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RVA Food News: Dinner in the Field, Summer Moon Music Festival + More


Down on the Farm

The Boathouse Group has banded together with local growers Victory Farms to create a series of summer suppers called Dinner in the Field. They'll feature traditional southern Italian fare created by chef Paige Healy of the Boathouse. Diners will enjoy a farm tour, herb picking and a five-course outdoor meal in the garden at Victory Farms. A recent menu included salted cucumber spears, a salad of roasted beet, walnut, gorgonzola and arugula, and braised rabbit on a bed of roasted vegetables. Diners also can expect sommelier-chosen Virginia wines to complement the meal. Dates include July 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19, with more throughout the summer. Seating is limited, and the $85 tickets can be purchased by emailing 

Moon music: Center of the Universe Brewing Co. in Ashland has announced the return of its lunar-landing-themed Summer Moon Music Festival on July 19 and 20. The free event will feature 12 local and regional bands battling it out for the charities of their choice. The acts include Curbside Collective, New Outliers and Royal We, alongside food vendors such as Zzaam Korean Grill, Sweet Frog and the Halligan Bar & Grill. Anderson's Neck Oyster Co. also will serve freshly shucked shells from the York River. Information at Center of the Universe Brewing Co., 11293 Air Park Road, Ashland. 368-0299.

Now Serving

Popular Charlottesville Southwest and Tex-Mex spot Continental Divide announced to much fanfare that it was bringing a second location to Richmond back in March. Located in the former Mint Gastropub space in the Fan, the restaurant was set to start dinner service July 1 with favorites such as the chicken, cheese and chipotle Santa Fe enchilada, Thai chicken burritos and tuna tostadas. Watch for more in Short Order next week. 2501 W. Main St. 359-9690.

Metzger Bar and Butchery in Church Hill. Modern German fare with beer, wine and Sausage Craft meats to go. Open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday, 5 p.m. to midnight. Retail open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 801 N. 23rd St. 325-3147.

Opening Soon

Torero Tapas Bar and Grill, in the former Europa space in Shockoe Bottom, has set a soft launch July 10 with a grand opening to follow. Traditional Spanish tapas, catering and event space. 1409 E. Cary St. 643-0911.

Bistro 27 downtown will relaunch with a new look, menu and culinary team following an extensive renovation at 27 W. Broad St. Soft launch is July 10.