Greater Richmond SCAN aims to prevent child abuse and neglect in the region by providing resources for children who have been abused and promoting positive parenting techniques. The organization maintains five distinct programs to combat child abuse, including preschool education, family support, and a prevention program that sponsors awareness-raising events. For those who have been abused, the organization runs a child-advocacy center that works within the court system and a court-appointed-special-advocate program that sends professionals to represent children in court. SCAN also runs a variety of fundraising programs throughout the year to spread awareness about family violence, including a 5K run and mardi gras celebration.
Considered by many to be the queen of Southern comfort food, Paula Deen is a best-selling author, television show host, retail mogul, and restaurateur. She brings her nourishment know-how to Richmond for a 2.5-hour cooking and chatting extravaganza sure to tickle eardrums and stir up jealousy in fellow chefs. Listen as Paula shares life stories alongside her husband, Michael Groover, and answers questions from the audience members—be they gastro-gurus or green-behind-the-ear gourmands. There will, of course, be some cooking demonstrations as well, so be prepared to potentially pick up some new recipes to try out at upcoming holiday dinners or social events.
Chef Marie, or MJ, wields her cooking prowess through inventive catering services and cooking classes that span a variety of culinary options, from American and Italian fare to South African and Indian dishes. Each of her catering spreads uses a minimum of freeze-dried or premade products, prioritizing housemade dishes made with fresh ingredients. Marie’s one- to three-course cooking classes cover specific techniques, such as preparing seafood or blending sumptuous soups, as well as how to make specific regional cuisines from places such as Northern Italy or the southern portion of Antarctica.
The classes take several different forms; private parties with two to six people at MJ Creations Sweets and Treats, personal classes that take place in patrons’ private kitchens, and six-night group workshops, which also take place at MJ Creations Sweets and Treats. And during kids’ culinary birthday parties, youngsters soak up age-appropriate cooking techniques such as how to crack eggs with their feet.
Most Americans won’t get the chance to see Cuba, but they can experience the culture and flavor with Kenn-Tico Cuban Bar & Grill’s cuisine. In a dining room decorated with panoramic shots of Havana Harbor or out on the new patio with skylights, a fountain, and 8-foot windows, plates are filled with traditional grub such as a sandwich of sliced pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on grilled cuban bread. Other classics include salmon topped with mango sauce, ropa vieja—shredded beef served up with onions, garlic, and peppers—and yucca sliced and fried until it looks like french fries back from a Caribbean vacation. Accompanying these dishes are homemade fruit milk shakes, freshly squeezed lemonade and limeade, and soft drinks such as Ironbeer and Materva. Knowing that their clients don’t always have time to stop in for their favorite dish, Kenn-Tico's chefs load up a cart with wraps and beverages to offer quick lunches downtown during the workweek.
Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as a singer who "takes the stage as if it belongs to her and belts out the blues like a force of nature," Sandra Reaves-Phillips dishes out a medley of jazz, blues, and soul honed through a lifetime on the stage. Reaves-Phillips has lent her pipes and dramatic skills to both the acclaimed 1986 jazz drama 'Round Midnight and 1989's Lean On Me, for which she sang the title track. During a show that barrels along on laughter and playful banter, her clear vibrato turns into a brassy growl as she uses standards such as "Let the Good Times Roll" to explore the heights and depths of her range. Her slower, sensual tunes seethe with swagger and knowing glances, building up to energetic versions of blues classics. Showstoppers from past performances include renditions of "Me and My Shadow," "St. Louis Blues," and "Two Wrongs," a country-blues ballad that confirms the conventional wisdom that two wrongs make one long civil lawsuit.
Gym Quest Gymnastics offers classes for all ages and focuses on development while providing an opportunity for advancement onto gymnastics teams that compete nationally. Choose from a range of classes, from beginner (ages 18 months–2.5 years, a $57 value) to youth introduction to gymnastics (ages 5.5–8, a $62 value) to advanced (ages 6+, a $114 value). Gym Quest Gymnastics also offers specialty classes; prepare for a first date with a wall-jumping spider-person with a session in parkour (ages 6+, a $62 value).
By the time Blue Bee Cider's signature drink is ready in the spring, it's been three seasons in the making. The process begins in the fall and winter pressing season, when baskets upon baskets of Virginia apples, their ripe red skins shocked with gold, are crushed to loose their sweet juice. The juice lies dormant for the winter, undisturbed by the needless addition of sugar or water, slowly fermenting. Finally, come the break of spring, it takes on the fizzy character of carbonation and is bottled, ready to take its place on the shelves behind the tasting bar. Each of the three varieties takes on a different characteristic from its different blend of apples and ingredients, from the Charred Ordinary's dryness lent by heirloom apples, to the Harvest Ration's surprising kick supplied by fortification with brandy.