What is the Root to Table Movement in the Blue Ridge?
Experience Root to Table –
All too often when traveling, you may find that you feel that you’re not getting the most authentic experience possible. You’re brushed to a certain direction or locale that is tourist-friendly, safety approved. But what about adventure? Natives of any region don’t go to commercially focused dining spots. And you won’t find them frequenting things that are built to draw in the masses. They go to that hole-the-wall pizzeria that actually uses fresher ingredients than their mainstream competitors. They go to the back-alley pub that secretly has the best ale in town.
Locals know that the best dining spots and experiences are tucked away, awaiting discovery and habitual returns thereafter. With Root to Table, we believe that these are the experiences that should drive travel, not itineraries mapped out for you from big-name travel agencies.
Root to Table will give you subtle hints at what dining in the Blue Ridge is all about. We’ll then let you take the reigns from there.
Experience the Freshest Ingredients
The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and West Virginia have cultivated chefs from every background and every global region. You may ask yourself, ‘Why would they settle here? Why not a more established foodie destination?’ The answer is simple: the ingredients draw them here. It can be said that a chef is as good as his surroundings are, and local and fresh ingredient gold mines surround a chef in the Blue Ridge.
Where is the Blue Ridge
The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and West Virginia are unique because of their relation to the Atlantic, geographically. This means you can expect more than locally sourced, grass-fed turf, but fresh surf as well. Our local farms and suppliers don’t just specialize in animals but produce as well. The mountain range runs from the eastern boundaries of Loudoun County to south to Albemarle and Charlottesville, west to Winchester and the Shenandoah Valley and north to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. This region is known not only for its wineries and craft beverages, but for its fresh and convenient farmer’s markets and u-pick farms. You can taste the difference when dining here, and we encourage you to do so!
Meet the Top Chefs Who Use Them
The best part about our chefs here in the Blue Ridge is that they enjoy each other’s company. While each has their own unique cooking style, they realize that to become a true master of cuisine, you have to work together. This means collaborating with other chefs at events, establishing relationships with the Valley’s local farms and suppliers, and befriending the community.
“Several months ago, I received an invitation from Ming Chan to come to Chinatown Winchester on a Thursday night to experience a local scene centered on Sushi. Having traveled the world including Asian countries for the past ten years, I did not expect to find an excellent sushi experience right here in the Shenandoah Valley…”
And Become a Local – if Only for a Day
All of these above-mentioned factors combine to give you Taste of Blue Ridge’s official Root to Table dining events. Together with the region’s freshest ingredients and top chefs to cook them, we are able to bring you delicious meals. You can meet-and-greet with the best chefs, learn insider tips, and experience community gatherings at premier and locally renowned locations.
Become a local for the day and forget the over-planned itinerary. Grab a ticket, grab a seat, and prepare to be amazed by the delicious flavors and personalities of the Blue Ridge at our next Root to Table event.
“As we drove down the winding, heavily forested driveway to the Hillbrook Inn and Spa, we got the feeling that this Friday night’s cocktails would be an event to remember. And indeed, it was. Being pronged between chefs and guests turned out to be a comfortable mixture, and there was no lack of unique people with interesting stories to tell…”
Here at Taste of Blue Ridge, we seek to combine local ingredients, local restaurants, locally renowned chefs, and you for the ultimate food experience. Go beyond the plate and learn the stories behind the hands who crafted what’s for dinner and the people who enjoyed it. Dig in and explore everything the Blue Ridge offers at our next Root to Table dining experience.