4th Annual Open-Air Feast: “New Beginnings”

Sunday, May 1st 2022
Hillbrook Inn & Spa
Summit Point, WV

Celebrating our 4th Annual Open-Air Feast and experience a weekend full of culinary events in “Almost Heaven” West Virginia!

About the Dinner

Hillbrook Inn welcomed Root to Table enthusiasts at Root to Table’s 4th Annual Open-Air Feast: “New Beginnings” celebration. Spring marks the rebirth of nature from winter’s dormancy. Hillbrook Inn is also celebrating a new beginning and a new culinary culture with the introduction of award-winning Chef Jan Van Haute as Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Operations. Chef Jan hand-picked five chefs and a Nationally renowned shepherd to join him in his debut as a Root to Table Series host.

This event was all about fire and cooking outdoors. The chefs cooked beef, lamb, duck, chicken, and catfish over an open fire to a sell-out crowd. Chef Jan from Belgium finished the event by showing the guests what an authentic Belgian waffle is.

Taste of Blue Ridge started with a goal to brand the Blue Ridge of Virginia and West Virginia as a culinary destination. The weekend saw the launch of a new entire weekend culinary program for 2022! Several guests invited out-of-town friends and enjoyed various events throughout the weekend. The weekend ultimately culminated with the Open-Air Feast on Sunday.

About the Menu

Enjoy the abundant space of “Almost Heaven” West Virginia as our top chefs showcase their favorite dishes crafted over one of their most basic tools, fire! Each Chef will have an outdoor kitchen space where they will create their course with some element of fire. Before food is served, visit and chat with our culinary experts about their dishes and cooking techniques.

Experience the crackling of embers, smell the smokey flavors, and relax with friends and fellow foodies. Don’t miss the 1st event in the 2022 Root to Table Culinary Series as we celebrate “New Beginnings” of Hillbrook Inn and the renewal of Spring!

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Table Setting from Hillbrook Inn's 2019 Root to Table Event

May 1st Weekend Partner Events

Hillbrook Inn Steak dish

Sprout to Blossom Interactive Lunch
Hillbrook Inn & Spa

April 30th (11:30 am)

Lemon Martini from Lilah Restaurant

Mixology, Martinis, and Munchies
Lilah Restaurant

April 30th (4-6 pm)

Lodging Partners for the May 1st Weekend

Exterior of Hillbrook Inn & Spa

Hillbrook Inn & Spa
Charles Town, WV

Receive 10% off your overnight accommodations, a welcome drink upon arrival, and a special gift basket in your suite by booking with promo code “ROOT22“!

Or call directly at 304-725-4223 and mention the same promo code.

Treat yourself to a long weekend by staying overnight at the Bavarian Inn! Simply use code “BRRT2022” when booking to receive 15% off your stay on Sunday night!

Call (304) 876-2551 to book.

Dining Options for the May 1st Weekend


The George Washington Hotel – Winchester, VA

Hunter’s Head Tavern – Upperville, VA

The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm – Lovettsville, VA

Dinner: (Best to make a reservation)

Bavarian Inn Resort & Brewing Co. – Shepherdstown, WV

Hillbrook Inn & Spa – Summit Point, WV

Lot 12 Public House – Berkeley Springs, WV

Lilah Restaurant – Shepherdstown, WV

The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm – Lovettsville, VA


Hillbrook Wedding Menu Table

Hillbrook Inn & Spa

A Romantic West Virginia B&B Steeped in History

Set in the stunning Blue Ridge mountains of West Virginia, the Hillbrook Inn & Spa offers 19 rooms over three unique homes situated on more than 30 sprawling acres. Complete with a spa, luxury dining restaurant “The Redbook”, and much more. The inn is ideal for those restless spirits seeking adventure and culinary art rolled into one. The Redbook Restaurant guarantees “elegant style, memorable flavors.”

Taste of Blue Ridge Top Chefs for the 4th Annual Open-Air Feast

Chef Jan Van Haute of Hillbrook Inn

Jan Van Haute
Hillbrook Inn & Spa

Cheff Jeff Ault holding a prepared dish at the Bavarian Inn

Jeff Ault
Bavarian Inn Resort

Chef Erik Foxx-Nettnin at Harpers Ferry Brewing

Erik Foxx-Nettnin
The Polished Foxx

Chef Damian Heath

Damian Heath
Lot 12 Public House

Sheppard Craig Rogers presenting a dish of lamb

Craig Rogers
Border Springs Farm

Chef Jordan Gainer

Jordan Gainer
Hillbrook Inn & Spa

Plan your weekend around this great destination

Taste of Blue Ridge has a line up of award-winning hotel and resort partners here in the Shenandoah Valley. Many partners are offering packages as well as shuttles to the event. Itinerary ideas are listed for each lodging location so you can plan a weekend around this Root to Table event. Charles Town, WV is one hour from Dulles International Airport and an hour and a half from Washington DC.

Hillbrook Inn and Spa | Taste of Blue Ridge

4490 Summit Point Road
Charles Town, WV 25414

Phone 304-725-4223

Special Thank You to our Sponsor(s)!




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The Menu

Roam & mingle on the Hillbrook grounds while chatting with chefs and tasting their creations of Hors d’oeuvres

Station 1: Chefs Jan Van Haute, Erik Foxx-Nettnin, & Jordan Gainer

Duck Asian Steam Bun
Live Station with toppings to include:
Hoisin Sauce, Pickled Carrots, Spring Onion, Peanuts

Raw Bar
War Shore Oysters and Dill Yuzu Pearls
Poached Maine Lobster and Marie Rose
Virginia Scallop Crudo
Chesapeake White Shrimp Cocktail

Carne Asada Street Taco
Cotija Cheese, Cilantro, Fresh Lime, Pickled Red Onion

Station 2: Chef Jeff Ault

Wood Fired Shio Koji Pork Tenderloin
Vidalia Onion, Pickled Ramp and Chickpea Miso Broth, Ember Roasted Mushroom, Cranberry Bean Chow Chow

Welcome Beverage from Bavarian Brothers Brewing

After our guests mingle and nosh on the various hors d’oeuvres, they will then find their way to the tent for two seated courses.

Course 1

Chef Damian Heath
Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Fresh Herbs, Fresh Goat Cheese, Charred Wild Ramps, Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette

Family-Style Course 2

Chef Jan Van Haute and Chef Jordan Gainer
Spatchcock Chicken
Chimichurri Sauce, Asparagus, Potatoes

Chef Erik Foxx-Nettnin
Hardwood rotisserie Black & Blue Catfish and Crab Gratin, Harissa Lime Aioli

Grilled White Asparagus with Sauce Grabiche

Stone Ground Pimento Cheese Grits

Shepherd Craig Rogers and Chef Jan Van Haute
Lamb on the Fire
Lamb Demi Glace with Rosemary
Spring Vegetables seared on Grill including Zucchini, Eggplant with Garlic

To end the evening, guests will make their way back to the fire to dine on a taste of Chef Jan’s home country of Belgium.



Belgium Waffles
Live station with toppings to include:
Strawberries, Chocolate, Maple Syrup, Whipped Cream, Bananas, Sprinkles 

Beverage Features:

House Wines and Welcome Beer from Bavarian Inn Resort & Brewing Co. are included in the ticket price.

Beer, Liquor Cocktails, and hand selected wines from Sommelier Marine Conn will be available for an additional cost.