We’re taking a trip to RVA (that’s Richmond, Virginia) on today’s episode of Hot Grease. Nicole chats up food blogger, event planner, baker, and cheesemonger Nicole Lang about Richmond’s burgeoning food scene. Hear about Nicole’s first experiences with pimento cheese, and the camaraderie between Richmond and Brooklyn. Find out some of the best places to grab a beer or buy a record in RVA! Later, Nicole calls food historian and President of the Elegba Folklore Society Janine Bell to talk about Richmond’s upcoming celebration of Juneteenth. Learn about the holiday, what it means to Diaspora communities, and why it should be a national celebration. Find out how African food traditions have influenced North American cuisine. This program has been sponsored by White Oak Pastures. Thanks to The California Honeydrops for today’s music.

“The Richmond food scene has exploded in the past three years… it is a very tangible thing that you can see and feel.” [10:20]

Nicole Lang on Hot Grease