Remember me mentioning all the foodie events going on this weekend in Richmond? Well, I wasn’t able to attend them all (probably a good thing for my waistline!) but I was able to make it Broad Appétit, a local event held in downtown Richmond that featured over 60 of Richmond’s very best chefs preparing $3 mini-dish favorites.
We arrived around lunch time and were more than ready to start trying some of the delicious dishes up for grabs.
The first thing Steph and I spotted were butter bean cakes with tomato cuke salsa from Rowland Fine Dining.
The cakes were filled with lima beans, cannellini beans, red peppers, caramelized onions, feta and a secret ingredient that had a kick to it. The bean cakes were different than any other bean cake I’ve had before. I really liked the addition of the feta. It added a nice touch.
The next item that caught my eye was a vegan, grain-free tabouleh from Nile Ethiopian Restaurant.
The raw cauliflower base was mixed with parsley, olives and tomato to make a delicious tabouleh. Of course, it was served on top of injera, the spongy flatbread made from teff, a tiny grain that happens to be gluten free.
I loved this dish. It was light, fresh and perfect for a warm summer day. I’m already thinking about recreating this one!
The last dish of the afternoon, which happened to be my absolute favorite was Lehja’s savory mango glazed prawns with five bean salad and beet chutney.
I was sooo impressed by this dish. The bean salad had an amazing mango flavor and the beet chutney rocked my world. It was such an interesting combination, especially coming from an Indian restaurant. After tasting this one dish, I’m so excited to plan a trip to the restaurant sometime soon. Can’t wait!
I really wanted to save room for strawberry shortcake
or this bread pudding…
but I was stuffed and decided to end with a fresh juice and a small bag of trail mix from Goatocado instead.
Goatocado is a local food truck caught my eye because they serve vegetarian/vegan friendly fare. The juice was delicious so hopefully I’ll be able to try some of their food in the near future!
Once we had walked around the entire event we took our Broad Appétit food babies home. I spent less than $15.00 and had an amazing lunch from some of the nicest restaurants in Richmond. Affordable and amazing food, now that’s something I can get excited about!
Other exciting news – here are the winners of this year’s Broad Appétit “To-Die-For” dishes:
I hope you had a lovely weekend weekend as well! I’m off to get my sleepy head into bed because I have a 6:45AM gym date tomorrow for a BFL upper body workout.
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