April 28, 2006

Road Show

Today through the weekend I will be away as I travel down to Richmond, Virginia to sit in as one of the judges for the Richmond Show, the annual Richmond Ad Club awards. I don’t know if anyone from Richmond reads this site, but perhaps I will see you at the Show or at the inevitable party afterwards. It’s a big honor, and though I don’t believe I’ve ever been to Richmond, I am more than willing to take in some southern hospitality. Hold the grits.

Speaking of getting out of the house, I will be joining An Event Apart in Chicago on June 2nd, with guest speaker Jim Coudal, as well as the newly announced New York 2-day-extravaganza on July 10-11 with special guests Khoi Vinh, Adam Greenfield, Aaron Gustafson. All events also include the usual suspects, Eric and Jeffrey. Chicago is selling out quickly (most of you must be like me and will take any excuse to go drink beer with Coudal and crew), and New York will be on sale shortly. Mark your calendar application of choice.

Commentary (13):

1. niff says… apr 28, 2006 | 12:25 am

try your grits with butter and sugar and you will fall in LOVE! yummmm.

2. Jason Luther says… apr 28, 2006 | 12:55 am

Hey Jason! I’m a regular lurker on your site. I moved up to Philly about a year and a half ago from…Richmond, VA. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend a few restaurants to visit to truly experience southern hospitality and food.
First is Coaker’s Spot, in Jackson Ward (a neighborhood), a great lunch spot. For dinner, try Comfort, true southern comfort food, as the name suggests. And for breakfast, with a great patio, there’s the Starlite Diner, in what’s known as the Fan.
This figures, I visit your site all the time because of your great design work and end up talking about food and where I used to live. Insane. Well, enjoy Richmond and I’ll have to comment on something design related soon.
Wait, how’s this, I think your design for the National Gazette looks great!

3. Monique says… apr 28, 2006 | 7:08 am

Richmond is a Southern Belle. If you get the chance, you should try to see some of the interesting places there - a Poe house, if you have any interest in the Civil War the Confederate Museum & a drive down Monument Avenue.

4. Colin D. Devroe says… apr 28, 2006 | 9:54 am

I just wrote on my calendar application of choice (a napkin), to: “Tell Jason he’ll be there, and then not show up, that’ll get ‘em”. :)

Have a good weekend, drive safe.

5. Jared says… apr 28, 2006 | 10:15 am

Dang! If I didn’t have soccer tickets, I’d definitely be down there. Richmond was my former stomping ground and I started reading your site when I lived there. It’s a great city and I think you’ll enjoy it. There is lots of great of food, and tons of cool bars. For the booze, you’ll want to go to Empire, McCormick’s, or Acapella’s. Those places have great a atmosphere and I think the clientele will make you feel right at home. For the best greasy breakfast, check out Karen’s on the corner of Strawberry and Broad. Be sure to stop by Kuba Kuba. It’s a Richmond staple. There are plenty of other places as well, and I’ll be happy to pass along more information if you’d like.

6. wayne says… apr 28, 2006 | 10:29 am

i went to college in richmond, and can’t say that i share the rosy perspective that others seem to have on the town. but if you’re only there for the weekend, it should be fairly enjoyable. oh, but don’t drive down monument avenue, unless you really like giant statues of confederate leaders.

7. Dan Boland says… apr 28, 2006 | 2:04 pm

I’ll echo what Wayne said — I went to college in Richmond for two years before transferring. It’s a total shithole of a city, at least if you live there. But as a visitor, there’s plenty to see.

And I will be attending AEA Chicago. Hopefully I can make your acquaintance!

8. Ross Catrow says… apr 28, 2006 | 4:07 pm

Richmond is hardly “a shithole of a city.”

Richmond has a great small-town feel with enough stuff going on to get you through. Life moves at a slower pace and people actually smile at you as you walk down the street or stand in line at the store.

There is a lot of potential in this place and I love it. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

Also, to echo what Jason said, Croaker’s is one of the most amazing places to eat *anywhere*.

If you want to drop a couple hundred bucks try out One North Belmont, a French restuarant that will rival anything in Philly, including Le Bec-Fin.

I’ve got theatre tickets that night, but wish I could go. I hope you have an excellent time in my city. We’re glad to have you.

9. Jason Santa Maria says… apr 30, 2006 | 10:02 pm

I actually liked Richmond a lot. It’s a very red-brick city like Philadelphia. Much of our days and nights were planned out, so we went where we taken. I don’t mean that to sound restrictive, in fact our hosts showed us a fantastic time! As far as restaurants/bars, we went to: Euphoria, Juleps, The Border, and another bar I can’t recall the name of (thank you, beer).

10. Kyle says… may 1, 2006 | 10:55 am

It was a fun evening…it was brave of you to let us cart you all over town Saturday night. I believe that first restaurant in your list should be Europa, not Euphoria. The last bar we stopped at was Buddy’s.

11. Jason Santa Maria says… may 1, 2006 | 11:15 am

Ah yes… Europa. Um… thank you, beer!

12. Tony says… may 5, 2006 | 1:19 am

I was in Richmond for a conference with work several years ago (when I was working in Northern Virginia). The only restaurant we got out to was The Tabacco Co. As I recall, the street (whatever street it was) was paved with cobblestones.

13. Chris Valenti says… jun 25, 2006 | 5:27 pm

I live in Richmond, and I read your site, Pizan. (But I’m not a professional designer or anything.)
I knew you were going to be here, but couldn’t make the event that night. Hope you enjoyed it and got a chance to tour “the fan” a bit whilst you were here. (Shockoe Slip is the street with the cobblestones.)