Weekly Food News: Indie Chef Week, trading sheep for swans, Dinner en Blanc, Havana ’59’s new location, and more

Weekly Food News: Indie Chef Week, trading sheep for swans, Dinner en Blanc, Havana ’59’s new location, and more

Brenner Pass will host a pretty cool Indie Chef Week featuring some of the nation’s best chefs this summer, Dinner en Blanc returns, we have a look at some of the best dishes at this past weekend’s Broad Appetit event, and more this week.

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Indie Chef Week coming to Brenner Pass – Scott’s Addition restaurant Brenner Pass will host a traveling dinner series featuring Michelin Star and James Beard chefs from across the country August 23rd through the 26th. They’ll all also have a chance to explore the city, the itinerary of which will be planned by Brenner Pass staff. Think of it, as Richmond Magazine’s Eileen Mellon put it, as “a very cool adult chef summer camp that allows visitors.” This is pretty cool. Read all about it here.

Broad Appetit showcases the best of Richmond’s culinary scene – Did the spotty rain keep you away from last Sunday’s Broad Appetit? Over 28,000 Richmonders took to Broad Street to sample over 75 of the area’s best dishes for $3 a pop, and as you’ll see from this photo essay, the dishes were drool-worthy. Judges also selected winners in the categories of Best Main Dish, Best Healthy Dish, and Best Dessert–and one local restaurant took home two of the three awards this year. Read on here.

A look inside Havana ’59’s new West End location – Popular Shockoe Bottom Cuban-themed restaurant and bar Havana ’59, in business since 1994, voyaged west recently with a new location in the West End. Encouraged by the support of many regular customers who live in the West End, the new location has seen steady traffic and is building on the downtown location’s traditions, with some new twists. More from Sarah Geroux here.

From Sheep to Swans: New venture for old Black Sheep owner set to open – If you lamented the closing of the Black Sheep and their colossal battleship sandwiches in Jackson Ward, and if you missed The Betty on Davis in the Fan, you’re in luck. Kevin Roberts, owner of Black Sheep, is set to open Swan Dive in the former Betty space (before that it was Avenue 805, and originally–which I didn’t know–a gas station), this week. Expect an array of delicious sandwiches, all served with waffle fries and a pickle, in the dive space, which has a European theme throughout. More of what to expect here.

Dinner en Blanc Richmond returns for second year – Much like Karri Peifer from the RTD, who files our last highlight here, I didn’t quite understand the concept of last year’s inaugural Dinner en Blanc event here in town. Far from just an event where attendees wear all white, attendees bring all the supplies. Yes, everything. The food, the silverware, glasses, and even stuff to clean up your own mess. The concept began in Paris three decades ago, and it’s kind of fascinating. Get caught up on everything you need to know about this year’s event–the venue for which hasn’t yet been announced–right here.

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