Food and Restaurants

Despite the national crusade to stem the tide of obesity, a new chain of donut shops is spreading across the Commonwealth, making treats by hand in flavors consumers may never have considered. 

In a tiny shop near the corner of Lombardy and Leigh, Richmond residents line up to listen as Sarah Fitzpatrick  goes down the list of donuts available – a list that will change each hour.

“I have chocolate with Butterfinger, vanilla drizzle, I’ve got vanilla with chocolate chips, sprinkles, Oreos, M&Ms or Heath Bar, gingerbread either plan or with caramel.”

Senate Bean Soup

Dec 22, 2014

With this wintry weather, many of us will be chowing down with a steaming bowl of hot soup.  Pay a visit the nation’s capital though and you’ll find the signature soup of the United States Senate.

Not to be outdone by the Senate, the House instituted its own version of bean soup. The major difference between the two chambers’ bean soups is onions. The Senate iteration has them; the House version does not.

VA's First Lady Lends a Hand to End Child Hunger

Dec 17, 2014
Drew Central Schools/Share our Strength

A new coalition involving Virginia's First Lady is already seeing results in the effort to reduce childhood hunger across the state. 

Organizers with the group Share Our Strength say their “No Kid Hungry” campaign is getting unprecedented attention from First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. 

Josh Wachs, chief strategy officer with Share Our Strength, says that attention is already feeding some of the one sixth of Virginia's kids who sometimes don't get enough to eat. Wachs says the McAuliffes understand it's not a lack of food, but a lack of outreach and access.

It’s estimated that one in seven people in this country go hungry, but in Floyd County Virginia, there’s “Plenty” to go around.  

In the U.S., many go hungry, even as food is wasted every day.   That’s what led a group of people in Floyd to create Plenty! – an organization that tries to smooth out the curve between too much and not enough.  They first got the idea 5 years ago, when McCabe Coolidge’s partner, Karen Day, had a bunch of left over beet greens.

For some people, grocery shopping is stressful.  They’re out of crunchy peanut butter.   The price of lettuce is up again, and the line at checkout is way too long. But one store in Richmond has found a way to ease the pain. 

Elwood Thompson’s supermarket sits at the corner of Elwood and Thompson in Richmond’s Carytown neighborhood.  It offers locally grown, organic produce and meats, whole grains and nutritional supplements, natural cleaning and beauty products, and a spot upfront to relax over a green tea latte or some freshly squeezed juice.