“My mother used to send me to the market every day,” Chef Said Rhafiri said. “She only cooked with the freshest ingredients.” It was that kind of early training in Casablanca, Morocco, that shaped the direction of a young boy’s life. Eventually, it would lead Said to own Aioli Restaurant.
At 20, Said packed up his culinary passion and left for Florence, Italy. There he would study the culinary arts for seven years. It proved to be a worthy investment of time and energy.
Eventually, he moved to the States and landed in Charlottesville, working at some of the most prestigious resorts and inns in the area. Keswick Hall, Clifton Inn, and Boars Head Inn top the list of outstanding hospitality leaders where Said has worked.
He also designed and opened the kitchen at Veritas Vineyards & Winery. Chef Said prepared for 58 weddings each year at the Veritas, plus five-course meals for parties.
When you’re planning a romantic wedding, you want the setting to reflect the beauty of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
While every wedding has its own personality, the one common denominator in all weddings is this.
Every bride and groom wants the atmosphere and landscape to reflect the joy they feel in celebrating their new union.
The Inn at Old Virginia offers both the natural beauty and breathtaking landscape to create the romantic wedding you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
When choosing a simple, elegant wedding or a more elaborate glamorous affair, your guests will be treated to gracious Southern hospitality from the moment they are welcomed at our door.
Mother Nature graciously does the rest! The stunning views and beautiful countryside create a natural backdrop that immediately becomes part of your romantic wedding.
Rain or shine, the Inn at Old Virginia will work diligently with you to create the romance and beauty that you want. What’s more, if you choose to work with our wedding planner, Laina Hamilton, your wedding will be in the best hands possible!
Inn at Old Virginia has once again received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. … Read More
The fall season is upon us. This is the perfect time for a relaxing country getaway.
The Shenandoah Valley and its rolling hills during the amber of Autumn create the perfect backdrops for a relaxing country escape or a romantic weekend getaway.
Check out some local autumn events.