That silver fox Eric Ripert, the French celebrity chef known for his New York restaurant Le Bernardin, tasted his way through the region last week. With a production crew taping his travels for the PBS series “Avec Eric,” Ripert helped harvest soft-shell crabs from a boat in the Chesapeake Bay, ate Surry savories at Edwards Ham, and teamed up with his friend Jimmy Sneed for cooking and dining experiences around town.
Dinner at Comfort restaurant included a fair amount of whiskey drinking. Other stops included Lemaire for an introduction to chef Walter Bundy's fine locally sourced cuisine, cappuccinos at Lamplighter Roasting Company, and an island-fare dinner at Carena's Jamaican Grille.
The episode is due to air in early fall, and Ripert is also a guest judge on the new season of the television series “Top Chef,” set in Washington.
Bucolic farewell: One of the area's most charming rural experiences, the Saturday market at Brookview Farm, is winding down in Goochland. Sandy and Rossie Fisher, who have blazed the environmental trail of responsible agricultural practices in this market for decades, say they're regretfully closing the market once their remaining inventory is sold. They'll focus on grass-fed, natural beef production instead, giving their wisdom and encouragement to a myriad of providers and purveyors who keep the healthy-foods movement gaining momentum here. See their Web site at brookviewfarm.com for details.
Slow Foods Richmond: Get to Whole Foods in Short Pump on June 25 to sample products, get educated and support the new local chapter of this international movement. For details see slowfoodrva.org.
Urban agriculture workshop: Tricycle Gardens amps up the calendar with tools for healthier eating. Learn about community gardens, seed saving and the new farm stand at Ninth and Bainbridge in Manchester by visiting tricyclegardens.org.
Monticello wine trail: For those keeping score, it's looking like petit verdot and viognier are the varietals to watch as Virginia wines become more competitive. Judges, including Can Can's dapper sommelier Bob Talcott, chose the Pollak Vineyards Petit Verdot 2008 as winner of the Monticello Cup, followed by double gold wins for King Family Vineyards meritage and merlot and Delfosse Vineyards & Winery 2006 meritage. Guests sampled wine-friendly cuisine from Charlottesville's legendary C&O Restaurant at the event's award party last week, chatting about Gov. Bob McDonnell's aggressive support for the commonwealth's wine, tourism and film industries. monticellowinetrail.com.
Closed: Tandoori Tikka & Kebab, an Indian restaurant in the Shoppes at Bellgrade, has closed after a short run in Midlothian. Also on the for-sale block is long-running Ashland barbecue landmark, the Smokey Pig, which may close later this year.
Rose & Clay CafAc In the former Infuzion, hot and cold soups, salads, sandwiches, skirt steak, risotto primavera, crab cakes, boxed lunches. Lunch weekdays. 1401 Roseneath Road. 447-6852. roseandclaycafe.com.
Amour Wine Bistro Intimate setting for French fare and wines. Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, dinner Tuesday-Saturday, Sunday brunch, retail sales. 3129 W. Cary St. 353-4020. amourwinebistro.com.
Bellytimber Tavern Beefalo burgers, pirogi, tortas, raw bar, vegan barbecue, full bar, kitchen open until 11 p.m. Dinner nightly, lunch hours coming soon. 1501 W. Main St. 592-5592.
Secco Wine Bar Tasty seasonal menu, cheeses, charcuterie, value-driven wines and beers, small and friendly hot-spot. Noon to midnight daily. 2933 W. Cary St. 353-0670. seccowinebar.com.
Stuzzi Authentic Neopolitan pizzas, pasta, crostini, eggplant dishes and specials from a wood-burning oven. Lunch and dinner daily. 1 N. Belmont Ave. 308-3294.
Outer Banks Seafood Co. Southern nouvelle seafood, apps, desserts; shrimp and grits, platters, crab cakes, desserts and cocktails in casual dining room with bar, mid- to upscale menu. Dinner nightly. 11400 W. Huguenot Road, Shoppes at Bellgrade in Midlothian. 464-1835. outerbanksseafoodcompany.com.
Flinn's American fare from former Cuisines restaurant, in comfy setting. Full bar, daily specials, value pricing. Lunch daily, dinner Monday-Saturday, weekend brunch. 403 N. Ridge Road. 303-6125.
Chez Foushee Dinner service Fridays and Saturdays, seasonal cuisine with lamb, veal, steak, fish, pasta, swanky apps, desserts and sublime service in elegant downtown dining room. Weekday lunch. 203 N. Foushee St. 648-3225. chezfoushee.com.
9 N. 4th Deli sandwiches, daily specials, steak and eggs, hot pastrami, salads and sides. Discount for law enforcement officers. Breakfast and lunch weekdays from 7 a.m. 9 N. Fourth St. 644-8669. 9north4th.com.
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