Weekly Food Notes

Relay Foods expands, new Carytown brewery + more.


The online grocer Relay Foods received a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund last year. The company has expanded its prepared-foods line, and in February plans to launch an online meal-planning portal. The feature is designed to help customers with particular dietary needs figure out specific meals to prepare and what they’ll need to buy for the coming week. You’ll also find a new drop-off spot in Manchester each Thursday from 4-6 p.m., in the parking lot of the Plant Zero apartments at Hull and East Second streets. It’s the fourth site that the company’s added since the summer.

Dinner, Too: Lulabelle’s Café on Patterson Avenue has added dinner to the menu. Grab the Loretta, fried mortadella, American cheese, grilled onions and hot pepper relish served on brioche, or the Estelle, roasted turkey, brie, Granny Smith apples and fig jam on whole-grain bread, Wednesdays to Saturdays, 5-9 p.m.

Doughnut hole: Sugar Shack Coffee, located at 1110 E. Main St. is closed. “We wanted to make sure that we could increase production at Lombardy and stick true with our original vision,” says owner Ian Kelley. Locations there and on Parham Road remain open.

More beer: Carytown’s Garden Grove Brewing will open Feb. 14. It will be the 100th brewery to open in Virginia.

And wine: Secco Wine Bar will hold a tasting of French winemaker Damien Delecheneau’s La Grange Tiphaine wines on Feb. 24 from 6-8 p.m. Delechaneau and his wife took over a part of his family’s vineyard that dates from the 19th century to grow biodynamically-raised grapes. Visit seccowinebar.com/events to reserve your $35 ticket.