The RVA French Food Festival began in 2009, as a fundraiser for our Home. The idea for the festival was sparked during a conversation between benefactors Michael Siewers and Stokes McCune, Development Director Christy Heinen, and Sister Josephine at a Christmas party. It was noted that Richmond was quickly establishing itself as a ‘foodie’ town, with a vibrant restaurant scene and numerous popular food festivals as well. The Little Sisters of the Poor has its roots in France, and the group remarked on the absence of French cuisine on the Richmond Festival scene. As fate would have it, longtime friend of the home and classically trained Master Chef Paul Elbling had recently retired from running his restaurant La Petite France, and generously agreed to headline the festival with some of his very own dishes. And so, the RVA French Food Festival has grown, highlighting the French culture, food, music, and wine, all for a wonderful cause. From a Parisian marketplace featuring local vendors, to entertainment from fantastic musicians and even local favorite Jonathan the Juggler, to a dish of Chef Paul’s Boeuf Bourguignon, Chef Sean’s Gumbo Ya Ya, or Chef Michael’s ratatouille, it is a festival you DON’T want to miss. In 2015, the festival added 6 fantastic new local chefs to the line-up, and after the success of a Friday night preview event in 2016, we added Friday night to the event schedule permanently!
The 12th Annual RVA French Food Festival will be held on Friday, April 24th (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and
Saturday, April 25 (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Visit the website at www.rvafrenchfoodfestival.com for all the current details of this year’s event.
Volunteers are always needed! For a listing of volunteer opportunities or to sign up, visit www.littlesistersofthepoor.volunteerhub.com.
We have a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities available as well. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor or would just like a little more information, contact Corinne Waldrop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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