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August 23, 2013

Colonial Williamsburg Hosts Culinary Weekend

Individual tickets are still available for events during Colonial Williamsburg “Taste Tradition” weekend dedicated to the culinary arts Aug. 30 – Sept. 1. The Taste Tradition celebrates Colonial Williamsburg’s culinary talent and contemporary cuisine inspired by 18th-century traditions. This inaugural food and spirits weekend gathers chefs, winemakers, spirits experts and food enthusiasts together for a variety of wine seminars, culinary time travels and more this Labor Day weekend.


The weekend showcases the creative talents of Colonial Williamsburg’s culinary team. Executive chefs Rhys Lewis, Travis Brust and Anthony Frank and pastry chef Rodney Diehl and their team grabbed the attention of the culinary world with their creativity, twice preparing the best of Virginia’s bounty at the James Beard House in New York City. Chef Travis wowed the judges at the inaugural World Chef Challenge in Las Vegas in 2012, taking the top prize. Chef Rhys delights guests with Wine, Wit and Wisdom, a wine-tasting and pairing program. Chef Anthony leads the farm-to-table effort for the Williamsburg Lodge, including planting vegetables in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City gardens to harvest directly for the hotel dining rooms. Chef Rodney has led the pastry team for more than 30 years, developing treats such as stout beer ice cream floats.

Local and regional experts share their knowledge and passion for the culinary arts, showcasing spirits and wines from around the world paired with selections of contemporary American cuisine with Southern and Chesapeake influences.

Signature Events

  • 7:30 – 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30: “The Taste of the Vine Dinner” – Colonial Williamsburg’s culinary team artfully pairs creative dishes with world-class wines. The Timeline Jazz Quartet accompanies the meal. $135. Williamsburg Lodge.
  • 7 – 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31: “The Feast of Talent Dinner” – a roster of Williamsburg’s culinary stars (Hans Schadler of Waypoint Grill, David Everett of Blue Talon Bistro, DoG Street Pub and the Trellis, winemaker Robert Pepi) join forces to create a five-course meal highlighting their specialty dishes. $135. Williamsburg Lodge.
  • 7 – 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31: “Taste of the Decades Dinner” – champagne reception and five-course dinner served in the elegant Williamsburg Inn Regency Room and accompanied by wines presented by Luca Paschina of Barboursville Vineyard. $135.
  • 1 – 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1: The Tasting Room – Samples of some of the industry's best wines, spirits, craft brews and artisan cheeses from 34 regional and national tastemakers including: AleWerks of Williamsburg, Barboursville Vineyards, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Brown-Forman Distributors, Carr Valley Cheese, Chesapeake Bay Distillery, Everona Dairy, New Kent Winery, Mars Chocolate, Royal Cup Coffee, Vibrant Rioja and more: $70. Williamsburg Lodge.

    The full lineup of Taste Tradition events is available at Reservations and information are available at 800-447-8679. All guests must be 21 to purchase tickets and attend events. Prices include tax and gratuity.

    Media Contact:
    Barbara Brown

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