Taste of Blue Ridge Launches Root to Table

Taste of Blue Ridge Root to Table Culinary Series

A foodie escape experience

Taste of Blue Ridge is a community of owners, chefs, farmers and food retailers who are dedicated to serving the highest quality level of food using the best resources available.

“The community’s mission is to educate the consumer on how to take products from their farmer markets and backyard gardens hence “root origin” and turn them into award winning dishes and beverage cocktails. That is why Taste uses “root to table” to describe this foodie escape weekend,” said Nancy Craun, Owner and Founder of Taste of Blue Ridge.

Funded through a grant from Virginia Tourism, the first event weekend is on August 18th and 19th at the Hillbrook Inn and Spa and The George Washington Hotel. This culinary collaboration involves chefs from the Virginia counties of Loudoun, Clarke, Frederick, the City of Winchester, and Jefferson County in West Virginia.

“It is going to be interesting and fun having this many executive chefs and restaurant owners in one kitchen. Hopefully the fireworks will be minimal!” said Craun.

Friday, August 18th at the Hillbrook Inn and Spa is a cocktail party combining Asian and Virginia cuisine and cocktails starting at 7 pm.

  •     Owner/Chef Ming Chan from Chinatown in Winchester, Virginia will showcase “Summer in Saigon with Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wraps and a martini with an Asian influence – Saigon Brow.
  •     Owner Jeremy Throckmorton of Throx Market will give a different twist to the Virginia BBQ by featuring a smoked pastrami with homemade sauerkraut. Celebrating Virginia Craft Beer Month, guests will experience a “beertail” called Mitchelada.
  •     Chef Steve Ferrell of HIllbrook Inn ‘s Redbook Restaurant will offer a surprise signature tapa and cocktail for the evening.

Friday, August 18th at George’s Food and Spirits is an evening of oysters on the patio. Combining draft beer and/or wine, Chef John Lawrence features roasted oysters on the Sundowner Patio. “A real popular event for the locals,” said Suzi Smith, Director of Sales at The George Washington Grand Wyndham Hotel in Winchester, Virginia.

Saturday, August 19th, is a dinner party with live…

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