Richmond’s gathering for the food-curious is back for more in year six – more behind-the-scenes tours, interactive classes, events for kids and parents, collaborative brunches and dinners, signature dine-arounds and themed bar pop-ups. Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 16th at 10:00 AM for Fire, Flour, & Fork.
Guests can meet chef/restaurateur and regular “Chopped” judge Maneet Chauhan; Esquire’s food and drinks editor, Jeff Gordinier; former Noma chef de cuisine and Bridgaid founder Dan Giusti; the 2019 James Beard Best Chef of the South, Vishwesh Bhatt; celebrated author and food journalist Toni Tipton-Martin; the 2019 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and three-star Michelin chef Patrick O’Connell; HBO’s “Wig” co-producer and chef/author David Burtka; Eater Young Gun Ashleigh Shanti, and many others.
Fire, Flour and Fork also will be a stop on The Sporkful’s World Tour on Sunday, Nov. 3. Host Dan Pashman will bring his popular James Beard-nominated podcast to the Richmond stage during FFF’s Food U.
“This year, we’re zeroing in on the word ‘legacy,’” FFF co-founder Susan Winiecki said, “from cooks, both near and far, who have inspired our Richmond chefs, to those sharing traditions and stories with future generations – be it the work of a new Native American seed-keeping coalition, a documentary that will celebrate chef James Hemings, or a dinner to honor Charles and Shirley Sherrod, who began a safe haven for black farmers that became the nation’s first community land trust.”
Fire, Flour & Fork will host a signature event each day of the long weekend:
- Thursday, Oct. 31 – Celebrate Halloween and the Jefferson Hotel’s birthday by walking down its famous staircase in your best food-inspired costume and then indulge in a few over-the-top Halloween candy-inspired desserts and other late-night goodies inside Lemaire.
- Friday, Nov. 1 – Pie a la Mode at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture will bring together our region’s best bakers of savory and sweet pies, along with some pastry guests from across the county, plus craft ice cream makers and coffee gurus. Home cooks can compete in a Virginia sweet potato pie dessert contest.
- Saturday, Nov. 2 – The first “Drag Brunch on the Boulevard: The Her-story of Richmond.” Drag mothers and their daughters will bring us a show that will honor the community in Richmond. Special guests include chef/author David Burtka and drag brunch historian Poppy Tucker.
- Saturday, Nov. 2 – More than 20 chefs from around the state will participate in Sampling the Centuries: Virginia’s Food Firsts at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Go on a journey with food, drink and desserts, traveling through influences from the 1700s into the future. From Ian Boden in Staunton to Aaron Deal in Roanoke, from Joy Crump in Fredericksburg to Brunswick County’s best stewmaster, it will be an evening to remember. A separately ticketed interview event with Chef Patrick O’Connell will kick off the evening at 5:30 p.m.
- Sunday, Nov. 3 – Food U’s talks, chef demos and Tasting Tent will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.
- Sunday, Nov. 3 – Smoke on the Water, our global barbecue dine-around event, returns to city center – high above the banks of the James River at Tredegar. Enjoy more than 15 smoked and roasted items from the best around the region and a bit further afield. Home cooks can enter their favorite sides made with hometown favorite, Duke’s Mayo.
- Sunday, November 3 – The fifth annual John Dabney Dinner will trace the influence of chef James Hemings on Fanny Steward and Malinda Russell, John Dabney, Edna Lewis and today’s chefs, and we will honor Charles and Shirley Sherrod.
Learn more and get tickets here.