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Ten tips to get the most out of the 11th Annual Broad Appétit this weekend

This isn’t just another food festival. It’s an entire street lined with 75 of the best restaurants in town. Trust us, you’ll want to map out a strategy ahead of time.




This Sunday starting at 11 AM is Broad Appétit, a food festival like no other in the area.

Over 75 food vendors from near and far will line W. Broad Street between Henry and Adams. Expect all your local favorites, but this is a great opportunity to check out that restaurant at which you always forget to make a reservation because they’re always busy. Strolling down the street, you’ll suffer from sensory overload.

The festival is a lot to take in, but we at RVAHub consider ourselves somewhat experts at both eating and festival-ing.

Here are our ten tips to make the most of Broad Appétit:

  1. Don’t eat breakfast. This is an obvious one but bears repeating. Your belly needs to be close to empty since you’re going shove it full of as much food as possible.
  2. Beer takes a backseat. Beer is only to wash the food down. Focus on food. Don’t fill your belly with beer–it’ll get in the way. Roll to your favorite watering hole after Broad Appétit for libations and digestions.
  3. Go early and be chill. It’s going to get crowded. Be prepared to deal with strollers, upset kids, and those damn people who just stop in the middle of the pathway.
  4. Travel in a pack. Five to six food warriors is perfect. It helps if you have similar food tastes. Five carnivores and one vegan do not a good pack make.
  5. Do your recon. Upon arrival take a brisk walk around to check out all the booths and prioritize your targets. Hopefully the map and menu located here will be updated soon so you can start planning prior to Sunday.
  6. Send out the pack. Disperse the food warriors to previously prioritized targets and regroup at designated spot, a.k.a. home base. If you’ve found a really prime spot it might be necessary to leave one person to protect the home base. Make sure you bring extra for the protector.
  7. Share your booty. Once back at home base, everyone gets a bite of everyone else’s food. If you’re a germophobe, this whole affair is going to be a rough one.
  8. Rinse & Repeat. This is when you sip beers or wine and opine poetically on the food you just shoved in your collective faces before heading out to the next set of prioritized targets and returning to home base.
  9. Ask. You’re going to run into friends, co-workers, ex-lovers, and strangers. Ask them what the best thing they’ve had so far is. Adjust your priority list accordingly.
  10. Save room for dessert. Duh.

Below is a map with some of your parking options marked out. As always, bikes, walking, public transportation, taxi/Uber and carpooling are great options, especially if you’re planning and drinking a few beers.

It’s not just food that you’ll be able to enjoy. There’s also live music. Two stages will keep your toes tapping as you’re grazing.

Henry Street Stage

11am – 11:45am Hayes Elverston (Americana)
12pm – 12:45pm  Blue Chords (Motown)
1pm – 1:45pm  Instant Karma (Beatles Tribute)
2pm – 2:45pm Hazy Dave & The Mission Band
3pm – 3:45pm Soul Providers (R&B)
4pm – 4:45pm  Paulo Franco Band
4:45pm – Best Dish Awards
5:00pm – 6:00pm Mother Teresa’s Mafia (Rock)

Metro Sound Stage

11am – 11:45am  Tina Marie (Acoustic)
12pm – 12:45pm  Mad Children (Jazz Infused Rock)
1pm – 1:45pm Drew Perkins & The Powhite Boys (Texas Swing)
2:00pm – 2:45pm Brass in Pocket (Pretenders Tribute)
3:00pm – 3:45pm  West Groove Street (Grooving Soul)
4pm – 4:50pm  Johnny Lee Long (Funky & Smooth)
5:10 pm – 6:00pm  Just Us (Motown Funk)



Trevor Dickerson is the co-founder and editor of, lover of all things Richmond, and a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

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Mayor Stoney names members of “Task Force to Reimagine Public Safety”

“There is a lot of work ahead of us, but this group’s diversity of expertise and lived experiences is a key asset on our path forward,” said the mayor. “I am thrilled to have this team help our city heal.”

RVAHub Staff



Today Mayor Levar Stoney announced the members of the Task Force to Reimagine Public Safety and outlined his primary requests of the diverse group of professionals. The majority of task force members stood with the mayor for the announcement.

“There is a lot of work ahead of us, but this group’s diversity of expertise and lived experiences is a key asset on our path forward,” said the mayor. “I am thrilled to have this team help our city heal.”

The members of the task force bring an array of perspectives from activist, legal, academic, law enforcement, emergency services, artistic, healthcare, and other fields. At the close of a 45-day period, the task force will bring the mayor a set of actionable steps forward to build a safer city for all.

“After additional conversations and review of actions taken in other cities, I do not believe we can wait to begin acting on reform recommendations,” said Mayor Stoney. “I have asked this task force to report back with initial recommendations within 45 days of their first meeting.”

The mayor established three foundational requests of the task force: reviewing the police department’s use of force policies, exploring an approach to public safety that uses a human services lens, and prioritizing community healing and engagement.

“We need a new process for noncriminal and nonviolent calls for service, and that will be a top priority for this task force,” noted the mayor. “We must center compassion instead of consequences.”

Regarding community healing and engagement, the mayor said that the task force will allow the city to explore methods of engagement that will enable meaningful change, using his support for the Virginia Black Legislative Caucus’ legislative package as an example.

“Last month I expressed my support for the VBLC’s package for the summer session,” said Mayor Stoney. “This task force can determine where the city can explore complementary legislation and where we need to focus community advocacy to make statewide change a reality.”

Members of the Task Force

Carol Adams, Richmond Police Department
Ram Bhagat,
 Manager of School Culture and Climate Strategy for RPS

Glenwood Burley, retired RPD officer

Keisha Cummings, community engagement specialist, founder of 2LOVE LLC, member of the Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project and the Richmond Peace Team

Torey Edmonds, Community Outreach Coordinator at VCU Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development

Professor Daryl Fraser, VCU School of Social Work professor and licensed clinical social worker

Triston Harris, Black Lives Matters organizer and organizer of the 5,000 Man March Against Racism

Birdie Hairston Jamison, former district court judge for the 13th Judicial District in Virginia

Councilman Mike Jones

Shanel Lewis, Youth Violence Prevention Specialist at the Richmond City Health District

Brandon Lovee, Richmond artist and advocate, member of the Richmond Peace Team

Colette McEachin, Richmond Commonwealth Attorney

Reverend Dontae McCutchen, Love Cathedral Community Church

Dr. Lisa Moon, Associate Provost at VCU and former Director of the Center for the Study of the Urban Child

Sergeant Brad Nixon, RPD

Tracy Paner, Public Defender for the City of Richmond

Bill Pantele, Richmond attorney and former City Council Member

Professor William Pelfrey, VCU professor with expertise in emergency preparedness and policing

Councilwoman Ellen Robertson

Rodney Robinson, National Teacher of the Year and teacher at the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center

Patrice Shelton, Community Health Worker in Hillside Court and director of the Hillside Court Partnership

Lashawnda Singleton, President of the Richmond Association of Black Social Workers

Sheba Williams, Executive Director of NoLef Turns

Courtney Winston, Richmond trial attorney

The Mayor’s Office is specifically working with the Office of Community Wealth Building’s Community Ambassadors to identify additional community members, including youth, to be part of the task force’s important work and to assist with community engagement.

The task force is committed to a transparent process and will make meeting minutes available to the public.



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Richmond Then and Now: 114 E. Broad Street

A then and now snapshot of Richmond.




Original Image from Souvenir views: Negro enterprises & residences, Richmond, Va.
Created / Published[Richmond, D. A. Ferguson, 1907]



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Library of Virginia reopens to researchers by advance appointment beginning today

During the initial reopening phase, researchers will be able to use the collections by appointment Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm.

RVAHub Staff



The Library of Virginia has announced that its reading rooms will reopen to researchers by advance appointment beginning at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

During the initial reopening phase, researchers will be able to use the collections by appointment Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm. To make an appointment, please call 804.692.3800.

COVID-19, which prompted the Library’s closing to the public in mid-March, continues to pose a serious public health risk. The Library’s reopening plan includes new health and safety protocols based on the latest guidance from the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What to expect when returning to the Library:

  • Appointments required to use the reading rooms in order to ensure space availability on a researcher’s preferred date
  • Signage describing coronavirus symptoms – Please do not enter the building if you feel unwell or have a fever
  • Face coverings required in the building at all times
  • Physical distancing of six feet required in all public spaces
  • Face masks and hand sanitizer available for the public
  • Frequent cleaning of restrooms and surfaces in public areas throughout the day
  • Returned books quarantined for three days before being available for use again
  • The Exhibition Gallery, the Virginia Shop, our conference rooms, and the reading room at the State Records Center will remain closed

For additional information about what to expect on your visit, take a look at the COVID-19 Update: Guidelines for Researchers, page, which will be updated regularly.

For more on how to use the collections, click here.



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