Weekly Food News: Adarra set to open, Rainbow Cookie history, and beer bagels from Nate’s and The Veil

Weekly Food News: Adarra set to open, Rainbow Cookie history, and beer bagels from Nate’s and The Veil

This week, we look at the new Jackson Ward spot taking over for Rogue, news on a beer bagel collaboration between The Veil and Nate’s, the history of Rainbow Cookies, and more.

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Adarra set to open soon in Jackson Ward – The former Rogue space in Jackson Ward will soon light up again as Chef Randall Doetzer and his wife Lyne fire up Adarra. You may remember Doetzer from Nota Bene or Juleps. The concept will evoke a rustic, European feel and serve up tapas among other menu items, according to Richmond Magazine’s Eileen Mellon. Read on here.

The nostalgia, and history, of Rainbow Cookies – The nostalgia and fond memories of Ukrop’s still run deep in this city (I count myself among those in that camp), and perhaps there’s no greater staple of Ukrop’s prepared foods legacy than the old standby, the Rainbow Cookie. These simple but delicious sugar cookies have a deep history that goes back to the 1940s. And they didn’t originate in Ukrop’s but rather Dot’s Pastry Shop in Cary Court – a story my grandma always told me. Richmond Magazine’s Piet Jones has a look at the timeline of these beloved cookies here.

The Cake Bar at Willow Lawn is closed yet again – What had closed and reopened has closed again. That’s the case for The Cake Bar, a short-lived cake and sweets shop in Willow Lawn. Owner Michelle Jasper, who competed on Cupcake Wars in 2012, opened the shop last year. It then briefly closed and reopened. But this time, it looks like the doors have been darkened for good. Here’s what we know, courtesy of the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Karri Peifer.

Seasonal beer bagels coming to Nate’s thanks to partnership with The Veil – What’s better than craft beer from The Veil Brewing Co. and bagels from Nate’s? You guessed it: beer bagels. The first collaboration, which will switch out weekly, is The Veil’s Stout Bagel featuring the brewery’s vanilla cocoa nib hornswoggler, a chocolate milk stout with Tahitian vanilla and Videri chocolate cocoa nibs. You can also add Oreo chocolate stout cream cheese (OMG) for $4, which sounds as expensive as it probably is rich. More on the collaboration here.

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