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RVA Food News: Cider Week Event, Relay Foods Expansion + More



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As part of Virginia Cider Week, coming up Nov. 14-23, former Richmonder Tracey Love, along with Enrichmond, will bring Charlottesville's farm-to-table event, Hill and Holler, to Libby Hill Park.

"This will be our third annual Cider Week event," says Love, a former Style contributor who worked at Six Burner, "and I wanted a change of scenery and to introduce some of the Charlottesville area [cider] producers to the Richmond market."

The event, called Hard Pressed, will showcase dishes from Metzger Bar & Butchery's Brittany Anderson, Lee Gregory of the Roosevelt, Heritage's Joe Sparatta, Phil Perrow and Caleb Shriver of Dutch & Co., and Comfort's Travis Milton. Albemarle Ciderworks, Blue Bee Cidery, Foggy Ridge Cider and Potter's Craft Cider, among others, will provide cider pairings.

Hill and Holler will be held Nov. 16 from 3-6 p.m. Tickets are $65, with proceeds benefiting the Richmond Community Gardens. Information can be found at

Big expansion: Relay Foods is expanding — and Gov. Terry MacAuliffe got pretty excited about it. He, along with Mayor Dwight Jones, announced that 75 new jobs will be created while the online grocery company enlarges its Scott's Addition fulfillment facility. Relay Foods will receive a $50,000 grant from Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which will be matched by the city. Relay received a previous $50,000 grant in June to expand its facility and offices in Charlottesville.

Making it: Among the robots, woodworking and puppets at the RVA MakerFest this Saturday, you'll find a few folks who also like to make things to eat and drink. Chocolates by Kelly, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and cake-maker and buttercream artist DeAndrea Williams of Soo Sweet Confections will be on hand to answer questions, do a few demonstrations and pass out a sample or two. The "interactive celebration of creativity and ingenuity" is free, and happens Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia.

Brew move: Midnight Brewery relocated to a new, shiny space and opened its doors on Friday, Sept. 19. It's still in Goochland County (about 100 feet away from its old location), but the larger tasting room has nine taps. And in the back, the brewery has grown from a three-barrel system to a 10-barrel system.

Hello Betty: Betty on Davis opened last Wednesday in the old Avenue 805 space near West Broad Street, with a menu full of things like meatball sandwiches, fried chicken schnitzel, shrimp and grits, and house-made sausage with German potato salad. 805 N. Davis Ave., 358-9093.

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