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Food events planned at downtown museum for fashion exhibit

The Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center’s newest exhibit includes a few food-related events.

Our intern Bridget Balch wrote about the “Woman Adorned: Transcending Time, Transforming Culture” exhibit for today’s Weekender cover story. It opens Sunday.

The first (free) event is called “Food & Fashion,” and is part of the Holiday Open House weekend in downtown. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 9, the museum store will highlight the flavors of the city, and Margaret “Peggy” Conway will sign copies of her recipe book, “Tastefully Fredericksburg.” Samples of local foods will be offered, and museum employees and volunteers will also model clothes and accessories that are for sale.

The other event is the inaugural “Food Fight Fredericksburg” fundraiser. Balch adds: “Don’t worry. This food fight is not one that will stain your shirt and get you sent to the principal’s office… it’s the chefs who will be doing the fighting—and you’ll be the judge.” It’ll be held at 7 pm. on Nov. 8.

Local restaurants will make an appetizer and signature drink for each of the five fashion themes in the exhibit. Those participants will be from Castiglia’s, Salon 730, Bistro Bethem, Impressions of Fredericksburg, Foode, Spaces, Kybecca and the Orion Lounge. Guests will vote at the end of the night for which selection they thought was most impressive.

Tickets are $100 for an individual and $250 for a couple, and can be purchased at or by contacting Melanie Johnson at mjohnson@famcc.

(And if you missed today’s restaurant review in Weekender, check it out here. Writer Linda Salisbury praises Aladin Mediterranean Bar & Grill on Plank Road. “The real magic is in both the kitchen and the service, and we were well-attended and -guided by Sandra. Everything we tried had a gourmet touch.” I actually ate lunch there with my father the day I moved to town two years ago, but never had the chance to go back. I have a feeling it’s time for a return trip.)