Summer may be in full swing, but that doesn’t mean national media is too busy vacationing to pay attention to the food scene in our little RVA.
Of course they aren’t.
Wine Enthusiast magazine picked “The Foodie’s 5 must-see wine country destinations” and Richmond came in as No. 1 on the list.
Sure, our hour-ish drive to Virginia wine country was part of what made Richmond so appealing, but our eateries are the real draw, the magazine said.
Breads and pastries from Sub Rosa Bakery, the fun and funky everything that can be found at L’opossum,charcuterie and more at Heritage, andThe Roosevelt’s reinvented Southern classics were all highlighted in the Web-exclusive piece, which can be found atwinemag.com.
And Wine Enthusiast wasn’t the only booze-specific publication to honor Richmond.
The Bourbon Review picked the “best 75 Bourbon Bars in America” and McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill at Regency Square made the list. The original Fan location, McCormack’s Whisky Grill, also garnered a mention.
Speaking of good news in Richmond dining, Aline Reitzer, Richmond Restaurant Week founder and Acacia co-owner, has tallied the numbers for Richmond Restaurant Week’s spring 2015 edition and they’re impressive.
Over the seven days of the April event, more than 15,000 diners hit up the 41 participating restaurants and collectively raised $63,779.05 for FeedMore, the umbrella organization that includes Meals on Wheels and the Central Virginia Food Bank — all from the $4.15 per meal that was donated.
Fall Richmond Restaurant Week takes place October 19-25.
And Henrico Restaurant Week, which held its inaugural event in April and raised nearly $5,000 for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, is adding a fall event as well. It will take place from Oct. 2-11 and benefit the Henrico Christmas Mother.
Finally, Kanoa Latin Cuisine is now open at 417 W. Grace St. in downtown Richmond.
The restaurant from Yofre Blanco, who in December closed his previous restaurant Sapori Italian and Latin Cuisine in Mechanicsville, opened June 15. Kanoa, which is Spanish for canoe, specializes in food from Blanco’s native Venezuela.
Sandwiches, such as the Peptio, $9, (Kanoa’s version of a cheese steak) with ham, cheese and avocado, have a Latin flare — as do the handful of pastas, including the pasta carbonara a la vodka with Spanish chorizo, $13.
The real treats on the all-day-menu are the arepas, a flatbread that is served with a variety of toppings (Kanoa has 11), the cachapas, a corn meal pancake served seven ways and the tostones (basically fancy toast with delicious things on it) — all of which are generally $4-$7 each, or available as a combo for $11-$14 with a salad.
In fact, the entire Kanoa menu is wildly affordable with entrées hovering in the $15-$16 range. And vegetarians and gluten-free folks will be delighted by significant offerings in both categories.
Even the wine list, which Blanco curates by working with only small batch distributors, includes a vast selection of whites, reds and sparklings, with most bottles in the $22-$28 range.
Blanco wants to keep the wine list interesting and will remove anything he finds in a supermarket. All wine is available to go, for about 30-50 percent off the list price.
Kanoa Latin Cuisine is now open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The phone is (804) 588-9015.