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The Italians are Coming to our Virginia Wine Country Inn!

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

We are not sure they will be driving their Ferraris but on Sunday, August 5, 2012, we are going to Italy for an afternoon gathering of fine food, fine wine, and fine conversation at our Virginia Wine Country Inn.

Italian Wine Dinners at our Virginia Wine Country Inn These Ferraris were lined up in Monaco just roaring to get to L’Auberge Provencale, our French Country Inn and Restaurant for our Al Fresco dinner. Chef Benedict Zappone and his team are creating Italian family recipes paired with fine wines from Italy presented by Jason Bise of the Country Vintner.

As one patron told us yesterday, “I have been to wine dinners a lot, but yours is so different. The food is terrific, the best, and the wines are paired perfectly.”

Our recent wine dinners this summer have been quite a hit, and you may want to reserve early for this event as it is booking up fast. (Winey and Cheesey think as fast as a Ferrari.) It is a great way to spend time with family and friends gathering in the Shenandoah Valley for a leisurely afternoon. Life at it’s best. Come join us…there is no passport required.

To whet your appetite, here is the menu for the afternoon in Italy..

An Afternoon Gathering in Italy

Sunday August 5, 2012

On the Table:

Bruschetta

Our Garden Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, Balsamic Vinegar

Nino-Franco ‘Rustico’ Prosecco,    Veneto

First Course:

Proscuitto and Garden Melon

Fields of Anthenry Beef Carpaccio- Mache, Capers, Pecorino Romano, Truffle Vinaigrette

Coreggia Roero Arneis 2011,   Piemonte

Arepe Rosso di Valtellina 2009,    Lombardia

Second Course:

Grilled Summer Vegetables from The Inn Garden-Eggplant, Zucchini,

Yellow Squash, Red Peppers, Olive Oil, Balsamic

Wild Mushroom Lasagna with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Massone ‘Masera’ Gavi 2011,   Piemonte

Sperino ‘Uvaggio’ Lessona 2008,     Piemonte

Third Course:

Pan Seared Bronzini and Herb Gnocchi-Shiitake Mushrooms, Fava Beans, Lemon Butter

Risotto Alla Piemontese- Meat Broth, Nutmeg, Parmesan, Truffle

Contratto Brut 2007,     Oltrepo-Pavese

Vajra ‘Albe’ Barolo 2007,    Piemonte

Fourth Course:

Rabbit Cacciatore Over Soft Rosemary Polenta, Tomato, Olive, Peppers, Red

Pollo Potenza-Braised Chicken, Tomato, Onion, White Wine, Pepperoncino, Basil

Parsley, Pecorino

Venica Pinot Grigio ‘Jesera’ 2011,        Collio

La Giaretta Amarone della Valpolicella 2008,    Veneto

Fifth Course:

Lamb Osso Bucco with Pappardelle Pasta, Lamb Jus

Veal Valdostana-Veal Cutlet with Ham, Fontina Cheese, Lemon Butter

Elena Walch ‘Kastelaz’ Merlot Reserve 2001,    Alto-Adige

Vie di Romans ‘Flor Unis’ Bianco 2009,    Friuli

Dessert:

Tiramisu- Biscotti, Peach Sorbetto

La Spinetta ‘Quaglia’ Moscato 2011,      Piemonte

Call to make Your Reservation at our Italian Wine Dinner: 800.638.1702

Virginia Wine Country Inn

Treat Mom to the Best of the Shenandoah Valley at our Virginia Wine Country Inn

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Come out to our romantic Virginia restaurant to celebrate the one who means the most…your MOM! We will be serving brunch and dinner on Sunday, May 13th at our Virginia Wine Country bed and breakfast inn.

Brunch will be served from 11:30-2:30; Dinner 2:30-8:00 pm. The Mother’s Day Menu will feature local produce, local procured meats and seasonal ingredients. What a time of year to feast on Fresh foraged greens, Morels, Asparagus, Rhubarb, French radishes, and great greens and herbs from our own gardens and farms of the Shenandoah Valley. And don’t forget our secret house-made Bloody Mary Mix served with Peppered Vodka or perhaps a Provence Royal…Rose Petal Champagne.  For Dad, we have a great selection of microbrewery beers and 98 Scotches and Bourbons.

You may want to stop by Blandy Farm, the State Arboretum, for the Mother’s Day Plant Sale and Garden Fair. The weather is supposed to be beautiful on Sunday and a stroll through the Arboretum and perhaps purchasing an indigenous plant from our great state of Virginia makes the day complete.

Give us a call and we will be happy to secure your reservation! We will have Al Fresco dining available that day, weather permitting. Experience a day in France just minutes away. If the kids aren’t in town we still have a few rooms left. Why not rekindle the romance and enjoy at getaway with the love of your family life at our Virginia Wine Country inn!Mother's Day Ideas at our romantic Virginia restaurant

Enjoy a romantic evening of love this Valentine’s Day!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

 

Come for a Lover’s Valentine’s Day Dinner

Tuesday Feb. 14th 2012

Come Stay at our Virginia Inn For a Romantic Evening of Love

Romantic Virginia B&B

 

Bring your Sweetheart, We’ll do the Rest.

A Rose for each Valentine Couple & a box of Gourmet Housemade Truffles…

 

Valentine's Day Dinner at our Virginia B&B An elegant, romantic setting…

An intimate Dinner for Two…

An evening to remember…

What better way to say “I Love You”

Dinner seating from 6pm – 9pm

3 Course Prefixe $64.00 / person

5 Course Prefixe $88.00/ person

A Lover’s Dinner for 2 $195.00

5 NIGHTS of ROMANCE

Stay at least one night from Feb 10th thru Feb 14th

Choose any available room or suite at our romantic Virginia B&B and

Receive Complimentary ~French Restaurant in Northern Virginia

  • Flameless Candles
  • Silk Rose Petals
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • A Bottle of Champagne
All in your room when you return from dining at our romantic French restaurant in Northern Virginia!
(A $138.00 Value) FREE

VALENTINE’S DAY MENU

WINE SPECIALS

RED
ST ESTEPHE, CHATEAU MEYNEY, 1998
145.00
WHITE
CHARDONNAY, RED SHOULDER RANCH,
SHAFER, NAPA, 2003
89.00

ARTISAN CHEESE

Housemade Pear and Raisin Chutney Tapenade,
Balsamic Reduction & Crostinis
3 Pieces 16.00
5 Pieces 24.00
IRISH DUBLINER
Sharp with Notes of Hay, Light Creaminess, Sweet Finish
FOURME D’A MBERT
Cow’s Milk, Creamy, Butter, Smooth Texture and Full Taste
BRILLAT  SAVARIN AFFINÉ
Soft Ripened, Cow Milk, Luscious, Crusty, Faintly Sour
LE BEFFROI MIMOLETTE FRANÇAISE
Hard Cow’s Milk, Hazelnut Flavors, Intensely Fruity
PETIT BASQUE
Medium-Firm with a Pungent Smell and a
Mild Flavored Sheep’s Milk

LOVERS MENU FOR 2

FIRST COURSE
NANTUCKET OYSTERS
Champagne Vinegar, Tomato-Horseradish, Ginger-Sriracha
SECOND COURSE
MAINE DIVER SCALLOPS
Braised Endive, Kumquat Confit, Sage
THIRD COURSE
HUDSON VALLEY DUCK CONSUMME
Duck Confit Ravioli, Slow Cooked Egg, Leeks
FOURTH COURSE
CARNAROLI RICE RISOTTO
Wild Foraged Mushrooms, Shaved Black Truffle
FIFTH COURSE
SNAKE RIVER WAGYU BEEF CULOTTE
Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Cabernet Reduction
DESSERT
PASSIONFRUIT BRULEE
195 Per Couple
Wine Pairing Additional 62 per Person
Service Non Compris
Six Course Tasting Menu and Three Course Menu
In Same Party Is Not Recommended

LES ENTRÉES

Three or Five Course Menu : Please Choose One
SLOW COOKED VEAL CHEEKS
Farro Risotto, Parmesan & Local Squash
RABBIT TERRINE
Pickled Shallots, Turnips, Wisteria Greens,
Glazed Kohlrabi, Cider Mustard Dressing
CREAM OF THREE ONION SOUP
Beer Cippolinis, Roast Gruyere Tuile,
House Cured Crispy Pork, Garlic Brioche Croutons
MIXED GREENS & ROQUETTE SALAD
Shaved & Marinated Vegetables, Aged Blue Cheese, Honey~Truffle Vinaigrette

LA DEUXIEME SUITE

Five Course Menu : Please Choose One
BEET SALAD
Yuzu Gelée, Bacon, Pistachio, Goat Cheese
HOUSE~MADE CRAB RAVIOLI
Pumpkin Purée, Red Onion Marmelade, Sauce Américaine
FOIE GRAS TERRINE
Quince, Almond, Candied Lemon

TROU NORMAND

Five Course Menu
PEAR COMPOTE, PEAR SORBET, BITTER LEMON SODA

VIANDES  ET POISSONS

Three or Five Course Menu : Please Choose One
DAY BOAT RED GROUPER
Cauliflower, Wild Mushrooms, Capers,
Brown Butter Emulsion
ROASTED SQUAB
Coffee Scented Macomber Turnip,
Glazed Chestnuts, Brussel Sprouts
BLACK BARLEY
Wild Foraged Mushrooms, Vegetables,
Truffle Vinaigrette
KUROBUTA PORK BELLY
Lentils, Glazed Salsify, Celery Root,
Pomegranate, Royal Trumpets
PAN~SEARED TILE FISH
Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Roasted
Spaghetti Squash, Red Wine Shellfish Sauce
WAGYU BEEF CULOTTE
Mustard Greens, Pistachio Butter,
Beer Braised Onions
Three Course Menu (Includes Amuse Bouche and Dessert, After Dinner Treat) 64 per Person
Five Course Menu (Includes Amuse Bouche, Intermezzo, Dessert, and After Dinner Treat) 88 per Person
~ Service Non Compris

 

 

Great List of New Desserts at L’Auberge Provencale

Monday, January 9th, 2012

French Restaurant in Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are currently featuring a great list of new desserts at L’Auberge Provencale. We’ve introduced some sweet-tooth and taste-bud-pleasing winners on the Dessert Menu at our French Restaurant in Northern Virginia!

Filo Cinnamon Apple Crisp Appletini Sorbet

Dried Apple Chips, Chateau Hallet Sauterne Sauce, Maple Cream

Flight of Sorbets

Strawberry, Pineapple, Kiwi, Cornucopia Tuile

Warm Clementine Maltaise

Spanish Clementines Grand Marnier Sabayon

Best Restaurant in Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate French Connection

Hazelnut Mousse, Chocolate Bête Noir, Mocha Sorbet,

Chambord Pot au Crème, Grand Marnier Ganache

Trio of Banana

Banana Bread Pudding with Armagnac Anglaise,

Banana Foster on Vanilla Cheese-cake,

Banana Cream Tart

Best Restaurant in Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope to see you soon at our Romantic Virginia B&B!

Our First Living Social Cooking Class a Success!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first Living Social Cooking Class at our Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast was held Wednesday Dec 21.

The participants’ summary of the hands-on experience was “Perfect”, “Fabulous”, “What Fun”…

They enjoyed working hard at preparing:

-Roasted Squab

-Coffee Scented Macomber Turnips

-Glazed Chestnuts

-Brussel Sprouts

To the left you can see Chef Jacob Jananski tasting the fare prepared by guests at our Shenandoah Valley Restaurant.

 

Argentina Wine Tasting

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Argentina Asado & Wine Tasting

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2011

2PM- 6PM

Join Madame Celeste Borel, Senor Gonzales, and the Chefs of L’Auberge Provençale for an afternoon on the terrace…Traditional grilled meats and seafood will be served buffet style, while you sip bold and hearty Argentinian wine and enjoy one last summer day dining Al Fresco.

LIVE MUSIC BY THE J.N.G.’S

CALL TO RESERVE NOW, LIMITED SEATING

540.837.1375

Shenandoah Valley Inn

$125 per Person

Includes Wine, Food, Tax, and Gratuity, Credit Card Required to Hold Reservation

$165 On ANY Premier Room or Suite

Valid only on stay Sunday, September 25, 2011

Includes Gourmet Breakfast for Two at our Shenandoah Valley Inn

Must attend wine tasting. Not valid with any other discount.

Check In 3:00pm    Check Out 11:00am

 

 

Zucchini Bread

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Pastry Chef Duane Copeland is spoiling us with this month’s sweet treat recipe from L’Auberge Provencale. Be sure to try it out and tell us what you think!

Northern Virginia Bed and Breakfast

ZUCCHINI BREAD
Makes Four 8 x 4 pans

Ingredients:

-3 Eggs

-2 Cups Sugar

– 1 Tablespoon Vanilla

-1 Cup Flour

-1 Teaspoon Salt

-2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

-1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder

-1 Cup Chopped Nuts

-5/8 c. or 5 oz. of oil

– 2 Cups Zucchini (unpeeled and put through blender or grated)

 

Directions:

Step One: Mix eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Set aside.

Step Two: In separate bowl blend flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and nuts. Add egg mixture from step one to flour mixture, mixing well.

Step Three: Fold zucchini into dough.

Step Four: Pour into 4 loaf pans 8″ x 4″ (or cook one at a time) and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Step Five: Remove from pan while still hot, let rest for at least 10-15 minutes and serve warm with butter.

 

ENJOY

 

“Taste of Provence” Wine Experience

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

It was a beautiful day on June 26th – hot, humid and a chance of rain, typical of early summer days in the Shenandoah Valley. Thirty lucky guests joined us indoors at L’Auberge Provencale for a cool, leisurely lunch in our Sunny Peach Dining Room. The ambiance was reminiscent of all that is Southern France and the essence that is Provence.

Virginia Wine Country Inn | Bed and Breakfast in Virginia

The “Taste of Provence” wasn’t merely just another wine dinner – it was a Wine Experience.  Guests dined around round tables, adorned in crisp cream linens and fresh garden flowers picked that afternoon.  Rosemary bread and fresh baked French Baguettes were drenched in our house-infused Garlic and Herb Olive Oil. Our guests embarked on the traditions and customs hidden behind Provençale Cuisine; great conversation, food and wine!

The wines and food, paired perfectly with much thought and collaboration by L’Auberge Provençale’s Executive Chef, Jacob Jasinski, Madame Celeste Borel and Wine Consultant, Jason Bise of Country Vintner Distributors. Every taste was a delight to all the senses. In between the flights of fare, Jason Bise took time to educate the party on the riches behind each region we were visiting in our minds and palates. Highlights of the meal started with the Caramelized Onion Mushroom Tartlet next to a bed of Oysters in Sorrel, Caviar and Citrus. The second and third flights showed off Chef Jasinski’s talent for Duck Galantine, Petite Bouillabaisse, A Duet of Gazpacho, and not to overdo it, House Cured Duck Ham & Foie Gras Royale. Just when guests thought it couldn’t be topped, Chef Jasinski sent out Local Lamb Rack & Loin and Slow Cooked Culotte, which melted like butter in everyone’s mouth. The fifth and final flight ended the afternoon on a sweet note; showing off Citrus Crepes Suzette and Apricot Tart Tatin with cool serving of Nougat Ice Cream, a specialty of our Pastry Chef, Duane Copeland.

The company, food and wine told the perfect story of an afternoon dining delight in sun splashed hills of the Southern Region of Provence. We thank each of our guests who made the journey to Provence with us that Sunday afternoon in June. We look forward to our subsequent Wine Dinner next month.

Stay Tuned…

Our next Wine Dinner will be in August, 2011

Date & Time to follow

Featuring Wine Importer & Author, Roy Cloud

To Burgundy and Back Again: A Tale of Wine, France, and Brotherhood

Reviewed 5.0 out of 5.5 Stars on Amazon.com

Read the Editorial Reviews

The menu will feature wines handpicked from Roy’s book and travels through France.

Autographed books will be available for purchase.

Experience the delights of summer in the Shenandoah Valley!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Virginia Bed and BreakfastSpring has sprung, summer is here and so are our fresh garden vegetables and herbs!

After the long cold winter and a wet rainy spring, we’re ready to serve the bounty of our gardens to our guests. The seedlings and sprouts have turned full bloom and our chefs are ecstatic to be able to use the crisp, garden-fresh delights.

Cultivated in our very own backyard, handpicked daily by our talented team of chefs and primed and groomed in our kitchen (the heart of the house) every piece of produce is not only a source of nourishment, but also a source of passion. Delivered for your dining delight every morning and evening, summer is the locavore’s dream, and the ideal time to visit the Shenandoah Valley.

Shenandoah Valley InnHere at L’Auberge Provencale we take much pride in our green thumbs. Tended day after day with much love and care, our gardens and orchard provide gifts that keep giving and are the true inspiration behind our menus.

Salads of fresh harvested Garden Lettuce, Duck Galantine served with Orchard Cherries (pickled onsite), Mishima Ranch Wagyu Beef Culotte resting on a bed of Smoked Carrot Puree, a palate-pleasing presentation of Stewed Peppers and Zucchini Butter, or how about a Watermelon Mojito with Fresh Mint… it’s all blooming in our own backyard! If we don’t have it, one of the local farmers will. Look for Alain at the local farmers markets stocking up on local peaches and strawberries to be mixed with the splendors of our herb gardens and turned into jam for breakfast (don’t forget to take a jar of Provence home – our house-made jams and chutneys are available for sale!)

Shenandoah Bed and BreakfastWe summon you to treat yourself to our piece of Provence in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, not only will you enjoy the freshest possible cuisine prepared by the area’s best chefs, but you will leave knowing you helped support the local economy and the environment.

 

A Taste of Provence in the Shenandoah Valley

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Virginia B&B

Take a gastronomical journey through the sun-drenched Provence region of Southern France on June 26th from 2:00pm-5:00pm. Embark on the traditions and customs hidden behind Provençale Cuisine. Discover all that Provence offers, with an afternoon in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Join us at our Virginia Inn and Restaurant for our Taste of Provence, Wine Experience. Guests can look forward to the combination of superior food, wine and conversation, the cornerstone to the Provençale experience.

 

Shenandoah Valley French Restaurant

The menu will evoke the sun splashed hills of Provence through food and wine.  Look forward to enjoying the regions specialties, through our use of local market, local farms and the flourishing gardens in our own backyard.
Come and savor flights of small plates featuring the best of the season. Premium wines from the popular Provence Region of Southern France will accompany and compliment every tantalizing taste. Wine Pairing hand selected by Madame Celeste Borel & Wine Consultant, Jason Bise from Country Vintner. Meet our new Executive Chef, Jacob Jasinski, former Master Cook of Joel Robuchon Restaurants!
Reserve a Table in Provence…Enjoy Premium Wines at our Virginia Inn
Virginia Bed and BreakfastSeating is limited; please make your reservations well in advance for an experience to remember at L’Auberge Provençale$125.00 per Person. Includes: wine tasting, tax & gratuities
RESERVATIONS