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Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries and welcome to Virginia gifts!

Perfect for birthdays & anniversaries!

Food Tour Gift Certificates Our food tour gift certificates always fit! Good for any one of our standard walking food tours, Saturdays or weekdays. You can print the certificate out or we’ll send a sharp-looking certificate either to you, so you can have the pleasure of bestowing it on someone special or directly to whomever deserves it. $55 for each one, including the ticketing fee. Good for one year from purchase. Available here.

Hope that Greg's Mom baked her Fudge Brownies for our Citizen visits.

Hope that Greg’s Mom baked her Fudge Brownies for our Citizen visits.

Shockoe Slip: Capital of Cuisine
Saturday, April 26th, 2-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 28th, 2-4:30 p.m.

This 2.5 hour tour begins at Fountain Bookstore on E. Cary Street in Shockoe Slip. This area was once an international trading post and we’ll sample plenty of international flair along our 1.4 mile route at such stops, depending on the day, as Bistro Bobette, Sine, The Dining Room at the Berkeley Hotel, La Parisienne, Citizen, Casa del Barco, Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe, La Grotta, The Canal Bistro at Off the Hookah, The Tobacco Company, Coppola’s Main Street and Mise en Place. Richmond has played a central role in American history and has the history, architecture, natural features, and culture to prove it. Tickets are $55 and are available here.

Tastebuds American Bistro makes MacArthur Ave. proud!

Tastebuds American Bistro makes MacArthur Ave. proud!

The View from Bellevue
Saturday, May 3rd, 2-4:30 p.m.

Go North, food tourists! We’ll see what’s cooking in one of Richmond’s most charming neighborhoods. Our shorter than usual walking route through Bellevue will show off the quaint and quirky and the lovely Arts-and-Crafts architecture in this historic area while we sample at hidden gems including, depending on the day, The Mill on MacArthur, Tastebuds American Bistro, The Grey Hill Cafe, Once Upon a Vine, Stir Crazy and Little House Green Grocery. We might see backyard chickens, too! Tickets are $55 inclusive of ticketing fee and can be purchased here.

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Petersburg: Southern Exposure
Saturday, May 10th, 2-4:30 p.m.

Join us a little south of Richmond as we give Petersburg the food tour treatment. See history and mystery, hear Lincoln movie tidbits and taste for yourself that Petersburg is a worthy destination with Saucy’s Walk-Up BBQ, Demolition Coffee, Wabi Sabi, Croaker’s Spot, Dixie Restaurant, Brick House Run, Hiram Haines Coffee & Ale House and more on tap. Tickets are $55 inclusive of ticketing fee and can be purchased here.

Belmont Butchery is always a highlight. Frederick Turko photo.

Belmont Butchery is always a highlight. Frederick Turko photo.

Carytown & Museum District: Butchers, Bakers & Beyond
Saturday, May 17th, 2-4:30 p.m.

We’ll mix it up for you along one of Richmond’s most eclectic thoroughfares. Visit intimate bistros, bustling lunch spots with Southern favorites, and specialty food retailers featured in national magazines while passing through quirky Carytown. You’ll learn secrets from butchers to bakers as well as get a peek at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ new sculpture garden. Come see our culinary trendsetters such as Secco, Pomegranate, Dixie Donuts, Deco, Coriander Cafe at Boone’s Food Shop, Belmont Butchery, Carytown Cupcakes, Mezzanine, Basili’s, Water Coastal Kitchen, Don’t Look Back, Curry Craft, Belmont Food Shop, Zeus Gallery Cafe, Museum District B & B, Amour Wine Bistro and others in Carytown and the Museum District. Tickets are $55 inclusive of ticketing fee and can be purchased here.

Nikki and Neil of Proper Pie bridge the gap between New Zealand and RVA.

Nikki and Neil of Proper Pie bridge the gap between New Zealand and RVA.

Church Hill: From Spies to Pies
Saturday, May 24th, 9:30-12 p.m. Special morning tour!

Church Hill has a storied past and its future looks brighter than ever with a revitalized culinary scene that includes The Roosevelt, Dutch & Company, Sub Rosa Bakery, Proper Pie Co., WPA Bakery, Patrick Henry Pub, Anthony’s on the Hill, Union Market, Alamo BBQ (we know it’s on Union Hill!) and the place that started it all, The Hill Cafe. We’ll stop and sample at several. Tickets are $55 inclusive of ticketing fee and are available here.

2113 Bistro is full of surprises.

2113 Bistro is full of surprises.

Shockoe Bottom/Church Hill: Shock & Awe
Saturday, June 7th, 2 p.m.

Come along on this 1.5 mile walking tour of Richmond’s oldest neighborhoods as we sample specialties at several distinctive, local eateries, including, depending on the day, spots such as Arcadia, Julep’s, Sweet Tea’s, Aziza’s, LuLu’s, 2113, Tio Pablo, C’est Le Vin, Station 2, Bookbinder’s, Halligan, Flames 231 and Globehopper. Besides wonderful food and insider info from chefs and owners, you’ll get a taste of the architectural and historical richness of River City. Tickets are $55 inclusive of ticketing fee and can be purchased here.

The brunch at Arcadia is Lincoln-worthy!

The brunch at Arcadia is Lincoln-worthy!


Lincoln Legs: Brunch & Brushes with History
Sunday, June 8th, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Take a walk with us as we re-trace President Lincoln’s journey through Richmond on April 4th, 1865 and pause for brunch at Arcadia at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market where Lincoln paused on his walk. We’ll visit sites related to that historic day as well as share sites and stories connected to the filming of Lincoln in Richmond. To set the scene, we’ll bring you delicious Dixie Donuts as well! Tickets are $55 and are available here.

Rockfish lovingly prepared at Heritage.

Rockfish lovingly prepared at Heritage.

VCU: Alternative Eats
Saturday, June 14th, 2 p.m.

More fun than college, this tour walks us through VCU’s vibrant and Victorian (and victorious!!!) Monroe Park Campus with a pop over into Carver on occasion. Depending on the day, savor the flavors of The Nile, delight in the vegetarian goodness of Ipanema Cafe, dig in to some meaty barbecue at Big’s Barbecue, step into Carver for the bounty of The Black Sheep or the cutting edge cuisine of The Magpie, have a classic snack at Sally Bell’s, live like a local at the lovely William Miller House B & B or the gorgeous Grace Manor Inn or discover the hipness of Balliceaux and the new kid on the block who is wowing everyone, Heritage. Tickets are $55 inclusive of ticketing fee and are available here.

Rappahannock brings the rivah to Grace Street!

Rappahannock brings the rivah to Grace Street!

Both Sides of Broad: The Art & Soul of Richmond
Saturday, June 21st, 2-4:30 p.m.

This tour combines the best of both sides of Broad Street in the heart of Monroe and Jackson wards, with a few stops at some of First Fridays’ favorite spots including Quirk, and depending on the day, Nick’s, Pasture, Mama J’s, The Rogue Gentlemen, 525 at Berry Burke, Saison, Tarrant’s Cafe, Max’s on Broad, Thai Corner, Rappahannock, Homemades by Suzanne at the John Marshall Ballroom, Lemaire, Kenn-Tico, Mansion 526, Comfort, and others. Join Real Richmond for samples and insider info from restaurateurs on this 1.5 mile walking tour. Tickets are $55 inclusive of ticketing fee and can be purchased here.

U R Here: Eating on the Avenue
Saturday, July 12th, 2-4:30 p.m.

Join us along Libbie and Grove avenues in the city’s West End near the University of Richmond for a leisurely afternoon of sauntering, sampling, and shopping. We’ll do less walking than our usual tours and hear from more chefs, owners and–special feature–antique experts at some of Richmond’s finest shops, including Kim Faison Antiques. With stops at fine restaurants and specialty food and wine purveyors, including, depending on the day, such stops as Cafe Caturra, Gearhart’s Chocolates, The Blue Goat, Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe, J. Emerson Wine, Palani Drive, ¬†Barrel Thief, Westhampton Pastry Shop, Shyndigz, Yellow Umbrella, The Continental at Westhampton and more, it’s a full afternoon that will leave you full! ¬†Tickets are $55 inclusive of ticketing fee and are available here.

Manchester, aka, Dogtown, is an artists' haven.

Manchester, aka, Dogtown, is an artists’ haven.


Manchester: Art & Craft
NEW Tour!!!
Saturday, TBA, 2 p.m.
Industry and innovation are the keys in this older section of town that's now the IN place! Walk with us through this burgeoning area south of the river that runs hot and cold with craft-made beverage and has some of the coolest views of downtown. We'll combine business with pleasure as we visit spots such as Blue Bee Cidery, Legend Brewery, Blanchard's Coffee Roastery, Camden's Dogtown Market, Plant Zero Cafe, and Papa's Pizza! Tickets are $55 inclusive of ticketing fee and will be available here soon.

Bombolini Pasta mixes well with our Fan of the Food tour!

Fan of the Food: Eateries & Arts
Saturday, TBA, 2 p.m.

This 1.5 mile walking tour highlights the artistry of chefs and artists along Main and Cary streets in the Fan. You’ll sample what’s cooking at several locally-owned restaurants and food purveyors including, depending on the day, such spots as Lady N’awlins, The Cask Cafe, Heritage, Rowland Fine Dining, Lamplighter, Harvest Grocery & Supply, Bacchus, Naked Onion, Olio, Bombolini Pasta, Rostov’s Coffee, and pop into art galleries such as Glave/Kocen, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and the new RVA Street Mural hot spot on Cary St. Besides wonderful food and insider info from chefs and owners, you’ll get a taste of Richmond’s vibrant cultural life. Tickets are $55 and will be available here soon.

23rd & Main makes a great pie!

23rd & Main makes a great pie!

Shockoe Bottom/Church Hill SPECIAL PIZZA TOUR!
Saturday, TBA, 2 p.m.

Come along on this 1.5 mile walking tour of Richmond’s oldest neighborhoods as we sample pizzas of all kinds of ovens at several distinctive, local eateries, including, depending on the day, spots such as Southern Railway Taphouse for flatbread, Bottom’s Up for the thick crust specialties, Aziza’s for the RPG pizza, Flames 231 for wood-fired classics and Anthony’s on the Hill for the special sauce. Besides wonderful food and insider info from chefs and owners, you’ll get a taste of the architectural and historical richness of River City. Tickets are $55 inclusive of ticketing fee and can be purchased here soon.

] Our first PowerHouse was Nov. 11th at the Lewis House on Monument Ave.

PowerHouse at the Lewis House on Monument Ave. was a sensory sensation!

Special Tour and Dinner!
PowerHouse
Parts 2 + 3 coming in 2014, TBA, 6-8 p.m.

On November 11th we stepped inside the iconic Lewis home on Monument Avenue on this inaugural tour that paired an art-filled powerhouse with a powerhouse chef! Art curator Jay Barrows walked us through the private Lewis art collection and then we were treated to a sumptuous buffet dinner prepared by J Frank, the Lewis’s personal chef, formerly of The Berkeley Hotel and currently co-owner of Dixie Donuts. $15 of each ticket to this special tour benefited the Historic Richmond Foundation. Tickets for future PowerHouse tours will be available
here soon.

Please note that participating restaurants and food purveyors are subject to change.

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