The best Brunswick stew is made right here in good ol’ Richmond, Virginia. Not in my kitchen, but in the kitchen of The Episcopal Church of the Creator. This is not an advertising for the church by any means. I just want to tell you if you love Brunswick stew, the spicy Brunswick stew made from this church is the way to go.
Some friends and I attended the 12th Annual Brunswick Stew Festival this past Saturday held at the 17th Street Market. We arrived as soon as it opened at 11 in the morning and started sampling immediately since the lines do get ridiculous. The first Brunswick stew we tried was the one from The Episcopal Church and after 10-15 samplings of other Brunswick stews from other parts of Virginia, this stood above the rest. We waited in line for 30 minutes to purchase quarts of our own and voted The Episcopal Church of the Creator to be the winner of the festival. If you missed the festival, don’t fret. You can order some yourself by calling (804) 746-8765 x6 and leaving your name, phone # and number of quarts of traditional or spicy (go for the spicy). You must order by Nov. 25th though.
A 32 oz. quart of the spicy Brunswick stew costs $8, the traditional was $7. We had the stew for dinner that night. We easily just heated it up on the stove for less than 10 minutes and toasted some crusty bread spread with butter and olive oil. It was just what I needed to help with this cold weather and runny nose.
I’m not lying when I say that this was the ultimate bowl of Brunswick stew. Even though this was the “spicy” batch, it wasn’t overbearing at all. The spicy stew had a slight kick to each bite. The bits of vegetables and potatoes were roughly the same size and same consistency. The chicken was shredded perfectly. The texture was creamy and so flavorable. Hands down, the best Brunswick stew in town.
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