5 Tasty Food Collaborations You Won't Want to Miss
The Fredericksburg, VA, region is quickly becoming a foodie hot spot. One of the greatest things about the region’s culinary community is its ability to collaborate. Innovative partnerships among food-related businesses here have yielded some seriously tasty results. Here are a few pairings you shouldn’t miss:
Foode and Hyperion – Foode is the original restaurant launched by Top Chef: Boston’s Joy Crump (She and business partner Beth Black have followed up with breakfast-oriented Mercantile, to rave reviews.). Hyperion Espresso is a popular downtown gathering spot, and has such an addictive vibe that it stays busy well into the evening hours. Being able to find a taste of each of these in the same place is a great service to foodies and coffee addicts alike. Hyperion sells sandwiches and other items from Foode in its cooler. These can be a great quick lunch. At Foode, you can find Hyperion coffee on the menu. Foode also features olive oil from downtown Fredericksburg’s Taste: Oil, Vinegar, Spice in one of its dinner entrees. And over at Mercantile, you’ll find Paul’s Bakery doughnuts served alongside pour-over coffees. Stick with this network and you’ll be well on your way to a Fredericksburg culinary education.
Photo credit: Paul’s Bakery
Paul’s Bakery and Sprelly – A box of Paul’s Bakery doughnuts should be on any list of Fredericksburg food souvenirs. Paul’s is celebrating its 42nd year of business, and for the past few years, it has been helping a new Fredericksburg food tradition to get off the ground. The hand-crafted nut butters of Sprelly can be found at Paul’s, and the bakery is working on a product that will be offered at Sprelly’s soon-to-launch storefront location on Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg. Paul’s also sells locally roasted Blackstone Coffee.
Photo credit: Ricks Roasters
Ricks Roasters and the A. Smith Bowman Distillery – Love coffee? Love bourbon? Who says you have to choose? The Bourbon Barrel Reserve coffee from Ricks Roasters in Stafford is aged in bourbon barrels provided by Spotsylvania’s A. Smith Bowman Distillery. Packaged in a glass bourbon bottle, it makes a great gift. In addition to A. Smith Bowman’s gift shop, you can find Ricks Roasters coffee at Stafford’s Bella Café, Olde Virginia Gourmet and Gifts, Gauntlet Golf Club, Cornbread & Caviar and Before and After Café at Embrey House. In Spotsylvania, find them at Harvest Market, and in Fredericksburg, find Ricks brews at Kickshaw’s Downtown Market, Olde Towne Butcher and Agora Downtown coffee shop. A. Smith Bowman also has an innovative partnership with downtown brew pub Spencer Devon Brewing. Here you can find cocktails made with Bowman spirits and Bowman barrels incorporated into the décor, including the hostess stand.
Photo credit: Skin+Touch Therapy
Skin+Touch Therapy and Harvest Market – This downtown Fredericksburg spa has teamed up with Spotsylvania-based natural foods grocer Harvest Market to sell Harvest Market’s all-natural skincare products inside Skin+Touch’s Caroline Street storefront now through December. Harvest Market also sells products from many local farms, including Braehead Farm in Fredericksburg, Brodie Farm, Glenburnie Farm, K&T Specialties, Revatone Farm, Uncle June’s BBQ, Marcy’s Garden Shop and Earth Mother Mushrooms in Spotsylvania and Walnut Hill Farm in Falmouth.
Photo credit: PONSHOP
PONSHOP and Restaurant Row – Hand-crafted food at downtown Fredericksburg’s Kybecca is served on dinnerware made by Scarlett Pons of PONSHOP Studio on Caroline Street. The hand-crafted, custom-designed ceramic plates (available for sale at the studio) are a fitting complement to Kybecca’s cuisine, which is made with local ingredients from a number of area farms, including Glenburnie Farm in Spotsylvania. And Kybecca isn’t the only stop on downtown Fredericksburg’s Restaurant Row with whom PONSHOP has collaborated. The colorful mural on the patio at Vivify Burger Lounge was painted by Gabriel Pons, who also recently designed T-Shirts for the restaurant. The Fredericksburg arts community regularly collaborates with area food and drink purveyors. Just look at the work painter Bill Harris has done for two local breweries, which we mentioned in this post.