5 Reasons Off Broad Appetit Is The Hottest Food Ticket To Kick Off Summer

Okay, okay - full disclosure here.  The folks at Pasture are not only really good friends, but Big Spoon has also had the privilege to help them with a few projects (check out this one here).  So my Pasture lovelies are the hosting restaurant at next weekend's Off Broad Appetit, and I must wholeheartedly tell you - this is one of my favorite food events of the year.

Here's why.

1. It's A Kick-Ass Way To Celebrating Richmond's Dining Community

With Broad Appetit the very next day, you get to see some of your favorite food buds while enjoying top-notch creations from chefs who rarely make their way through Richmond. Best pre-game action ever. 

2. It's Intimate.  

You're absolutely going to experience Broad Appetit, but at Off Broad, you don't have to fight the crowds to have all those tasty morsels.  Off Broad is relaxed, casual cool and your chance to rub elbows with visiting chefs and fill your appetite until your heart is content.

3. It Benefits Hunger Relief. 

Each year, net proceeds from this event benefit FeedMore, Central Virginia's hunger-relief leader that is made up of the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen. Eat good and do good.

Andre Mack at last year's Off Broad ( photos from Pasture's Facebook )

Andre Mack at last year's Off Broad (photos from Pasture's Facebook)

4. Happy Libations.

André Hueston Mack, owner and winemaker of Oregon’s Mouton Noir, provides pours throughout the evening.  He's a charmer too. With a signature cocktail or two and a selection of Virginia Craft Beers at the bar - it's all liquid gold here.

5. And Of Course, The Food

Let me say it again.  This is your time to experience food from some chefs who rarely make their way through Richmond.  Here's the dream team visiting this year: Jose Enrique, chef and owner of Capital and Mien in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Rob Newton, chef and owner of Seersucker in Brooklyn, NY; Brad Farmerie, executive chef at Public in New York City; Stephen Gerike, director of Food Service Marketing at National Pork Board; Chad Colby, chef of chi SPACCA in Los Angeles; David Varley, chef at RN74/the Mina Group in Seattle, WA; Bryan Voltagio, executive chef at VOLT in Frederick, MD (and chef behind Richmond's new Family Meal); and host chef Jason Alley of Comfort and Pasture

Off Broad Appetit is Saturday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Pasture, 416 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA.  Tickets are $125 and available online here. 

Kevin Clay