I think the concept of FeastRVA is really awesome, and I knew it would definitely be something I was into. I missed out on the last event, so I made sure to get tickets for this one right away.
Here’s how it works, taken from their Facebook page:
“The idea is simple, FEAST attendees donate $25 for dinner at a local venue. Upon entry, participants receive a ballot with a list of proposals by local artists. Throughout the night short presentations are given for each idea, after which attendees have the opportunity to discuss the proposals with the artist. At the conclusion of the night, ballots are cast, and the artist with the most votes receives around $500 comprised of a portion of the door money.”
Tonight’s event was held at 1708 Gallery and the space looked awesome. The tables were adorned with photos and facts about famous Richmonders (our table had Bojanges!) The catering was done by Saison, and cornish hens were served. yum!
The three groups we heard from today were 804ork, The People’s Library and RVA Swappers. We heard each of them speak, and got to learn a little aout each project.
Chris Gatewood and Susan Howson introduced us to 804ork. Their goal is to create a community cookbook for Richmond comprised of chef profiles and recipes from some of the best restaurants in town. They had already talked to chefs at Heritage, Blue Goat, Hill Cafe among others, and got them on board.
The People’s Library takes old books that the Richmond City library is throwing away and recycles them into journals that people can use to write their stories. Anyone in the community can check out these blank books, fill with their histories and bring back to the library to be included in the permanent collection.
RVA Swappers is a food and beverage swapping organization in RVA advocating for community, food and farm to table living. Richmonders meet to trade goods and teach skills. (Their next meetup is at Ellwood Thompson’s on May 5th.)
In the end 804ork came out the winner, and a great time was had by all. Check out this list of restaurants. How awesome is this going to be?!
Here’s a video from the FeastRVA Facebook that explains more about the group, taken from their website.