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Eat It, Virginia! is a deep dive into the food, restaurants, and dining trends of Richmond, Virginia and spots around the Commonwealth.

Eat It, Virginia! is a deep dive into the food, restaurants, and dining trends of Richmond, Virginia and spots around the Commonwealth.
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Eat It, Virginia! is a deep dive into the food, restaurants, and dining trends of Richmond, Virginia and spots around the Commonwealth.






The Jasper: Mattias Hagglund, Thomas Leggett, and Brandon Peck

There are places in Richmond that change the game. The Jasper, a nearly two-year-old bar in Carytown that promises "full pours and honest prices," is one of those places. The Richmond bartender power trio behind the The Jasper -- Mattias Hagglund (former co-owner of Heritage), Thomas Leggett, and Brandon Peck (both formerly of The Roosevelt) -- appeared on the Eat It, Virginia! podcast to talk about the biggest surprises they've faced, the changes they've made since opening The Jasper,...


Dining at the Diamond

Food and baseball are so intertwined that the iconic baseball song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" brings up food before it ever mentions balls and strikes. The Richmond Flying Squirrels draw thousands of baseball fans to the Diamond on Arthur Ashe Boulevard each game and it's Josh Barban's job to make sure every fan goes home well fed. "Not only do we feed 6,200 fans a game, we go from business clientele, like in the suites, to the ballpark fan. So we cover a lot of different aspects of...


How Minibar rose to the top of Shockoe Bottom

From forklifts to forks, spoons, and knives, Minibar chef and owner Micah Crump has had quite an interesting culinary journey. After working warehouse jobs, the Richmond native started his career path as a dishwasher at the now defunct Europa Italian Cafe and Tapas Bar. Just one of the many Richmond Restaurant Group spots where Crump worked. "I worked for them for a long time. Most of my cooking career has been working for [Richmond Restaurant Group]," Crump told Scott and Robey during a...


Talking Instagram and SponCon with VA Foodie during special live show

In a special live podcast recorded during a Real Local RVA meeting, Georgiana Dearing with VA Foodie spoke with Scott and Robey about how she grew her social media presence, some do's and don't's of Instagram marketing, and changes she has seen with sponsored content. Back Pocket Provisions and Peg's Salt are also featured in this bonus episode.


One of the country's best Indian restaurants is in a Virginia mall, just don't order chicken tikka masala

One of Virginia's finest restaurants is in what some might consider an unusual spot for a destination-worthy dining experience. But that is the case at Short Pump Town Center in far western Henrico County where Sandeep "Sunny" Baweja's Indian restaurant Lehja delights diners and racks up awards for both its mouth-watering dishes and expertly curated wine list. "Our first thought was either [opening] in Carytown or the Fan," Sunny said when asked about choosing the location of his...


Follow your heart to some of Virginia's best BBQ

When Ronnie Logan lost his job at age 57, he was not sure what to do to provide for his family. So, he decided to follow his heart. "A whole lotta men don't really get to do what they're called to do," Ronnie Logan said. "I think, if you can do that, man, that's one of the biggest things in life, to do something you love." Logan combined his love for cooking with the love for his family and created Ronnie's BBQ, now located in his hometown of Varina, Virginia. "I just love Varina," he...


Virginia is for Lovers food tour

When the Virginia is for Lovers tourism slogan was created 50 years ago, its aim was to attract travelers to Virginia to experience the commonwealth's scenic mountain ranges, sunny beaches, and rich history. In the decades since the mountains still stand, the sun still shines at the beach, and Virginia's history keeps aging -- the tastes of travelers have changed. "Today's traveler is sophisticated," Virginia Tourism Corporation President and CEO Rita McClenny said on the Eat It, Virginia!...


SB's Lakeside Love Shack, baby

If you listen to Sarabeth Hagen talk about her job, it will take less than a second to realize she loves what she does, where she works, and the people she employees. Hagen owns and operates SB's Lakeside Love Shack, funky old shack on Lakeside Avenue in Henrico. In this week's episode of Eat It Virginia,!, Hagen tells Scott and Robey about the inspiration behind both her restaurant's name and colorful food combinations. She also shares the little things she borrowed from other Richmond...


Dream leads Väsen Brewing Company to Virginia

While Joey Darragh was working on cars at Telsa in California, he dreamed of brewing beer in his home state of Virginia. In this episode of Eat It, Virginia! Darragh tells Scott and Robey about the "aha moment" he and his cousin Tony Giordano had when they decided to give up their careers and build Väsen Brewing Company in Richmond. Also on the podcast menu, we run down some of the new restaurants opening in Richmond, Booth Hardy from Barrel Thief recommends a great canned wine to enjoy at...


4 stars with RTD restaurant critic Justin Lo

The role of restaurant critic is a critical one for a city with a food scene like Richmond. While social media and websites like Yelp! have allowed diners to share their good, bad, and ugly restaurants experiences with the community, it is a city's restaurant critic's job to elevate that discourse. At least that's what new Richmond Times-Dispatch restaurant critic Justin Lo believes. When Lo brings his diverse and well-traveled palate to a Richmond restaurant, he hopes he review goes beyond...


Michael Shaps and Virginia wine

Michael Shaps is to Virginia wine what Michael Jordan was to basketball. In a word, dominant. Shaps not only owns and operates Wineworks, an award-winning vineyard in Charlottesville, he also consults and makes wine for 17 other Virginia wineries. Twenty-two of Shaps' wines recently earned gold medals at the Virginia Governor's Cup and five of his wines were included in the prestigious 12-wine Governor's case. In this episode of Eat It, Virginia!, Shaps shares the interesting story of how...


Saying yes with Chris Staples

In this action-packed episode of Eat It, Virginia! we talk Games of Thrones (SPOILERS), preview the Elbys with Richmond Magazine, learn about the perfect date wine, and Robey offers her Richmond Restaurant Week recommendations. We're celebrating the opening of Richmond's newest restaurant - Fatty Smokes - by sitting down with EAT Restaurant Partners Director of Stuff Chris Staples. Chris talks about his upbringing in the Richmond food scene, when he decided to devote his life to...


Are you experienced... with Samantha Kanipe of the Richmond Experience

Samantha Kanipe (one half of the husband-wife team behind the Richmond Experience) talks about her successful side hustle, the highs and lows of sharing on social media, and the Richmond experiences she suggests we all try.


He's the GM and the rapper... with Chauncey Jenkins

Chauncey Jenkins is the son of a Richmond chef. Growing up in his father's kitchens (and sustained by his grandmother's Mac & Cheese), Jenkins could not resist the sirens' song that is the food and service industry. To help achieve his dream of owning his own hotel, the Richmond Community High School graduate studied at the famed School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in upstate New York. Jenkins eventually found his way back to his hometown where he started to work at The...


Can we talk about Graffiato... with Kristel Poole

Graffiato closed its Richmond outpost in 2018 after its Washington D.C.-based founder, a celebrity chef, was accused of sexual harassment. Kristel Poole was the general manager of Graffiato in Richmond at the time and shared her experiences from that chapter of her life. She and Robey also reminisced about past culinary adventures involving lamb testicles. And Kristel offered suggestions on what NOT to do when going out to eat. It's been a big month for local food honors as both James Beard...


Love is in the air and Chef Johnny is behind the bar

After we get caught up on Scott's new love affair, Robey dives into Richmond restaurant openings, the proper price for a good burger, and upcoming food festivals. Booth Hardy from Barrel Thief recommends this episode's perfect pour and Chef Johnny brings the heat from the kitchen to tell us what's wrong (and right) with Richmond's restaurant scene. We close the show with by answering questions from the mailbag and Robey's Valentine's Day themed Rant. Mentioned in the show: John Maher -...


Eat It, Virginia! Executive Chef Mike Lindsey

Starters: We'll get caught up on some Virginia food news headlines, try to determine who serves the best margaritas in town, and discuss the ups and downs of healthy eating in Richmond. Main: We'll check in with sommelier Booth Hardy (Barrel Thief Wine Shop and Cafe) who suggests this week's perfect podcast pairing with our special guest Mike Lindsey, the Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Operations at Eat Restaurant Partners. After Dinner Drinks: Robey does her best to embarrass...