I’m not sure anyone except me refers to it as the Capitol District but that’s really what the neighborhood around the Virginia state capitol in Richmond should be called. Some very cool restaurants like Rapphannock (above) have popped up, just a few blocks from the Thomas-Jefferson-designed capitol building where Steven Speilberg shot a ton of scenes for his Oscar-nominated movie “Lincoln” last year. The story I wrote about the area for The New York Times comes out in print tomorrow but here’s an early peek at it online. Woohoo!
Great mens shirts at Ledbury, which I mentioned in this gift guide.
Photos by Vanessa Vick for The New York Times. I especially love this one of the Carpenter Theater. Inside, the theater has a ceiling of glowing stars. It’s awesome.
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Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was shot in Richmond and nearby Petersburg last year and many bearded Richmonders got to act as extras. To celebrate the movie’s opening and our connection to it, my friends, photographer Adam Ewing and producer Anya Mills, put together an exhibition of portraits of some of the extras in character, with hair styled as it was in the movie, paired with their modern garb. Adam shot them in the style of 18th-century portraiture. I think the results are great. Looking forward to seeing them all in the film!
Now that I’ve been back in Richmond, Virginia for a year, I’m reacquainted with this city of rich contrasts. It’s full of tradition and classic American architecture mixed with a thriving grassroots arts scene and the #1 public art school in the country. It’s a pretty cool place, really. (Here I am in Church Hill’s Libbie Hill Park overlooking the downtown warehouse district.) And just last night, Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which was mostly shot here this summer, premiered two blocks from my house at the awesome, historic Byrd Theater.
Coincidentally, I have a flurry of stories on Richmond, Va. coming out. First up: I wrote THREE stories for a special section on Richmond in the November issue of U.S. Airways Magazine – on the Richmond Ballet, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Here’s the entire, 40-page Richmond section. Next, I’ve got a travel story on Richmond coming out in The New York Times any Sunday now... Stay tuned.
Tucked in Richmond’s 18th-century Church Hill neighborhood this new tavern serves up solid Southern food. The Roosevelt does a great job of updating the comfort-food trend by starting with traditional Virginia food (sausage gravy, biscuits) and throwing in some trendy ones (kimchi, bacon-vodka) to come up with some new and delicious dishes.
We got cheese grits for Marguerite and ate them so quickly you can’t event see them in this photo. They came in a cute, mini-cast-iron pan. My burger had a fried egg, rooster-sauce mayo and caramelized-onion-and-bacon jam. Yum! Scott’s dish was the best, though. In the background you can see it: fried chicken thighs on top of potato cakes with sausage gravy and a slow-cooked egg with a runny yoke to blend it all together. Great combo of flavors.
Great brunch at The Roosevelt, we’ll be back.
Read about more best brunch spots on CultureFix. Happy eating.
Here’s my newest baby: the VCU ICA, the project I’ve been working on since moving to Richmond almost a year ago. I’m helping Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (the #1 public art school in the country, did you know?!) on communications for its exciting new art center, the Institute for Contemporary Art, which is planned to open in 2015.
This is a dream come true: working with one of the nation’s leading creative centers on a project that will be transformational for Richmond, it’s art community and the next generation of artists who study at VCU. I’m in heaven. Just LOOK at the place!
The architect, Steven Holl, is brilliant. He designed a thoughtful building with flexible spaces that can be used for all sorts of cutting-edge exhibitions and performances. The idea is that today art takes on a variety of forms and the space needs to allow for experimentation and collaboration across all medium.
Stay tuned! I’ll keep you updated along the way.
My adorable friends Marguerite and Phil were married recently in her mother’s garden. I loved the flowers by Richmond’s Flower Girls Inc. and her fascinator worthy of the Queen’s Julilee, from Ignatius Hats of Petersburg, Va.
Love snooping around stranger’s homes? Me too!
That’s why you can find me on just about every house tour within a day’s drive. Next week I’m headed to Richmond, Va. for Historic Garden Week in Virginia, one of my favorite annual house tours. Homes are open across the state by the nice ladies of various Virginia Garden Clubs, who act as docents, hosting the tours and providing historic and design tid-bits, all in their lovely Virginia lilts.
Occasionally I get called in to report on fun, yet vapid topics like “The Bachelor” and Tinsley Mortimer. And it certainly was “the most dramatic rose ceremony ever” last night when Richmond bachelorette Rozlyn Papa, got kicked off the 14th season of that reality show after an alleged affair with a producer. For shame! And especially after she’d just gotten a smooch AND the immunity rose from hunky Texan bachelor Jake Pavelka. Chris Harrison must have been truly stunned.
Read my report on the Rozlyn-Jake “Bachelor” scandal for Richmond’s Style Weekly here.
The controversy could be the best thing that happened to her. Do you think Rozlyn will be the next “Bachelorette”?
Goodbye to our adorable but small-for-Richmond 1,000-square-foot house
and hello 500-square-foot, third-floor-walkup apartment in Brooklyn.
(Half the size and twice the price!)