Root to Table’s – The Great Chefs Table

Fall Event – Sunday, October 8, 2023
3 – 7 pm
Audley Farm – Berryville, VA

Join us for an evening raising money for our community initiatives!

About the Dinner

The Root to Table Culinary Series is excited to visit Audley Farm in Berryville, Virginia.  Four hours of great food, and entertainment on a breathtaking horse and cattle farm. The Great Chefs Table is a Food Festival event where guests will meet and talk to Taste of Blue Ridge chefs and farmers while they cook at their food stations, taste their creations, and learn about their passions!

Guests can enjoy culinary demonstrations, a tour of the historic home with the history of Audley Farm, and even enjoy a conversation with young George Washington.  Relax and listen to a bluegrass band. This event is the first large-scale fundraiser for our Root to Table Community Fund with Auctioneer Marty Kable.

Our Mission – Addressing Food Challenges

The Root to Table Community Fund’s mission is to address food challenges faced by the region that Taste of Blue Ridge serves. The Taste of Blue Ridge community believes economic circumstances should not limit a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. 

By supporting the FFA (Future Farmers of America) and other youth leadership programs, we aim to educate young people on their leadership commitments to be involved with their local community. We aim to work with non-profit agencies and our local food industry to address food challenges within the area. 

“One of the initial Root to Table Action Board’s goals was establishing a fund to give back to our community. I am thrilled that this is finally going to happen!”

 Nancy Craun, Founder of the Root to Table Movement

The Experience

Root to Table Chef Action Board

Chef Erik Foxx-Nettnin at Harpers Ferry Brewing

Erik Foxx-Nettnin

The Polished Foxx

Middleburg, VA

Chef Marcus Repp

Marcus Repp

Noble House Hotels & Resorts

United States

Chef Pete Smith of Market Salamander

Pete Smith

L’Auberge Provencale

White Post, VA

Special Guest Chef for this Fall Celebration!

Chef Nick Green

Nick Green


Seattle, WA

Taste of Blue Ridge Top Chefs for this Fall Celebration!

Chef Jeremy Thrasher in a bee keepers suit

Jeremy Thrasher

Ahso Restuarant

Brambleton, VA

Chef Mary Ellen Diaz

Mary Ellen Diaz

Alma Bea

Shepherdstown, WV

Chef Steven Weiss

Steven Weiss


Martinsburg, WV

Cheryl Strasser and Bre Grant of Cowbell Kitchen

Cheryl Strasser and Bre Grant

Cowbell Kitchen

Leesburg, VA

Chef Hunter Blackford

Hunter Blackford

Brix 27

Martinsburg, WV

Chef Shirley of Lilah Restaurant

Shirley Ann Godfrey

Lilah Restaurant

Shepherdstown, WV

Make your Fall Experience a Weekend Staycation!

Airwell B&B

Airwell B&B

Purcellville, VA

Exterior of the George Washington Hotel

The George Washington

Winchester, VA

View more locations with our partners at the Loudoun Bed & Breakfast Guild

The Menu

This menu is being created out of 100% local products from Virginia and West Virginia. While some menu items may change based on availability, guests can get excited for a genuinely farm-to-table culinary experience!

Grazing Station
Chef Mary Ellen Diaz with Farmer Ann Fox
Audley Beef Biltong, Pimento cheese and Preserved Ramp Puffs, Blue Ridge Pickling Pickles, Chapel Hill Beef Salamis, Maple Leaf Duck Proscuitto, Paw Paw Cake, Twin Ridge Apples, Fox Urban Farm Greens, Lydia’s Fields Vegetables, Sacred Hearts Goods Beet Pate and Local Breads and more.

Station 1
Chefs Erik Foxx-Nettnin, Marcus Repp, and Pete Smith with Audley Farm
Braised Audley Prime Beef Osso Bucco, Smoked Trout Strata, Virginia Scallop Thermidor, Rich Bordelaise

Station 2
Celebrity Chef Nick Green with Virginia Eastern Shore Oysters
Marinate and Grilled fish Collars with Lime, Grilled Virginia Oysters/Chili butter/ Mezcal, and Japanese Rice and Pickles/Yuzu Kosho/Orange Ponzu

Station 3
Chefs Vincent Badiee and Hunter Blackford with Chapel Hill Farm
Beef Carpaccio and Beef Tartar, Fresno Peppers and Grilled Corn Bravirian, Fermented Peaches, Sacred Hearts Herbed Sunflower, and Garlic Crisps

Station 4
Chef Mary Ellen Diaz with Lydia’s Fields
Slow Roasted Heirloom Grits with Savory Apple Butter
Grilled Escarole with Charred Red Onions, Butternut Squash, and Candied Pecans

Station 5
Chefs Steven Weiss and Cheryl Strasser with Twin Ridge Orchard
Triple Chocolate Cake Pops and Mini Apple Normandy Tarts
Mini Hand Pies and Pumpkin Tarts 

Beverage Menu
Benefit of Literary Volunteers Winchester Area

Working with local wineries, breweries, and distilleries, Chef Erik Foxx-Nettnin will present the following beverage options. This is a Cash Bar.

Signature cocktails:

  • The Surly Mule – spiced pear vodka, blood orange gastrique, ginger beer, dark rum float
  • Nancy’s Grace – calvados, pomegranate, lillet, bubbles
  • Weaver’s Crème Brulee Martini – Godiva liqueur, vanilla bean vodka, orange zest, carmelized bourbon simple

Special thanks to Fabbioli Cellars, Walsh Family Wine, and Catoctin Creek Distillery. 


Thank you to our Sponsors and Donors 


Virginia is for Lovers logo

 Maple Leaf Farms Logo

Bank of Clarke logo



Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury logo



Walter & Walter Insurance Logo

Experience Clarke County, VA logo

Aikens Group logo

Alma Bea logo

Meat Crafters logo


Fortessa Logo


Sheila Mackey Business Card

Pro Fish logo

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College logo

Plan your weekend around this great destination

Taste of Blue Ridge has a line up of award-winning hotel and resort partners around the region. Itinerary ideas are listed for each lodging location so you can plan a weekend around this Root to Table event.

Berryville, VA is less than an hour from Dulles International Airport and a little over one hour from Washington D.C.

Cows in the field at Audley Farm

About Historic Audley Farm

Historic Audley Farm was founded in 1749 through George Washington’s family. Warner Washington, George’s cousin, was the first owner of the farm. The main manor, Audley House, has been around since 1795.

“We’re primarily a two-species farm: world-class thoroughbred horses bred for racing which has been around since the 1920s. Audley Farm has bred and raised amazing racehorses, many of which have won Preakness and Kentucky Derby status fame. More recently we’ve also gone into the purebred Angus cattle business.”

If you were to visit Audley Farm today, of which the team there is very open to guests doing, you’d be greeted by a gorgeous 360-degree view of 3,000 acres of pastures, mountains, and a sweet old farm dog. It is a breath of fresh air and an experience that can’t be bought in a grocery store.

Audley Farm | Taste of Blue Ridge

Audley Farm

752 Audley Ln.
Berryville, VA 22611