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RVA French Food Festival brings French food, culture, music to the West End this weekend

Enjoy two days of French cuisine, culture, and music in the West End to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor.




The RVA French Food Festival is back for its ninth year at the Little Sisters of the Poor this weekend, serving up delicious French food, authentic culture, and plenty of live entertainment. For the second year in a row, the festival has been expanded into a two day event–both Friday and Saturday.

A wide variety of sweet and savory French dishes will be prepared by well known local chefs including Sean Murphy, and Chef Michael of Lulu’s, along with other notable names from the local French culinary scene, the menus of which are listed below.

Live music will take place throughout the day and kids will be kept occupied by plenty of family-friendly activities. A marketplace featuring local artisans and craftsmen will be on site as well.

The festival is free and open to the public with a suggested $2 donation to the Little Sisters of the Poor, an organization that serves the elderly in 30 nations around the globe.

The festival takes place at 1503 Michaels Road (off Three Chopt near Freeman High School) on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th. It runs from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday; 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM Saturday.

Free parking is available in the Forest Office Park lots along Three Chopt Road, between Michaels Road and Forest Avenue.

All proceeds will benefit the elderly poor of Little Sisters of the Poor. For more information, visit the RVA French Food Festival website or call 804.288.6245.

A sampling of chef menus is below; for a complete menu visit the event website.

Master Chef Paul – regional entrée specialties ($12 each):

  • Normandie: Coulibiac de Saumon au Coulis de homard – Crusty filet of salmon coulibiac with spinach, lobster sauce
  • Bourgogne: Boeuf Bourguignon aux Nouilles – savory beef burgundy with vegetables and noodles
  • Bretagne: Coquille St. Jacques– Creamed scallops, shrimp, and crabmeat served in a French pastry crust
  • Lyon: Bouchee a la Reine – veal, chicken, and mushroom served in a puff pastry with creamed veloute sauce

Chef Sean:

  • Gumbo Ya Ya ($8.00) – Cajun style gumbo made with a dark roux, Andouille sausage,  hot smoked sausage, and braised chicken. Served with rice.
  • Shrimp and grits ($10.00) – shrimp simmered in Louisiana gravy over grits
  • Beignets ($5.00) – French donut

Chef Michael – Lulu’s:

  • Cheese puffs ($5.00) – light cheese pastry
  • Ratatouille ($8.00) – sautéed eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini, onion, and garlic in a tomato sauce
  • Coq Au Vin ($10.00) – braised chicken cooked in red wine, served over rice

Chef Michael – Patina Restaurant & Bar:

  • Rabbit Leg Confit with border springs lamb belly cassoulette ($10.00)


  • Ham and cheese croissant ($7.00)
  • Cheese croissant ($6.00)
  • Cheese Quiche ($7.00)
  • Bacon and Ham Quiche ($8.00)

Bread Tent:

  • Croissants
    • Plain: regular $2.00 small ($1.00)
    • Stuffed: spinach and feta ($4.00)
    • Filled: raspberry or chocolate – (regular $5.00, small $3.00)
  • Baguettes ($3.00)
  • Brie (slice) ($3.00)
  • Combo (baguette and brie slice) ($5.00)

Ice Cream:

  • Just Ask ($3.00)
  • French Vanilla ($3.00)

Dessert Crepes ($6.00 each):

  • Crepe au fromage Blanc au Fraises: sweet cream cheese filing, strawberries, whipped cream, macaroon sprinkles
  • Crepe au Chocolat: Chocolate hazelnut filling, whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, toasted almonds
  • Crepe Peche Melba: Sliced peaches, whipped cream, raspberry sauce, sliced toasted almonds
  • Crepe Normandie: Pears and Sultana raisins in a crepe with whipping cream

Dessert and Dessert-to-go ($5.00 each):

  • Tarte aux Pommes Royale – glazed Alsatian apple tart
  • Le Gateau de Macaron aux amandes: almond macaroon cake
  • Mousse au Chocolat: Chocolate mousse
  • Napoleon éclair au Chocolat: chocolate éclair
  • Tartlette au Chocolat: chocolate torte (gluten free)
  • Chef Phillip’s assorted French themed cookies

Sister Teresa’s Cream Puffs:

  • Cream puff ($5.00)



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Virginia Capital Trail, East Coast Greenway Alliance announce first-ever Winter Warrior Challenge

The event challenges people to complete 282 miles along the East Coast Greenway and Capital Trail this winter.




The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and East Coast Greenway Alliance have announced the first-ever ‘Winter Warrior Challenge’ virtual event to take place January 13th – March 31st.

The challenge is a great opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to virtually complete 282 miles along the East Coast Greenway, traveling from Washington, D.C., to Richmond via Greenway’s spine route and to the Virginia-North Carolina border along the Greenway’s historic coastal route. Participants have the option to tackle the challenge individually or in a team of up to four people and can choose to run, walk, bike, or skate their way across Virginia.

“With a shared vision of equitable access to trails and greenways for recreation and active transportation, we are thrilled to partner with the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation on the first-ever Winter Warrior Challenge,” shares Sarah Sanford, East Coast Greenway Alliance Virginia & North Carolina Coordinator. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people have flocked to trails and greenways to maintain mental and physical health. We hope that this event will encourage people to get outside, recreate responsibly on the Virginia Capital Trail and beyond, and support a great cause at the same

Registration is $40 and includes an individual and team leaderboard, interesting trail facts based on destination points along the route, an official event crewneck sweatshirt, and a fun virtual experience as you travel along one of Virginia’s most prestigious trail networks. Participants can break the route into segments and divide it up between team members or complete it on their own.

“Many people are unaware that the Virginia Capital Trail connects to the East Coast Greenway Alliance, which stretches across 3,000+ miles and 15 states,” mentions Cat Anthony, Executive Director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. “We are excited to inspire outdoor adventure as participants explore and learn more about trail networks across Virginia. We hope this event will bring awareness on how important pedestrian and cycling infrastructure is to our region and encourage people to take advantage of Virginia’s trail networks.”

Proceeds benefit the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and East Coast Greenway Alliance for continued advocacy and regional trail expansion.

Registration is open here. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences using #WWC282.



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Diversity Richmond Providing Thanksgiving Day Drive-Thru

Food will be distributed by order of arrival, no early arrivals will be accepted.




Thanksgiving Day Drive-Thru
Thurs., Nov. 26th
11:30 a.m. ’til 2:00 p.m.
Diversity Richmond parking lot
1407 Sherwood Ave., RVA 23220

You’re invited to swing by a pick up a free delicious hot Thanksgiving meal catered by Ms. Girlee’s Kitchen, courtesy of Black Pride RVA and the Laughing Gull Foundation.

Food will be distributed by order of arrival. We will not accept early arrivals. To ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and community members, we will adhere to COVID-19 CDC guidelines. Please remain in your vehicle and open the window of your vehicle when it’s your turn in line. All COVID-19 protocols are in place for all people preparing and handling the food. See you then!



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All Aboard, the Train Tradition Returns to Science Museum of Virginia

The three-day event features six different train displays with various scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities.




It wouldn’t be the weekend after Thanksgiving in Richmond without train-themed fun at the Science Museum of Virginia’s Model Railroad Show, presented by Dominion Energy. While the event will look different this year due to capacity limitations, the Museum is excited to host the model train club displays for the 43rd year November 27 through 29.

The three-day event features six different train displays with various scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities. Created by HO, O and N-scale model train enthusiasts from across Virginia, guests will also enjoy seeing the classic scenes in the displays of clubs that have participated in previous Model Railroad Shows for decades.

“The Model Railroad Show is a nearly half century Virginia holiday tradition,” said Chief Wonder Officer Richard Conti. “It was important to us to keep the tradition going, but to do so in the safest manner possible. Every change we’ve made to this year’s event is designed to help manage guest flow to create a safe and enjoyable event for families to create lasting memories.”

One of the most important changes for this year’s event is that all guests – including Museum members – must purchase tickets in advance through the website or by calling guest services. No walk-up tickets will be sold at the Museum. Tickets go on sale on the Museum’s website today, Nov. 10.

To manage the flow of guests, the Museum is offering timed entry both to the Museum and to the Model Railroad Show with a limited number of tickets available in each timeslot. When purchasing a ticket, guests will select their Museum entry time. Entry to the Model Railroad Show, held in the Dewey Gottwald Center, will be 30 minutes after guests arrive at the Museum.

The Museum will offer member-only hours each day from 8 – 9:15 a.m.; general public entry times will begin at 9:30 a.m. daily. The last ticket time slot will be 3:45 p.m. each day to allow guests time to experience the Model Railroad Show before the Museum closes at 5 p.m.

The Museum has adjusted operating procedures, including requiring masks, so guests are encouraged to review the reopening policies on the Museum’s website at before their visit. There is no reentry to the space housing the Model Railroad Show and/or the Museum all three days of the event.

While at the Museum during Model Railroad Show weekend, guests can take in free planetarium shows offered in the Dome at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day. Guests can also help with a collaborative railroad scene and make a conductor hat in The Forge. Museum educators will offer steam engine demos in various places around the building, and this year’s event also includes a display of historical Broad Street Station items from the Museum’s collection. In addition to the themed activities, the Museum’s “Speed,” “Boost!” and “Giant Insects” exhibits will all be open for guests to explore.

The Museum is grateful for Dominion Energy’s continued support of the Model Railroad Show as they return as presenting sponsor for the third year.

“We are especially pleased to sponsor this event again this year,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. “The expansive display of model trains will bring some much-needed joy and fun to our community as 2020 comes to a close.”

Model Railroad Show activities are free with Museum admission. Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders. Qualifying guests should call 804.864.1400 for details about reserving those tickets with the discount code.

Planetarium shows in the Dome are free of charge all weekend, and seating is first come, first served. Each showing is limited to 50 people, and there is no food or drink allowed in the Dome. The Museum’s gift shop will be open each day of the show, but the café and concessions will be closed.


Check out more of our photos from last year’s show.



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