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New socially-distant, BBQ-focused food tour experience launches

RVA BBQ Tours has created a unique experience that is the first of its kind in the nation. The startup offers the only socially distant food tour focused exclusively on barbecue.

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RVA BBQ Tours has created a unique experience that is the first of its kind in the nation. The startup offers the only socially distant food tour focused exclusively on barbecue.

The tours allow attendees to travel in their own cars, led by a guide, and caravan to restaurants across the region. Each stop includes a generous portion of barbecue and sides to sample. A podcast interview with the restaurant’s pitmaster can be downloaded to listen to during travel time.

The new business is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Greg Hofbauer and Ryan Martin. The duo met through a mutual friend and shared a passion for Richmond’s food scene. They had been working on launching this project since last year and adjusted the concept when the pandemic began.

 “It’s important for people to feel comfortable and safe and this tour provides them with that option as it follows COVID-19 guidelines,” Martin said. “Everyone is looking for a special experience right now and this tour offers a unique opportunity for families and food lovers.”

Three off-the-beaten-path restaurants are currently featured on the Saturday flagship tour which lasts approximately two and a half hours. Private group tours for parties and corporate outings are also available.

Both Martin and Hofbauer share a background in business ownership. Martin was the founder of Pie restaurant in the fan and Hofbauer runs web design firm Hofbauer Consulting in addition to teaching entrepreneurship for VCU Arts.

“There is definitely a killer barbecue scene in Richmond. We want to put our city on the BBQ map and known as the East Coast Memphis or Kansas City.” Hofbauer said.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.rvabbqtours.com and are priced $59 per adult, $25 per child aged 11-17, and free for children 10 and under.

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Cobra Burgers Have Coiled Up In Southside

I’m now officially looking forward to Friday for a whole new set of reasons.

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Hatch Cafe is an event space, pop-up venue and incubator for all things food and beverage. They call 2601 Maury Street their home. Normally they have a small but solid list of options. ⁣Follow their Facebook to see the latest Pop-up they’re hosting, most recently you missed out on lobster rolls.

On Fridays from 5 to 9pm and then Saturdays from 12noon to 9pm. they’re the home for Cobra Burger.  You might recognize co-founders Adam Musselman,  Joshua Franklin, and Melville Johnson IV from the now-shuttered Cardinal State Butcher in Bon Air.

Richmond Magazine has an in-depth scoop on Cobra Burger that provides great insight into what Cobra Burger is all about.

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So what, exactly, is a Cobra Burger? Two Harris Farms beef patties, American cheese, Cobra bread-and-butter pickles and pickled red onions, shredded lettuce, and the signature Cobra sauce on a potato bun. Other varieties include a solo patty, or “Junior” size, and “The King,” four towering patties — all served with pickled French fries.

The article also mentions their vegan option and the loose-meat sandwich a mid-west take on the Sloppy Joe.

But c’mon all you really need to know is this image from Cobra Burger’s Instagram.

Ordering is live on the appropriate day via the link:  cafe.hatchkitchenrva.com Simply click to ‘schedule for later’ then select which day and time slot, and you’re good to go!⁣ There is limited dine-in seating if you don’t want grab and go.

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Hungry Harvest produce delivery boxes land in Richmond this fall

Harvest Boxes start at $15 and customers can choose from a variety of options and sizes, including organic, for weekly or biweekly delivery. Completely customizable, customers can also add pantry staples to their boxes through the Add On Marketplace.

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Just in time for Virginia’s fall bounty, Hungry Harvest, a farm-to-doorstep produce delivery service, arrives in Richmond this October. With a mission to reduce food waste, Hungry Harvest ensures farmers get a fair wage for their full harvest by purchasing surplus fruits and veggies that would otherwise not make it to market. They then pass along these savings directly to customers.

Harvest Boxes start at $15 and customers can choose from a variety of options and sizes, including organic, for weekly or biweekly delivery. Completely customizable, customers can also add pantry staples to their boxes through the Add On Marketplace.

The company began as a small start-up, born in Baltimore, Maryland by CEO and co-founder Evan Lutz in June of 2014. A senior at the University of Maryland at the time, Lutz would often hand pack the boxes himself and deliver them to the 30 customers, half of which were free trial boxes.

Lutz knew he needed financial help to make his dreams come true and took Hungry Harvest to Shark Tank. In June of 2015, he made a deal with Robert Herjavec, helping to launch the business to success. Since then Hungry Harvest has grown exponentially, in markets across Washington D.C., Virginia, Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina, Detroit Metro Area, and South Florida.

Already available in northern Virginia markets, Hungry Harvest is ready to expand to Richmond. “Richmond has a thriving, health-conscious food community that supports fresh produce and the farmers who grow it,” Lutz said. “It’s a natural next step for us.”

One in five fruits and vegetables are wasted for a variety of reasons such as “too big,” “too small,” “don’t quite look right,” or simply too much. This is the produce that is rescued by Hungry Harvest and delivered to your doorstep. Every delivery helps to eliminate at least 10 pounds of food from going to waste.

In addition to eliminating waste, every Hungry Harvest delivery supports food banks and hunger-solving initiatives in local communities with produce donations. Twenty percent of people in the United States live in food insecurity without reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food and Hungry Harvest has provided over 1.5 million pounds of fruits and vegetables through these community partnerships and their own food access programs.

Deliveries begin October 8th; you can pre-order now here.

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Bakery to Rise Up in Manchester

There’s some work to be done on the location and they hope to open up in January.

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Spotted on Instagram and Facebook is news of Wildcraft Focaccia Company picking a spot to set up shop in Manchester. They describe themselves as naturally leavened, garden-to-table, sourdough and focaccia bakery. I look forward to trying them out. They don’t state it but I’m pretty sure the address will be 1303 Hull Street.

Here’s what they said on FB about their location.

It’s finally official – I found a space. It’s taken way longer than I ever expected – I worked on several properties and had months-long negotiations three separate times. Then there was the huge chunk of time when I didn’t even look for properties during the initial covid months, but finally, after almost a year of looking, I’ve landed in Manchester! My plan as of now is getting the keys on October 1st and likely taking three months to work on the space (it needs some TLC and some layout changes) Then opening in early January. Thanks for hanging with me during my “photo only” phase and please continue to keep me company during the build-out process! I’m looking forward to seeing you in person in 2021!

 

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