September, 2011 | Mankin Mansion Blog

A Taste of Carytown

September 26th, 2011

We really love two things at the Mansion: great food and a fabulous glass of wine. The opportunity to do through in a mile of style and we say, sign us up please ! This week’s “must do” event is a  fun filled afternoon of great good, local Virginia wine and the most unique shopping in the area.

The Food and Wine Festival entitled “A Taste of Carytown” is scheduled for Sunday, October 9, starting at 12pm continuing till 6pm. The festival will be located in the Cary Court Shopping Center, located right in the middle of Carytown. Local Virginia Wineries will be in attendance with their award winning wines for tasting while local Carytown restaurants will serve small plates of their best dishes. Participating restaurants include: Ginger Thai, Mezzanine, Nacho Mama’s, Amici Ristorante, Weezie’s Kitchen and Amour Wine Bistro, with flavors from exotic to traditional there is something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

Tickets are available for purchase at local Carytown stores and also online for $15, and can also be purchased at the gate for $20. Your ticket includes your entrance to the event, a souvenir wine glass, wine tasting and delicious food. A designated driver ticket is just $10 and can only be purchased at the gate, which included unlimited soft drinks! Be sure to enjoy the wonderful unique shopping experience that is exclusive to Carytown. During the event you are welcome to leave the festival area at anytime and return throughout the evening. Enjoy the finer things in life and treat yourself at the Food and Wine Festival “A Taste of Carytown.”

For More Information: http://www.carytownrva.org/fw.php

See you soon,
~Paula and Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

 

Photo Credit: http://www.carytownrva.org/fw.php

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Oyster Festivals Galore!

September 19th, 2011

With the cooler weather making its way into the Richmond, Virginia and surrounding areas it is the perfect time to enjoy some outdoor festivals. Two oyster festivals that always pull in a big crowd are returning this year to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

The first one to add to your event calendar is Shockoe-on-the-Half Shell on Saturday, September 24, starting at 11am and continuing through 4pm. Located in the bottom at the 17th Street Farmers Market surrounded by the most delicious restaurants in the RVA area and also some great shopping. This will be the 4th annual oyster festival in the Bottom and they have been preparing all year long to create a fun filled and what is sure to be a mouth-watering festival. Live music is a staple in any Farmers Market with bands ranging from rock, jazz, hip-hop, and some funk! There is a wide variety of ways to cook and eat and oyster and all of them will be there for you to take a bite out of- from raw, steamed and frittered, to fried and stewed.

The 54th annual Urbanna Oyster Festival is set for November 4and 5. Urbanna is a short car ride from the Mansion, taking just a little over an hour. This local festival is a tradition in the town of Urbanna that started in 1957, and was just a local favorite. Now, 54 years later it brings in a large crowd that like to enjoy oysters that are the pearl for this town and its economy. Fifty different vendors will bring in their best cuisine, including everything from oysters to hamburgers and everything in between. Arts and crafts will also be in ample supply throughout the town and festival village. The traditional Firemen’s Parade and The Oyster Festival Parade will get everything started on the right foot. The very exciting and fast paced oyster-shucking contest will take center stage as everyone gathers to see who will be crowned the winner!

Fall is in full swing here in the RVA area, we hope you come on out and enjoy a few outdoor festivals and that beautiful Southern weather!

For More Information: http://www.richmondgov.com/FarmersMarket/ , http://www.urbannaoysterfestival.com/index.php/festival-hightlights/

See you soon,
~Paula and Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

 

Photo Credit: http://www.packettproperties.com/blog/bid/26763/5-Towns-You-MUST-Visit-in-the-Northern-Neck-Middle-Peninsula-Area

 

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The Richmond Folk Festival

September 12th, 2011

The Richmond Folk Festival is a fall favorite that is fast approaching. Be sure that you mark off your calendars for this fun filled festival in October the 14-16.

This year will be the fourth year of the festival and it will be sure to live up to the hype. It has been voted Richmond’s best musical festival for 2 years now. The Folk Festival showcases the Commonwealth and other areas best musicians, dancers, storytellers, and crafters. The event will take place right on the James River on Browns Island. This large event features a marketplace with interesting and unique items ranging from handcrafted jewelry, original artwork, all natural body products, woodcarvings, and so much more. You will be sure to find that perfect souvenir to remember your Folk Festival weekend. Local restaurants and vendors will be there with their best of the best dishes with lots of International flair. Beer trucks and wine will also be available.

Performers will range in cultural backgrounds and musical styles to bring music and dance from all parts of the United States and abroad. Bluegrass, reggae, Irish, Cajun, funk, gospel, and a range of all type of musician’s will share their talents. Also, during the event a documentary series will be available for viewing. The event is free, but we suggest finding someone in the bucket brigade to throw your donation in the bucket. Don’ t miss out on this exciting festival, right on the gorgeous James River.

For More Information: http://www.richmondfolkfestival.org/index.html

See you soon,
~Paula and Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

 

Photo Credit: http://virginiafolklife.org

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CenterStage Birthday Gala with Patti LaBelle

September 5th, 2011

It is CenterStage’s Birthday and they are celebrating with the  Grammy Award-wining singer Patti LaBelle.

On Saturday, September 10, CenterStage will be filled will all people who love a little R&B and a living legend! SunTrust is partnering with the historic Carpenter Theater to put on such an amazing evening.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending an event at the gorgeous CenterStage, you have been missing out. It is a newly renovated space, which opened in September 2009 and is whopping 179,000 square feet. It sits in the heart of Downtown Richmond bringing premiere entertainment to the surrounding area. The Carpenter Theater is a piece of history for Richmond, with state-of-the-are acoustics, fiber optic lights that sparkle across the ceiling and has been around for 81 years!

Seating available ranges in price from $48, $78, and $125. If you are feeling like treating yourself to some VIP treatment, VIP gala tickets are $250 and which include the best seats in the house, a beautiful tented area set up on Broad Street, with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and gourmet dinning. The Upper East Side Big Band will play underneath the stars so, that you can dance the night away.

For More Information: http://www.richmondcenterstage.com/event/centerstage-birthday-gala-evening-patti-labelle

See you soon,
~Paula and Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

 

Photo Credit:  www.citydata.com

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Taste of Italy!

September 1st, 2011

Now that we have all braved it through Hurricane Irene, we think its time for a little wining and dining and the perfect place to do that is at The Taste of Italy!

The Taste of Italy a wonderful full on Italian experience on September 10 at the Suntrust building located downtown in the Financial District. This is an extremely exclusive event that includes a seven-course dinner, paired with wine. The dinner is a traditional Italian fest that is overseen by Chef Mike Isabella and other local chefs of Richmond. If you are a true foodie and partake in a little bit of reality TV, such as Top Chef’s All Stars on Bravo you will recognize the name Mike Isabella as Season 8’s runner up!

A lucky Richmonder will receive the prestigious award of the Best Recipe chosen by no other than Chef Mike.  The lucky winner will receive a autographed copy of Chef Mike’s book “How to Cook Like a Top Chef.” The menu will include an extensive range of dishes to satisfy all taste buds including stuffed pasta and rockfish with Rappahannock oysters paired with Hanover tomatoes and braised fennel. The evening will conclude with a rather sinful tiramisu, a favorite for all Italian food lovers. During the event, an auction will take place with the proceeds along with proceeds from ticket sales will support the Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), which dedicates itself to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect in the Richmond area.

Tickets are available on the Taste of Italy website and are $250 or a person and $500 for a couple. If you are unable to attend but would love to support such an amazing cause that is helping the Richmond area children you can also send a donation. This event is sure to be a highlight of the fall season, and it one not to be missed!

For More Information: http://grscantaste.squarespace.com/

See you soon,

~Paula and Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

 

Photo Credit: http://grscantaste.squarespace.com/

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