You don’t need to be a Richmond resident to know that Richmond is making its mark on the world. We could say it all started with a little thing called VCU Havoc but it hasn’t stopped with the basketball season. Richmond has been lauded as having some of the best restaurants in the South according to Southern Living, a top travel destination by Frommers, one of the most romantic cities by Huffington Post, and the list could go on featuring Richmond fashion, food, festivals, and the outdoors. But what has really got Richmond buzzing (besides the onslaught of at least five new breweries, literally and figuratively), is the explosion of restaurants, chefs and their respective acknowledgements. So what does Richmond do? They create their own event: Fire, Flour & Fork. Not an event our chefs travel to, but one in which other chefs and food lovers travel here to attend, speak, and teach. The hype around this event has been most evident on twitter (follow along at #rvadine if interested) and it’s been fun to see the food blogs/writers discuss this huge event.
Simply put, Fire Flour & Fork is: ” a four day culinary event, organized by Real Richmond Food Tours and presented by Virginia Tourism Corporation, celebrating the best the Richmond region has to offer: its complex history, its rich artistic community and its established and rising culinary stars. What to expect: a highly curated mix of dining events (including an Urban State Fair), demonstrations, talks, food producers, cookbook authors, visiting chefs with Virginia ties, filmmakers, poets, playwrights, culinary historians, craft spirit makers and tableware designers. Beneficiaries include DNA, Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden and culinary scholarships.”
Triple F (my affection name for the event, not a wrestler) has a jammed packed 4 day schedule with a mix of public and paid events; something everyone can enjoy. Virginia Blogger members (and specifically those in Richmond), were asked to put together our dream itinerary for Saturday’s events and wow, did they all sound amazing! Here is my schedule (which I confess was largely fueled by the promise of “samples”):
F I R E | 10 a.m.
Fire Roasted: What’s in a Cup | Jen Rawlings | Lamplighter Roasting Company
Coffee is the most popular beverage in the world and Americans are the No. 1 consumers. From legends of dancing goats to written historical accounts of Sufis in Yemen brewing and drinking coffee, we will explore the history and cultivation of the coffee plant as it traveled the globe. (Richmond was a huge coffee port!) Learn about and taste some coffee with us. Sample
F L O U R | 11:15 a.m.
DamGoodSweets | David Guas | Bayou Bakery
Combining his love of Creole and Cuban cooking, David Guas of Arlington’s Bayou Bakery shares his love of pastelitos, crêpes du Vieux Carré, red velvet cake, buttermilk beignets and bread pudding drizzled with caramel sauce. Demo and book signing
F O R K | 2 p.m.
Forks over Knives | Film
We’ve thrown down a lot of ham, barbecue and lamb at this event. Now it’s time for advocates of rarely consuming meat and eating more plant-based foods to have their say. In the film Forks over Knives, hear from researchers Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn as they show and tell how, according to their research, diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, can be prevented–and sometimes reversed–by adopting a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Discussion with local docs and food advocates afterward. Film
F I R E | 3:30 p.m.
Burning Desire | Tim Gearhart | Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates
Former Marine Tim Gearhart, pastry chef and chocolatier, will talk about his burning desire, making artisanal chocolates such as the fiery Maya, one of 16 dazzling varieties that makes up Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates signature line. The words, “rich, bittersweet chocolate ganache flavored with cinnamon, Ancho chili and orange, dusted with cocoa” ought to get you in the mood! Sample
F O R K | 4 p.m.
Farm to Table Talking | Secretly Y’all
Gather round the proverbial table as we let Secretly Y’all chew the fat around the theme Farm to Table. Lap up tales from growers, farmers, servers, chefs and anyone along the food chain who has a good five-minute story to share. Corresponding snacks and beverages afterwards!
Are you a foodie in the nearby area? If so, browse all of the different tracks, purchase tickets here and head down to Richmond for a weekend of food that you will not soon forget!
This is a sponsored blog post by Virginia Bloggers and Big Spoon Agency. I was compensated a complimentary ticket in exchange for sharing this event (if I am one of the first 20!). But I love Richmond, I love food, and I love sharing what the people of #RVA are doing so you would have heard about this on Twitter regardless.