An Italian Farm Dinner in Loudoun

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Chef Marcus Repp, Director of Culinary for Lansdowne Resort and Spa kicks off the 2nd dinner in the Root to Table Culinary Series with his, “An Italian Farm Dinner in Loudoun” on May 31st.

Chef Marcus welcomes the Taste of Blue Ridge community and guests to Lansdowne Resort and Spa for an Italian inspired al fresco farm dinner where he will combine healthy local ingredients, music, and good vibes to kick off the summer. You will also have the opportunity to taste a variety of wines Chef Marcus has chosen to pair with his food courses. Then you may elect to buy a bottle for you and your friends to share of your favorite.

When asked about why he chose this particular theme, Chef Marcus said, “Italy is the cradle of good food and sharing meals with friends. Enjoy old world traditions and local seasonal ingredients in an alfresco setting, all the while sitting in beautiful Loudoun County, VA.”

“This totally matches up with our theme of Root To Table since our Taste community looks back on our cultural roots which in America are diverse and exciting. These roots greatly affect our food selections and ultimately through generations, American cuisine is constantly evolving. I am very excited to see each of these themes develop,” Nancy Craun – Owner and Founder of Taste of Blue Ridge.

Joining Chef Marcus will be four Taste of Blue Ridge top chefs:

Chef Marcus also welcomes his hand picked guest chef to join in the experience, Daniela Williams (Owner)- Cucinamore – Italian Cooking Parties In Your Kitchen. She was born and raised in the Italian city of Treviso, 25 miles north of Venice, in the North-Eastern part of the Country. In 2008, she moved to the United States and has made a home in Loudoun County with her husband Vince, and their sons, Jason and Nicholas.

“I cannot wait to be a part of this Taste of Blue Ridge Root to Table Culinary event! Working side by side with those fantastic professionals will be a pleasure and an incredible honor for me! I will bring my Italian perspective to the table and I hope that everyone attending will enjoy. It’s going to be fun!”- Daniela Williams

The Menu

Reception: Beef tartare, quail egg, capers, Dijon Tuna, eggplant, tomato, aioli Local Cheese & Meats

First Bite: Duck pate

Antipasti Misti: Grilled Vegetables, Spring greens, Pistou, Cherry Tomatoes, Buffalo Burrata

Primo: Pasta Daniela

Soup: Asparagus Soup, Pickled Mushrooms, roasted giant Mushrooms

Seafood: Santorini Seafood Risotto, Saffron, Pecorino and Mushrooms

Intermezzo: Basil & Olive oil Infused Sorbet, Strawberries

Secondi: Bisteca Fiorentina  – Family Style Grilled Porterhouse steak, Truffle and herb Butter

Dolce: Italian Delights

About Lansdowne Resort and Spa

Lansdowne Resort and Spa is the ultimate sanctuary of sophistication and renewal, inspired by the good life of Virginia wine country. A refreshing resort near Washington, D.C., but far from city life, the luxury resort’s beautiful natural setting in Leesburg, Virginia, sprawls 476 acres along the Potomac River. While on your Virginia getaway you’ll feel deeply connected to nature, history, exquisite dining and a healthy, active lifestyle, leaving inspired with a new sense of purpose and perspective. Near Dulles airport in Northern Virginia wine country, we’re the ideal destination for weddings, honeymoons or just a romantic vacation with someone special. Visit  to learn more or follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter #LansdowneLife.

A Foodie Hub – Taste of Blue Ridge

“Food in the Blue Ridge carries a sense of tradition that’s present in every dish. Here we like to call it “Root to Table”. Our foodie community lives and breathes their commitment to our roots in order to bring the best quality food to our friends and visitors,” said Nancy Craun, Owner and Founder of Taste of Blue Ridge.

Taste of Blue Ridge is the only website centered around chefs living the lifestyle the Blue Ridge offers to the chefs’ families. From just five chefs the first year to now over ten being awarded the Taste of Blue Ridge Brand of Excellence, Taste is the brand that recognizes culinary excellence here in northern boundaries of Virginia and West Virginia.

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