Global Gourmets

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:

CANADA
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Chef Todd Jurich. Todd Jurich’s Bistro, Norfolk
www.ToddJurichsBistro.com
Mushroom Soil/Sea Beans/Uni Tamagoyaki/ Mustard Oil

CHINA
Ningbo-Beilun
Chef Vincent LaMonte. Press 626, Norfolk
www.Press626.com
Long Jing Xia Ren; Dragon Well Green Tea Shrimp

ENGLAND
Norfolk County
Chef Jerry Bryan. Coastal Grill, Virginia Beach
www.CoastalGrill.com
Bangers And Mash

FRANCE
Toulon
Chef Steve Eda. City Dock Restaurant at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, Norfolk
www.SheratonNorfolkWaterside.com
Seared Sea Bass/Vanilla Buerre Blanc/ Asparagus Risotto

GERMANY
Wilhelmshaven
Bobby Huber. Essence by Bobby Huber, Norfolk
Roladen with Potato Balls

GHANA
Tema
Chef Mike Farrell. Still Worldly Eclectic Tapas, Portsmouth
www.StillEats.com
Crab, Tilapia and Okra Stew over Basmati Rice with Crispy Plantain Chips, Ground Nuts and Sweet Potato Mousse

INDIA
Kochi
Chef Amit Arora. Nawab, locations across Hampton Roads
www.NawabOnline.com
Seafood Kerala Curry

JAPAN
Kitakyushu
Chef Jesse Wykle
Eurasia, Virginia Beach
www.EurasiaVB.com
Orange-Miso Cured Duck Tataki/ Pickled Spring Vegetables/ Mango Crispies/ Soy Bubbles

PHILLIPINES
Cagaya de Oro
Chef Leon Buenviaje. CP Shuckers, Virginia Beach
www.CPShuckers.com
Spicy Pork Adobo Taco/ Pineapple Slaw/ Crumbled Cheese/ Scallions

RUSSIA
Kalinigrad
Chef Scott Simpson. Swan Terrace Grill at The Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach
www.FoundersInn.com
Cured Sturgeon with Root Vegetable Salad

VIRGINIA – BY LAND
Norfolk
Chef Gerrell Cox. Small’s Smokehouse and Oyster Bar, Norfolk
www.FoundersInn.com
Virginia Smoked Hand-Pulled Pork Barbecue with a Pear-Cranberry Compote

VIRGINIA – BY SEA
Norfolk
Chef Scott Dickenson. The Green Onion, Norfolk
www.TheGreenOnionRestaurant.com
1. Butter Poached Sea Scallop/ Hash of Apple, Sweet Potato, Virginia Ham 2. Crab Cake/ Green
Onion Aioli/Succotash

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