Saturday, August 16, 2014

Summer Donut Dash: WPA Edition

It's hard to believe that summer is almost over and that the last Donut Dash is upon us!

We saved a kind of super secret donut spot for this last edition. WPA Bakery is more well known for being probably a supplier of delicious cakes and pies to Richmond's restaurant scene including Ipanema Cafe, Garnett's Cafe (one of my favorites), and The Roosevelt. They opened their Church Hill location in 2012 and have been serving their delectable pastries to eager crowds ever since.


WPA is located in one of Richmond's most-historic but I think often most over-looked areas, Church Hill. Thanks to a bustling restaurant scene and Daniel Day Lewis (who stayed in a house in Church Hill while filming Lincoln in Richmond), the area is seeing a revival of epic proportions after suffering from a bad reputation for a very long time.


WPA only makes its wonderful donuts on Sunday mornings, making them kind of a best-kept donut secret. Unlike Dixie or Sugar Shack, the donuts here are classics - I recommend going with can't-go-wrong perfection of a glazed donut. Their style is hard to describe - they are cake donuts, but not heavy at all. I think they are a perfect cross between Dixie and Sugar Shack, making this spot a fitting finale for the Summer Donut Dash.

The route for this 5k is chock-full of great Richmond history - trust me, you don't want to miss it. Katie has put together a great tour and you will definitely feel like you've earned those donuts.

When: Sunday, August 24, 2014. Group departs promptly at 8 am.

Where: WPA Bakery at 2707 East Marshall Street, Richmond, VA. Street parking is plentiful and free.

Course: We'll head straight downhill to cover Richmond's oldest neighborhoods and sights including the warehouse district in Shockoe Bottom, the canal, Shockoe Slip, the Virginia State Capitol, Main Street Station, Lumpkins Slave Jail site, the Poe Museum, and historic St. John's Church. Please note that this area is called Church Hill for a reason - yes, this will be a hilly course! We are keeping the uphills to a minimum and will walk back up the last hill after completing our official 5k at the bottom.

How: Register online here. Pre-registration and completed waiver required; payment in cash or credit can be accepted on site Please arrive early if paying on site. PLEASE NOTE that if you don't get a confirmation email, you aren't registered - make sure you follow through to the last step to ensure proper registration.

Full information about the series can be found on the Food Running Tours! Tab.