Hill & Holler at Belle Haven was wonderful!
After a long weekend of late nights during the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, Susan and I attended the Hill and Holler dinner Sunday night at Belle Haven, a beautiful farm in Scottsville, VA. The dinner, a wonderful menu of local produce prepared by Richmond Chefs and Restaurateurs, Joe Sparatta of Heritage and Owen Lane of the Magpie, was to benefit the City Schoolyard Garden of Charlottesville. The family-style dinner was paired with wines from King Family Vineyards, and we were lucky to have winemaker Matthieu Finot on hand as well. Lara Call Gastigner an artist and lead illustrator for Flora of Virginia, was there showing prints and examples of her work, and singers Carl Anderson & Ellen Picker entertained guests during cocktail hour. Enjoy these images from a most wonderful evening, and make sure you sign up with Hill & Holler to learn about future events.
Menu for the evening
Chef Joe hard at work and a bumble in the garden
Good cheer despite the warm weather was in abundance.
Lucky for this guy frogs’ legs were not on the menu.
Carl Anderson and Ellen Picker warming up
Radishes with whipped lardo were delightful.
Artist Lara Call Gastigner
Field manuals of artist Lara Call Gastigner were amazing.
Chefs Joe, left, and Owen working in the barn
A young Frenchman with devilish good looks …
Chef Owen, right, grilling oysters as folks make their way to the barn.
King Family wines from Crozet were paired with dinner.
Grilled veggie salad was a beautiful start along with some fresh greens.
Jeanette Abi-Nader, Executive Director of the City Schoolyard Garden program, center, enjoying dinner
Chef Owen plates mahi taco’s, family style.
Good wine, good food, and a good cause all make for a great time.
The barn at Belle Haven is beautiful inside and out.
The chicken was smoky and amazing, and the mango salsa just plain yummy!
Winemaker Matthieu Finot of King Family Wines, and his family at dinner
Complements to the kitchen at the end of the night
Chef Joe, Tracy Love of Hill & Holler, and Chef Owen toast to a wonderful evening.
Thanks for reading along and taking the time to check out the photos. Head on over to Hill & Holler and sign up to find out when their next event is scheduled. You can’t go wrong. Local food, from local chefs to benefit a local cause. Grassroots community service at its best!
Remember, F2% Because Heavy Cream is Always Better!
When we decided to visit Richmond last week, I knew we were going to check out Pasture, as we’ve heard a number of good things about it, and with the eventual opening of a second place right here in Charlottesville, I knew I wanted to see what we were in for. But where to go for [...]
Last week we went to Richmond for the weekend, and outside of a detour to Short Pump – oh my we’ve become such country folks – we had a wonderful time. You can read about the first part on my last blog post, and this is the continuation of our weekend adventure. We started out on [...]
We’ve been in Virginia for just over 14 months now, and it was time we got out of the country and checked out the big city and bright lights of Richmond, the Capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It’s interesting to note that there are four “Commonwealths” of the 50 US States, and we happened [...]
Sara Adduci hails from Rochester, New York, but has been in the Virginia area for almost 15 years, and for the last year has called the cheese counter at Feast her home away from home. Most any day you can be find her behind the cheese counter sharing her knowledge and love of all kinds [...]
I spent part of last evening in the field across from our house where members of the Faith Mission Home were spreading hay around potato plants, to keep weeds down and moisture in during the coming hot months here in Virginia. I’ve written about Faith Mission Home in the past, and given that we moved [...]
Good land, good farming practices, and a little hard work normally make for good food, but when you add great people, the food itself becomes amazing. At Double H Farm in Nelson County, the people themselves are amazing. 32 acres of beautiful land on a gentile sloping hill, Double H Farm, is so much more [...]
We don’t often rave about the food we eat at home here, this isn’t that kind of a blog, but this weekend we had the best damn chicken we’ve ever had. A week ago I spent the day at Free Union Grass Farm processing 200 chickens with Joel and Erica, and their two new farmterns [...]
I spent an evening at Hamiltons’ a couple of weeks ago as Curtis Shaver the new Chef de Cuisine of Hamiltons’ at First & Main prepped his kitchen for evening service. I spoke with him about his thoughts on local food, his background and where he finds inspiration for what he cooks. In a town that owes most [...]
[DISCLOSURE - This post could be disturbing to some as it talks about and shows the humane slaughter and processing of free range chickens. I feel it is important for us to "know our food," and this is one in a series posts exploring the food we eat.] As I’ve said before, I think it [...]