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What it means to say goodbye to Scuffletown

On occasion, a new place immediately nestles into a special place in our hearts. Scuffletown was one of those rare instances.

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It was worth it to drive through the teeth of Broad Street at the onset of the VCU/ LSU game. Although I swore every block realizing how dumb I was to even approach that grudge match… I needed to see my friend before she went.

After sifting through traffic and dealing with the normal patience required when it comes to driving in the Fan, a parking spot was discovered. She was insight.

Scuffletown Garden had only been around for a couple of months but it felt like home. It felt like a restaurant was doing it right. Local, sustainable, with an aim to have their own garden, their own food. As much as possible, the local ingredients to make great food.

There is a buzz at the bar. Glasses clink, laughter and smiles. The bartender is making sure that the water glasses are full and everyone is enjoying themselves. The chalkboard is replete with options: steak, many, pork chop? Veil IPA? Another from Maine? How about a lager? The world is yours.

Cocktails? How’s Woodford Reserve? The Aperol begs for a spritz. The Fernet teases while the Absente openly flirts.

A peek of the menu brings familiar warm memories. Beef tartare and its sorrel and pickled onion tang. The Bibb lettuce rolls and the simplicity w/ mushrooms, hoisin, and peanuts.

 

There’s also a hush abound… A quiet reservation amongst the din of activity. As many friends, we may meet tonight, as many connections that are made, this crossroads will go quiet.

Scuffletown Garden closes Sunday after brunch.

This place has always felt like that good friend you could depend on. Everything has been superb and creative but no stretch. Just easy and spectacular. Almost like that great fling, we connected with that one summer where all the stars came together… but parties had to split.

How could it go wrong? Scuffletown was doing it all right. Local, sustainable, greenhouse feel. You gave off warmness, you felt like home.

You had that good food! That service without pretentiousness and always with those smiles of reassurance.

We’ll see you again in another form. I’m confident and I can’t wait.

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Richmond selected to host 2021 Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference

“Richmond is a fantastic location for the Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference,” said Allan Wright, President of Zephyr United. “It has an outstanding beer scene and is actively engaged in promoting the region as a beer tourism destination. We are excited to be heading to Richmond in 2021.”

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Zephyr United recently announced that the Richmond region has been selected to host the 2021 Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference (BMTC). The conference will take place February 23-25, 2021 at the Omni Richmond Hotel in Richmond’s Shockoe Slip Historic District.

“Richmond is a fantastic location for the Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference,” said Allan Wright, President of Zephyr United. “It has an outstanding beer scene and is actively engaged in promoting the region as a beer tourism destination. We are excited to be heading to Richmond in 2021.”

The Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference (BMTC) provides information and education regarding the growing functions and importance of beer marketing, tourism, event planning, and branding. The BMTC is regularly attended by breweries, brewery guilds, destination management organizations, tour operators, marketing agencies and media from around the country. The schedule of events for 2021 will include summits, presentations, and lectures from leading beer industry figures, including a keynote talk from Stone Brewing Co-Founder Greg Koch.

Craft beer tourism is a growing trend in Virginia, with the state calling more than 200 breweries home. Virginia is also one of six states where craft beer has grown the most, up 36% according to C+R Research. The Richmond region is home to nearly forty breweries and in 2018 was named “The World’s Top Beer Destination” by VinePair. Richmond Region Tourism encourages visitors to use the Richmond Beer Trail as their guide when exploring the craft beer scene in the area. After getting their map stamped at five breweries, Richmond Beer Trail followers are given limited-edition Richmond Beer Trail gear.

“We are thrilled to host the Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference 2021,” said Jack Berry, President and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “We look forward to saying ‘Cheers’ to BMTC guests in March of 2021 when we’ll feature our fantastic craft beer scene and show them why Richmond was included in the New York Times52 Places to Go in 2020.’”

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La Milpa Food Truck Stolen

If you see the food truck pictured please contact the police

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Over the weekend one of the best Mexican restaurants in Richmond, La Milpa, had their food truck stolen. If you’ve seen the food truck notify the police as quickly as possible. The world needs every taco truck don’t let the bad guy deny us tacos.

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Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market planning to double size of Short Pump store

Construction on an expansion of the locally-owned store should commence this Spring.

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market, which has operated in western Henrico County since 2004, is getting bigger.

The 15,000-square-foot market will nearly double in size when the store expansion project is completed later this year, owner Tom Leonard said.

Construction should begin late in the spring.

The expansion will take over the tented area to the left of the store – where pumpkins and Christmas trees are typically sold.

The added space will enable the market, off Tom Leonard Drive, to expand and move its bakery and deli departments into the new space. The bakery will be able to make fresh-boiled bagels – “the way they do them in New York,” Leonard said.

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