After months of planning, posting, eating and walking from door-to-door of over 40 restaurants (that last one was all Cazey), it's FINALLY Richmond Brunch Weekend. The only box left to check at this point is heading out to brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and we want you to join us! Not only will 15 percent of your order will go back to local cancer research at VCU Massey Cancer Center, but you might even win the ultimate Richmond prize package.
Intrigued? Here's how to win at Richmond Brunch Weekend:
1. Pick a participating restaurant from our list
The key here is to make sure you go to a restaurant that is donating proceeds to VCU Massey Cancer Center! We love all local restaurants, but for this weekend only, make sure you go to one of the 43 restaurants that are donating back to Massey.
If you're a visual person like we are, use this interactive map to find a restaurant that is part of #RVABrunchWeekend. The green locations are open Saturday (looking at you, Mabel's Espresso Bakery Cafe), the purple locations are open Sunday and the blue locations are open both Saturday and Sunday.
This weekend is the perfect occasion to try somewhere new!
2. Make a reservation
We're expecting brunchers to be out en masse this weekend, so if you can, make a reservation! Please do so directly through the restaurant of your choice, and be sure to thank them for participating in Richmond Brunch Weekend! (Hint: A lot of them are on OpenTable!)
Or if you're Type B, just show up day of at the time you want to eat! There's nothing wrong with that. (That would be Sara if Cazey didn't exist).
3. Eat and Enjoy!
This is the easiest step ever. Order what catches your eye, maybe two dishes if they both sound too good not to try. And don't even feel bad about it! It's going to cancer research.
Ask if there are any specials or if they are doing a special Massey Mimosa where $1 goes back to Massey. (Remember to hashtag #MasseyMimosa on your Instagram!)
4. Snap a quick food picture
Ugh, we're THOSE people who take pictures of our food. We want you to join in the fun.
If you take a picture of your brunch both Saturday and Sunday, share it on social media, follow and tag us (@AsToldOverBrunch) and Richmond Brunch Weekend (@RichmondBrunch) and use the hashtag #RVADoubleBrunch. If you do all three things, you'll be entered to win a prize valued at over $100, which includes a $50 gift card to Metro, $50 to Saison Market and $25 to Mabel's Espresso Bakery Cafe!
If you're only brunching out one day this weekend, either make another trip out OR enter our Massey Mimosa contest, which applies the same rules, but you just need to share a picture of your special Massey Mimosa with the hashtag #MasseyMimosa.
5. Leave a tip and additional donation
Please be kind to your servers! They're part of a restaurant that has stepped up to support local cancer research. That's so cool! Tip them well, and if you feel compelled, leave a little something extra for VCU Massey Cancer Center on either the receipt or the donation envelope (it will differ based on where you dine).
If you're a millennial who likes doing things online, you can donate directly to the Massey Alliance* online too, and you don't even have to wait until brunch time! If you go this route: 1.) THANK YOU and 2.) Please indicate you're donating in honor of Richmond Brunch Weekend in the comments section.
*The Massey Alliance is the young professionals board of VCU Massey Cancer Center and our cohost for putting on this whole amazing weekend.
P.S. It's not too late to join us for our kickoff!
On Friday we're kicking off this year's Richmond Brunch Weekend on the rooftop of the Graduate rooftop! Right now tickets are sold out, but you can hop on our waitlist here.
And I mean, we'll be there, so don't you wanna come?
Tickets get you two free drinks, six brunch appetizers, our famous Nightingale Ice Cream #RVABrunchBar (only available this month with 10% of sales going to Massey), and music, a photographer, and hanging out with your closest friends.