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Happenings: New Belgium Brewing will simultaneously release three barrel-aged sour beers in 35 cities on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. In Richmond, you can try New Belgium’s La Folie, Love Oscar and Translantique Kriek at White Horse Tavern at 3410 Semmes Ave. Chef Stephen Hendersen will pair them with appetizers, including pulled pork with sour cherries, burnt orange marmalade and candied walnuts. Tickets are $40 and you can call 230-7112 to make a reservation. … Carytown’s Garden Grove Brewing will celebrate its first anniversary from Feb. 11-14, with special releases, hot dogs by Stroops Heroic Dogs and chocolates to the first 100 customers on Valentine’s Day. ... Wild Ginger at 3734 Winterfield Road will host Virginia Distillery Co. on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 5-7 p.m. You can try its Virginia Highland Malt Whisky, along with assorted small bites such as lamb tostadas and lobster wontons.

Clarification: Last week’s Short Order column, “Warm Hearts,” focusing on Ms. Girlees and GFC Catering’s Franklin Crump and Helen Holmes, told only part of the story. Help Somebody Foundation, which spearheads the feeding program, was founded by Shawn Minter, co-owner of Shockoe Whiskey & Wine, Loft Seventeen and the soon-to-open Shockoe Steakhouse. He began the program in 2012 with three friends.

“[We] decided to do something about the overwhelming number of individuals that were panhandling for money to buy food on the corner of North 18th and East Broad streets,” Minter says. The group went from feeding 10 people in the beginning to feeding 100 to 150 people, regardless of the weather.

“One Wednesday afternoon in 2014, Franklin Crump was riding past and noticed what we were doing and wanted to be a part,” Minter says. “He informed us that he and his sister had a catering company called GFC Catering and could provide meals at a cheaper rate. We agreed to allow them to do so and partnership was formed.” Crump and Holmes are paid for the food that they provide the program.

And this month, Help Somebody has expanded to provide breakfast and lunch each Wednesday at Loft 17 at 1717 E. Franklin St.

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