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Weekly Food Notes

Coffee competitions, Spanish wine tasting + more.

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Truth about food: Marion Nestle, award-winning author and New York University’s Paulette Goddard professor in the department of nutrition, food studies and public health, will be the keynote speaker at Virginia’s fourth Weight of the State childhood obesity prevention conference, April 20-21 at the Hilton Richmond in Short Pump. Nestle is the author of “Food Politics,” “Safe Food” and “What to Eat,” among other books about food and food systems. weightofthestateva.com.

Barista throw down: Rostov’s Coffee & Tea wants to show Richmond what coffee made well is like. Baristas will face off in Rostov’s first Aeropress competition, scheduled for April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Glavé Kocen Gallery next door to the shop.

Coffee competition: The second East Coast location of a Classic Rock Coffee franchise will open near VCU at the beginning of May, Richmond BizSense reports. Owner David Monis might have a tough time of it — the coffee shop will be surrounded by four Starbucks, Lamplighter Roasting Co., Lift, Harrison Street Café and Alchemy Coffee.

Spanish nights: The folks at Secco Wine Bar are inviting you for a night of Spanish wine with Andre Tamers of De Maison Selections. Tamers is bringing along two Spanish winemakers, Antinio Revalo of Garcia Revalo in Rueda and Ceferino Lopez from A Coroa in Valdeorras on Thursday, April 16, at 6 p.m. Expect tapas during the event from chef John Ledbetter, along with the wine tastings. Tickets are $40. seccowinebar.com.

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