Top Cova chefs come together for a culinary celebration of Norfolk’s sister cities
With a deep, natural harbor and location about halfway along the Atlantic coast, Norfolk has long been an important port city. Early colonists gravitated to the now downtown area by the mid-17th century, and by 1670 a royal decree called for the “building of storehouses to receive imported merchandise ... and tobacco for export.”
By the time Norfolk Town was chartered in 1682, wharfs begin to line the area from about where Town Point Park is today around to the present day Dominion Tower.
Ships made port here from the Caribbean and Europe, sending out goods from Virginia and receiving exotic teas, spices, sugar, rum and more. Norfolk became the Trader Joe’s of the 18th century.
And with time—and technology—the port of Hampton Roads has continued to grow, not just by water, but by land and air, too.
A celebration of our international ties comes with the Norfolk Sister Cities Association. The non-profit group, with established relationships with 10 global municipalities, works to foster understanding and cooperation by promoting people-to-people exchanges and strengthening relationships.
Those relationships are celebrated for one special evening at PassPORT to Norfolk Sister Cities: An Evening Around The World on April 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside.
A dozen top area restaurants will be there to showcase cuisine inspired by the 10 sister cities, as well as food from our region, too. Here’s what’s coming up:
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Chef Todd Jurich. Todd Jurich’s Bistro, Norfolk
Mushroom Soil/Sea Beans/Uni Tamagoyaki/ Mustard Oil
Chef Vincent LaMonte. Press 626, Norfolk
Long Jing Xia Ren; Dragon Well Green Tea Shrimp
Chef Jerry Bryan. Coastal Grill, Virginia Beach
Bangers And Mash
Chef Steve Eda. City Dock Restaurant at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, Norfolk
Seared Sea Bass/Vanilla Buerre Blanc/ Asparagus Risotto
Bobby Huber. Essence by Bobby Huber, Norfolk
Roladen with Potato Balls
Chef Mike Farrell. Still Worldly Eclectic Tapas, Portsmouth
Crab, Tilapia and Okra Stew over Basmati Rice with Crispy Plantain Chips, Ground Nuts and Sweet Potato Mousse
Chef Amit Arora. Nawab, locations across Hampton Roads
Seafood Kerala Curry
Chef Jesse Wykle
Eurasia, Virginia Beach
Orange-Miso Cured Duck Tataki/ Pickled Spring Vegetables/ Mango Crispies/ Soy Bubbles
Cagaya de Oro
Chef Leon Buenviaje. CP Shuckers, Virginia Beach
Spicy Pork Adobo Taco/ Pineapple Slaw/ Crumbled Cheese/ Scallions
Chef Scott Simpson. Swan Terrace Grill at The Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach
Cured Sturgeon with Root Vegetable Salad
VIRGINIA – BY LAND
Chef Gerrell Cox. Small’s Smokehouse and Oyster Bar, Norfolk
Virginia Smoked Hand-Pulled Pork Barbecue with a Pear-Cranberry Compote
VIRGINIA – BY SEA
Chef Scott Dickenson. The Green Onion, Norfolk
1. Butter Poached Sea Scallop/ Hash of Apple, Sweet Potato, Virginia Ham 2. Crab Cake/ Green