Java in the Triangle

Kim Jenkins may be a talented landscape photographer, but these days he's putting extra time into his coffee bean connoisseurship. In other words, he and Robert Fisher have opened a coffee shop, Coffee Nostra, with a serious focus and an almost rustic atmosphere. What saves the building's plainness at 606 N. Sheppard St. is the array of Jenkins' photographs along brick red walls and the central table that's the staging area for Saturday morning cuppings — which are informal tastings and ratings of various beans from high-quality global sources.

Some local bicycle groups, the fun and hopped-up ones, at least, meet there first for pre-ride fueling.

Barbecue and Candy

French film directors swamped local barbecue landmark Buz & Ned's during the VCU French Film Festival earlier this month, studying the menu with great interest before digging in to very-Richmond sandwiches and ribs.

For the Love of Chocolate is moving its popular candy store to new, larger quarters in Carytown. Look for the business to take over the former toy store in Cary Court later this year.

Fun With Food

Dining Room at the Berkeley Hotel: Easter brunch, where reservations are required but bonnets are optional. Chef Michael Hall presents baby lamb chops, beef tenderloin, lobster eggs Benedict and other delights. April 16, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $54 per person plus tax and gratuity. 225-5105.

Chocolate Festival at UR: Local chefs present chocolate creations in this third annual event. April 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the University of Richmond's Robins Center. $10 per person, tickets at For the Love of Chocolate in Carytown and at the UR School of Continuing Studies. 289-8133.

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