The Richmond Times-Dispatch presents A Taste of Richmond at the Omni Richmond on Wednesday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. There are still a few tickets available and you don’t want to miss this food-and-drink filled Richmond food event. I’ve got the 5 top reasons you need to go.
5 Reasons to Hit A Taste of Richmond
1. Samples on Samples on Samples
Over 30 local food and drink purveyors will be on-site serving food and drink samples for you to enjoy. A few that stand out to me on the long list include Belle Isle Moonshine (don’t miss the Cold Brew Coffee Moonshine), Kartez Cookies (they look incredibly indulgent and I’ve been dying to try them), Maya (cuz Mexican), Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches (soooo delicious), and The Savory Grain. There will be savory and sweet options for your tasting pleasure.
2. Your Ticket Includes Two Drink Tickets
There will be a selection of beer and wine at the event and you get two drink tickets with your Taste of Richmond ticket. Perfect for a Wednesday. If you want to keep the party going, I’m assuming more will be available for purchase.
3. Learn to Decorate a Cake Like the Jefferson Pastry Chef
From 7-7:20, Sara Ayyash, executive pastry chef for The Jefferson Hotel, will be showing attendees how to decorate a cake like a pro. With the cake and frosting pre-made, she will demonstrate how to assemble a layer cake, frost it, pipe it with buttercream, pour ganache, and write an inscription. “The idea is to share techniques for creating a fancy cake and if you don’t have time to start from scratch, then how to jazz up a store bought cake,” Ayyash says. “If you’re a busy person and just don’t have the time to make a cake, then give me a call, that’s what I’m here for.”
4. Taste Chaat from Richmond’s 2017 Restaurant of the Year
From 7:40 to 8 p.m., Sunny Baweja of Lehja, chosen as Restaurant of the Year by Richmond magazine in 2017, will do a cooking demonstration. He told me he’s still finalizing the dish, but it’ll be a chaat. Baweja told me that “chaat” is Indian slang for a street-food style snack you can get on the streets of India. The snacks are eaten any time of day, but are particularly popular before and after dinner. “It means ‘something delicious,'” he said. “When you eat it, the feeling should be ‘I don’t want to share this with anybody!’ If those feelings don’t come to your mind, it means we haven’t done our job.”
He says the flavors will likely be a combination of roasted corn, mango, avocado, onions, and tomatoes, with maybe some pineapple or crab for sweetness. There will be puffed rice for crunch, roasted Virginia peanuts (the dish can be made without if you have an allergy), and Lehja’s own chaat masala spice blend to add even more flavor. “It will be tangy, spicy, sweet, savory, and tart,” Baweja said. “Every flavor you can think of.”
Other demonstrations throughout the evening include Brian Mullins from Publix Cooking School from 6:20 to 6:40, Demi Ripely from Toast and Hutch with Belle Isle Moonshine from 7:25 to 7:40, and James Porter from the Omni Richmond from 8:20 to 8:40.
5. Save $10 If You Buy Your Ticket Early
Purchase your Taste of Richmond ticket by April 17, and it only costs $40. I’d say that’s a darn good deal for the demos, food, and drink. If you wait the day of the event, tickets go up to $50. Go here to purchase now.