Weekly Food Notes

Foster Care Awareness at Pasture, Quirk Hotel's Chef + More

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More Scott’s Addition news: The King of Pops, everyone’s favorite maker of wildly flavored frozen treats, will add a retail side to its building-tasting-lab-pop-storage space at 3001 W. Clay St. “We got approval and permits from the city, and built a patio,” owner Paul Cassimus says in an email. “There will be outdoor seating and we’ll sell pops through a window.” You can grab a lemon-basil or chocolate-sea-salt popsicle starting at noon, Friday, May 22. richmond.kingofpops.net.

Checking in: Quirk Hotel may not have a kitchen yet or a name for its restaurant, but it does have a chef. The Washington Post reports that Ashby Inn chef David Dunlap will man the stove. Dunlap is planning dishes that are “globally influenced,” the Post says, and “expects to keep the menu relatively small at 10 to 15 items that will change at least weekly.”

Helping kids: Pasture, along with nonprofits a Case for Hope, Connecting Hearts and Faces of Virginia Families, will hold a foster care awareness event Tuesday, May 26, from 5-7 p.m. Foster children need suitcases — and invariably don’t have them — when they move to a different home. They’re asking you to bring travel toiletries, including small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and anything else you might take with you on a trip, to Pasture to donate. You’ll find special appetizers and door prizes waiting. acaseforhope.org.

Market explosion: Yet another contender has entered the Richmond grocery-store ring. Germany’s discount grocery chain Lidl, which already intends to build a Henrico County store, is planning a second location across from Chesterfield Towne Center. Are there enough customers in the Richmond area making dinner nightly to sustain what looks akin to the late-’90s dot-com bubble, only with bread, milk and eggs?

Mabel on the move: Chris Fultz and Alex Graf of ZZQ Texas Craft Barbecue purchased a new smoker not too long ago, dubbing it “Mabel.” This summer, Mabel and ZZQ’s mouthwatering beef brisket will be at Ardent Craft Ales, starting June 5, every first and third Friday of the month. zzqrva.com.

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