by Brandon Fox
Good eats: Acacia Mid-Town is showing off the summer’s bounty with a vegetarian dinner Wednesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. Expect smoked jackfruit with cavatelli and collard pesto, roasted cauliflower with corn curry and other meatless courses. Tickets are $20. If that one sneaks by you, the following week you can treat yourself to a three-course wine dinner June 24 at 7 p.m. that includes hand-pulled fresh mozzarella with white anchovies and parmesan-crusted soft shell crabs paired with Italian wines from Inama. $36. acaciarestaurant.com.
Dog love: If you grab a slice at Superstars Pizza on Wednesday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., you’ll be helping man’s best friend. Along with Helping Hands Affordable Surgery and Dental Care, Superstars will donate 10 percent of the fundraiser’s proceeds to Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue of K-9s, which rescues dogs from other animal shelters and finds them homes. superstarspizza.com.
What lies ahead: ShoreDog Coffee and Café will open in October in Tuckahoe Shopping Center, according to Richmond BizSense. Lamplighter Roasting Co. will provide the coffee and other offerings will include pastries, salads, panini and ice cream.
It’s never too early to get a jump on things, and you better get rolling. You can take a class at Southern Season to learn how to fix your dad some of his favorite things at Beer, Bourbon and BBQ on June 16 at 6 p.m. You might even want to ask him if he wants to go too. Tickets are $45. southernseason.com.
Center of the Universe Brewing Co. also thinks your father loves beer and barbecue. Bring him to Hanover County for Dad’s Day Pig Out on June 21, from noon to 6 p.m., to listen to a little live music while whole pigs are roasted over an open fire by Firehouse BBQ. Tickets are $20. cotubrewing.com.
It really must be a theme — Strangeways Brewing is holding its second annual Father’s Day Brews and Barbecue on the same day from noon to 8 p.m. Along with live music, the brewery is upping the ante by throwing a few cigars into the mix.
Is your dad more of a seafood guy? He can fill up on raw or fried oysters from Rappahannock Oyster Co. at the annual Father’s Day Keg ‘N’ Oyster Fest at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, also on June 21 from noon to 6 p.m. hardywood.com.