Support our Food Movement

Taste of Blue Ridge is produced by Encore Elite Partners, a regional marketing consultant company. Our members and sponsors supporting our movement are like-minded businesses who want to network together to create a culinary destination brand for the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley.

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 Shenandoah Valley 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 Taste of Blue Ridge

Join Our Growing Food Movement
Our members participate in the Root to Table Culinary Series 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.

Chefs –
View the opportunities
we provide our Chefs to expand their audience and collaborate with other culinary experts!

Restaurants –
View the opportunities we provide our Restaurants to expand their customer base audience and network with local producers!

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 Sponsor –
Taste of Blue Ridge allows businesses to reach an engaged target audience of local luxury residents and visitors who want to promote this area as a culinary destination. These businesses also can network with our culinary and agricultural members building strong ROI relationships.
Sponsorships range from the entire season to a particular Root to Table event.

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.

Root to Table Guests at

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 nancy@eep.marketing.

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

– Nancy Craun, Owner