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Virginia Food Tours

by Casey | Posted on March 21st, 2013

Does your love of food lead you to new destinations? Several Virginia cities offer food tours that highlight the best flavors and most memorable dining experiences to be had.

Arcadia

Arcadia

Real Richmond Food Tours are two and a half hours of culinary goodness. Hear from the chefs and owners as you dine and walk the town. Inquire about Lincoln Legs: Brunch & Brushes with History. It’s their latest tour that includes brunch at Arcadia (where Daniel Day-Lewis was photographed dining in full make-up for LINCOLN), as well as a tour of historic sites and filming locations.

DC Metro Food Tours integrate history with great tastes from restaurants, markets and distilleries. Inquire for a wide range of tour locations, including Manassas, Old Town Alexandria and Leesburg. Tickets are $60 or less per person and tours last three to three and a half hours.

Norfolk’s maritime history is incorporated into three days of food exploration. Visit a battleship, enjoy a homemade ice cream cone from the people who invented the ice cream cone, check out a bakery highlighted by Food Network and adored by Paula Deen … the list goes on and on. The “tour” is simply a list of suggestions to sample on your own, so do as much or as little as you like.

Experiential Food Tour in Alexandria

Have a group of friends who would love to spend the weekend touring history and food? Maybe the Experiential Food Tour in Alexandria is up your alley. Site include George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Distillery, a waterfront dining experience, a chocolate appreciation class and more. Customize it however you like.

When in Roanoke, take the southern food route. Included in this suggested tour is The Regency Room at Hotel Roanoke, The Roanoker, Texas Tavern and chocolatepaper.

Your tastebuds will thank you for touring Virginia’s foodie hot spots. Check out more dining options.

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10 Southern Comfort Dining Experiences

by Guest | Posted on March 7th, 2013

Treat your taste buds to some of Virginia’s local cuisine. The Commonwealth has a range of restaurants to experience, but make sure you do not miss out on one of the things Virginia does best – southern food. Many dishes featured in these southern comfort food restaurants are inspired from recipes that have been passed down for generations. Make the most out of your Virginia dining experience with these sophisticated, down-home southern comfort food dining selections.

Lee Ann Whippen of Wood Chicks BBQ in Chesapeake

Lee Ann Whippen of Wood Chicks BBQ in Chesapeake

Whistlepig BistroGlade Springs
This restaurant stands by a great name with an even greater philosophy – “Real Food, Ya’ll.” The Whistlepig Bistro offers a variety of dishes with a southern twist. Many have enjoyed the juicy burgers and outstanding cornbread, to name a few of their southern delights.

The Virginia DinerWakefield
You may have tried the Virginia Diner’s gourmet peanuts, but have you tried their warm peanut pie? This restaurant has much more to offer than just peanuts, however. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Virginia Diner has a wide range of southern delicacies to choose from.

ComfortRichmond
This restaurant’s name tells all. Comfort is a place to enjoy traditional southern comfort food prepared from local farm-grown produce and made-from-scratch cooking. Pair any of the southern dishes with an all-American beverage from the fully stocked bar.

Wood Chicks BBQ - Chesapeake – CLOSED

Lynne’s Family RestaurantMathews
Lynne’s Family Restaurant offers down-home cooking in a casual atmosphere. This is a perfect place for the whole family with many homemade dining options. Not only is lunch and dinner prepared, but Lynne’s also provides a wonderful country breakfast spread.

Smithfield Inn Restaurant and TavernSmithfield
Offering southern hospitality for over 250 years, Smithfield Inn has been serving up southern dishes to dedicated locals and repeat visitors to the area for years. Not only are the good-eats attractive, but the location is as well. The restaurant provides casual, al fresco, and formal dining experiences.

Mountain Art WorksHaysi
Not only does Mountain Art Works serve as a restaurant, but as a gallery as well. Enjoy the homey décor with antiques and memorabilia on display while dining on hand-patted burgers, homemade gravy and biscuits, or your choice of many more southern comfort delights.

Bistro BethemFredericksburg
Bistro Bethem has not only been praised for its delicious dishes, but for its dining experience as well. The menu provides seasonal and daily specials, offering an upscale twist on southern comfort foods. The atmosphere is one for the fine diner who desires tastes from the south.

Local RootsRoanoke
Local Roots prides itself on having S.O.L.E.—Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical products. This restaurant provides its customers with farm-to-table cuisine, serving dishes created from the best products from the best farms.

Molasses GrillHalifax
A blend of southern traditions and modern tastes, Molasses Grill serves up amazing dishes to its satisfied customers. The menu consists of fresh dishes from the sea and land, with many options for vegetarians too. The daily specials, homemade baguettes, and freshly made desserts make this a culinary hot spot.

There are many more Virginia restaurants that feature southern delicacies. Find them at www.virignia.org.

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Frances Bradshaw is a Public Relations intern at Virginia Tourism Corporation and a senior at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.



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Bite-Sized Fun at Virginia Food Festivals

by Casey | Posted on January 17th, 2013

Virginia is well known for its peanuts and ham, but what about tomatoes, strawberries and even oysters? Come taste the great Virginia flavors you’ve been missing out on.

Highland Maple Festival

Highland Maple Festival

The food festivals of 2013 kick off in Highland County (Virginia’s “Little Switzerland”) with the Maple Festival. Take a tour and see the trees tapped with buckets collecting the sweet goodness. Pancake breakfasts and much more make this a memorable trip and it all happens March 9, 10, 16 and 17.

Virginia’s oyster industry is experiencing a re-birth. On the Eastern Shore in Machipongo, the Barrier Islands Center is hosting an oyster roast on February 23. It’s fresh-from-the-sea goodness with live music, wine and beer. Later, travel to the little town of Urbanna the first weekend in November and you’ll be treated to oyster shucking contests and this succulent of the sea itself, cooked (or uncooked) anyway you like it.

Tour the town by your taste buds when Blacksburg rolls out its annual Fork and Cork festival April 27. More than 20 wineries and delicious foods from local restaurants will make this a one-day smorgasbord.

Sweet strawberries are the highlight of the Delaplane Strawberry Festival May 25-26. It’s a day of fun for the entire family with kids’ games, hay rides, fantastic food and delicious strawberries.

Hanover tomatoes ripen with the warm Virginia summer sun, and on July 13, you’re invited to enjoy the season’s yield and watch cooks compete with their tomato recipes. 35 years and still going strong.

August is peach season in Virginia and the Peach Festival at Marker Miller Orchard in Winchester promises the cream of the crop. Live music, a cow train for the kids and plenty of peaches in pie, ice cream or cobbler form await you on August 10.

You can’t be in two places at once, so October 10-12 will be a hard time for those who love Brunswick stew and shrimp. Go with the one you love the most – Suffolk on October 10 for shrimp or Alberta on October 12 for stew. Either choice is a win.

Dig into our calendar to find more food festivals to fill up on.

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Dine Around the Town

by Casey | Posted on January 11th, 2013

Celebrate some of Virginia’s best chefs when you partake of their special “restaurant week” offerings.

Catch 31

Catch 31 is a participating restaurant for Virginia Beach Restaurant Week.

January 13-19: Blacksburg Restaurant Week highlights all of the diverse cuisine this college town has to offer. Expect to find great dining deals rather than flat rates.

January 13-20: Virginia Beach Restaurant Week yields the fresh seafood one would expect to find along the coast, but with 60+ participating restaurants, there’s something on the menu for everyone. Two-course lunches available for $10 or three-course dinners available at $20 or $30.

January 18-27: Alexandria’s Restaurant Week has a presidential flare this year as its right in the mix of President Obama’s Inauguration (January 21). More than 50 dining establishments will be offering three-course dinners for $35 or a dinner for two for the same price.

January 18-28: Old Town Fredericksburg Restaurant Week highlights a wide range of wonderful dining experiences. Two-course lunches are $10.13 and three-course dinners are $20.13.

January 20-27: Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week makes a promise to those who are hungry – “There’s an app, entree and dessert for that.” Select restaurants are offering a two-course lunch for $10 while more establishments have three-course dinners for $20 or $30.

January 21-26: Downtown Roanoke Restaurant Week boasts $10 lunches and $20 or $30 three-course dinners. Choose from comfortable familiars to fine dining, adventurous eclectic and authentic ethnic.

January 28 – February 3: Charlottesville Restaurant Week, take one! The January and July editions of this popular dining event showcase three-course dinners at the finest restaurants for $26. Go ahead and jot down July 8-14for take two.

Boar's Head Inn

Boar's Head Inn is a participating restaurant for Charlottesville Restaurant Week.

February 4-10: Northern Virginia/DC Restaurant Week gathers the best establishments from Alexandria, Arlington, Clifton, Fairfax, Falls Church, McLean, Reston and Vienna for a gourmet dine-around. Lunches are $20.13 and dinners are $35.13.

March 2-9: Downtown Hampton and Coliseum Central Restaurant Week delivers when “Good Taste Matters.” Two-course lunches for $10 and three-course dinners for $20 or $30 in a variety of restaurants between Downtown Hampton and Coliseum Central/Peninsula Town Center districts. Spread out and eat well!

March 16-23: Suffolk Restaurant Week lets you choose your price point – deluxe or premier. Deluxe lunch and dinner are $10 and $20, respectively. Premier lunch and dinner run $15 and $30, respectively. The participants and menus are still being worked out, but you’re promised a savory blend of the city’s signature flavors. Don’t miss it!

 

 

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Mark your calendar for these dining events now so you won’t miss out, plus keep an eye out for those that are annual favorites but the dates have yet to be announced.

June 22-29: Lynchburg Restaurant Week is a cultural event spotlighting the city’s independent restauranteurs. Watch for special deals and prix-fixe menus.

October 14-20: Culpeper Downtown Restaurant Week promises three-course dinners for $25 at some of Culpeper’s best eateries.

April and October: Richmond Restaurant Week

 

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Crafting a Great Holiday Feast

by Casey | Posted on November 8th, 2012

Something about sharing a meal together makes family memories so much sweeter. Granted, not all of us are handy in a kitchen, but with a little know-how from Virginia’s culinary experts, we can certainly be better. Take note of these special cooking classes and seminars to make your Thanksgiving, Christmas and the holidays beyond a bit more meaningful.

Shenandoah Seasonings Cooking Demos at Skyland Resort

Shenandoah Seasonings Cooking Demos at Skyland Resort

A novice chef might wish to stand back and observe the professionals. If that’s you, visit Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park any Tuesday or Friday afternoon through November 23 for a cooking demo with the Executive Chef and Sous Chef. Demos begin at 3 p.m. and cost $10 per person.

Cooper’s Landing Inn and Traveler’s Tavern in Clarksville regularly offers Chef’s Cooking Classes. They’re hands-on two-hour classes that culminate in your very own dinner. Upcoming classes include “Charcuterie … Making Sausage” on November 12 and “Holiday Entertaining & Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres” on December 3.

Once you’re past Thanksgiving, someone has to do something with the leftovers. Sure, you could package them up and send them off with the family, or you could make something delicious for yourself. Join Georgie Young at Wade’s Mill in Raphine for a class to show you just that. November 16, $30 for the class and lunch.

Thinking ahead to Christmas dinners with family and friends? Consider a class with Executive Chef William Walden at Goodstone Inn in Middleburg. He’ll teach you some of Goodstone’s best dishes and then you’ll enjoy a holiday lunch with a glass of wine. November 17 at noon, $75 per person.

Ready to craft a great holiday feast? Cheers! From our family to yours.

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