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Making the Blue Ridge Mountains a Culinary Destination

Taste of Blue Ridge is an unincorporated association of like minded culinary and agricultural businesses. For the chefs, it brings a professional regional organization where they can network and upgrade their brand through our educational and marketing opportunities. The goal is to create a culinary destination brand for the Blue Ridge Mountain region of Virginia and West Virginia.

The Mission –

To build a regional culinary community around the ever-growing local source food movement. Our mission connects the farmers who work the land, the chefs and food artisans who prepare the bounty, and those who are ardent about sustainable food, fine dining, and culinary travel.

Our Vision –

Connect consumers to the people who handle their food from root to table. By doing this, they have a deeper understanding, appreciation, and connection to the food they consume.

Core Values –

We believe in the agricultural heritage of the area and the locally sourced movement. We understand that the area’s history, cultures, and customs complete the locally sourced culinary experience. Taste of Blue Ridge and it’s community are committed to developing a community that educates “foodies” about memorable Valley culinary experience while also providing B2B opportunities.

Categories to join Root to Table

Culinary Memberships
Our members participate in an extensive marketing program. The members have profiles on our interactive website, receive extensive social media reach, and achieve top-of-mind presence with folks planning culinary experiences! Taste is a beautiful networking food community where we support our members’ business goals.

Chef Erik and Farmer David talking at West Oaks Farm

Guests at Root to Table's 2021 All-Star Dinner

Chefs Marcus and Mike talking at Hillbrook Inn

Become a Marketing Sponsor Partner
Taste of Blue Ridge allows businesses to reach two audiences. First, our professional B to B members and then our B to C engaged target audience of local luxury residents and visitors. With the opportunity to expand its voice to a new audience, Taste offers the popular demonstration level where your business can be part of a Root to Table Culinary Event, the VIP Title sponsorship, or you can show your support for addressing the food challenges facing our local communities.  Sponsorships range from the entire season to a particular Root to Table event. Contact Nancy Craun at  to customize a program to meet your goals. 

Friends of our Philanthropic Initiatives –
Taste is more than luxury dinners. We believe economic circumstances should not limit a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

EEP’s first commitment is to its audience for Taste of Blue Ridge. We would love to talk to you and see if your business is a match to our mission and vision. Please email me at

Cheers to great eating in the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and West Virginia.

– Nancy Craun, Owner