What to Do and Where to Eat for Food Lovers
Hops and horticulture: The beautiful Italian Garden at Maymont, scene of many a Richmond wedding, will play host Sept. 10 to a five-course beer dinner featuring local heavy hitters. The Roosevelt and Southbound’s Lee Gregory, Joe Sparatta of Heritage and Southbound and Acacia Mid-Town’s Dale Reitzer are preparing a menu to pair with five Hardywood Park Craft Brewery beers. This is also your chance to try Hardywood’s new For Every Saison, a nod to Maymont itself. Tickets are $150 per person and seating is very limited. maymont.org/garden-dinner.
Comfortable with change: The venerable Comfort, voted your favorite spot for Southern food in our 2017 Best of Richmond, is celebrating 15 years in September. With that milestone comes the restaurant’s first-ever menu change. Now divided into four sections — snacks, small plates, classics and a kids’ menu — you can match the size of the meal to your appetite. Personally, I can’t wait to try the deviled country ham and the smoked confit chicken wings. comfortrestaurant.com.
Trails and tipp-ulations: Is there anything more Richmond than running and drinking? You’ll have a chance to do both with the third annual Trails and Ales presented by Capital Ale House on September 16. The athletics portion of the event features 5-kilometer and 8-mile courses on the Buttermilk and North Bank trails portion of the James River Park System, including the popular new T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge. The brew-focused part of the event is a craft beer festival in Manchester, featuring offerings from Buskey Cider and Stone Brewing. You can register to run at sportsbackers.org and the beer festival is open to the public.
Farm to Table
It’s Farmers’ Market Week in Virginia, which means it’s the perfect time to consider buying more of your produce directly from the source. An economic study completed by the University of Virginia this year found that agriculture accounts for nearly $70 billion and more than 330,000 jobs in Virginia alone. Just something to consider the next time you’re buying groceries. The Richmond area has multiple farmers markets, all subject to season and rotation, in case you’d like to stop by. vagrown.va-vdacs.com.
17th Street Farmers’ Market
100 N. 17th St.
Birdhouse Farmers Market
1507 Grayland Ave.
Carytown Farmers Market
3201 West Cary St.
Farmers Market at St. Stephen’s
6000 Grove Ave.
Huguenot-Robious Farmers’ Market at the Great Big Greenhouse
2051 Huguenot Road
Lakeside Farmers Market
6110 Lakeside Ave.
South of the James Farmers Market
Forest Hill Avenue and 42nd Street
Swansboro Pop Up Farmers Market
3801 Midlothian Turnpike
West End Farmers Market
12456 Gayton Road
Westbury Farmers Market
8903 Three Chopt Road
Search for Westbury Farmers Market on Facebook.