Real Richmond Food Tours co-founder Maureen Egan, who wrote “Insiders’ Guide to Richmond, VA” and teamed with Richmond Magazine editor Susan Winiecki on their expert-driven company, led us on a May 4 tour of Church Hill, Richmond’s oldest neighborhood. We explored “From Spices to Pies” at five culinary establishments: Dutch & Company, WPA Bakery, Proper Pie Co., Alamo BBQ and Sub Rosa Bakery. Church Hill’s changing. As Egan said, “We couldn’t do this a year ago. There weren’t enough places that were worthy.”
Now, it’s possible to eat well without leaving Church Hill while learning about the history of complex patriots like Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. We even got views of a Faerie Garden and the James River, which drops 105 feet in 7 miles, creating pockets of Class V rapids. I was happy to stay on the hill and admire the river’s power from afar, though, if given more time, it would be fun to navigate an 11-mile loop of James River Park trails.