Weekly Food News: Starlite to sunset, a mobile food pantry, sweet treats to beat the heat, and Henrico Restaurant Week

Weekly Food News: Starlite to sunset, a mobile food pantry, sweet treats to beat the heat, and Henrico Restaurant Week

This week, a look at where to get healthy fare around town including veggie bowls and avocado toast as well as where to cool off with sweet treats, more on Starlite’s pending closure, a look at Henrico Restaurant Week, and more.

All the news that’s fit to eat

Starlite sailing off into the sunset after 16 years – Starlite Dining & Lounge, a Fan mainstay bar and restaurant for the past 16 years, is closing its doors this September, it was announced last weekend. The restaurant at W. Main and N. Robinson Streets will go out with a bang September 1st with a big party, and then owners will begin work on a new concept which is described as an offshoot of the Lunch & Supper brand in Scott’s Addition, teased with the hashtag #OutToLunch2019. First, it was Lunch, then Supper opened next door to the original space on Altamont Avenue, so the replacement for Starlite has to be called Breakfast or Brunch, right? We shall see. More here.

Mobile produce pantry seeks to alleviate hunger in Richmond – A nonprofit Mobile Produce Pantry, the brainchild of local organization World U.P. Foundation, is set to launch in September and coordinate with existing area food pantries to bring fruits and vegetables to those who need them most. “It’s no secret that RVA has an access and food insecurity problem,” said Liz Dukette, founder of the organization, in an interview with Richmond Magazine’s Eileen Mellon. “The goal of the Mobile Produce Pantry is to help alleviate both.” Read on here.

Avocado toast pops up around town – It may be a trend of a few years’ past, but avocado toast is still hot and boy are there a lot of places you can get some around town. Style Weekly’s Nathalie Oates has a look at where you can get your avocados smashed and smeared–and creatively topped. Ginger Juice’so basil-pesto-topped toast and The Graduate’s, featuring a sunny-side-up egg look amazing. See them all here.

A look at the area’s best juice bars – We’re deep into the dog days of summer, and if you’re looking for a light, refreshing way to stay hydrated and nourished, Richmond has plenty of juice bars serving up both liquid and bowl versions of fruits and veggies, plus other lighter fare. Sarah Geroux with Richmond Magazine has a roundup of where to get your fix.

Cold, sweet treats to beat the heat – Juice bars are great, but let’s be real–summer is about ice cream and other sweet treats! You’ll definitely have a sugar craving after reading through this roundup from Aurora Calderone, which includes everything from rolled ice cream (the new hotness) and decadent milkshakes to popsicles and perhaps one of the most delicious-looking ice cream sundaes I’ve ever seen from Mabel’s Espresso Bakery Café in Powhatan. Check out your options here.

Henrico Restaurant Week returns this September – Henrico Restaurant Week will return for its fourth year, from September 22nd through the 30th, this time to benefit the Henrico Police Athletic League, it was announced on Tuesday. The annual event will offer diners a chance to experience a taste of Henrico at a number of participating county restaurants. Two-course lunches are $10 or $15 and three-course dinners are $20, $25 or $30 at participating locations. Get the scoop here.

This week’s restaurant reviews



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