Hill & Holler At Bellair Farm

May 6, 2014

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As promised, here is my recap of the lovely Hill & Holler dinner we attended on Sunday night! This was my third H&H dinner, the first was at Old Met downtown and the second at Meriwether Vineyards for Cider Week.

Sunday’s dinner at held at Bellair Farm, and I think it has been my favorite yet! The scenery was just perfect and the weather, ideal.

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Each Hill & Holler dinner highlights area chefs, and this night was hosted by Caleb Shriver and Phillip Perror of Dutch & Company out of Richmond. Additionally, each event benefits a local organization, and we celebrated the Virginia Food Heritage Project. I had the chance to talk to the founder Tanya for a while, and she’s on a mission to connect food from the past and present through recipes, stories, seeds, breeds, places, festivals, organizations and memories. Check out the map they have just released! This is the first comprehensive documentation of the food and farming heritage of central Virginia.

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Upon our arrival to the farm we were greeted with cocktails and appetizers.

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This Basil Smash (served in a nice glass bottle!) was delicious!

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So was the Blenheim Rose. Blenheim provided the wines for the evening. One of my favorite vineyards!

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This appetizer was like a cornbread pancake topped with pork and honey. An awesome combo!

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Next we tried grilled spring onion with jalapeno romesco

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But Matt ate most of that Winking smile 

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Tunes by Sam Cregger!

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One of our hosts

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We roamed the farm at a bit and found what we thought was a vegetable washer!

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Then it was time to be seated for dinner

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I just love the spray painted animals who watched over our table!

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We sat down next to Bridget and Ken and realized that we were kindred spirits! They were up from Richmond, and we very much enjoyed their company all night.

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Blenheim poured their Petit Verdot and a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc

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I’ll let you refer to this menu for descriptions of each course. They were all fantastic!

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The bone marrow + herby radishes were unlike any dish I’d had before. Loved the contrasting flavors.

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And the Green Eggs + Ham were one of the most creative dishes I’ve ever enjoyed!! I believe the egg whites were blended with herbs and then baked and bits of yolk were drizzled on top. Loved the nest too!

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Next up we had amazing bread from Sub Rosa bakery in Richmond

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Paired with ham, grown on Bellair Farm and locally cured

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We assembled little sammies with house-made mustard

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The chicken was cooked perrrrrrrrrfectly – and I loved the addition or orange peel! This alone would have been perfect for dinner, but there was more on the way.

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A super fresh salad with yogurt dressing

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And the hit of the night for me was this sausage with polenta

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Topped with radish leaves, pickled turnip and Twenty Paces feta. The merguez sausage was unbelievably good!

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For dessert we had freshly made ricotta with macerated strawberries, honey, lavender and polenta bread. The ricotta was made by Twenty Paces, a new farm run by one of our former employees – Melanie!

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We talked until long after the sun set and headed home to our sleeping boy. It was a really fun night!

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jackie May 6, 2014 at 7:04 am

Wow that dinner looks fabulous and fun!

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2 Caitlin Restivo May 6, 2014 at 7:11 am

Looks like such a cool experience! And I love your sandals, where are they from?

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3 KathEats May 6, 2014 at 8:24 am

Thanks Loft!

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4 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! May 6, 2014 at 7:39 am

What a fun event with some delicious looking food! Love your pearl necklace by the way!

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5 Emily L May 6, 2014 at 7:53 am

A fun night, indeed. Please tell me who makes those cute sandals!

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6 KathEats May 6, 2014 at 8:25 am

Loft!

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7 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 6, 2014 at 8:09 am

What an interesting menu! But definitely looks like you guys had a great night with great food!

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8 M May 6, 2014 at 8:13 am

I really like your necklace! Do you mind mentioning where you got it?

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9 KathEats May 6, 2014 at 8:24 am

It was a bridal party gift from my friend Meredith. I’m not sure where she got it

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10 Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} May 6, 2014 at 8:28 am

This all looks divine!! What a wonderful way to spend you day! The food is just gorgeous!

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11 Shel@PeachyPalate May 6, 2014 at 8:39 am

Beautiful!!! The setting really can make the night! Love the dress on you! Pretty toenail colour too! I need to get my looking pretty for flip flop season!

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12 Alex @ Kenzie Life May 6, 2014 at 9:42 am

Looks like such a fun night! And I double the comment about your cute sandals!

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13 Tip May 6, 2014 at 10:11 am

I love your hair! What salon in CV do you get it highlighted at?

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14 KathEats May 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm

I like Salon Dryknya. Really reasonable prices and walking distance to my home. They do a great job on both Matt and me!

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15 Tip May 6, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Thanks so much! It is so gorgeous and perfectly natural looking! I want to take a picture of it with me to my next appt!

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16 KathEats May 6, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Haha nice! And thanks!

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17 Grace @ Grace Dishes May 6, 2014 at 10:16 am

I love the photos and your recap. The menu looks so creative and DELICIOUS.

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18 Polly @ Tasty Food Project May 6, 2014 at 10:53 am

Wow, looks like you had a great time! The food also looks fantastic!

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19 Kate G May 6, 2014 at 11:54 am

Your hair looks amazing!! Do you get just highlights or do you have them do low lights as well?

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20 KathEats May 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Just high I think!

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21 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body May 6, 2014 at 12:52 pm

You looked absolutely stunning! The dinner looks great too ;)

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22 Pam May 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

I was there, too. You’ve captured it perfectly. This was my fifth H&H. The dinners are pricey for our budget but the food is always incredible, the scenery spectacular and the beneficiaries of it all, worthy causes. Thanks for giving a more professional page to which I can direct my friends when they wonder what all the fuss is about! Great job! Sorry we didn’t meet and maybe I’ll see you next time!

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23 KathEats May 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Thanks for your comment Pam! I definitely hope to be at future H&H events so I’ll see you there!

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24 LauraZ in CO May 6, 2014 at 6:11 pm

You look adorable/beautiful in that dress!

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25 Amanda May 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Pretty dress!

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26 ellie @ fit for the soul May 6, 2014 at 7:21 pm

That looks like such a fun event, but then again…any event with lots of food and music is awesome. I really want to try that cornbread pancake with pork–it sounds divine and super unique. :)

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27 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs May 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm

What a neat event — and such amazing food!! :)

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28 Sara May 7, 2014 at 8:18 am

That food looks amazing! YUM!

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29 Alexandra May 8, 2014 at 11:51 am

Cute dress! :)

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