The Elbys are the Richmond food scene's Oscars. Each year, the industry takes off one night to celebrate food, booze and each other. There are awards, there are costumes, there is dancing and there is a lot of fun. You can't go wrong eating at a single Elbys nominee, but here's your guide to eating your way through the Elby winners!


Chef of the Year

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Owen Lane - Vagabond

Chef Owen Lane's new digs on Broad Street, next to the National Theater, appear to be suiting him. Catch a few of his signature savory dishes before a show, or a night out on the town in the growing Arts District.


Restaurant of the Year

Dutch & Company

"Michelle Shriver, Caleb Shriver and Phil Perrow opened Dutch & Company in January 2013 in Church Hill. Both Caleb Shriver and Perrow are former Elby Rising Star winners"


Cocktail Program & Beer Program


This Jackson Ward outpost took home two beverage Elbys for cocktails and beer. The food is pretty great too at this comfortable neighborhood spot.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Jason Alley - Comfort & Pasture

"for “helping to shape the Richmond dining community, dedicating himself to the betterment of Richmond cuisine, and supporting fellow chefs and restaurants.” Alley has been called Richmond’s de facto “food ambassador,” representing the city at festivals nationwide, in the media and through his use of locally made products."

Hit up Richmond Magazine for a full list of winners (eating ideas really) and nominees and eat your way through the Elbys!!!!