To the Market We Go With Cafe Milo. Refined Farmer’s Market Dinners Hit the Table

by | Jun 28, 2021

Cafe Milo landed in the NEON District back in early 2020, just weeks before the pandemic disrupted the restaurant industry across the world. The quaint cafe off of Grace Street brought to Norfolk by a husband and wife team features hand-painted floors and clean, modern decor. Despite the massive headwinds of a global pandemic, Cafe Milo is thriving 18 months later and bringing something super fresh to the table. They’re making their first foray into dinner service, which patrons have long-awaited. 


Cafe Milo is partnering with your favorite local vendors to put on Farmer’s Market Dinners throughout the summer. They’re crafting a special 3-course meal focused on seasonally in-stock products and proteins. Peter and Angela will be checking in with vendors throughout the week to see what can be supplied, building a menu from scratch, and picking up the goods on Friday at the Ghent Farmers Market. Throughout the series, you can expect to see fare from Fritillary Farms, Shore Coastal Seafood, What the Farm, Pilgrim Bread, Perennial Roots Farm, and Empowered Plantcakes.


That means you can get hyper-local and super fresh offerings plated up with an expert’s touch. Diners can expect to see some classic dinner plates done in Cafe Milo’s whimsical refined style. But of course, dinner this elegant deserves some wine, and you can get a perfectly paired wine alongside your meal. 


Saturday, June 19th, was their first dinner, where they featured Spanish paella with fresh local seafood. This Saturday, June 3rd, they’re taking on three courses of Italian cuisine. They’ve got Virginia black sea bass, local lamb, and hand-pulled mozzarella. 


We’ve got the full menu for this weekend below, but be sure to make reservations ahead of time as seating is limited and in high demand. Every dinner will be different so keep your eyes peeled all summer. There will even be some completely vegan dinners, mushroom-focused menus, and maybe a guest appearance of Mexican Mole. 


Saturday, July 3rd, 2021:


First Course    /    $55

Crudo- Virginia Black Sea Bass, Watermelon, Micro Greens, Shishito Pepper Vinaigrette

Second Course

Orecchiette- Ground Lamb, Broccolini, Garlic, Parmesan, Chili Flakes

Third Course

Buratta- Hand-Pulled Mozzarella Burrata, Local Honey, Peaches, Baguette

With Wine Pairing    /    $20


Join Cafe Milo for Farmer’s Market Dinners every first and third Saturday of the month this summer.

Paul Stetson Rice

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