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Omelette Mondays beginning in May

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Most everyone has heard of Julia Child (1912-2004). It was in Paris that Julia met two French women, Simca Beck and Louisette Bertholle, who were writing a cookbook aimed at an American audience. They needed an American collaborator. Julia was perfectly suited for the job. She began testing recipes. For nearly ten years, she devoted herself to writing, testing and re-writing. She confided to her sister-in-law: “Really, the more I cook the more I like to cook. To think it has taken me 40 yrs. To find my true passion (cat and husband excepted).”

She was invited to appear on a television program called “I’ve Been Reading”, produced by WGBH, Boston’s public television station. The host of the show was reluctant to take time for a subject as trivial as cooking. But Julia was undeterred. She arrived with a hot plate, giant whisk and eggs, and made an omelet. Twenty-seven viewers wrote to the station, wanting to see more. The station produced three pilots, then launched into production of The French Chef. Produced and directed by Russ Morash, the series broadcast a total of 199 programs, produced between 1963 and 1966.By the end of 1965,

The French Chef was carried by 96 PBS stations. Sales of Mastering the Art of  Cooking” were picking up speed – 200,000 copies sold. In 1965, Julia won a Peabody. In 1966, she won an Emmy. Time put her on the cover in a feature article on American food – “Everyone’s in the Kitchen.”

But this series is not about Julia, although America will miss her, it about Romaine Chatard Champion, the author of of the book “The Art of Cooking Omelettes” published in 1963. (more…)


Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Virginia’s First Lady Plants First-Ever Grapevines in the Executive Mansion Garden

First Lady Maureen McDonnell with help

In commemoration of Virginia Wine Week-Love by the Glass, as well as Acte 12 of Jamestown Requiring Settlers to Plant and Tend Grapevines, First Lady Maureen McDonnell planted 10 Chambourcin grapevines in the garden of the Executive Mansion in late March.  She was assisted by Jason Tesauro, Chief Sommelier and National Sales Director and Luca Paschina, General Manager and Winemaker at Barboursville Vineyards; Lucie Morton, nationally renowned viticulturist and vineyard consultant; Mansion Chef Todd Schneider; and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore. (Pictured left to right with First Lady.)

The vines are being planted with the intent that they will be flourishing for the Executive Mansion’s two hundred anniversary in 2013. Completed in 1813, the Virginia Governor’s Mansion is the oldest continually occupied residence in the United States. It is unique beyond its vast history as no other historic house belongs to the people of Virginia; no other has been home to a procession of fifty-four governors and their families; and no other serves as both residence of the Commonwealth’s chief executive and a place of official business. The grapevine planting is among a number of special activities that will commemorate its rich history.

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Noted Topiary Gardener, Pearl Fryar, Speaks in Richmond VA

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Pearl Fryar began topiary gardening on his 3 acres in Bishopville, SC in the 1980’s with the goal of winning first prize from his local garden club.

Pearl Fryar, noted topiary gardener, to speak in Richmond VA on March 5 and 6

His garden of sculpted bushes and trees now attract almost 500 visitors a day, thousands every year. Pearl Fryar will add Richmond to his list of appearances on March 5 at 1 PM and 4:30 PM and March 6 at 12:15 PM and 3 PM as part of the 35th Annual Richmond Home and Garden Show at the Richmond Raceway Complex as the featured speaker.

Pearl Fryar has appeared on “Martha Stewart Show,” in a documentary aired on PBS called “A Man Named Pearl,” in Southern Living and Harper’s. Tickets are available on-line. Active and retired military, police, and EMS personnel will be admitted FREE with a valid ID. The Richmond Raceway Complex is located at 600 E. Laburnum Avenue.

Official Richmond Region 2011 Visitors Guide

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The Official Richmond Region 2011 Visitors Guide is Here!

Hot off the press, the Richmond Region 2011 Visitors Guide has locals dishing about their favorite Richmond spots and instant access to bonus materials with smart phone tags throughout.

Be sure to turn to page 20 and find out why a trip to the Richmond Region is must in 2011.

The Official Richmond Region 2011 Visitor Guide


Richmond’s Carytown Watermelon Festival August 8

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

There is no better way to beat the heat than with ice cold watermelon! Now in its 27th year, the Carytown Watermelon festival attracts over 100,000 folks to the “Mile of Style” as the Carytown shopping and dining district of Richmond is known to residents and visitors alike.   (more…)