Appalachian Inspired Cuisine Comes to the Shenandoah Valley
Carter Raab comes from a long line of cattle farmers and great cooks. Not surprisingly, he was raised to appreciate the land and our relationship to it.
Those values also taught him to appreciate the environment in which food is grown and prepared.
With grandmothers and great aunts to nurture his love of cooking, it was the women in his life that fueled his culinary desire.
These women were raised on a true “farm-to-table” life. In the same vein as the Waltons, Carter’s relatives were committed to the “work the land to feed your family” lifestyle.
With a love for fixing fresh wholesome food, even his deep roots in Appalachia couldn’t keep him in Virginia. Driven to learn more, Carter attended and graduated from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school.
From there, he found his way into the kitchens of fine dining restaurants in Florida, South Carolina, Oregon, and Virginia.
How Carter Started an Appalachian Inspired Food Truck
Carter met his future wife in Florida and convinced her to move back to the mountains of Virginia. It was his desire to continue his family’s long tradition of a farm-to-table lifestyle.
This time, he decided to turn his love of Appalachian food into a restaurant on wheels.
That’s how Farm Fresh Fixins was born. The roving restaurant’s menu changes based on what local farmers have to offer.
With staples like French fries prepared with parmesan, rosemary and chipotle, Farm Fresh Fixins also serves up other savory foods. Enjoy dishes like:
- Red wine braised brisket with caramelized onion
- Red pepper aioli and cave aged cheddar
- Baby arugula
- Garlic parmesan shrimp
- Buffalo chicken salad sandwich
Who knows what it will be a week from now!
Always on the move, the food truck can be found in a variety of places like Seven Arrows Brewing Company, North Augusta Farmer’s Market, Three Notch’d Brewery in Charlottesville, Glass House Winery, Rockbridge Vineyard, and Grace Estate Winery.
To find their current location, check the website. Farm Fresh Fixins also caters, as the Inn at Old Virginia well knows. Carter was recommended for an outdoor pre-wedding luncheon at the Inn.
The food is always excellent and Carter and his wife are a real joy. We hope you get to enjoy some of his seriously good food.
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