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To say that a lot has happened in 2020 would be an understatement. The arrival of COVID-19 put the restaurant industry on uncertain footing. That uncertainty is reflected in many recent "Eat It, Virginia!" podcast interviews. But this week, we take you back in time. All the way back to January 2020, when we sat down with Brenner Pass co-owner James…
 
When Phish announced it had to reschedule its entire 2020 Summer Tour due to COVID-19, thousands of fans across the country adjusted their plans. Jim Hamilton adjusted his life. Phish hired the Richmond-based chef as touring chef after meeting him at the band's historic Baker's Dozen run at Madison Square Garden. No concerts in 2020 meant no need f…
 
Most businesses (and people for that matter) have changed the way they do things since COVID arrived. For many in the food and hospitality industry, that change has been drastic. Hardywood Craft Brewery co-founder and brew-master Patrick Murtaugh and vice president of operations and quality Kate Lee joined Scott and Robey for a special, socially-di…
 
Life is full of what-if questions. What if Circuit City had not fired Keya Wingfield for her role in a forbidden relationship? The answer is easy. Richmond may have lost out on a creative cake pop artist and Indian chef. Keya shared both her love story and the details behind the creation of her delicious businesses on Eat It, Virginia! with Scott a…
 
Soul Taco has grown from a single Richmond storefront to three locations in less than two years. And despite the pandemic, co-owners Nar Hovnanian, Ari Augenbaum, and Richmond's own Trey Owens are planning their next expansion of the Soul Taco empire. Owens credits the restaurant's success to the community it serves. "Our mission was to be embedded…
 
Rabia Kamara grew up outside of Washington, D.C. as a child of immigrants, in a community of immigrants. The diverse cooking styles Kamara was exposed to at an early age followed her into the kitchen. Kamara pulled from those life experiences when creating flavors for her ice cream and dessert business Ruby Scoops. "Most of my friends were also fir…
 
It took nearly two years of saving and hosting regular fish frys for Helen Holmes to raise the money she needed to open Ms. Girlee's Kitchen in Fulton. Holmes raised her family in the East End neighborhood and family is the secret to Ms. Girlee's success. The restaurant is named for Holmes' grandmother Girlee Francis Crump. Grandma Girlee also prov…
 
For Duron Chavis, the founder and executive director at The Happily Natural Day, food is much more than breakfast, lunch, and dinner. "I think food, especially the act of growing food, is one of the most practical, accessible tools of resistance that communities can utilize to take their power back," Chavis told Eat It, Virginia! podcast hosts Scot…
 
For Shola Walker, cooking and baking are about community. On this week's "Eat It, Virginia!" podcast, Walker shared her story with Scott and Robey. Learn why she left a career in theater for the kitchen and how this Richmond native rose through the ranks to eventually open her own health-conscious bakery, Mahogany Sweets. Walker now works at Shalom…
 
Michele Wilson did not grow up in Virginia, but she has roots in the Commonwealth. Wilson, who owns Ma Michele's Cafe in Midlothian, shared her life story on the "Eat It, Virginia!" podcast. Learn about Wilson's upbringing, her food, her commitment to her community, and her restaurant staff. "They're the best investment I've ever made," she said. "…
 
As we process these historic protests Richmond and the rest of the country are experiencing, Chauncey Jenkins shared stories from his life about what is like being a Black man in America. Jenkins most recently worked as general manager of Lemaire restaurant inside the Jefferson Hotel. He is now in the process of opening Common House, a social club …
 
In these uncertain times, people can take comfort in advice and guidance from others. That includes ideas on where to eat. In the months since COVID-19 shutdown dining rooms around Virginia, more than 15,000 people have joined the RVA Dine - Take Out & Delivery Options Facebook group to share stories, restaurant reviews, and food photos. Kevin Clay…
 
As Virginia dining rooms remain closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Scott and Robey continue to highlight those restaurants staying open to safely serve their customers. Featured on this week's podcast: Ronnie's BBQ Saucy's Bar.B.Q Gelati Celesti Amanda Sanders FAT RABBIT — Ellyn Hopper Send show feedback here. See omnystudio.com/listener f…
 
From James Beard Award nominations to laudatory write-ups in national media like Southern Living and Bon Appetit, Lee Gregory has established himself on the Mount Rushmore of Richmond's decade-long restaurant renaissance. Right now, Gregory is in the fight of his professional life as he works to keep his two Richmond restaurants, Alewife and Southb…
 
Robey and Scott continue to focus on the people keeping their restaurants open amid COVID-19 uncertainty. This week's guests include: Beth Dixon - Perch Trey Owens - Soul Taco Andrew Broocker - Reginald's Homemade Saadia Yasim - Saadia's Juicebox If you would like to be featured in featured We're Open themed podcast, please reach out. See omnystudi…
 
Since the last time we saw you, the world turned upside down with the arrival of COVID-19. As Virginia restaurants either close or adapt to social distancing, Robey and Scott focused this week's podcast on the people who continued to run their restaurants with the hope of providing for both their restaurant families and the communities in which the…
 
Brittanny Anderson runs some of Richmond's most successful restaurants. On this week's "Eat It, Virginia!" Anderson told Scott and Robey about her start in the restaurant industry and the decisions that led her to open Metzger Bar and Butchery in Church Hill and Brenner Pass in Scott's Addition. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
It is a question often asked every night around Richmond. "Where should we eat tonight?" Now imagine trying to choose 20 places to eat. Such is the tough [read: fabulous] life of David Hagedorn. Hagedorn, a chef and restaurant owner turned food critic and writer for publications like the Washington Post, Bethesda Magazine, and Arlington Magazine, v…
 
Shane Roberts-Thomas is a Tasmanian devil. At least that's what she told a worldwide television audience when her Richmond restaurant Southern Kitchen was featured in "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back." The show, which travels the country helping restaurants improve their business, was filmed in October 2019 and debuted on television in Fe…
 
When you walk into a Richmond restaurant, Michael Smith is the kind of person you want to encounter. "You'll see me most nights at the front door greeting guests," Smith, the general manager of Laura Lee's Semmes Avenue in south Richmond, told Eat It, Virginia! co-hosts Scott Wise and Robey Martin. "I'm not this satellite manager that sits in an of…
 
Nikki Gregory and Paul Polk are in love. Need proof? Eat their food. The chef/owners of Charlotte's Southern Deli and Tapas drew from their Virginia roots to develop the menu at their new downtown Richmond restaurant. "A lot of our menu items are influenced by stuff we grew up on," Gregory, a Newport News native said. Polk, a native of Kilmarnock, …
 
It was not so long ago that River City Roll owner and Richmond native Rob Long was an investment banker who hated his job. So, he got out of the office and did something about it. "Corporate America wasn't really for me," Long told Scott and Robey on the CBS 6 food podcast Eat It, Virginia! "I lived in three other cities across the country and they…
 
Michelle Williams has been a leader in Richmond restaurants for more than 30 years. From student, to chef, to restaurant owner, it's safe to say Williams has seen it all during her culinary career. But it has not been easy. Williams shared a deeply personal story with Robey and Scott about the day her professional and personal life changed in an in…
 
For thousands of people in Virginia, Belle Isle is a historic location turned gathering place to run, hike, bike, or just relax on the James River rocks. But if Vince Riggi and Brian Marks have their way, Belle Isle will be known around the country for much, much more. Riggi and Marks are brothers-in-law who created Belle Isle Moonshine, a Richmond…
 
"There's no easy path in barbecue," ZZQ pitmistress Alex Graf told Scott Wise and Robey Martin on the "Eat It, Virginia!" podcast. But Graf and her husband, pitmaster Chris Fultz, sure make it look easy. A lot of hard work -- and mouth-watering food -- helped make their Richmond restaurant ZZQ a smash hit from the moment it opened its doors in 2018…
 
Beth Dixon has a long and storied history in Richmond restaurants. Her path to bar manager at Perch in Richmond's Scott Addition started inconspicuously enough nearly 20 years ago at Texas Roadhouse near Virginia Center Commons. But it was her next stop as a "cocktail waitress in a wing bar" that helped propel Dixon in Richmond's beverage and hospi…
 
The best chicken wing in Virginia has landed in Richmond. Marvin Nguyen, who owns Manchu on North Avenue, is winning the chicken wing game. "I did not know chicken wings were in my future, because I used to be in an office job, behind cubicles and windows, but at home cooking was something I enjoyed," Nguyen said when asked about his entree into th…
 
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) -- app…
 
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 wor…
 
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. Se…
 
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 curate…
 
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 f…
 
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 travele…
 
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 ins…
 
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 pod…
 
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 r…
 
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 …
 
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 Partner…
 
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 Ad…
 
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 te…
 
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.…
 
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 Linds…
 
We made it to 10 episodes! i suppose thats not technically an amazing feat, but it makes me happy. This week, Mariam Khwajazada is back again as our co-host (always happy to have her on) and we talk to Associate Producer Aline Robey. I had completely forgotten that we had been working in the industry almost the same amount of time (she's got 3 mont…
 
Welcome back, we've got Episode 9 available for you. This week, we'll be learning about a different area of the filmmaking process, the Production Office. Mariam Khwajazada is back as our guest co-host. Our guest this week is Production Coordinator Emily Thorne. She walks us through the hectic world of keeping a film/television show organized. Emil…
 
Episode 8 has arrived! This episode is a lot of fun. Filmmaker Scott Frazelle came in and had a great conversation with Mariam and I about his various areas of expertise in the entertainment industry. We discuss how his get his foot in the door as a writer on Creepshow 3, then the random night on set where he started working in Special Effects, as …
 
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