by Brandon Fox
Freedom: Beer usually is off the table for sufferers of celiac disease and gluten-intolerance and local brewery festivities are not nearly as festive for them. Those days are over. Triple Crossing can soothe your troubled digestive system with its brand-new gluten-free offering, Element 79. triplecrossingbeer.com
Happenings: Family Meal is celebrating the publication of chef and owner Bryan Voltaggio’s new cookbook, “Home: Recipes to Cook with Family and Friends.” On July 21 and July 22, Voltaggio will share stories and serve a three-course dinner at the Shops at Willow Lawn’s Family Meal from recipes in the book. Tickets are $75 and a signed copy of “Home” will be waiting for you when you arrive. richmond.voltfamilymeal.com … The Underground Kitchen is throwing a farm dinner — location to be announced — on July 25. You can sign up for its mailing list to get an invitation. theundergroundkitchen.org … And don’t miss mega-foodie event, Fire, Flour & Fork, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 28-Sunday, Nov. 1, before tickets sell out. They’re on sale now. fireflourandfork.com
Open: The Backyard Grill is now serving burgers, grilled chicken and barbecue in the old Bogart’s space at 443 N. Ridge Road. ... Tazza Kitchen’s second Richmond location opened at 1244 Alverser Plaza, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Congratulations: For the fifth year in a row, Lehja received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence — and last week appeared on “Good Food America” to boot. lehja.com