Weekly Food News: More barbecue for the Fan, gourmet ice cream for Forest Hill, gospel brunch, and Latin fare

Weekly Food News: More barbecue for the Fan, gourmet ice cream for Forest Hill, gospel brunch, and Latin fare

This week, a look at the new Stella’s Grocery downtown, the Underground Kitchen launches a gospel brunch, where to find the best Latin fare around town, and more.

All the news that’s fit to eat

Charm School taking a scoop out of Forest Hill – If you live in Forest Hill near the planned second location of Veil Brewing Co., you’ll probably be excited to know “craft” ice cream is coming to complement the beer. Ok, craft ice cream isn’t a thing, but if anyone is serving it up, Charm School are the folks! They’ll open a second location, known as “Study Hall,” in early 2019. Get the scoop here.

Black Market Barbecue finally sets a general opening date – We finally have a general opening timeframe for Black Market Barbecue, the new concept from Chef Michael Hall of Spoonbread Bistro. The shop, behind the original restaurant on Robinson Street in the Fan, was delayed as Hall opened his second Spoonbread location in the former Patina Grill in Short Pump. Well, it looks like things are back on schedule and the ‘que will soon follow. I live on the block, so I’m both excited and concerned as to how often I’ll be there when that delicious smoked meat is filling the air all the time. More from BizSense.

New coffee shop percolating in Scott’s Addition – Scott’s Addition is percolating a new coffee shop, this one on Altamont Avenue. Three friends from across the RVA coffee world, Aimee Biggerstaff, Russell Durfee, and Jack Fleming, are coming together to open Recluse Roasting Project adjacent to the Wax Moon record store. More info here.

The Underground Kitchen launching Gospel Brunch – The Underground Kitchen owner Michael Sparks is in the business of creating unique dining experiences, and he’s about to ratchet that up even more. The proprietor of the pop-up series is hosting a Gospel Brunch this fall and early winter, featuring brunch fare and local gospel choirs. Eileen Mellon has a great profile on Sparks, where he’s been, and what’s in store. Read it here.

Where to indulge in Latin flavors around town – Eileen Mellon with Richmond Magazine has a great roundup of where to indulge in Latin flavors around town, from tacos to slow-roasted pork, and everything in between. It’s all an advance preview of the magazine’s November issue, on its way to newsstands now. Get a sneak peek here.

Stella’s Grocery opens third location downtown – Fans of Stella’s Grocery (and who isn’t) will be happy to know that the grocer’s third location, this one on W. Grace Street downtown, is now open adjacent to Perly’s. The store is effectively a rebrand of the old Kohlmann’s Neighborhood Market and has all of the prepared foods you’ve come to know and love. Karri Peifer has more here.

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