Taste of Blue Ridge has picked eight foodie destinations for you to visit in 2017. A community of local chefs, restaurant owners, farmers, and beverage masters here in the northern Shenandoah Valley who are passionate about food and beverage. These food professionals are dedicated to serving the best food quality possible using local resources.
The summer of 2017 will see six unique food experiences launched – “Blue Ridge Root to Table” by the community of passionate foodies here at Taste of Blue Ridge.
Start your New Year out at one of these top culinary destinations. Meet the people behind the food. We have attached links where you can learn more about the people behind the food scene here in the valley.
For New Year’s Eve – reservations are highly suggested and may be required.
One Block West is serving a 7 course-tasting menu for New Year’s Eve. Chef Ed Matthews always comes out to chat. “Pristine ingredients let us keep the presentations simple so that customers can focus on the flavors. Without fresh ingredients, there is no cuisine, no happiness, and no reason to cook.” Located in Indian Alley in Old Town Winchester, One Block West is a high-end wine bar- gastro pub. Call 540-662-1455 for reservations.
George’s Food and Spirits is featuring a New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Dinner. Chef John Lawrence is the Head Chef at the George Washington A Wyndham Grand Hotel in downtown Winchester, Virginia. “I want people to see George’s Food and Spirits as a wonderful place to get good seafood.” The George Washington Hotel won the 2015 – 2016 Boutique Hotel of the Year from Wyndham Hotels. Seatings at 6 pm & 9 pm. Reservations are required so please call (540) 771-2727
L’AuBerge Provencale features a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza https://www.laubergeprovencale.com/newsletter.html from 5:30 – 6:30 for those who have later plans that evening and 8:30 to 10 pm with dancing til midnight in the new bar and lounge. “We didn’t know that we are supposed to be advertising a farm to table restaurant because we’ve been doing it for 30 years,” said Celeste Borel, owner. Call 540.837.1375 for reservations.
HIllbrook Inn and Spa offers you an isolated private retreat in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Chef Justin Meyers will be featuring a Prix Fixe Dinner for New Year’s Eve. “I want people to enjoy the flavors, to have a deep connection to them such as I do. When I cook my flavors, I want them to connect, I want each flavor to bind together and make them round together.”Owners, Chris and Carissa welcome you to their award winning country inn. Make reservations at 800-304-4223.
Violini’s Ristorante Italiano is a two generation family owned restaurant in Old Town Winchester. Celebrating 20 years, Chef Riccardo Stucco invites you to join his family this year. “When you come to Violino’s, expect authentic Italian cuisine made with the freshest ingredients from recipes that stretch generations back.” Located on the Old Town Mall, you can celebrate the New Year at First Night! For reservations call 540-667-8006 .
Magnolia’s at the Mill is a popular drive for both Virginia and West Virginia back yard neighbors. Located in the small town of Purcellville, Virginia in Loudoun County, Chef Erik Foxx-Nettnin brings regional food to the valley. “Here at Magnolias we get in whole animals and fabricate them down. What I’ve brought to every kitchen is how to properly and respectfully handle the food that you govern.” New Year’s Eve we will feature a three course dinner with lots of choices sure to satisfy everyone in your group! Make your reservations at 540-338-9800.
Located in Winchester, VA, Chinatown Restaurant brings a unique flair to Asian cuisine. From savory Chinese favorites to the fresh flavors of Thai and Japanese dishes, we use the highest quality ingredients and skillful preparation to provide you with a fantastic meal. Offering one of the largest wine cellars here in the valley, meet Ming Chan, owner – “Knowledge is powerful and the more I know about food, where I get it from, and how to work with it makes me feel good it’s what really drives me. I love to learn and work with things that I don’t know.”
“Our beer isn’t just craft beer, it’s artisan beer.” Billie Clifton, owner of Backroom Brewery invites you to begin your New Year. The Backroom Brewery is not just a craft brewery, it is an Artisan Brewery. In other words they are crafting artist beers that you really can’t find anywhere else because they utilize their own fresh ground hops and herbs from the Sunflower Cottage Farm located in Middletown, Virginia.
Make a New Year resolution to meet these foodies and expand your love of food.