Chefs Go Fresh
Chefs Rev-Up Their Motorcycles to Tour Local Farms and Go Fresh
After a four year hiatus, local chefs are coming together to resurrect the popular event “Chefs on Bikes.” The revitalized event, now titled “Chefs Go Fresh,” is presented by Georgetown Media Group, publishers of The Georgetowner and The Downtowner, and Loudoun County, Virginia Department of Economic Development. Chefs Go Fresh will be held Tuesday, July 26, 2011 (rain date July 27) with the intention to bring the chefs of Washington, D.C. closer to local farmers and produce.
Chefs will start the day with breakfast at Brassiere Beck restaurant hosted by Chef Robert Wiedmaier, co-founder of the original “Chefs on Bikes.” Participating chefs will ride their motorcycles and vehicles through the Loudoun County countryside stopping at several of Virginia’s finest farms. The day will conclude with a fabulous catered lunch to allow the chefs and farmers to mingle, network and have fun.
The first stop along the tour, Endless Summer Harvest, is a family-owned and operated hydroponic agribusiness located in Purcellville, Va. This beautiful farm provides locally grown, pesticide free lettuces, greens and herbs grown year-round in a controlled agricultural environment.
Catoctin Creek Distillery, the second stop, is family-owned and produces award winning, high quality organic spirits and liqueurs like organic rye whisky and gin. They also produce brandy from Virginia wines and seasonal specialty liqueurs. They are the first distillery in Loudoun County, Va. operating since before prohibition.
Next, the chefs will stop by Stoneybrook Farm, a 45-acre certified organic farm in the historic town of Hillsboro,Va. The sustainable farm grows several different quality crops, including heirloom varieties.
The final stop of the day is Notaviva Vineyard, a winery that joins great wine with a love of music. Notaviva, nota Italian for music note and viva Italian for with life, hosts small concerts, weddings and private parties.
Beautiful Loudoun County is home to over 1,400 farms that produce a wide variety of produce and livestock, from apples and squash to beef and poultry. The county also ranks number one in women farm operators, Latino farm operators and berry growers. For a fun and educational family outing, visit The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum. Virginia’s finest products are also available at the museum.
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