Small Plates with Ariel Turner

Tickets are now available for Indie Craft Parade's newly branded First Dibs Party to be held at its new home in the Southern Bleachery development at Taylors Mill. Rendering provided.

Mimosas for Moms

Can’t lie: I think this is my favorite event posting I’ve seen in a minute. I can without a doubt confirm that all-day mimosas served at Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery on the first day of school, Aug. 20, will be infinitely more satisfying than any muffins-with-mom preschool and elementary event. Sorry, not sorry. I think the added benefit of not sitting in miniature chairs seals the deal for me. Get your mimosas early and often from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. after you’ve deposited your children safely at school.

Grown-up games

Adult game night has become a monthly event at The Community Tap. The next G4G (Games for Grown Ups), from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15,  is fishing-themed. The past two were Operation and Hungry Hungry Hippos, so you can see where this is going. I’m told the plan is to drink some beer, then try to steady your hand enough to play Gone Fishing with that tiny magnetic fishing pole and the spinning fishing pond. I’m not sure how that could not be the best way to spend a Wednesday night. Tickets for the blessed event are $10. Winner of the night takes home a $25 Tap gift card, an “epic” trophy, free entry into next month’s game, and, more importantly, bragging rights. Check out the Facebook page for more info.

Truck, yeah

Golden Brown & Delicious has a new food truck, permanently parked at the rear loading dock of Birds Fly South Ale Project at Hampton Station. Chef Alex George and team are serving up the same type of goodness you’ll get in his restaurant, just out of a truck and at a killer price point. Prices for the burger, chicken sando, ramen, salad, buffalo fries, and the like top out at $8. The truck kitchen is serving Thursdays through Sundays right now. Keep up with the menu and hours of operation on Instagram.

I call dibs!

Makers Collective 2018 Indie Craft Parade has announced a reformatting of its always-sold-out opening party. Now called The First Dibs Party, it’ll be held from 6-­9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at its new location in the new Southern Bleachery project at Taylors Mill. As part of the celebration, Makers Collective and neighbors 13 Stripes Brewery have partnered to create a special collaboration beer for the event, and a menu of small food plate options from Bacon Bros. Public House will be available to purchase on site. Tickets for the First Dibs Party are $20 in advance and will give ticket holders a first look at the artists’ work, live music, complimentary drinks, and the chance to win handmade items donated by participating makers. Visit for tickets.

Stay woke

There’s a lot happening these days in the restaurant world. Seems like everyone came off of their July Fourth holiday and decided to make things happen. So, without being too vague — because that’s annoying — I’ll just say there are some great new restaurant announcements coming very soon and some highly anticipated openings that are around the corner. The way things go, some of them may even happen between the time I’ve typed this and it gets published.



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