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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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Governor Northam tightens Virginia COVID restrictions as daily new cases increase rapidly

The new rules affect the restaurant industry most heavily, as gatherings are now capped at 25 people and no alcohol may be served after 10:00 PM beginning Sunday night.

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As COVID-19 surges in states across the country, Governor Ralph Northam today announced new actions to mitigate the spread of the virus in Virginia. While the Commonwealth’s case count per capita and positivity rate remain comparatively low, all five health regions are experiencing increases in new COVID-19 cases, positive tests, and hospitalizations.

“COVID-19 is surging across the country, and while cases are not rising in Virginia as rapidly as in some other states, I do not intend to wait until they are. We are acting now to prevent this health crisis from getting worse,” said Governor Northam. “Everyone is tired of this pandemic and restrictions on our lives. I’m tired, and I know you are tired too. But as we saw earlier this year, these mitigation measures work. I am confident that we can come together as one Commonwealth to get this virus under control and save lives.”

Governor Northam shared a new video to update Virginians on the additional steps the Commonwealth is taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which is available here.

The following measures will take effect at midnight on Sunday, November 15:

  • Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
  • Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
  • Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor.
  • On-site alcohol curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart.

Virginia is averaging 1,500 newly-reported COVID-19 cases per day, up from a statewide peak of approximately 1,200 in May. While Southwest Virginia has experienced a spike in the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases, all five of the Commonwealth’s health regions are currently reporting a positivity rate over five percent. Although hospital capacity remains stable, hospitalizations have increased statewide by more than 35 percent in the last four weeks.

On Tuesday, Governor Northam announced new contracts with three laboratories as part of the Commonwealth’s OneLabNetwork, which will significantly increase Virginia’s public health testing capacity. Contracts with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, and Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk will directly support high-priority outbreak investigations, community testing events, and testing in congregate settings, with a goal of being able to perform 7,000 per day by the end of the year.

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1115 Mobile Kitchen brings the meats and plant-based heat to Scott’s Addition this weekend

The new food truck, which aims to build bridges between meat-eaters and vegetarians, will debut at Buskey Cider on Sunday.

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1115 Mobile Kitchen is a new food truck serving up southern-style traditional dishes, and it’s parking for the first time on November 15th in Scott’s Addition at Buskey Cider. Owner and chef Henry Fletcher combines his kitchen experience and independence as a skateboarder with his drive to bring about positive change and the desire to break down walls between meat-eaters and those with plant-based diets.

The menu features vegan dishes that are just as delicious as their meaty counterparts, like the Triple MMM Crispy Chicken Sando (available with organic chicken or soy protein), Shrimp and Rice (local shrimp or house-made tofu-based shrimp), and house cut and seasoned home fries dubbed “Homies,” available with a plant-based cheese sauce. It’s not often that a restaurant or food truck does both meat and plant-based dishes so well, but Fletcher aims to change that.

What’s in a number? As a teenager, Fletcher noticed that the number 1115 was emerging throughout his life, in the address of the house where he spent his free time between skateboarding sessions, on the clock, in books, even on buses. Urged to look into the mysterious repeating number, he discovered angel numbers, a concept based in numerology that guides a person on how to interpret numbers that frequently pop up in daily life.

“The number 1115 means that a positive change is coming forward into your life,” explains Fletcher. “For me, 1115 is the positive change to break down the wall between meat-eaters and vegan eaters and allow them to experience similar flavors at no extra cost.”

Expect not just high marks for the food but also additional style points when eating at 1115. Fletcher, after all, is a skateboarder well versed in expressing his individuality. “I seek spaces where I can be myself,” he says. “The two biggest places I feel like I can be who I am and who I want to be is on a skateboard and in the kitchen.”

1115 Mobile Kitchen celebrates its grand opening on November 15th at 2910 W Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23230. For more information, visit 1115mobilekitchen.com.

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Metzger Headed for “Winter Hibernation”

The last day of service is November 22nd which will include a party.with oysters and cocktails outside.

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Posted to Facebook, Metzger’s Bar and Butchery (801 N 23rd Street) :

Metzger has decided to keep safe and cozy during the uncertainty of winter and hibernate. The last day of service is November 22nd and we’re throwing a HIBERNATION PARTY! We’ll have Chef cooking up some oysters outside and very nice hot cocktails to keep you warm✨ 10:30a-4pm
Get your Metzger fix before we slip into our cozy cave of slumber & show some love to our wonderful staff who have remained positive, patient, and amazing though these times 💪
ps this is a masquerade party so wear your 😷 and socially distance please!
Fingers crossed that the hibernation is indeed just temporary as the German-influenced spot has garnered quite a following.

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