When tantalizing smoked-meat smells waft across the parking lot at 25th and East Main Streets, grillmaster Ronnie Logan Sr. (pictured) is open for business. Ronnie's Ribs, Wings & Other Things is a Shockoe favorite for beef brisket and pulled pork barbecue, served with sides by Ronnie Logan Jr. from a walk-up window. The business operates from noon until sundown Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Food bloggers have reached critical mass here, a fact not lost on the creators of a new aggregator, eatingrichmond.com. In it, snippets of food news, food musings, food cravings, food gossip, food porn and food rage all congeal in an easy-to-access format. And it brings together three bloggers — Jason Guard, Bookstore Piet and Matt from the House of Marinara — who've found a level of infamy that's bound to increase with traffic to the site.
It will be something fun to follow, Guard says — “an exciting place to visit, a virtual tapas meal of food for thought.” It will surely break restaurant news too, because some who blog are close to the local kitchen-industry action and often spill the goods before mainstream media catch a whiff. Eventually the site will get new widgets, but mostly its creators want to connect with the dozen or so food bloggers posting, many of whom have never met each other, to build reader interest in a subject dear to our hearts.
And whose blog is already a must-read? Whinemedineme.wordpress.com.
Food, Glorious Food
Caliente: Wine dinner April 5 with Barboursville Vineyards. The five-course menu is big on spice, seafood and beef, with wines to match. $50 per person plus tax and gratuity, by reservation only at 340-2920. 2922 Park Ave.
Globehopper Coffeehouse & Lounge: Beer garden Fridays on the back patio; patrons get a bucket of ice with four beers and a salty snack — rotating options include Leffe Blond, Hoegaarden, Bitburger, Dogfish Head 60 and Abita Turbodog. Domestic buckets $13, premium buckets $16. From 3-7 p.m. every Friday. And on Thursdays, live traditional jazz 8-10 p.m. with the Jason Jenkins Trio. 2100 E. Main St., 523-8083. www.globehoppercoffee.com.
Urban Garden Guru series: Classes for growers Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. at William Byrd Community House, 224 S. Cherry St.: April 4, edible gardens; April 11, plant parts that humans eat. $8 per session. 643-2717 or e-mail email@example.com.
Petersburg: Fourth annual Food Tasting on April 4, 1-4 p.m., at the Petersburg Regional Art Center, 132 N. Sycamore St. Sample international and Southern fare while mingling with friends of the Petersburg Symphony, which this event supports. Music by symphony ensembles, with door prizes and a unique silent auction item. Tickets are $30 and available from Petersburg businesses the Globe, 201 N. Sycamore St.; Kimberly Ann's, 246 N. Sycamore St.; Palmore Decorating Center, 1927 S. Sycamore St.; and in Colonial Heights from Windows 'n Walls, 1901 Boulevard. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Homemades by Suzanne: To-go Easter dinners feature glazed Virginia ham, asparagus, twice-baked potatoes, classic Watergate salad, deviled eggs, bunny-shaped sweet potato biscuits and coconut or carrot cake. Plenty of ham for leftovers, Suzanne assures us. Dinner for four is $99.65 and other sizes are available. Place order by April 3 at 775-2323 or 798-8331.
River City Cellars: Return of the popular, informative and tasty cheese class on April 6, 6:30-8 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person, by reservation at 355-1375. Must be 21 years of age to attend. www.rivercitycellars.com.
Art on Wheels: Campaign kick-off party at Cous Cous at 900 W. Franklin St. on April 6 at 7 p.m. to launch benefit for social services to assist homeless people and others in need. Get a 25 percent discount on the restaurant's cuisine by giving $2 to Art on Wheels; and learn more about its programs at www.artonwheels-va.org.