About the community

The Root to Table movement was founded in 2017 by Nancy Craun under the umbrella community of Taste of Blue Ridge. Root to Table’s goal is to build a culinary & agricultural platform that embraces its community supporting all things local and creating a network of passionate people supporting real food and healthy lifestyles. Nancy started with a focus group of 12 local chefs, restaurant owners, and farmers to determine if this journey was worth taking. Fast forward almost seven years, and our community has grown to include over 30 chefs, 15 restaurants, and 24 farms which cover the northern Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. 

“I wanted to give local chefs a larger voice and allow them to share their passions for supporting their communities and the locally grown food scene.” – Nancy Craun.

We showcase the Best Culinary Experiences for locals and visitors alike. 

Our mission

Chef Marcus Repp speaking with other chefs at a Root to Table dinnerMost importantly, Root to Table’s mission is two fold. We are building a culinary community of cuisine experts and food enthusiasts who are looking to brand this region as a culinary destination. We also use these professionals to try and find solutions to issues faced by our local communities which include: 

  • Food Security
  • Quality culinary employee base
  • Food distribution issues that will allow this region to support a healthy real food lifestyle.  

“Four times a year, the Root to Table Culinary Series offer food experiences where we take the food from its origin and create amazing cuisine to be savored among friends. It is the conversations with the event attendees, chefs, and farmers that make this series so unique.” – Nancy Craun

Experience Root to Table

Know your Farmer and Chef

Meet the community

Chef Mike and Marcus at Hillbrook Inn Top Chefs and Locally Sourced Farms

Whether you have lived in the valley all your life and remember the apple and peach orchards or a new comer to the Shenandoah Valley, you will be surprised by the extraordinary chefs that are taking our locally sourced food and creating cuisine to rival anywhere in the world. To match the cuisine, the vineyards, breweries, and distilleries are growing grapes, hops, and barley creating award-winning wines, craft beer, and spirits here in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley.

Awards

Root to Table has received multiple grants to include Virginia Tourism, Visit Loudoun, American Evolution, and Visit Charlottesville – Albemarle County for our Root to Table Culinary SeriesMoving into its seventh year, the program highlights unique food happenings that will turn dining into storytelling. These experiences emphasize and highlight our passionate partners. The series has expanded to weekend itinerary based programs.

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