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.
Richmond BizSense Reporting Daughter of Mom’s Siam Taking over Citizen’s Spot
This joint will include Thai and Vietnamese dishes among other “global street food”.
Citizen (1203 E. Main St) is getting a new restaurant.
After years of helping steer her family’s longtime Thai restaurant, Lorna Bedford is ready to step out of her mom’s shadow with her own venture.
Bedford is preparing to open Native Plate at 1203 E. Main St. downtown, where Citizen operated for nearly 10 years before closing early in the pandemic.
Bedford is the daughter of Sunisa Polishuk, or the “mom” of Mom’s Siam in Carytown and Mom’s Siam 2 in Shockoe Bottom. The family also has a stake in Pik Nik in the Fan and YaYa’s Cookbook in Short Pump.
RTD Reporting Bandito’s Coming Back the Same as it Ever Was
Sometimes you just want a crispy taco and a Tecate.
Good news for Museum District taco lovers. Bandito’s will be back and according to this article, there won’t be any changes. Sean McClain was the owner/operator of Bandito’s at it’s current location since 2002. The restaurant known as much for music and tex-mex closed at the beginning of the pandemic. McClain has now sold the restaurant to Sonny Heath who had this to say on RTD.
“I’m not changing anything, everything’s going to be exactly as it was,” new owner Sonny Heath said.
Heath has been in the restaurant and bar business since 1977. He also owns Chester Junction, a restaurant and bar in Chesterfield County, but he said he’s had restaurant and bars “everywhere,” including a now-closed Lakeside restaurant called Sonny’s Bar and Grill.
Cobra Burgers Have Coiled Up In Southside
I’m now officially looking forward to Friday for a whole new set of reasons.
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.
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.