Child Nutrition Act in Action!

On Thursday, August 5th, the Senate unanimously passed the Child Nutrition Act, the federal legislation that stipulates the policy and funding for school meals. New policies include additional meal training and strengthened nutrition and fitness standards. To fund all of this, the bill allocates $4.5 billion, including an additional 6 cents per meal—the first non-inflationary revenue increase since 1973. And this is a wonderful thing! Now everything that passes through those school doors will have to be approved by strict government guidelines. This makeover will reduce student exposure to junk food and high fat and sugary items. Read the rest of this post »

Tell ‘Em Judge!

The genetically modified organism debate continues this week after a federal judge in California ruled today that the government must conduct a more thorough Environmental Impact Statement before genetically engineered sugar beet seeds can be planted. Read the rest of this post »

Thursday’s Hot Bar 08/19/10

RAW FOODS: Raw Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw, Raw Spaghetti

VEGAN FOODS: Citrus Cous Cous, Broccoli-Cranberry Salad, Five Grain & Herb Salad, White Bean & Truffle Salad, Dilled Potato Salad, Chickpea Salad, Local Tofu Cacciatore, Gobhi Matar, Chole Saag, Curried Cabbage, Brown Basmati Rice, Black Beans, Tomato Rice, Ratatouille, Mixed Steamed Veggies, Steamed Broccoli

VEGETARIAN FOODS: Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Roasted Butternut Squash, Pasta with Vodka Sauce, Hoppin’ John’s Green Chili & Cheddar Grits, Roasted Corn on the Cob, Rosewater Cheescake

MEAT: Fiesta Chicken Cold Strips, Tuna Salad, Country Style Baked Beans, Chicken Vindaloo, Tikka Masala, Curried Chicken, Rainbow Trout, Jambalaya

SOUPS: Summer Veggie Melody, Sweet Pea & Fennel with Coconut Milk, Tomato Bisque

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

How To Pick a Melon

If you haven’t noticed by now, it’s summer, thus melons of all shapes, colors and sizes are rolling in everyday. Last weekend was the Carytown Watermelon Festival where we whipped up a wonderful watermelon gazpacho as well as a watermelon and cucumber salad that sold out by the end of the day. But with all these melons floating around, how do you know which one is ready to eat NOW!? Right when you want it the most. How do you know when it’s peak sweetness is and when every bite is going to send you craving for more? Click to find out! Read the rest of this post »

Just In: Victory Farms

Along with the Shenandoah Auction produce that came in this morning, Gina from Victory Farms just brought in local summer squash ($149/lb) and Chinese eggplant ($3.49/lb) so make sure you grab some while you can.

Different Colors of the Rainbow

Just arrived today are our Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction lima beans and Heirlooms!

The lima beans were JUST picked and shelled on Tuesday – which means they are as fresh as you can get! We tried them raw, and the flavor was out of this world.

And the Heirloom ‘maters are just begging to be apart of your salad or sandwich!

Richmond Magazine Staff Pick: Heather Johnson

Bethany Emerson of Richmond Magazine says, “When I’m sitting on a stool at Ellwood’s Cafe I just have to order my current favorite, a caramel latte. Heather Johnson always tops her drink with latte art – a heart of leaf drawn in foam.” And because of that, our adorable little Heather got written up as a Staff Pick in this month’s Best & Worst Issue of Richmond Mag. So we took a minute to step inside the mind of Heather, see where her inspiration comes from and a little background behind the Richmond’s latte art master. Read the rest of this post »

Wednesday’s Hot Bar 08/18/10

RAW FOODS: Living Kale Salad, Living Spaghetti, Raw Cole Slaw

VEGAN FOODS: Nile’s Gomen, Buffalo Vegan Bites, Tamarind Rice, Gluten-Free Lasagna, Broccoli-Cranberry Salad, Local Oven Fried Tofu Wedges, 5 Grain & Fresh Herb Salad, Citrus Cous Cous, Dilled Potato Salad, Tabouli, Chickpea Salad, Napa Slaw, Brown Basmati Rice, Black Beans, Tomato Rice, Vegetable Korma, Aloo Gobhi, Chole Saag, Curried Cabbage, Haricot Verts with Stewed Tomatoes, Steamed Broccoli

VEGETARIAN: Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Sour Cream & Onion Mashed Potatoes, Pasta with Vodka Sauce, Rosewater Cheesecake

MEAT DISHES: Fiesta Chicken Cold Cuts, Home Style Tuna Salad, Chicken Vindaloo, Chicken Tikka Masala, Curried Chicken, Cider Braised Chicken, Rainbow Trout with Pesto Veggies

SOUPS: Veggie Summer Soup, Chicken & Okra Gumbo, Tomato Bisque, Gazpacho, Watermelon Gazpacho

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Jeremy’s Song Of The Day

Ahhhh, what a lovely song for such a dreary day.  Like the song itself, this video will hypnotize you.  Hope you do not have anything to do for the next five minutes or so because like the song title, you will want to keep watching to see how it ends (unless you have seen the video already).  So, I present to you as my song of the day… “How It Ends” by DeVotchKa.

What We’re Eating

It’s been a little over a week since we last posted one of these, but Leigh’s salad yesterday was looking exceptionally scrumptious. Home style and home made all-natural chicken salad, fresh organic mixed greens, homemade croutons, organic carrots, organic beets and a side of organic cottage cheese.

If you’ve got an exceptionally scrumptious and healthy lunch in front of you, we’d love to see it! Send images over here!

William Byrd Community House

Last week we had the pleasure of having a visit from the William Byrd Community House and showing them a tour of the store. There were plenty of questions and of course everyone loved the samples. Thanks for coming in guys! And if you have a school or organization that would like a short tour of our store, please contact Paige Bishop.

Tuesday’s Hot Bar 08/17/10

RAW FOODS: Living Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw, Raw Spaghetti

VEGAN FOODS: Yedinich Salata, Local BBQ Tofu, Mujadara, Spicy Lime & Tomato Local Tofu, Kung Pao Local Tofu, 5 Grain and Fresh Herb Salad, Citrus Cous Cous, Deilled Potato Salad, Tabouli, Chickpea Salad, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Black Beans, Brown Basmati Rice, Bedelijan, Cabbage, Dinich Wat, Ater Kik Alicha, Misir Wat, Ratatouille, Steamed Broccoli

VEGETARIAN FOODS: Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Sour Cream & Onion Mashed Potatoes, Rosewater Cheesecake

MEAT: Fiesta Chicken Cold Cuts, Home Style Tuna Salad, Home Style Chicken Salad, Rainbow Trout with Pesto/Tomato Veggies, Stuffed Pork Loin, Coconut Curried Chicken, Cider Braised Chicken, Jambalaya

SOUPS: Gazpacho, Watermelon Gazpacho, Chicken & Okra Gumbo, Truffled Cauliflower Soup, Tomato Bisque

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Jeremy’s Song Of The Day

Who likes love songs?  Anyone?  Anyone?  To that man all alone in the back of the bar drinking a martini built for two…  I can see those bittersweet memories spinning behind those glassy eyes of yours, and it is to you, that I devote The Pogues “Misty Morning, Albert Bridge”.  Oh, and by the way, try to look past Shane MacGowan’s teeth, or lack of (lead singer for those who do not know).  Word on the street is, he’s got a brand new set of choppers to destroy with all that tobacco and whiskey.  Shane, you are a legend!

It’s a Win for Wheat Bread!

Well, it might not be headline news, but in the food industry, it’s a win for the good guys. Wheat bread was once seen as a counterculture symbol of health and wholesomeness somehow crept up behind the nutrition lacking bleached white bread and took a stab at first. Is wheat bread the new norm – and a sign of our culture’s pandemic connoisseurship? Click here to read the full article from The Washington Post.

Monday’s Hot Bar 08/16/10

RAW FOODS: Raw Kale Salad, Living Cole Slaw, Tomato & Fennel Salad

VEGAN: Local Coconut Curried Tofu, Local Kung Pao Tofu, Vegetable Curried Rice, Gluten-Free Vegan Lasagna, Yedinich Salata, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Citrus Cous Cous, Potato Salad, Tabouli, Chickpea Salad, Local Oven Fried Tofu Wedges, Brown Basmati Rice, Black Beans, Ratatouille, 5 Grain Whole Blend, Steamed Mixed Vegetables

NILE ETHIOPIAN RICHMOND: Misir Wat, Ater Kik Alicha, Dinich Wat, Cabbage, Bedelijan

VEGETARIAN: Greek Wheat Berry Salad, Mac-N-Cheese, Rosewater Cheesecake

MEAT: Fiesta Chicken Cold Cuts, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Coconut Curried Chicken, Chicken with Leeks, Lavender and Lemon, Jambalaya, Country Style Collards

SOUP: Chicken & Okra Gumbo, Truffled Cauliflower Soup, Creamy Tomato & Basil Soup, Gazpacho

*Hot bar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.