Alan Ruiz’s Multi-Faceted “Infrapolitics” Exhibition

We speak with the artist about how he uses physical and invisible power to highlight infrastructural prejudice, violence and more

“The term ‘Infrapolitics’ seems an appropriate shorthand to convey the idea that we are dealing with an unobtrusive realm of political struggle,” James C Scott writes in his 1990 book Domination and the Arts of Resistance. This concept serves as primary inspiration for artist and writer Alan Ruiz’s exhibition Infrapolitics—on now at 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. The artwork uses power—literally—to explore the idea; pulling …

Olli Salamini

The Virginia-based company launches petit portions of some of their most popular salames

At the recent Fancy Food Show, one of our favorite bites was a little kick from the spicy new Olli Calabrese salamini. Portioned in a small size more commonly found in Europe, Olli Salumeria uses their old-world artisanal techniques to create their new little salames. Ready for snacking, picnicking and entertaining, Olli’s new salaminis come in the spicy Calabrese with cayenne and paprika, an applewood …

Mamacita’s Gourmet Hot Sauce

A thick, subtly spicy hot sauce that's a hometown hero in Richmond, Virginia

Making the farmers market rounds, but also available online through outreach, Mamacita’s Gourmet Hot Sauce is a Virginia’s Finest product and a local merchant favorite in its hometown of Richmond. The spicy blend carries more than enough potent flavor, since it’s made from fresh jalapeños, but its thick, substantial consistency is what really differentiates this sauce from others. Tiny bits of spice and pepper yield …