Tasting Hampton Roads with Patrick Evans-Hylton

Hey everyone, did you catch me this past Tuesday on The Hampton Roads Show? I joined the always fabulous Luana Munoz on the sofa to dish up the latest food news you can use.

You can watch the video HERE

And below is all the delicious details.


August is Virginia Craft Beer Month, and we want to raise a glass to all the local breweries in the region.

Craft breweries have exploded in Hampton Roads and across the state; in the commonwealth there are more than 100 now.

ALSO – At the tail end of Virginia Craft Beer Month the Virginia Neptune Festival will hold it’s new Coastal Craft Beer Festival on Aug. 29. The fete takes place at Neptune’s Park on 31st Street at the Oceanfront from 1-6 p.m.

Advance tickets are $30 and tickets at the gate are $35. Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass and craft beer tastings.

More than 50 beers from 23 breweries will be featured, in addition to a selection of regional food trucks and live music.

For more information, visit www.NeptuneFestival.com


Renown chef Peter Chang, who operates several Sichuan cuisine-based bistros across Virginia, including one in Landstown, is opening a second Virginia Beach location.

Peter Chang Express will open Aug. 26 with half-off menu items, says Gen Lee, a business association of Chang. A grand opening will be held Aug. 28.

Look for the streamlined operation just a few blocks west of Town Center; signage is already on the outside of the location, which is in a small strip of shops.

Chang attended the Sichuan Higher Institute of Cuisine in China and later was the chef at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. He headed other kitchens before starting his own line of restaurants.

Earlier this year he was named as a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for the best chef in the mid-Atlantic region. The James Beard Foundation awards are highly sought after and generally regarded as the most prestigious culinary-based awards in the country.

You’ll come in, place your order at the counter, and we’ll bring it to your table or you take it to go. The menu is smaller so the food can come out of the kitchen quicker.

The menu is divided into: Appetizers & Dim Sum Chinese-Style Noodle, Special Noodle, Hot Appetizers, and a little more than a dozen entrees.

Peter Chang Express is at 4830 Virginia Beach Blvd. Call 963-5051 or 963-1679. A website or social media page has not been set up yet.


Zoes Steak and Seafood executive chef Jesse Wykle and owner/sommelier Marc Sauter are bringing a taste of Virginia Beach to the famed James Beard House in Manhattan on Aug. 24.

The dinner, titled “Virginia Beach Bash,” includes a half-dozen hors d’oeuvres, including –

Pleasure House Oysters (from Lynnhaven Bay) with Kimchi Mignonette

-and Bruleed Virginia Blue Crab Salad with Pickled Jalapenos and Mango.

Four courses are served –

-Uni Gazpacho Shooter

-Potted Duck Salad

-Rosemary Salt-Cured A5 Wagyu Beef Carpaccio-Wrapped Dave and Dee’s Oyster Mushroom Agnolotti with Hollandaise Two Ways and Rosemary Ash.

-Dessert is Foie Gras Crème Brulee with Dehydrated Peach Pound Cake.

The offerings are paired with wines from Kenzo Estate of Napa, Calif. The cost of the event is $130 for Beard Foundation members and $170 for the general public.

This is Wykle’s first time cooking at the James Beard House.

For more information, visit the Zoes website, www.ZoesVB.com or the James Beard Foundation website, www.JamesBeard.org


I’m happy to announce I’m partnering with MacArthur Center in launching Be In Good Taste, an e-zine dedicated to cooking, dining and entertaining in style as a way to connect guests with the Center’s premier foodie events; cooking classes; fine dining options and more.

I’ll be the Center’s resident food expert and magazine editor.

Be in Good Taste, MacArthur Center’s bi-monthly e-zine, will serve as an official ‘Foodie Field Guide’ for the year-long program.

Customers will be able to find everything from expert cooking advice and exclusive dining tips to restaurant profiles and recipes. I’ll provide my favorite food finds from MacArthur Center along with recipes, shopping, dining and entertaining tips.

The publication will also feature upcoming events, chef appearances and on-site cooking classes in an easy-to-use foodie calendar.

Social media workshops will provide attendees with useful skills on food “phone-tography” and foodie hashtag creation allowing them to share their experiences online with family, friends and fellow food connoisseurs.

Download your free copy at www.ShopMacArthur.com/foodie


You may know of all the great produce and other Virginia specialty food products you can get inside Norfolk’s Five Points Community Farm Market, but did you know there is a restaurant inside that has the same commitment to fresh and local?

The Get Fresh Café, headed by Chef Michael Holdcraft, serves up some amazing food but I was recently smitten by his brisket.

Rubbed with his own special mix of spices and herbs, it is smoked for 13 hours until it is so tender you can cut it with a fork. He serves it with two housemade sauces – a South Carolina mustard style and a Kansas City tomato/molasses style and some amazing corn on the cob.

Get Fresh Café is inside the Five Points Community Farm Market at 2500 Church St., Norfolk. For more information call 757-966-6577 or visit www.5PtsFarmMarket.org

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Patrick Evans-Hylton is a Johnson & Wales-trained chef and award-winning food journalist.

He has reported on food in print, television, radio and social media since 1991, including being senior editor for food and wine at Coastal Virginia Magazine. His latest book is Dishing Up Virginia.

Evans-Hylton is a regular contributor to hrScene.com where the give readers food news to use from across the region and afar. He blogs at PatrickEvansHylton.com