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Eat It, Virginia!
46 minutes | a month ago
Life, Love, and Lindsey
After years of working together as part of Richmond's powerful EAT Restaurant Partners group, the husband and wife duo of Mike Lindsey and Kimberly Love-Lindsey decided it was their time to open up a new restaurant of their own. The opening of Lillie Pearl on Grace Street in downtown Richmond coincided with the birth of the couple's son and during a time when restaurants face strict COVID-19 regulations. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
69 minutes | a month ago
Jason Alley on the roads to recovery
Jason Alley has had a notable career in Richmond restaurants. When it opened, his restaurant comfort was credited with breathing new life into downtown Richmond and helping put the city on the country's culinary map. So when Richmond went looking for a person to help map a road to recovery for Richmond restaurants, both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, Alley answered the call. On this week's episode of Eat It, Virginia!, Jason Alley talks about his new role at City Hall and what Richmond is doing to help restaurants and other small businesses survive the pandemic. He also opens up about his personal recovery from alcohol addiction and how he is helping others find a path to sobriety, one day at a time. Click here to learn more about Ben's Friends. This episode of Eat It, Virginia! is sponsored by #SmallUnites.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 minutes | 2 months ago
Uncap Everything in Richmond with Eric Jackson
Richmond is home to many craft breweries. So many, in fact, it can sometimes be overwhelming to not only decide where to go but also what to try when you get there. Fortunately, there are people like Eric Jackson around to help. Jackson is a beer experience curator. He uses his social platforms Uncap Everything and Capsoul to demystify Richmond's craft brew scene for anyone who wants to learn more. He is also working to bridge the gap between Richmond breweries and Richmond's Black community. "I think since we started Capsoul, I know there are more Black people in Richmond that are drinking beer. And not only drinking beer but going to the breweries because I think a lot of people are drinking beer but it's like I don't want to go there because I don't feel like I fit in or whatever the case may be. So our again, back to creating that experience around beer. That's what Capsol does, we do events at breweries and make that experience for people." So which Richmond beers sit atop Eric's list? And what led him to Richmond in the first place? Listen to this week's "Eat It, Virginia!" podcast for those answers and so much more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
53 minutes | 2 months ago
Love at first sight with chef Sarah Tocco
Do you believe in love at first sight? Scott fell hard when Sarah Tocco, the head chef at Fine Creek Brewing Company, posted a photo of Peach Pizza on Instagram. He knew he had to know more about the pizza and its creator, so he and Robey drove out to the Powhatan brewery to meet Sarah, hear her story, and learn more about her fantastic looking food. This episode of Eat It, Virginia is brought to you by Hungry Harvest.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
77 minutes | 3 months ago
Back in time with James Kohler
To say that a lot has happened in 2020 would be an understatement. The arrival of COVID-19 put the restaurant industry on uncertain footing. That uncertainty is reflected in many recent "Eat It, Virginia!" podcast interviews. But this week, we take you back in time. All the way back to January 2020, when we sat down with Brenner Pass co-owner James Kohler to learn about his accession from Richmond dishwasher to partner at one of the city's top restaurants. We also caught up with Southern Kitchen owner Shane Roberts-Thomas about her fight to stay open during COVID and her recent appearance in "Chopped." This week's episode is brought to you by Hungry Harvest. Subscribe to the new "Eat It, Virginia!" YouTube page for your chance to win free Hungry Harvest.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
53 minutes | 3 months ago
Feeding Phish: On the road with rock and roll chef Jim Hamilton
When Phish announced it had to reschedule its entire 2020 Summer Tour due to COVID-19, thousands of fans across the country adjusted their plans. Jim Hamilton adjusted his life. Phish hired the Richmond-based chef as touring chef after meeting him at the band's historic Baker's Dozen run at Madison Square Garden. No concerts in 2020 meant no need for a touring chef. But Hamilton decided to get back on the road. Not with bands but with burritos. He launched Sous Casa, delivering frozen burritos to homes in and around Richmond. On this week's episode of Eat It, Virginia!, Hamilton talks about his new business, his time on the road with some of the world's biggest musical acts, and is extremely patient while Scott (a Phish fan) asks too many fanboy questions. **Hey Phish fans, the Phish talk gets going around the 29:30 mark.** Eat It, Virginia! is sponsored by Hungry Harvest. Subscribe to the new Eat It, Virginia! YouTube page for your chance to win a FREE Hungry Harvest box.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
55 minutes | 4 months ago
Hardywood gets creative during COVID quarantine
Most businesses (and people for that matter) have changed the way they do things since COVID arrived. For many in the food and hospitality industry, that change has been drastic. Hardywood Craft Brewery co-founder and brew-master Patrick Murtaugh and vice president of operations and quality Kate Lee joined Scott and Robey for a special, socially-distant, live podcast event at Hardywood West Creek where they discussed their personal journeys that led them to Richmond and how COVID prompted Hardywood to get creative. "Of course, people love Richmond Lager over and over again, and Singel, and Pils. But we were finding that people were really seeking innovation, and creativity during the quarantine," Lee said. "And so we responded to that. And we really started brewing a lot of what we call one-off beers, really just trying to keep people interested and coming back week to week give them something new to look forward to." The live podcast was recorded at a Real Local RVA event.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
41 minutes | 4 months ago
Forbidden love and the art of cake pops
Life is full of what-if questions. What if Circuit City had not fired Keya Wingfield for her role in a forbidden relationship? The answer is easy. Richmond may have lost out on a creative cake pop artist and Indian chef. Keya shared both her love story and the details behind the creation of her delicious businesses on Eat It, Virginia! with Scott and Robey.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
48 minutes | 5 months ago
Soul Taco shares secrets to success
Soul Taco has grown from a single Richmond storefront to three locations in less than two years. And despite the pandemic, co-owners Nar Hovnanian, Ari Augenbaum, and Richmond's own Trey Owens are planning their next expansion of the Soul Taco empire. Owens credits the restaurant's success to the community it serves. "Our mission was to be embedded in the community," Owens said on the Eat It, Virginia podcast. "Engaging with other small businesses, and engaging with people that are movers and shakers in the community. And I'd like to say that now that COVID has happened, and a lot more people are a bit more aware of the political landscape, I'd like to say that us starting off that way, being in the community, is what helped us to become so successful." The co-owners also share stories of how they met, how they landed on the Soul Taco theme, and what a visit from a flamboyant Food Network star meant for business. Be a part of the podcast! Send messages and questions here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
51 minutes | 5 months ago
Rabia Kamara uses Ruby Scoops ice cream to speak her love language
Rabia Kamara grew up outside of Washington, D.C. as a child of immigrants, in a community of immigrants. The diverse cooking styles Kamara was exposed to at an early age followed her into the kitchen. Kamara pulled from those life experiences when creating flavors for her ice cream and dessert business Ruby Scoops. "Most of my friends were also first-generation Americans. So I grew up in a neighborhood where my next-door neighbors, one family was Ethiopian, one family was Vietnamese. So l would go to someone's house and eat Injera one night, or go to someone else's house and have Pho," she recalled. "We explore flavors that I think are important to us. My business partner grew up a military brat, so they got to experience life in different countries and also here... [we're] not afraid to try new flavors and be open to the criticism that comes with that." Kamara said they also look to what's in season when setting the flavor menu. "We use local dairy and local produce whenever we can," she said. "Since it's a beautiful summer produce season, we're gonna be doing some peach flavors, some peach and berry combinations as well as a corn ice cream [at their next pop up]." Kamara, who first came to Richmond to attend VCU, said she hoped Ruby Scoops would also serve as an inspiration for others to follow their dreams. "Growing up, I didn't see anyone that looked like me cooking. So I figured even if [our logo] was a cartoon, if I could make this logo of this little girl that looks like me, other little Black or brown girls would see that and be like, "oh, she looks like me. Her hair is curly like mine,' it will represent us in a way that we're not used to seeing," she said. "So I didn't mean to be a walking logo, but I'm happy to be if it's going to encourage other people to kind of try to follow their own back the path and dance to the beat of their own drum." After a false start opening a brick and mortar location earlier this year, Kamara is raising money to open Ruby Scoops in Northside Richmond. She's launched a successful Kickstarter that offers rewards to those who donate. For now, you have to catch Kamara and Ruby Scoops at pop-ups around town: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Charm School 311 W. Broad Street, Richmond, Va. Friday, August 21, 2020 Fuzy Cactus 221 W Brookland Park Blvd, Richmond, Va. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
38 minutes | 6 months ago
Ms. Girlee’s and her Fulton family
It took nearly two years of saving and hosting regular fish frys for Helen Holmes to raise the money she needed to open Ms. Girlee's Kitchen in Fulton. Holmes raised her family in the East End neighborhood and family is the secret to Ms. Girlee's success. The restaurant is named for Holmes' grandmother Girlee Francis Crump. Grandma Girlee also provided the inspiration for recipes like meatloaf, fried chicken, and mac & cheese. Holmes and her brother Frank Crump both plan the menu and execute that vision in the kitchen. It's a vision that has had to adjust. Days after the restaurant opened its door in March 2020, COVID-19 descended upon Virginia and forced restaurants to rethink the way they do business. Ms. Girlee's transformed into a take out restaurant with hungry diners traveling from across Central Virginia to try the old fashion Southern dishes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | 6 months ago
Duron Chavis plants food justice seeds one garden at a time
For Duron Chavis, the founder and executive director at The Happily Natural Day, food is much more than breakfast, lunch, and dinner. "I think food, especially the act of growing food, is one of the most practical, accessible tools of resistance that communities can utilize to take their power back," Chavis told Eat It, Virginia! podcast hosts Scott Wise and Robey Martin. "When I say take your power back, I mean, health-wise, we live in communities that don't have access to grocery stores or healthy food in general. The act of you growing your own food is you practicing agency and determining for yourself what your input is going to be. That's just the individual level, right? But on a communal level, the act of growing food is and builds community." Through his food justice community activism and non-profit work, Chavis is training volunteers to plant gardens in communities where fresh food is needed the most. "The Resiliency Garden Project is designed to help increase people's access to healthy food. Through COVID, lots of folks lost their jobs are lost people were laid off. So we said, one of the things that is going to be challenging is if people have less money, then that means that they have less food. And once COVID started hitting, really started seeing shortages of food and different types of products inside of the grocery store. So I tried to figure out how we can help people have more immediate access to food in their homes, by the virtue of them growing their own food," he said. "So if you're food insecure, you can apply for a raised bed and go on our website, click the link, put in your name, address, phone number, and you'll be put into a queue. A volunteer, once your materials are ready, they'll contact you and come out and build you a raised bed. Six by four size, 12-inches high, it's about a cubic yard with the soil. Then volunteers will also bring you some seedlings to help you get your raise pit started. So it's really simple. It's nothing complicated at all. It's really our way of trying to help people connect to where their food comes from, as well as help mitigate people's lack of food access." To learn more about Chavis' work and impact in the community, download Eat It, Virginia! Links mentioned in the podcast: Raising Funds For Food Justice in Richmond, Virginia The Happily Natural Day RVA Land Justice Fund Fat Kid SandwichesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
63 minutes | 6 months ago
Shola Walker talks cakes and community
For Shola Walker, cooking and baking are about community. On this week's "Eat It, Virginia!" podcast, Walker shared her story with Scott and Robey. Learn why she left a career in theater for the kitchen and how this Richmond native rose through the ranks to eventually open her own health-conscious bakery, Mahogany Sweets. Walker now works at Shalom Farms where she teaches others about living off the land and how that connects to her culture. "I spend a lot of time and energy being dedicated to the history, particularly of Black women, Black chefs, Black pastry chef, Black cooks who have come up in the South. And so the work that I do, the recipes that I get to look up, the history that I get to study is relevant to the struggle, particularly because African Americans have always used food as a form of protest," Walker said. "If you don't have to depend on someone else for your livelihood and your sustenance, that is a form of protest. It's not necessarily an aggressive form of protest, but it is still a form of protest." Listen to the podcast to learn more about Walker's mission to educate others, improve the community, and the belief system her parents instilled within her that has kept her on the path to success. Oh yeah, she throws in some great baking tips as well. Enjoy!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
64 minutes | 7 months ago
Ma Michele discovers her Virginia roots
Michele Wilson did not grow up in Virginia, but she has roots in the Commonwealth. Wilson, who owns Ma Michele's Cafe in Midlothian, shared her life story on the "Eat It, Virginia!" podcast. Learn about Wilson's upbringing, her food, her commitment to her community, and her restaurant staff. "They're the best investment I've ever made," she said. "It may sound cliche, but if you're smart and you want to be successful, then you need to take care of the people that are taking care of you. And that's not necessarily always the customer first. It's your employees first. And with my being a small, minority business, I can't compete with larger businesses and what they can offer their employees. So you know, you damn well better be nicer." Ma Michele's Cafe is located at 10811 Hull Street Road in Midlothian. Call 804-912-1644 to order lunch or dinner.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
61 minutes | 7 months ago
Race in Richmond: Chauncey Jenkins shares his experience
As we process these historic protests Richmond and the rest of the country are experiencing, Chauncey Jenkins shared stories from his life about what is like being a Black man in America. Jenkins most recently worked as general manager of Lemaire restaurant inside the Jefferson Hotel. He is now in the process of opening Common House, a social club in downtown Richmond, where he will serve as general manager.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
47 minutes | 8 months ago
Inside the powerful Facebook Group guiding thousands of Richmond diners
In these uncertain times, people can take comfort in advice and guidance from others. That includes ideas on where to eat. In the months since COVID-19 shutdown dining rooms around Virginia, more than 15,000 people have joined the RVA Dine - Take Out & Delivery Options Facebook group to share stories, restaurant reviews, and food photos. Kevin Clay, one of the group's moderators, joined Scott and Robey this week to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of managing such a large social group. Additionally, Robey spoke with six RVADine fans and got their insight into the restaurants they've visited again and again based on quality food and to-go service. Send questions, comments, and restaurant reviews to the Eat It, Virginia! Instagram page.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
38 minutes | 8 months ago
Saying Goodbye: Nikki-Dee will miss her favorite Richmond restaurants
Beloved CBS 6 meteorologist Nikki-Dee Ray left Richmond last month for a new job in Nashville. But, in her final interview before leaving town, Scott and Robey spoke with Nikki-Dee about the food (and wine) she'll miss the most.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
36 minutes | 9 months ago
WE'RE OPEN: Ronnie's, Saucy's, and Gelati Celesti Ice Cream
As Virginia dining rooms remain closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Scott and Robey continue to highlight those restaurants staying open to safely serve their customers. Featured on this week's podcast: Ronnie's BBQ Saucy's Bar.B.Q Gelati Celesti Amanda Sanders FAT RABBIT — Ellyn Hopper Send show feedback here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
80 minutes | 9 months ago
Before the virus: Lee Gregory reflects on Richmond restaurants
From James Beard Award nominations to laudatory write-ups in national media like Southern Living and Bon Appetit, Lee Gregory has established himself on the Mount Rushmore of Richmond's decade-long restaurant renaissance. Right now, Gregory is in the fight of his professional life as he works to keep his two Richmond restaurants, Alewife and Southbound, open for take-out while the COVID-19 pandemic has closed dining rooms across the country. Weeks before coronavirus wreaked havoc on the restaurant industry, Gregory sat down with Scott and Robey to discuss his rise in Richmond restaurants, his philosophy as a chef/restaurateur, and why it's so dang hard to run a restaurant -- even on the good days. We hope this slice of life before the virus closed many Richmond restaurants provides a brief respite from current events. His interview begins around the 22:00 mark. Of course, we cannot ignore what's happening in our community right now. That's why we invited Jack Berry, President at Richmond Region Tourism, to the podcast. Berry explains what his office is doing to help support the restaurant industry and how his planning ahead for what will undoubtedly be an unusual summer travel season. Since Scott and Robey are socially distancing, most of this podcast was recorded via Zoom. The Lee Gregory interview was conducted in January 2020. Alewife Southbound Richmond Region TourismSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
47 minutes | 9 months ago
We're Open: The COVID-19 Chronicles Vol. 2
Robey and Scott continue to focus on the people keeping their restaurants open amid COVID-19 uncertainty. This week's guests include: Beth Dixon - Perch Trey Owens - Soul Taco Andrew Broocker - Reginald's Homemade Saadia Yasim - Saadia's Juicebox If you would like to be featured in featured We're Open themed podcast, please reach out.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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