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A peek at Red Cap Patisserie

French inspired pastries on Meadow Street.

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Last week Red Cap Pastisserie opened its doors and pastries immediately started streaming out. Normally closed on Monday and Tuesday I was lucky enough to be invited by on Tuesday for a small tasting. When contacted about the tasting there were words I didn’t immediately recognize such as Kouign Amann and Tourtiere. Upon learning that a Tourtiere was a savory pie I was all onboard. I wasn’t disappointed.

The big muffin-looking guy you see in the middle of the photo above is a Kouign Amann. Which I’m pretty sure (I have no idea at all) is French for Crossiant-Stickybun-Cinnamon Love Child. The underside of this pastry is caramelized and I loved it so much I felt the need to take a picture.

On the other end of the spectrum is Mr. Tourtiere. He’s a savory fellow, but a bit of mystery. You’ll need to know the marks on his top to know what he’s hiding. The one below contained pork, plum and pear. If you saw a Tourtiere sporting three parallel lines above each other you’d be looking at chicken, bacon and peas. Other flavors include a beef with caramelized onions, potato with cheddar & onion, shiitake with shallot & cream, and various fruit-filled options.

The shop is bright and airy. The front of the shop is taken up with a counter and case for the pastries. A few stools will allow for a quick bite while looking out on Meadow but this is definitely a grab-and-go spot. Nearly everything is made with that in mind, even the Tourtiere comes in a handy cardboard holder.  The menu is at the bottom of this post and you’ll find all the usual suspects, but what you won’t find is bread or cakes. The focus is strictly on the pastries.

 

Martine Wladar is the Pastry Chef behind the baked delights. Growing up, she and her siblings took turns with the cooking. It was during this time that she fell in love with baking. Schooling and stints in restaurants eventually brought her to Richmond and with the desire to break out on her own.

She and co-owner husband John have been selling at The Farmers Market at St. Stephen’s, where they enjoyed great success. In some cases success caused hiccups. The popularity of  Tourtieres with fellow vendors setting up,  meant none were available for market goers.

They’ll be hosting a Grand Opening on April 15th with a full menu and free treats to the first 100 guests..

Red Cap Patisserie (719 N. Meadow Street)

Open Wednesday – Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM
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Suspect Sought in West Clay Street Burglary

At approximately 4:57 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, the man in the photos climbed a wall in the rear of a house, located in the 00 block of West Clay Street, broke into the residence and stole a computer and credit cards.

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Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos who is a suspect in a residential burglary that occurred in the Jackson Ward neighborhood last month.

At approximately 4:57 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, the man in the photos climbed a wall in the rear of a house, located in the 00 block of West Clay Street, broke into the residence and stole a computer and credit cards. A photo of his distinctive pink and black sneakers is also attached.

 

Anyone with information about the identity of this person is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective J. Land at (804) 646-3103 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Victim Identified in West Main Street Homicide

At approximately 1:27 a.m., officers were called to the 1900 block of West Main Street for the report of a person shot.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives have identified the victim in Sunday morning’s homicide on West Main Street as Jeffrey Swiney, 20 of North Chesterfield.

At approximately 1:27 a.m., officers were called to the 1900 block of West Main Street for the report of a person shot. Officers arrived and found an adult male, Swiney, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, down and unresponsive in a parking lot of a business. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

There were several people in the area at the time of the shooting and detectives are asking those at the scene to come forward with information for this continuing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Higgins at (804) 646-7570 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

 

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BrewHaHa Craft Beer Festival at Virginia Museum of History & Culture Set to Pour Again

Eight breweries and one cidery will be on hand to let you imbibe in the shadow of a whole bunch of history.

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It’s official the popular beer festival is making a return this year.

In recognition of Virginia Craft Beer Month, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) is delighted to welcome guests back to “BrewHaHa” after not being able to host the event in 2020. The 4th annual craft beer festival will be held on Saturday, August 7, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on the front lawn of the museum.

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring BrewHaHa back this summer after a year’s hiatus,” said VMHC President and CEO Jamie Bosket. “The COVID epidemic struck many industries, with the hospitality, food and drink industries hit particularly hard. We’re very proud to once again host this festival that will benefit everyone involved, and allow us to again offer lively, outdoor entertainment to all Virginia craft beer lovers.”

Beers and ciders produced by brewers from across the Commonwealth will be on tap including:

  • Big Ugly Brewing – Chesapeake, VA
  • 6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company – Fredericksburg, VA
  • Wasserhund Brewing Company – Virginia Beach, VA
  • Coastal Fermentory – Newport News, VA
  • Capstan Bar Brewing Company – Hampton, VA
  • Brothers Craft Brewing – Harrisonburg, VA
  • Elation Brewing Company – Norfolk, VA
  • Caiseal Beer & Spirits Co. – Hampton, VA
  • Blue Toad Cidery – Roseland, VA

Attendees can sip offerings from a variety of local Virginia brewers as they play lawn games and listen to live music. Food will be available for purchase from Woodhead’s Grill food truck. The event will occur rain or shine, and the museum’s galleries will be open as well.

Member pre-sale tickets are available now. Tickets for the general public will be available beginning on July 15. Purchase tickets prior to July 22 to receive a reduced price of $24 per adult. Beginning July 22 General Admission tickets increase to $30. All tickets include free admission to the museum, a commemorative tasting glass, eight tasting tickets, and access to paid food concessions. Designated drivers and non-tasters 21 years and older may purchase a $10 ticket to enter the event. Visit VirginiaHistory.org/Beer for tickets and more information.

As mentioned above members can get their tickets now non-members will have to check out this page starting July 22.

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