In a world where the food truck court at Virginia Historical Society dominated last summer’s dining choices, Richmond will love this summer’s blockbuster sequel.
It’s time for dinner and a show as the RVA Street Foodies Court rolls into the VHS parking lot on Tuesday, April 2, arriving with more great gourmet food carts.
“We’re back for a second season at the VHS,” says Malcolm Andress, with RVA Street Foodies, a newly constituted umbrella organization now helping manage many of the city’s most popular food truck and cart events. “The court will be new and improved this year for sure.”
The popular event drew hundreds to the VHS last season and now returns each Tuesday and Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Sept. 6. Though the museum will be closed during this year’s foodie court, restroom facilities in the museum lobby will be available to the public.
A big addition to this season’s court will be an outdoor stage featuring the musical, comic stylings of Lyric Ave, Richmond’s own vaudeville variety players.
But the real star of the show will be the dining public.
“There will be select dates where Lyric Ave will be conducting live auditions — their own American Idol,” Andress says, encouraging Foodie lovers to show their talents. “Members of the audience not only will get the chance to participate, they’ll also get to select the winners.
Talent search winners earn the chance take their talents to the next level by performing with Lyric Ave in their home theater, the newly renovated Hippodrome Theater in historic Jackson Ward.
“This is a place where you can satisfy your hunger for dinner and for fame in one fun, family-friendly place,” says Andress, who touts the partnership with Lyric Ave as extending beyond the stage. “They’re collaborating with us on our effort to promote entrepreneurship to the next generation at the Richmond Technical Center. They’re looking to teach what they do in a way that teaches kids to deal with anger and to express themselves in healthy, positive ways.”
Also new this season, RVA Street Foodies streetwear gives street food lovers the chance to wear what they eat — t-shirts, hats, blankets all will be available bearing logos of your favorite RVA Street Foodies vendors.
“We’ll also have a tented VIP section,” says Andress, who will be on hand to meet with organizations seeking to connect with the Street Foodies to book events or to discuss charitable partnerships. The VIP area also is available for families, group or organizations wanting to book the pavilion.
Malcolm Andress, III
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