King has chosen to take some time off after more than three decades trailblazing in the natural foods business here.
La Siesta: Closed after 35 years in business, most recently at 9900 Midlothian Turnpike, the property is for sale. The Zajur family will continue to cater meals and sell salsas at Ukrop's and online at www.lasiestarestaurant.com.
Table 9: The tiny Fan district cafAc at Park and Meadow has closed; a sign on the door says remodeling is in progress for a new establishment coming this month. Watch this space for details.
Highwater at Toad's Place: Lunch and dinner service have resumed after a renovation and series of changes. Look for a revamped Venue Menu with more vegetarian options, appetizers, sandwiches and entrees. New this winter: Jack 9 poker nights on Tuesdays starting Jan. 20, with cash prizes to winners. Wednesdays starting Jan. 21, it's $6 steak night featuring a 10-ounce New York strip. Highwater is open for dinner every show night, and Tuesdays through Saturdays. Lunch is served weekdays. See www.toadsplacerva.com for information.
Momotaro Sushi: Now serving lunch weekdays, dinner nightly, at 2803 W. Cary St. The traditional Japanese-style sushi bar offers 10 percent off in its opening specials; an ABC license is pending. Affordability is one of the cafAc's missions, with prices from $3 to $12 for sushi rolls. Nonsmoking. 355-0060.
The Positive Vibe CafAc: Lots of highly visible changes at the cafAc, which celebrates its fourth year. An expansion allows a new, brightly colored dining room to replace the old; for an intimate party, there's a table in the former bank vault; a coffee bar and morning service is coming soon, and live music continues along with a revamped, health-conscious but hearty menu. Bands play at an anniversary party Jan. 17 starting at 2 p.m. A $10 donation is requested.
The cafAc presents An Evening of Cuisine Jan. 18 at 6 p.m., with a menu created by master chef Paul Elbling, assisted by chef J Frank. The four-course dinner with selected wines from Rodney Strong Wine Estates includes veloute of butternut squash; cassoulet of seafood in puff pastry; grilled medallion of beef or braised copper salmon, with sauces; marquise of chocolate croquant. It costs $200 per couple; profits support the cafAc's food service training mission for people with disabilities. Call 560-9622 for reservations. 2825 Hathaway Road in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center. www.positivevibecafe.com.
Savor: Introducing Wednesday happy hours, 5-9 p.m. with select beers and wines, appetizers and the regular menu of light, seasonal fare in a casual cafAc across the Manchester Bridge from downtown. 201 W. Seventh St. in the Corrugated Box Building. 527-2867. www.savorcompany.com
Edible Garden: Now serving Sunday brunch with local sausage and eggs, brioche French toast, pancakes, quiche, burgers and desserts. 12506 River Road. 784-2011. www.ediblegarden.org