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Scoop: Beer Vs Wine Dinner at Peter Chang China Cafe

Needless to say, Peter Chang’s arrival in Richmond has excited foodies in town so much that they don’t mind driving to Short Pump just to feel the burn of his unique Szechuan cuisine.  I’ve tried to get a seat in the new restaurant but I couldn’t handle the two hour wait.  I thought I’d wait until the crowds died down until I would try again.  Turns out I will be there sooner rather than later because Peter Chang is hosting a Beer vs Wine Dinner on Sunday, May 27th

This is not my first time hearing about this dinner concept. The idea of this concept and who in town could throw such a dinner were my main reasons for starting this blog.  I am incredibly excited that Peter Chang’s China Cafe  has chosen to do this for their inaugural dinner event.  The dinner will be in the style of a traditional Chinese banquet served family style.  After heavy appetizers, each family style course will be paired with beer and wine samples.  Dinner participants will vote on a winner for each course, beer or wine.

Presenters for the dinner will be Bartholomew Broadbent of Broadbent Selections, Ben Petty of Brown Distributing and Genevelyn Steele of Dionysos Imports.

Heavy starters followed by a four course feast with beer and wine, Richmond may just implode from all of the excitement.  Cost for the dinner is $80/person.

Turning Restaurant Week into Beer Dinner Week

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that this week is the spring edition of Richmond Restaurant Week benefiting Feedmore.  Restaurant Week is the perfect format for testing out your beer pairing skills.  Of course, this works best at places with beer on draft.  Group participation would be required if using bottles.

Note: No restaurants have agreed to the pricing laid out below.  It’s just my wild imaginings.

Draft scenario

Pretty straight forward. Let’s say the restaurant’s highest draft beer is $6. You could request three four ounce pours of different beers with each course and agree to pay $7.

Let’s take Six Burner’s Menu for instance. Here’s what I would try to do. The beers I chose are only from the memory of my last visit there.

Course 1

P.E.I. Mussels, gruyere cheese caramelized onion beer broth with Hardywood Singel

Course 2

Skirt Steak and Frites, spicy cilantro tomatillo avocado salsa with Legend Brown Ale

Course 3

Chocolate Brownie, hazelnut gelato with Heavy Seas Black Canon

Bottle Scenario

With bottles, you will want at least two people to split 12 ounce bottles into 6 ounce pours.  Of course, this is the more costly method as you have to pair for each bottle.

Here are the places doing restaurant week that I know either have beer on tap or in bottles.

Six Burner

Bistro 27

Secco Wine Bar

Tastebuds American Bistro

Tarrant’s Cafe

Tobacco Company

Acacia Mid-Town (bottles only)

Once again, none of the places above have agreed to anything but I hope they think it sounds like fun if asked.

Belgian Beer Dinner at The Blue Goat

There are only a few seats left for The Blue Goat’s Belgian Beer Dinner on Tuesday March 20th.  If you’re still on the fence about this dinner, take a look at the tasty course from Chef Kevin LaCivita.


Melitzano Eggplant Caviar : Roasted then blended and served chilled with extra virgin olive oil, parsley & lemon over bruschetta
Hardywood Singel

Moules-frites. Sauteed with Belgium Beer with garlic butter in a fînes herb sauce
Westmalle Dubbel

Pollen dusted seared scallops, basil oil drizzle with tallegio cheese
Weyerbacher Merry Monks

House made Ravioli stuffed with braised goat, ricotta, Swiss chard with sage brown butter sauce and shaved Pecorino Romano
La Trappe Quadrupel

The dinner starts at 6:30pm and costs $45/person excluding tax and tip . To RSVP: call (804) 288-8875 or email chris@bluegoatva.com but make sure  you act fast.

The Blue Goat
5710 Grove Ave.
Richmond, VA 23226
(804) 288-8875

Hops: It’s What’s for Dinner

Calling all hopheads! Have you been turned off by beer dinners of the past that dared to serve malt bombs? Not to worry, TJ’s at the Jefferson had you in mind when they came up with their first ever Charity Hop Beer Dinner on Friday, March 16th.  TJ’s will be  working in tandem with Screens and Suds to raise money for Richmond MS.


Welcome Beer
Trio of Dogfish Head 60, 75, & 90 Minute IPAs

Braised Endive wrapped in Surryano Ham, Honey Glazed Cippolini Onions, Crispy Herbs
Southern Tier Gemini

Braised Oxtail and Toasted Marble Rye Cavatelli, Arugula, Curried Golden Raisins, Hazelnuts
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

Hop Marinated Cornish Game Hen, Jefferson Spoon Bread, Apple Rhubarb Slaw
Williamsburg Aleworks Bitter Valentine

Pineapple Cardamom Upside Down Cake, Pistachio Tellicherry Ice Cream
Bell’s Hopslam

The dinner will be $50 per person and will include a donation. TJ’s will be matching the donations for the evening and be giving a portion of their sales for the evening to Richmond MS. Dinner starts at 7pm. Call TJ’s at (804) 649-4672 or email at jonathan.kibiloski@jeffersonhotel.com for more information or reservations. Cheers!

TJ’s at the Jefferson
101 W. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 649-4672

Two Spicy Beer Events This Week

If your food and beer palate is spice inclined, I have two events for you to consider this week.

First off, The Empress is having another beer pairing  for Tasting Tuesday featuring mexican food.  Here’s a look at the menu.


Green chili – candied habaneros, micro cilantro, red jalapeno cornbread with Breckenridge Agave Wheat

Carne Asada Tamales with fresh crema and smoked poblano sauce with Dos XX Amber Ale

Baked smoked pork empanada , queso fresco, and cilantro sauce with Michelada (similar to a bloody mary) made with Pacifico

Marinated shrimp sopes (corn masa boat, grilled marinated shrimp) fennel salsa, roasted tomatillos with New Belgium Trippel

Black mole, braised chicken, yucca with Left Hand Fade to Black Chili Porter

Head to the Facebook event for more information here.

$25 per person
Vegetarian options available
Call for reservations 

The Empress
2043 W Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220

Next up, Can Can Brasserie is having a Cajun Beer/Cocktail Dinner this Thursday, March 8th. Here’s a look at the menu.

Dinner starts at 6:30pm and costs $45 including tax and gratuity. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Head to the Facebook event for more information here.

Can Can Brasserie
3120 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 358-7274

Hardywood Beer Dinner at The Republic

Scratching your head trying to figure out what to eat tonight?  You might want to consider the beer dinner tonight at The Republic featuring Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. If you loved their Gingerbread Stout and want more, the only place to get it tonight will be at this dinner. Take a look at the menu.


Caramelized Scallops, Braised Citrus Fennel with Singel

Roasted Leek and Creamy Potato Soup with Gingerbread Stout

Grilled Buffalo Strip Loin, Ale Espagnol Sauce, Pesto Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes with Dry Hopped Imperial IPA

Triple Latte Mocha Cheesecake, Raspberry Coulis with Mocha Belgique

Four course all for $35/person including tax and gratuity.  Head over to the Facebook event to read more.

The Republic
2053 West Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 592-4444

One More Reason to Attend RVANews Beer Dinner

The RVANews Beer Dinner is this coming Sunday at The Roosevelt.  If you haven’t gotten your tickets, you better hurry cause time is running out fast.  Once again here’s the menu.


Welcome Beer: Kostritzer Schwarzbier

Ettaler Helles
Roasted NC trout w/ smoked trout, apple, fennel, and celery salad, herbed creme fraiche

Uerige Classic
Local sausage and braised pork cheek, champange braised sauerkraut, grainy mustard potato puree

Porticus Leipziger Doppel Porter
Short rib sauerbraten, braised cabbage puree, caraway spaetzle

Alvinne Podge (Belgian Barley Wine)
Gingerbread panna cotta, toasted walnuts, red wine pear compote

If those tasty morsels were not enough to convince you, here’s another reason for you to attend. I WILL BE THERE!  Personally, I think it could be the best reason of all. So go ahead and get your tickets here.

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