Weekly Food Notes: Cider, Cake + More

Baked goods seem perfect right about now.

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The irresistible smell of a new bakery’s goods is now wafting over Sycamore Square Shopping Village in Midlothian. Once only available by special order, owner Alicia Darnell is now serving her desserts at A Peach in a Pear Tree Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6p.m. apeachinapeartree.com.

I really miss Lucille’s Bakery, but Richmond BizSense tells me that another bakery, plus a commissary kitchen, is going into the space. The plan is to open Red Cap Kitchen in early 2017. And that makes me pretty happy for the new year.

The Mom’s Siam family, Sukanya Palaartis and sons Joe and Sonny Kiatsuranon, are readying the old Osaka Sushi & Steak space in the Downtown Short Pump shopping center on March 27. YaYa’s Cookbook, Richmond BizSense reports, will serve upscale Thai cuisine.

The Bellgrade location of Brew American Gastropub is now closed, according to a post on its Facebook page, but never fear, its spot at 6525 Centralia Road in Chesterfield is still going strong. brewgastropub.com.

Happenings: Virginia Cider Week starts on Friday folks, and there’s a whole lot to do. On that day there will be a Potter’s Craft tap takeover at Station 2 from 6-9 p.m. and Foggy Ridge owner Diane Flynt will speak at Shagbark at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 12, 17th Street Farmers' Market will hold a cider celebration, there will be a Foggy Ridge tasting at Saison, a Potter’s Craft tasting at Growlers to Go, and Buskey Cider will release its Pink Lady cider to support the VCU Massey Cancer Center. Sunday, Nov. 13 will mark Hill & Holler’s big extravaganza, Ploughman’s Feast, at Blue Bee Cider. Visit the Virginia Cider Week page for the rest of the apple-icious events. ciderweekva.com.

It was so much fun last year that the folks at Henricus Historical Park, along with Capital Ale House, decided to do it again. Hops in the Park Fall Festival takes place at 251 Henricus Park Road in Chester on Saturday from noon-6 p.m. Taking its inspiration from the culture of 17th century America, the festival’s re-enactors will roam the grounds while you slurp oysters or nibble on smoked turkey legs and other Virginia treats, all washed down with beverages from 21 local breweries, cideries and meaderies. hopsinthepark.com.

Nota Bene wants to transport you to Italy on Sunday. Writer Katie Parla will play host to a dinner inspired by recipes from her book, “Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City.” Street food, and both classic and little-known dishes will make up six courses, with wine pairing specials and cocktails from the book. Tickets cost $65, excluding drinks and gratuity. Call 477-3355 for reservations. notabenerva.com.

UPDATE: This article has been updated to include hours for A Peach in a Pear Tree.

Editor's note: We have removed the initial figures on Richmond Restaurant Week results posted earlier because they included only partial information, and not the full totals that will be reported later. Style regrets the error.

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