Richmond, Virginia, sees its restaurant scene grow in 2022 with the addition of several new, exciting eateries inspired by different international cuisines. Visit some of these new and unique restaurants this year.
A Black-owned New American restaurant with Southern influences, husband-and-wife team Chef Michael Lindsey and Kimberly Love-Lindsey not only run the establishment but also seek to provide a welcoming atmosphere for guests coming for all occasions. Named after Michael’s grandmother, Lillie Pearl draws inspiration from Michael’s North Carolina roots as well as from West African and South African American cuisine.
Lillie Pearl combines these rich cultures into a menu full of delicious dishes such as the Obe Ata braised lamb shank, short rib egg rolls and “Smashville” fried chicken sandwich. The restaurant’s popularity has seen Michael and Kimberly launch Buttermilk + Honey, another restaurant in Richmond’s West End.
What began as a pop-up concept transformed into a restaurant blending African and Jewish cuisines. Ari Augenbaum, Trey Owens and Marine Hovnanian launched JewFro to not only emphasize the rich flavors found in both African and Jewish food but also to highlight each culture’s diversity.
The restaurant offers Jewish deli-style, house-cured meats, artisanal sandwiches incorporating African spices and modern adaptations on African dishes and Jewish flavors. Some of the restaurant’s key dishes include grilled chicken in South African Peri-Peri sauce over Israeli couscous and Eritrean-spiced brisket over matzah polenta.
Recently opened by Top Chef contestant Brittanny Anderson, Black Lodge offers upscale bites in a cool and casual bar-like atmosphere. Anderson utilizes her vast knowledge of food and beverage to create the perfect pairings with any dish. Try her combination of paddlefish accompanied by vodka or the sturgeon with gin. Black Lodge also includes dishes found nowhere else, such as a coconut curry lobster roll to a Russian hot dog.
Beginning as a pop-up event at a local farmer’s market, Chef Carlos Ordaz-Nunez created this Mexican street food eatery following its success after 92 pop-up events. Ordaz-Nunez uses traditional Mexican flavors and adds his own creativity to produce bold and fresh dishes with a modern twist. Dishes like birria tacos, tortas and elote-inspired “children of the corn” fries can be found on the menu at this elevated Mexican street food location.
Now that concerts, sports games and other live events are back, everyone is rushing to see their favorite artists, sports teams and more, with many traveling for an event. The AC Hotel Orlando Downtown has the perfect offer for those visiting Orlando, Florida.
Choose Chicago and United Airlines currently collaborate on an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Apprenticeship Program, also with support from Tourism Diversity Matters. United Airlines fully funds the program in 2022, and one lucky candidate will be selected to complete the competitive pilot program.
Santa Fe County, New Mexico, recently announced the launch of the Santa Fe County Experience app to exhibit the many sites and businesses found in the county through different itineraries. Visitors and locals using the app can easily plan trips in the county and explore both well-known and hidden features found in Santa Fe County.
Four new properties are set to debut in New York City and Los Angeles in 2022 from developer and real estate investor Lightstone and Moxy Hotels. Two new Moxy hotels will open in New York: Moxy Lower East Side and Moxy Williamsburg. One new Moxy hotel and one dual-branded Moxy and AC hotel will open in Los Angeles: Moxy Los Angeles Downtown and AC Hotel Los Angeles Downtown.
The nation’s oldest and largest celebration honoring the first president of our country, Washington’s Birthday Celebration, returns to Laredo, Texas, for the 124th year. A celebration lasting more than a month, Jan. 21–Feb. 27, this party includes more than 28 events, such as a jalapeno eating contest, a Martha Washington Colonial Pageant and Ball and more. The month-long celebration draws a crowd of more than 400,000 people and offers some of the most well-known social events in South Texas.
Conrad New York Midtown partnered with Veuve Clicquot to launch a limited-time winter wonderland experience. The Winter Suite is housed in the hotel’s one-of-a-kind ATRIUM Suite, which is a chalet-style, glass-domed accommodation. Book your Winter Suite stay through Feb. 28.