Discover Richmond: April 2017

Discover Richmond - August 2016

For a long time, American cooking was – to be put it blandly – kinda bland. But thanks to Julia Child and the wise souls who plunked cookie dough into ice cream, we now expect variety and flair in our savory and sweet delights, even if we don't know where the inspiration for such creativity came from.

Richmond being a hot restaurant town, we figured this would be a great place to dig into that idea. So in this edition, Joan Tupponce talks to a baker's dozen of notable local chefs to get behind the dish – to hear about what inspired them to craft an item that reflects their creativity and sensibility.

We mix in plenty of history, too. Tiffany Holland delves into a curious matter: After Richmond fell to Union forces in the Civil War, Danville became the Confederate capital – but did it also become the burial site for Confederate treasure?

Charlie Bryan explores Virginia on the cusp of a different war: WW1, 100 years ago this year. And the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities takes us back to early Virginia Indians ... and you might be surprised that some terminology we're familiar with today has direct links to their diet.

In other features, we get to know "Mr. B," the longtime Atlee High School chorus director whose path to Hanover was anything but common. RTD meteorologist John Boyer debunks some weather myths, dining critic Jo Lord shares her mindset for restaurant reviews, and Leeanne Ladin highlights Secretariat, the Thoroughbred legend from Caroline County ... who, 45 years ago this year, actually lost his maiden race.

Discover Richmond touches on history, people, food, lifestyles, travel – the topics you’ve told us you like. Enjoy the journey!


Discover Richmond

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Richmond being a hot restaurant town, we wanted to dig into its vein of culinary creativity. Writer Joan Tupponce and photographer Julia Rendleman sought out a baker's dozen of notable local chefs to get behind the dish – to hear about what inspired them to craft an item that reflects their …

In Danville National Cemetery stands a towering beech tree that shows all the signs of old age: gnarled roots, thick branches and deep scars. But to a group of dogged treasure hunters, those scars are actually man-made signs of a Civil War legend.

Indians were in Virginia long before English settlers arrived. The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for some insight into Indians and their food – which gave rise to some terminology familiar to us today. Here are excerpts from the foundation's Encyclopedia Virginia.

We asked our friends at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to spotlight something fascinating from the ground up. Lynn Jackson Kirk tells us about a bearded beauty.

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