Richmond Food Event Round-Up: From Pumpkin Dinners to Fall Festivals



Now that the Richmond Folk Festival is over, you’re probably feeling a little bereft, aren’t you? Nowhere to go, nothing to do. Not so fast — the partying continues. Here’s a more-extensive-than-we-originally-anticipated selection of food and fun in the next few weeks, happening in and around town.

Good taste: Break out the fancy duds — Savor is back. The six-year-old event brings together famous chefs with silent and live auctions to benefit the Doorways, formerly Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond, and will be held at the Jefferson Hotel on Oct. 17 from 6-11:30 p.m. Ask Jeff Corwin in-person all of those questions that come up while you watch his adventures on the Food Network’s “Extreme Cuisine.” He’ll be working with James Beard award-nominated, “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters” alumnus Bryan Voltaggio, who also owns the Shops at Willow Lawn’s Family Meal. A bevy of local chefs, including Brittanny Anderson of Metzger Bar & Butchery and Shoryuken Ramen’s Will Richardson, among others, will be on hand offering small plates before the event. Tickets range from $300-$1,250.

The raw side: And don’t forget OystoberFest at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church at 3602 Hawthorne Ave., mentioned in last week’s Short Order column. You can grab some Rappahannock Oyster Co. oysters, brats, homemade cakes, listen to live music, plus drink cider and a pretty dang wide selection of beer and wine on Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon-5 pm.

The great pumpkin dinner: Pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere and even more can be found Thursday, Oct. 15, from 7-10 p.m., at Gallery5. RVA Pop Kitchens and chef T.J. Hicks will fervently embrace fall’s favorite vegetable with mulled pumpkin soup, pumpkin risotto, braised pork loin and warm pumpkin custard for dessert, all paired with cider, another fall stalwart. Tickets are $50.

Chicken dance: The 47th Richmond Oktoberfest at the Richmond International Raceway isn’t just a beer and bratwurst extravaganza, it’s also an event that celebrates German culture with traditional dancing and music. The festivities will be held Friday, Oct. 16, from 6 p.m.-midnight, and Saturday, Oct. 17, from 5 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $15.

Hoppin’ fun: At the fourth annual Virginia Hops and Harvest Festival, you’ll get to know the ingredient that’s formed the backbone of the craft beer movement. The beer starts pouring at noon on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Pocahontas State Park, with food, local brewers, artisans and a Band tribute act, the Weight. Tickets are $12.50-$15.

Art and coffee: The coffee-and-bike Streetcar Café, located at 8 and 10 E. Brookland Park Blvd., will hold a community art show called “Local Inspiration” on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 2-5 p.m. You can enjoy live music, food and beverages, along with art and jewelry.

Fresh squeezed: Ginger Juice Co. will hold its grand opening on Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Village Shopping Center. The new store is the result of a Kickstarter campaign that brought a fresh juice business from farmers markets around town to its own brick-and-mortar storefront. From 3-7 p.m., you can try juice samples while Goatcado will provide a few more treats, plus you can receive 10 percent off purchases.

Local love: Slow Food’s fall festival, Graze on Grace, will be held Sunday, Nov. 8, from noon-5 p.m., on East Grace Street between Fourth and Seventh streets. Local is the watchword here, and along with area organic farms and specialty food providers, participating restaurants will include Comfort, Pasture, Julep’s New Southern Cuisine, Rappahannock and Amour Wine Bistro — all dedicated to local farm-raised meat and produce. The event is free and samples are $3 each.

Harry Potter: Carytown Cupcakes, at 3111 W. Cary St., is about to be transformed. It will be all-Hogwarts, all the time, starting Oct. 19. Themed cupcakes will be available, including the dementor’s kiss, cauldron cake, sorting hat, butterbeer, pumpkin pasty and polyjuice potion. Professor McGonagall — or a facsimile thereof — will do a reading at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” And on Friday, Oct. 23, from 5-7 p.m., you’ll find deals on beer and wine for unhappy hour, plus a prize-studded trivia competition and butterbeer, pumpkin beer floats and mead.