Mike Lund Food: A Fine Dining Simple Sandwich Shop

Fine Dining Lovers Love Mike Lund’s Simple Sandwich Shop

 

Mike Lund Food, Fining DiningMike Lund has two beliefs. Eating out should be a fine dining experience, and the food should be simple and accessible.

If you’ve been a guest of the Inn at Old Virginia, you already know that he has achieved both with his restaurant and catering business.

But we’d like to add that his restaurant on Springhill Road also has a welcoming atmosphere as well as great food!

You can get “lundch” there Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. And on Thursday nights, treat yourself to a “to-go” dinner with such tasty fixings like Pork Tamale Pie.

Once a month, the restaurant has 1st Fridays, when dinner is served in-house. Make a reservation!

But what really makes what Mike calls “a simple sandwich shop” extraordinary is the blend of the foods you love with the training and fundamentals of fine dining. And that can be directly attributed to their fine dining background.

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Redbeard Brewing Company: A Small Brewery with Big Beer Taste

Jonathan Wright
Jonathan Wright, Brewmaster, Redbeard Brewing Company

“Where can we go for great beer?” That’s a question we hear frequently from guests of the Inn at Old Virginia.

They know they have lots of choices because of the Shenandoah Valley’s growing reputation for producing stellar craft beer.

One of our go-to places to send Inn guests for great beer isn’t even a micro brewery; it’s a nano ale brewery!

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Reunion Bakery & Espresso: A European Style Cafe

Reunion Bakery & Espresso Raises the Bar on Coffee & Pastries

Brian Hollar
Brian Hollar

Bryan Hollar is a corporate dropout, and he likes that just fine. In fact, when you talk to him, it’s hard to even imagine him in a suit and tie.

Likeable and easy to talk with, we learned his passion for America’s go-to combo, coffee and pastries, started after he quit Corporate America.

“It was a confluence of factors that led me to baking,” he said on a relatively quiet Monday morning in his cafe, Reunion Bakery & Espresso.

In a quest to carve out a new career beginning, he took a couple of trips abroad and hung out with a close friend who became an oven builder.

He then moved to Pennsylvania and worked for a high-end French pastry shop as a “lowly pastry assistant.” In two years, he worked his way up to managing the kitchen that baked croissants.Read More

Nobos Kitchen: Really Good Beer-Infused Food

Ben Demory and Carter Raab
Ben Demory and Carter Raab

Ben Demory had a powerful entrepreneurial itch. He had a great job working at Augusta Health, and he liked his job. There was only one problem. He loved to cook.

He met up with Carter Raab who, at the time, had his own food truck, Farm Fresh Fixins. Carter graduated from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute and was making a name for himself locally with his Appalachian-inspired cuisine.

Wanting to start his own food truck, Ben picked Carter’s brain as much as possible. As Ben learned more about the food truck business, the two became friends.

Then fate intervened. Seven Arrows brewery in Waynesboro approached Carter about leasing the kitchen. That’s when Carter approached Ben and Nobos Kitchen was born.

The two officially opened March 3rd of this year.

What You Can Expect from the Nobos Kitchen

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Mill Street Grill: A Diner’s Delight

 

 

Mill Street GrillMill Street Grill has been tempting and pleasing palates since 1992. Located in an old flour mill, the White Star Mill, this local favorite just never seems to fall short with its array of dishes.

So when our guests ask, “Where’s a good place to eat?” Mill Street is one of the restaurants we recommend with confidence! And while it’s very important that the food is good, the restaurant’s atmosphere must also be a welcoming one.

Not a problem here! Mill Street is known for their accommodating and friendly staff.

What Does Mill Street Grill Have On The Menu?

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Murder Mystery Mayhem at the Inn at Old Virginia

 

Calling All Murder Mystery Lovers!

A Murder Most Foul!If you love watching a “whodunnit” on TV, Netflix, or the movies, the Inn at Old Virginia has a BIG challenge for you.

Put on your best sleuth hat and solve the Mystery at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party the weekend of December 8-10, 2017.

It’s a ghastly crime that requires a cast of characters to solve it. Are you one of them? Then bring your ugliest Christmas sweater and prepare for a weekend of murderous fun.

Murder Mystery Theater Details

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Love Chili? VA Chili Blues & Brews Festival Is For You!

Virginia Chili Blues & Brews Festival 2017

VA Chili Blues & BrewsWhether you’re a serious chili lover or just love the combination of chili, blues, and craft beer, the Virginia Chili Blues & Brews Festival has a ticket with your name on it!

In its 10th year, you’re encouraged to “dust off your grandma’s recipe or conjure up a recipe that would make grandma do the two-step.”

That’s some serious chili talk!

With over 3,000 attendees expected this year, the event is held in downtown Waynesboro in the Lumos Plaza, formerly Spring Lane.

All for a good cause! Virginia Chili Blues & Brews Festival benefits the Waynesboro Arts & Culture Initiative.

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Stable Craft Brewery: A Farm-to-Table Brewery

This Brewery Is Really One-of-a-Kind!

Hops at Stable Craft Brewery
Hops at Stable Craft Brewery

Stable Craft Brewery is billed as a “farm brewery.” You don’t hear that very often, do you? But the description is spot on!

Committed to green living practices and an organic approach to crafting beer, Stable Craft Brewery even grows its own hops.

Currently, they have over 800 hops plants to ensure the high quality of their beer.

With a rotation of 16 beers on tap and a small batch rotation, there’s a beer to suit every palate.

Stable Craft Brewery offers farm and brewery tours too. From the magnificent horses to the hop fields, you can get a close-up look at how a sustainable brewery farm works.

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The Farm to Table Food Truck: Appalachian Inspired Cuisine

 

Appalachian Inspired Cuisine Comes to the Shenandoah Valley

Farm Fresh Fixin ChickenCarter 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.

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The Split Banana, Staunton, VA

The Split Banana: Hot Fun in the Summertime

 

The Split BananaWith unusual names like Sticky Rice, Pineapple Sage, Mohito, Espresso Biscotto, and Highland County Maple, you get a pretty good idea of the creativity behind The Split Banana, Staunton’s very own gelato storefront.

Then there are the more traditional names like Strawberry, Black Raspberry, and Lemon. In all, Nick Blanton has 18 homemade gelato flavors that really are too good to be true. What’s more, the flavors change on a regular basis. (Be sure to try the Guinness Stout when it’s available!)

Nick’s heavenly dessert shop has hit all the right notes with his customer base, and it’s easy to see why. “All gelato is made on the premises every day. We make only as much as we need for that day because homemade gelato doesn’t last but 2-3 days.” When asked if he ever has to throw any of his product away, his quick reply was, “Rarely.”

No surprise there!

Homemade Gelato from The Split Banana
Homemade Gelato from The Split Banana

The Split Banana differs dramatically from just about any other gelato store in the area. The reasons are simple.

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