A Week of Women in Food & Bev June 1 - 7

You know how the best things just happen?

That amazing apartment you found on Hanover your first week in Richmond and have lived in ever since, or that day you just happened to be downtown and got to be an extra on Homeland. You didn’t have to force it, the universe put it in your lap. It’s called kismet, and it’s exactly what happened when two “Women in Food“ panel discussions were scheduled for the very same week in June.

It was Real Local RVA Executive Director Beth Furgurson who first noticed the connection, and all it took was a few emails between Beth, Shannon Siriano Greenwood of Rebelle, Robey Martin, and myself (hi, Stephanie Ganz here!), and soon a whole week of awesomeness dedicated to the women who make Richmond’s food & beverage scene spectacular was born.

Curious about the women who are contributing to our local food community? Folks like Sally Schwitters, Carena Ives, and Alex Graf? Always had a burning question for Kelli Lemon or Brittanny Anderson? Wanna know more about the women shaping the whiskey world? THIS IS YOUR WEEK.


Real Local RVA's June Meeting “Women in Food“ Panel

Monday, June 3

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

For this Real Local RVA meeting, the panelists will discuss their very different day-to-day responsibilities, the ups and downs of working in local food/drink, and what it’s like to be a part of Richmond’s food and beverage scene. Moderated by Robey Martin, a food, spirits and culture writer for CBS 6 and host of the podcast “Eat It Virginia,” the panel features:

  • Sally Schwitters, Tricycle

  • Kelli Lemon, Urban Hang Suite

  • Shola Walker, Mahogany Sweets

  • Kate Lee, Hardywood

Rebelle Community - The Women in Food

Thursday, June 6

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Richmond’s food scene is being recognized on the national stage and the masterminds behind some of our most touted places are women. We’ll get an insider look at how these Richmond institutions came to be and how they are making their mark on the national stage. The Rebelle Community hosts a night at ZZQ with:

  • ZZQ’s Alex Graf

  • Kelli Lemon of Urban Hang Suite

  • Brittanny Anderson of Brenner Pass, Chair Lift, and Metzger Bar & Butchery

  • Carena Ives of Jamaica House and Carena’s Jamaican Grille

  • Liz Kincaid of RVA Hospitality (Tarrant’s, Tarrant’s West, Max’s on Broad, Little Saint, and Bar Solita)

Moderated by yours truly!


Flight Night at Secco

Monday, June 3

5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Secco Wine Bar

Monday Night #flightnight (3-2oz pours of wines made by women) all from Secco’s regular list that includes dozens of women winemakers' bottlings every damn day. 

Women and Whiskey

Tuesday, June 4

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Reservoir Distillery

Spend an evening at Reservoir Distillery with leading ladies Mary Allison, Beth Dixon, Robey Martin, and Shelley Sackier at Reservoir's first "Women and Whiskey" event. There will be tasting, blending, and learning all about the art of whiskey and bourbon in Virginia and beyond. 

Something at Nota Bene

Wednesday, June 5

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Nota Bene

Female-owned (Victoria Deroche) and female-operated (Laine Myers), Nota Bene invites you to smash the patriarchy…WITH SNACKS. It’s an anti-patriarchy antipasti spread that’ll make you say, “Salud!“

Have something related planned the first week in June? HMU in the comments, and we’ll add it to the list!

Stephanie GanzComment