Both Sides of Broad: The Art & Soul of Richmond
Saturday, December 7th, 2-4:30 p.m.
Friday, February 21st, 2-4:30 p.m. Special tour in association with Virginia Wine Expo. Tickets for this February tour must be purchased here.
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, 525 at Berry Burke, Saison, Tarrant’s Cafe, Popkin Tavern, 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 $50 inclusive of ticketing fee and can be purchased here.
Shockoe Bottom/Church Hill: Shock & Awe
Saturday, December 14th, 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, 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 $50 inclusive of ticketing fee and can be purchased here.
Church Hill: From Spies to Pies
Saturday, January 11th, 2-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 22nd, 9-11:30 a.m. Special tour in association with Virginia Wine Expo. Tickets for this February tour must be purchased here.
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, 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 $50 inclusive of ticketing fee and are available here.
Carytown & Museum District: Butchers, Bakers & Beyond
Saturday, January 18th, 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, 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 $50 inclusive of ticketing fee and can be purchased here.
Shockoe Slip: Capital of Cuisine
Saturday, February 1st, 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 $50 inclusive of ticketing fee and are available here..
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 $50 inclusive of ticketing fee and are available here.
Lincoln Legs: Brunch & Brushes with History
Sunday, February 9th, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Just ahead of his birthday, 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 last year. To set the scene, we’ll bring you some delicious Dixie Donuts as well! Tickets are $50 inclusive of ticketing fee and are available here.
U R Here: Eating on the Avenues–Special Sweets version for your Sweetheart!
Saturday, February 15th 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 $50 inclusive of ticketing fee and are available here.
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, Mint, Heritage, Rowland Fine Dining, Lamplighter, Bacchus, 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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for your group of 8-12 people.
VCU: Alternative Eats
Saturday, 2 p.m., TBA
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, 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 $50 inclusive of ticketing fee and will be available here soon.
The View from Bellevue
Saturday, TBA, 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!
Manchester: Art & Craft
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 $50 inclusive of ticketing fee and are available here.
Special Tour and Dinner!
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
Please note that participating restaurants and food purveyors are subject to change.