About this time last year, I traveled down to Richmond, Virginia for one of my many weekend road trips. I loved my visit and found the city to be a hip destination with more than enough to keep this traveler occupied. But more than anything else, I discovered that Richmond had a huge food scene, with emerging chefs sharing bold flavors and a sense of flavor-fearlessness with a community of like-minded gourmands.
As a result of Richmond’s push-the-envelope culinary vibe, neighborhoods have been revitalized and trends have been developed. One of those trends is the Underground Kitchen.
The Underground Kitchen is a top-secret supper club that first began in Richmond, but has expanded to DC (LUCKY US!) The meal features 5-7 courses cooked by one of Richmond’s hottest chefs, with beverage pairings. Past featured chefs for Richmond events have included Mike Yavorsky of Belmont Food Shop, Owen Lane of The Magpie and Mike Ledesma of Patina.
Anyone can register for to be added to the e-mail list to be notified of upcoming dinners, but only the fast will score a ticket to this every-month-or-so event. The email contains three pieces of information — the date of the dinner, the date + time when the tickets will go on sale + a clue about the next location. And in typical secret-dinner-club style, even if you are able to obtain a ticket, you won’t know the location until the day of the event, adding to the allure of the experience.
Tickets aren’t cheap, and run around $175 per person, but for the foodie elite (and fans of Richmond’s food scene) it’s a unique event that is pretty much one of a kind in the DC area.
Here’s a photo journey with my experience at the March Underground Kitchen event!