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Begin Your Fasting in Preparation for Broad Appétit

Head to Broad Street between Adams and Henry this Sunday and get your grub on. The food and beer will be flowing from 11 AM to 6 PM.

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This Sunday, June 2nd four blocks of Broad Street will be closed down and turned into a dining paradise known as Broad Appétit. Over 60 of Richmond’s very best Chefs are putting together small plates that will only set you back a measly $4. This is a great opportunity for you to try that restaurant that nobody in your family has any interest in or get more of your go-to favorite. In addition to impressing the masses each chef will submit their dish to be judged by a panel of experts who will determine who has the “To Die For” Dish of Richmond sponsored by Richmond magazine.

Virginia beers will be exclusively poured at the festival this year and you can sample each one with a special sampling cup! A sampling cup is available for $6 and includes 2 sampling tickets – additional sample tickets are available for $1 each. Of course, full cups of delicious, high-quality beers will be available, as well as delicious wines from Tap26.

There will be music going down on two stages and the RVA Hub award for best bands name at this festival go to Hit by Train and Elana Lisa & The Hot Mess. Check out the full schedule of bands here.

Broad Appétit is hosted by Kroger and benefits FeedMore.

This is a guide I wrote way back in 2017 when I was young and idealistic. It still applies.

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 a 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 bounty. 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.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Hundreds took to the street to protest the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis. A police cruiser and Pulse bus were torched, and several shots rang out into the air overnight.

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Hundreds of people protesting the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed earlier this week by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, took to the streets of Downtown Richmond last night to make their voices heard.

While the protests started off peacefully, things quickly took a turn. Around 10:45 PM Friday, a Facebook Live stream showed WWBT/NBC12 reporter Karina Bolster, who was reporting from the scene, struck in the head by a protester chanting “stop recording” using a water bottle. Her phone was also tossed to the street. Bolster, clearly shaken, did not stop recording and continued reporting through tears as she came to terms with what just happened.

As the night progressed, protesters set a dumpster on fire and later marched to Richmond Police headquarters at 200 W. Grace Street and surrounded the building. Richmond officers were joined by State Police and backup requested from surrounding localities to protect the building and officers inside. Nearby, a police cruiser was torched.

Into the early morning hours of Saturday, a GRTC Pulse bus was also set ablaze, the shell of which remained near the corner of W. Broad Street and Belvidere Street as dawn broke.

Several arrests were made overnight, but Richmond Police has yet to confirm a number.

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Stoney: City to “cautiously move” into Phase 1 of reopening plan on Friday, May 29th

On Thursday, Mayor Stoney announced that the City of Richmond will cautiously move into Phase 1 of Forward Virginia, the state’s reopening plan. Masks will be required in all indoor spaces and restaurants will be asked to voluntarily connect patrons’ information for contact tracing purposes.

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On Thursday, Mayor Stoney announced that the City of Richmond will cautiously move into Phase 1 of Forward Virginia, the state’s reopening plan.

“When I look at the picture in totality, given the added tools at our disposal, the current trends in our local data and my faith in Richmonders to look out for one another, I believe that Richmond can cautiously move into Phase 1 on Friday, May 29,” said Mayor Stoney at Thursday’s press conference.

During the first delay that the City of Richmond requested, the Stoney administration and Richmond City Health District expanded testing efforts, implemented a contact tracing effort, ensured every COVID-19 positive Richmonder will be able to isolate safely and securely with supported isolation, and advocated for a statewide mask requirement.

The city initially requested a modified Phase 1 reopening that maintained restrictions on places of worship and personal care and grooming services, as mass gatherings and close personal contact for extended periods of time both significantly increase chance of community spread.

Because the governor denied the city’s modified plan for reopening, Richmond will move into Phase 1 of Forward Virginia, the state’s reopening plan, with strong recommendations reflecting the mayor’s proposed modifications. Local guidance and helpful links to state guidance are available here. The state has yet to provide guidance on what Phases 2 and 3 will include.

The mayor detailed a number of best practices for residents and business owners to ensure that the city moves into Phase 1 cautiously. The best practices emerged from conversations between the Stoney administration and members of the business community, faith leadership, and health professionals.

  1. All residents who are medically able to should wear a face-covering that covers the mouth and nose when in public spaces. The wearing of a face covering does not negate the need for 6-foot social distancing.
  2. Faith communities should continue to meet virtually if possible. If in-person meetings are absolutely necessary, the mayor strongly recommends faith groups meet outside while practicing strict social distancing and enforcing the face-covering requirement.
  3. Food and drink establishments that choose to offer outdoor service at half capacity are asked to request a name and contact information of patrons who dine in for contact tracing purposes. This practice is voluntary for both patrons and restaurants. However, collecting this small amount of information for each dine-in party will go far in assisting the Richmond City Health District in tracing and containing outbreaks. Guidance on this practice is available here.

The mayor made two requests of the state: to continue to assist the city in further expanding testing capacity and in providing adequate face-coverings and hand sanitizer throughout the capital city.

“Quite frankly, we’re going to need more support from the state for our residents and our businesses to reopen safely and sustainably,” the mayor noted in his appeal. “I make these recommendations and requests of the state because, as has been my mantra this entire pandemic. Reopening should be slow and steady.”

“When public health is on the line, blindly pushing forward is not an option. Decisions must be thoughtful, and they must be based in our collective knowledge of and love for our city.”

See more reopening guidance for local businesses here: www.rvastrong.org/reopeningguidance.

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