Posts Tagged ‘Fan District’

Top Chef visits the B&B in spirit

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Saturday night 5-members of the Fan Woman’s Club and their spouses enjoyed a visit from Top Chef: All-Star winner Richard Blais albeit vicariously through Chef Mike Rohde. Mike says “All of the credit goes to Richard who created the dish, however, there were some challenges along the way.”  I actually had to make some modifications to the recipe, unfortunately the Black Cod or Sable fish was not up to par, so I had to substitute Chilean Sea Bass or Patagonian Toothfish, also a fish with a high oil content that could stand up the the recipe and take to brining.  Preparation began with the Mustard Caviar, which turn out to be beyond belief and will surely find its way into more of my dishes.

I was somewhat indecisive about the recipe that I was going to prepare for the Fan Woman’s Club Progressive Dinner, and annual event in Richmond’s Historic Fan District in Richmond, Virginia.  I have been a long-time followers of both Top Chef and Richard Blais’ career and have learned a great deal from his two TV shows were he use science or molecular gastronomy to challenge stand methodology.

While I have become a BIG sous vide cook, I thought I would keep my dish a bit on the simple side, although I doubt that many of the diners here will be taking on any of Richard’s dishes.

I had finally settled on braising either beef or pork, but was not sure of what.  It was only last week that I watched the final episode of Top Chef: All-Stars and when I saw the dish Pork Belly, Black Cod Cutlet, Bone Marrow, Beets, Brussels Sprouts & Kumquat.  I figured Richard is from new York so if Richard can do it I should be able to do it as well after all its in the water in NY.  Its a great dish and I would highly recommend any serious cook to give it a try.

Richard, if your ever in Richmond Virginia stop by so I can say thanks, for myself and the other diners!

Here is a link to my final version of the dish.

Richard Blais winning dish on Top Chef: All-Stars

Fan District Art Openings April 1

Friday, April 1st, 2011

First Friday Artwalk is here again in Richmond; and today, Friday April 1, many galleries in the historic Fan District are featuring opening receptions this evening.

Artemis Gallery at 1601 W Main Street is opening “Wired Realities,” wire sculptures by Guy Barnard and Bob Early with a reception from 5 to 10 Pm. Exhibition continues through May 5, 2011.

At Brazier Studio, the gallery  at 1516 W Main Street operated by Loryn Brazier, Fan District resident, “Turn on the Light” featuring new paintings by Anne Blair Brown and gallery artists opens with a reception from 6-8 PM tonight.

Ginger Levit atelier en ville at 1519 W Main Street is hosting an opening reception tonight between 5:30 and 8:30 PM for “Rites of Spring: Leafy Landscapes of Virginia” – Sheila Holland’s large acrylics on canvas.

Glave Kocen Gallery at 1620 W Main Street is hosting a opening reception tonight between 6 and 9 for “180 Degrees of Color” featuring work by Rob Browning and Steve Griffin.  Exhibition will continue through April 29.

Laura Loe Paintings open 6-8 Pm at 2513 W Main Street.

Main Art Gallery at 1537 W Main Street will host an opening reception between 7 and 9 PM tonight for “Fly Around” featuring art by Laura Pharis.  Works will continue on display through April 30.

Page Bond Gallery, also operated by a Fan District resident, will host Ryan McGinness with an artist talk at 6:30 PM, and a reception for the opening of “Art HIstory is Not Linear” 7Pm to 9PM at 1625 W Main Street.

At 1514 W Main Street, Reynolds Gallery will host an opening reception for “Corpora Delecti” glass and wire sculptures by Jack Wax and paintings by Heide Trepanier “Ether.” Reception 7-9PM. Exhibition continues through May 14.

Uptown Gallery at 1305 W Main Street will host an opening reception between 5 and 9 PM for the watercolors produced by the artists of the James River Art League.

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will host an artist’s talk by Leslie Wayne at 5 PM at 1812 W Main Street and an opening reception 6-8PM for “Leslie Wayne: recent Work.”

These openings and receptions are, of course, in addition to First Friday  Art Walk along Broad Street. Art venues abound in Richmond, and art lovers are warmly welcomed! And, don’t forget that the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is featuring the only east coast appearance of “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris.”  So make it an art-filled weekend with wandering galleries Friday evening, watching the Monument Avenue 10K Saturday morning, touring with Real Richmond Food Tours and More Saturday afternoon, cheering on VCU’s Rams in the FInal Four Saturday evening at a neighborhood eatery , and a visit to VMFA for Picasso on Sunday before it ends on May 15th.  It will make a powerful, fun-filled weekend.  Y’all come!

Information provided by the innkeepers of The William Miller House Bed and Breakfast, Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast, located in the heart of the historic Fan District

America’s Largest and Grandest Open House

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

The Garden Club of Virginia has organized the 78th Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia from April 16th through April 23rd, presenting house and garden tours all across the state of Virginia.

Virginians from north, south, in the mountains, and by the sea are opening their doors and gates to welcome visitors to their unforgettable gardens and delightful homes dressed for Spring with fabulous flower arrangements provided by local garden clubs.  Most of the properties welcoming visitors on specific days are privately owned, but the proceeds from this tour support the preservation and restoration of the grounds of more than three dozen of Virginia’s historic landmarks.

Richmond is proud to host tours on Tuesday April 19th, Wednesday April 20th, and Thursday April 21st. Schedule.

78th Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia Special in Richmond April 18 - 20. Book today!


Dining Valentine’s Day Style

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Did you forget to make dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner?

SIx Dining Options in Richmond Virginia for Valentine's Day. But hurry and make your reservations today!

We’ve assembled a list of six neighborhood eateries with Valentine’s Day Specials; if you call today, you may be able to get a reservation!

Six Burner, one of our personal favorites, is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend long and Monday – the actual Valentine’s Day – with their regular menu and chef’s specials as well. Chef Philip Denny’s reputation is built on local seasonal ingredients combined with a unique combination of flair, elegant presentation, and superb service. Six Burner is the first Richmond restaurant approved by the Health Department to employ the sous vide method of cooking in addition to more traditional kitchen techniques in food preparation. Check their website for more detail.  Six Burner is a local favorite; the weekend events like the Richmond Ballet’s Giselle and the Maymont Flower and Garden show, will be a big draw – so call and get a reservation right now! (804) 353-4060


2nd Annual West Grace Street Tour

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

A Taste of Grace Candlelight Home Tour

A Taste of Grace Candlelight Home Tour in Richmond Virginia February 12 2011

is scheduled Saturday, February 12, 2011.  Beginning at 4 PM, ticket holders will be invited to tour 6 historic homes on Richmond’s West Grace Street, just one block off Monument Avenue.  This tour is unique in that ticket holders will be treated to appetizers, wine, or dessert and coffee in each of the lovely homes.

The wines will come from Virginia’s own Barboursville Vineyard and each ticket holder will get a logo’d glass to carry along.  Included in the round-up is one of the Fan District’s oldest homes dating back to 1838 – formerly known as Talavera and linked to Edgar Allan Poe!  West Grace Street homes are large, elegant and full of architectural details.  Today, West Grace Street is called home by an eclectic mix of Richmond urban folks including families with young children, retirees, artists, small business owners, lawyers, bankers – the entire gamut.

Julie Young of the Richmond Times-Dispatch details the homes and their features, complete with photos in today’s paper.  Check it out!

$15 advance tickets are available at various neighborhood outlets. Day-of tickets will be available at Heartfields, 501 N Allen for $20. Tour hours are 4PM to 8PM.

Grab your BFFs, start a new Saturday before Valentine’s tradition, and relish this home tour with an eclectic mixture of highlights and features – all accompanied by taste treats and beverages!  Just another little known peek into Richmond’s urban neighborhoods and city life at its best!  Proceeds benefit neighborhood projects.