Summer Suppers at The Beet benefiting Tricycle Gardens



Wednesday, July 27th / Drinks at 5:30 / Supper at 6:30


The Beet at Ellwood Thompson’s


Grab a seat around the table & join us for a seasonal meal in partnership with & support of our good friend, Tricycle Gardens.


With produce fresh from the farm, our chefs will create a locally-sourced, seasonal three-course meal meant to nourish our community, showcase our chefs & Tricycle Gardens‘ amazing produce, and support the mission of Tricycle Gardens.

Farm Stand Photo

Tricycle Gardens is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grow healthy food, healthy communities and a healthy local food system. Since breaking ground on their first garden, Tricycle has engaged thousands of neighbors and shown that the simple act of growing food is an incredibly powerful way to change the overall health of our community.

Accompanying the fruit and vegetables from Tricycle will be proteins provided by Milton’s Local.  A similarly mission-driven local partner, Milton’s Local  will provide their all-natural meat, raised through sustainable farming practices that restore our land, from animals that are treated humanely and never raised with antibiotics, hormones, or steroids.

Milton's Local

This three-course meal will feature local, organic ingredients where ever possible, and each course will be paired with beer or wine (your choice.)  Chefs Todd and Ingrid will work with what is freshest from Tricycle’s soil, so the menu may be subject to change.  True to our roots, we will have options for both vegans and non-vegan, and every dish will be gluten-free.


First Course | Tomato Stack with bleu and goat cheese, basil & balsamic reduction


Vegan  First Course  | Watermelon and tomato gazpacho

Second Course |  Seared Scallops with squash fritters and summer succotash topped with a gremolata


Vegan Second Course  |  Carbonara Spaghetti with zucchini noodles and tofu

Third Course |  Watermelon & Cucumber salad in orange blossom syrup with mint granita

*all dishes are made with gluten-free ingredients


$55.00 per individual or $100 per couple*

*Tickets includes 3-course meal and beer or wine pairing with each course. Cash bar for additional glasses.




Summer Supper with Tricycle Gardens
Specify BEER or WINE pairings:

Please specify at check out which pairing — beer or wine — you (and your guest, if purchasing multiple tickets) would like for the evening.


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Summer Garden Smoothie

If you have a garden right now, you might be overrun with a few select veggies. I have more zucchini, basil and squash than I know what to do with, and because it’s summer, I’m more interested in morning smoothies than I am any other time of the year. I also love the ritual of walking into my garden first thing in the morning, picking fresh veggies and herbs and incorporating them into the start of my day. It’s an immediate connection with my food source, and an opportunity to offer gratitude and thank my little garden space for the nourishment (two really lovely practices to have in your day). Blended together, this makes one of my favorite morning smoothies. It’s refreshing, light and FRESH, and primes the digestive tract and alkalizes your body for the start of your day. It’s an excellent start to the morning, and a primer to “second breakfast” if you follow it heavier morning protein sources like eggs, nut butter toast or nutty granola. All veggies included in the smoothie can be frozen overnight if you prefer colder smoothies, rouse as room temperature for a neutral temperature.

  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 8 fresh, large basil leaves
  • 1 cup zucchini
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 pitted dates
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Serves 2 – store the remainder in mason jars and refrigerate for a refreshing afternoon pick-me up!


Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN |

July’s Third Thursday Pairings


Rethink Happy Hour with our Third Thursday Pairings!  Each small plate in this monthly tasting event is thoughtfully prepared by our Executive Chef, Todd Johnson, and our Senior Bakery Manager, Ingrid Schatz, based on what’s local, seasonal and fresh!  From their menu, Indulge Manager Craig Murphy uses his expertise to chose just the right wine pairings to highlight each small plates’ flavors and bring the dish to life.  Add live music to the mix, an evening on the patio, and you have the makings of a  locally lovely Thursday tradition!

*Please note, the courses and pairings are self-paced, so we recommend arriving between 5 and 6pm to start your tastings so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the courses, and we will have enough small plates to go around!*


Every 3rd Thursday, Monthly / July 21st  / 5 to 7PM


The Beet

This Month’s Menu

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$10 / person or $15/couple in advance.  Pay as an individual or couple below.  Advanced registration strongly encouraged!

Third Thursday Pairings Ticket


Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525 or email

Healthy Travel Snacks

Summer is the time when everyone is on the move. Vacations, visits, conferences : planes trains and automobiles. Folks are always asking me how they can pack healthier traveling snacks when the alternative is relying on fast foods, airport snacks and often not-so- great options. Granted, we only have but so much control over the foods available to us and even the foods we can take with us when traveling, but there are always some go-to healthy snack options ideal for almost any trip. Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Nut Butters by Justins – high protein, filled with healthy fats and calorically dense. These little packets are my go-to to have on hand when traveling to tide me through until I can get an actual meal.
  2. Avocado’s – So satiating and filled with healthy fats, avocados are shelf stable at room temp for several days but will ripen quickly.
  3. Plant based protein bars – I really love taking a collection of KIND nut bars, Pure fruit and nut bars and also hemp seed bars for protein and nutrients if I’m traveling and miss a meal.
  4. Mixed nuts / trail mix with dried fruits – great for kids as they can put these together themselves. Mix almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and dried fruits with some coconut flakes and it’s great for all manner of travel.
  5. Spiced and roasted garbanzo beans – my absolute favorite snack to take anywhere.


  • 1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil or sunflower seed oil oil
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. spelt flour

Preheat oven to 425°. In a medium bowl, combine the beans, oil, coriander, cayenne, salt and flour. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and roast at 425° for 30 minutes or until crisp. If they start to pop, they’re done!

Cooler friendly: Ideal for a long car or train ride

  1. Hummus with sliced veggies
  2. Hard boiled eggs
  3. Apples & organic cheese
  4. Yogurt + granola
  5. Celery sticks with nut butter (you can add nut butter to the bottom of a small mason jar and stick the veggie sticks in with them for non-messy eating.

Planning ahead is your biggest ally when trying to continue a healthy eating regimen when traveling. It’s extremely difficult to feed yourself (much less an entire family!) if you don’t have options on hand at the beginning of the journey, so pre-make, package and pack simple options you and your family will enjoy so you’re not at the mercy of roadside stops if you don’t want to be!


Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN |

Pups and Pints on The Patio

Happy Hour becomes Yappy Hour for a good cause!
Our monthly pup and people social is back & the forecast couldn’t look better! Round up your fur-babies & friends and enjoy a drink on our patio with live music and treat samples for your dogs from our new local vendor, Barkworthies. This month, your donations will benefit local partner & animal lovers, Richmond Animal League.
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We’ll have treat samples for each pup,  happy hour prices at our bar in The Beet, plus live music on the patio from 5 to 7pm. That’s something you & your dog cab both wag your tails about.

Cacao Bean to Bar: A Traditional Mayan Chocolate Making Class



Wednesday, July 13th | 6:00 to 7:00PM


Michelle Moore of Artisan Mayan Chocolate


Explore the transformation of raw cacao beans into the minimally processed Traditional Guatemalan Chocolate!  In this workshop, Michelle will show you how the cacao bean transforms into “Tableta” (Guatemalan traditional chocolate) as well into a traditional Guatemalan beverage.  See and learn hands-on where the cacao comes from, how to roast and de-shell the beans to get nibs, then how to grind and shape these cacao nibs into Tabletas.  Through this experiential, hands-on class, you will learn the difference between Mayan chocolate and regular chocolate, the history of chocolate, how to roast, winnow, grind cacao beans, where the cacao comes from, and maybe most importantly, LEARN THAT CHOCOLATE IS FOOD!

About Artisan Mayan Chocolate

The traditional chocolate of Guatemala is still made by hand without any special machinery or technology, giving it outstanding texture, quality and flavor.  Michelle & Artisan Mayan Chocolate is focused on preserving the family tradition of their ancestors with the same ancient recipes and methods of making chocolate in Guatemala.  Their cacao is ethically sourced from small Guatemalan farmers, as well their sugar (unrefined cane-sugar) and spices, all supporting their communities.  Michelle is passionate about and dedicated to producing the best and authentic, traditional chocolate of Guatemala.

Artisan Mayan Chocolate operates as 2 businesses in 1: as Chocolate Antigua, a small batch, bean-to-bar hand crafted chocolate maker located in Antigua, Guatemala that has been making chocolate for the Guatemalan market for over 10 years, and now as the local company Artisans Mayan Chocolate, making their craft, fair-trade chocolates available to the US market through Richmond, VA.



Register for this class

Due to the hands-on nature of the class, space may become limited, so register in advance to reserve you & your party’s seats!  Pay below, at Customer Service, or by calling 359-7525.

Bean to Bar Mayan Chocolate Class


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Your Gut: A panel discussion with Dr. Michael P. Jones & The Well Being team



Tuesday, July 12th / 6:00 to 7:00PM


The Beet at Ellwood’s


Michael P. Jones, MD,  Ann Leggett, ACNP  and Lynn Farmer, MA, RDN with The Well Being. Read the teams’ bios HERE.


Dr. Michael P. Jones & his team of experts extend themselves to you for an open forum on ‘The Gut’.  Potential topics for the group include, but are certainly not limited to, behavioral therapies for digestive problems, heartburn drugs & risks, alternative therapies for IBS & chronic indigestion, eating to control digestive symptoms such as celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, gluten-free vs FODMAP for IBS, and much, much more.

Come with your questions & $5 for admission. Leave better prepared to conquer your gut health challenges!



Register for this class

Seating is limited for this class so register in advance to reserve you & your party’s seats. Pay below, at Customer Service, or by calling 359-7525.

Wellness Event w/ Dr. Michael P. Jones & The Well Being team


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IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: To Stop the U.S. Senate from Destroying GMO Labeling

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: To Stop the U.S. Senate from Destroying GMO Labeling

 By Nick Lasky

Last year, the so-called DARK Act that would destroy GMO labeling was voted down in the United States Senate.

Now, the same U.S. Senator who introduced the DARK Act, along with some Senatorial help, has introduced the Roberts-Stabenow Bill or Senate Bill 764. 

Instead of explaining all of the technical aspects, Senate Bill 764 is best summarized by the following quote from the Center for Food Safety :

“This is not a labeling bill; it is a non-labeling bill. We are appalled that our elected officials would support keeping Americans in the dark about what is in our food and even more appalled that they would do it on behalf of Big Chemical and food corporations.”

(The Center For Food Safety link above has a great copy and past sample email or letter to send on this issue)


Or as Cary Gilliam writes in the Huffington Post,

“For GMO Labeling Advocates, It Doesn’t Get Much Darker Than This”

The ROBERTS-STABENOW BILL OR SENATE BILL 764 requires labeling products with genetically engineered ingredients, but would give companies several options of how to do this:

  • Text on food packaging
  • Provide a QR Code (which must be scanned with a smartphone)
  • List a website or a phone number to call for the information
  • Use a symbol created by the USDA

It gets worse. Here is what happens if  the ROBERTS-STABENOW BILL OR SENATE BILL 764 is passed:

  • It would permanently outlaw states from passing their own GMO labeling laws
  • It lets companies NOT LABEL for up to two years until the USDA decides on labeling requirements
  • It does NOT require labeling for meat or dairy products from animals raised on GM feed
  • It imposes NO PENALTIES AT ALL for violating the labeling requirements
  • It allows the USDA to decide the percentage of GMO ingredients in a food product that require it to be labeled. (There is no set limit)
  • New genetically engineered technologies are excluded (such as RNAi and CRISPR 



Here is a CONTACT LIST OF  United States Senators and how to contact them.

If you can’t speak to your Senator, then ask to speak to the Agriculture Liaison or the Senator’s Chief of Staff.  Even if you call, PLEASE send an email to the applicable email address on the U.S. Senate contact list link above.

IN VIRGINIA: here are our 2 U.S. Senators Contacts:

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine – 202-224-4024. Chief of Staff: Mike Henry, Agriculture Liaison: Nick Barbash.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner – 202-224-2023. Chief of Staff: David Hallock, Agriculture Liaison: Caitlin Runyan.

  • Sign this Food Democracy Now! Petition and pass it along to your friends:

Ellwood Thompson’s supports transparent printed labeling of GMO foods on all packaging. Everyone should have the right to know what is in the food that they purchase.




TAKE ACTION // Call Our Senators on the GMO Labeling Compromise!

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Although the DARK act was defeated in May, there is a new compromise bill that, although IS mandatory, would most likely exclude all GMO oils (canola) and sugar beets and does have a QR code option.  This bills falls short of what consumers expect – a clear on package label.

Tell our Senators that we want more transparency!  Together with Health Warrior, we’re helping you call Warner and Kaine’s offices this Tuesday from 12pm to 2pm to tell them about this bill’s short coming for the consumer.   We can make a huge impact.  Let’s demand a better bill with no loopholes around the definition of GMO.

Here is a draft email, should you like to contact them two ways, as well and contact information for Senators Warner and Kaine, and some talking points to help inform your communication:

Senator — I am very concerned that the GMO labeling bill developed by Senator Roberts and Senator Stabenow. In particular, I am very concerned that a loophole could exempt GMO foods containing GMO sugars and oil. I urge you withhold your support for any GMO labeling bill that does not ensure that all GMO foods are properly labeled. See attached image from Rick and start at the ‘It is important to me’ line for the rest of the script… ”

If you’re unable to join us, here is the contact information and some talking points  you can use on your own to call our Senators:

Senator Kaine (D-VA) – Chief, Mike Henry 202-224-4024, Ag La Nick Barbash

Senator Warner (D-VA) – Chief, David Hallock 202-224-2023, Ag La Caitlin Runyan

  • Although this bill IS mandatory, it would most likely exclude all GMO oils (canola) and sugar beets and does have a QR code option.
  • This bills falls short of what consumers expect – a clear on package label.
  • Consumers should not have to use toll-free numbers and web sites to know what they’re eating.
  • Consumers want a mandatory disclosure on the package.
  • Nine of of ten consumers want the right to know.
  • 64 countries have required GMO labeling.
  • GMO labeling will not increase food prices; food companies change our labels all the time.

The memo found here will help explain the loophole in the bill.