A Smorgasbord of CoVa Food Happenings

Raise a toque to the Strolling Supper Party

The fifth annual WHRO Strolling Supper Party, showcasing Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Platinum Plate Award winners takes place Feb. 23 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.

The event, which takes place from 4-7 p.m., includes a food-themed silent auction, live entertainment and samples from some of Coastal Virginia’s best restaurants as selected by CoVa food editor Patrick Evans-Hylton and his panel of Platinum Plate critics.

Advance tickets are $50 or $65 at the door, with a limited number of VIP tickets available at $100 per person.

VIP access includes a general admission ticket plus entrance into the VIP lounge from 3-4 p.m. and a cooking demonstration by Vivian Howard of A Chef’s Life on PBS.

All proceeds benefit WHRO, public media in Hampton Roads. For more information, visit www.WHRO.org/StrollingSupper

There are way more things to do with a Girl Scout cookie than just dunk in milk.

The sixth annual Samoa Soiree, a benefit for the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, gets under way Feb. 8 from 6-10 p.m. at Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center in Norfolk.

Top chefs in the area grab a box–or two–of their favorite Girl Scout cookis and craft unique appetizers and desserts; samples are de rigeur as the culinarians vie for an assortment of critics’ and people’s choice awards.

The evening also features hors d’oeuvres, adult beverages, live music, and a silent auction.

For tickets and more information, visit www.GSCCC.org

The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) hosts its 23rd annual Wine By Design on Feb. 28 as a fundraiser for the center. The theme this year is A Hot Night in Rio to celebrate the museum’s exhibit, Vik Muniz: Poetics of Perception.

The evening features food prepared by local chefs, along accompanying wines. Live entertainment and a silent auction are also featured.  There will be an after party at Catch 31 at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Tickets are $65 in advance, or $75 the day of the event. For tickets and more information, visit www.VirginiaMOCA.org

Taste of Hampton Roads, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia’s annual charity event, takes place March 4 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

This is the 25th annual Taste, which features sampling of food from more than two dozen area eateries. There is also a pre-event VIP fete.

Event organizers say Taste of Hampton Roads is a primary fundraiser for the group, which this year has a goal to help hundreds of local agencies including church pantries and area Kids’ Cafes to disburse or prepare and serve some 1 million meals to those in need.

Tickets are priced at $75 for general admission. For tickets and more information, visit www.TasteOfHamptonRoads.org

As part of a celebration of the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Mariners Museum is offering History Bites on March 8.

The evening features top restaurants and caterers competing in a food-tasting event with interpretations of traditional 19th century dishes representing both the North and the South.

History Bites gets under way at 6 p.m., and tickets are priced at $35. Visit www.MarinersMuseum.org or call 757-596-2222.

The Outer Banks Taste of the Beach provides a unique and delicious perspective on the OBX during shoulder season.

The weekend-long event, which runs March 13 through 16, is in its seventh year, and offers visitors several days of wine tastings, cooking classes, a chowder cook-off, special menu presentations at area restaurants, brewery tours, tapas crawls and more.
The Taste of the Beach is sponsored by the Outer Banks Restaurant Association and fills a long weekend with more than 50 events.

Events are held at many of the Outer Banks’ most popular places, and everything cumulates with the grand finale event, The Taste of the Beach Grand Tasting, where restaurants vie for top honors.

For tickets and more information, visit www.OBXTasteOfTheBeach.com

The Norfolk Sisters Cities is hosting a culinary trip around the world, pairing area top restaurants with the different countries where the group has ties.

Sister Cities is an international group that creates diplomatic partnerships between municipalities across the globe.

PassPORT to Norfolk’s Sister Cities takes place April 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Norfolk Sheraton Waterside.

Restaurant and country pairings are: Braise (Germany), Coastal Grille (England), CP Shuckers (Philippines), Eurasia (Japan), Nawab (India), Sheraton Waterside (France), Still Worldly Eclectic Eats (Ghana), Swan Terrace (Russia), Todd Jurich’s Bistro (Canada), Small’s Smokehouse and Oyster Bar (Virginia), and Press 626 (China.)

For more information, visit www.PassportNorfolk.com

Find Coastal Virginia Magazine food editor Patrick Evans-Hylton: the first and third Tuesdays of each month on The Hampton Roads Show on WAVY TV-10 (www.TheHamptonRoads
Show.com); and the last Wednesday of each month on HearSay with Cathy Lewis on 89.5FM, public radio in Hampton Roads (www.HearSay.org)

For more of Chef Patrick’s adventures in food, check out his blog, www.PatrickEvansHylton.com

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