Some of the best restaurants can be off the beaten path but are worth the trip (the French Laundry being the example that springs immediately to mind). Foodies might want to make their way to bucolic Chilhowie, Virginia where at Town House Executive Chefs Karen Urie Shields and John B. Shields, a 2010 Food & Wine Best New Chef, create food that is nothing short of extraordinary. To get a sample of what you might be in for you need only take a trip to the Town House blog which showcases some of the latest creations. After looks at white asparagus wrapped in pork belly, aerated parmesan cheese puffs, softshel crabs with brown butter and lime, caramelized onions, smoked coconut, and mint fresh from the garden, you might be ready for a culinary getaway. Luckily Town House and their sister property Riverstead, are offering a package that allows guests to step inside the kitchen at Town House and have a nearby place to relax after having your taste buds thoroughly massaged.
The "Best New Chef" Package includes a 15-course tasting menu for two at Town House, access inside the Town House kitchen with the Chefs as they prepare the evening's dinner, an area farmers' markets guide, accommodations for one night at Riverstead and use of Riverstead's luxury farm kitchen complete with snacks and breakfast items prepared by the Town House chefs. The packages starts at $550 per night based on double occupancy for stays Tuesday-Saturday night stays through July 31, 2010.