Fearrington House Restaurant

The Fearrington House Restaurant, a member of the Relais & Chateaux association, is recognized for its sophisticated seasonal cuisine and personable service and promises guests a unique fine dining experience. Located in the original Fearrington farm home-place, the series of small, elegant dining rooms feature views of the stunning gardens; each is furnished with European antiques, and accented with original Southern art that creates an understated elegance.

Giving Back with Gingerbread

For the 12th annual gingerbread benefit for Triangle Family Services, Fearrington's cake designer Emma Isakoff crafted a miniature replica of The Fearrington House Restaurant, made entirely of gingerbread course! This beautifully detailed sweet creation placed third in the contest and helped raise money that will assist local families in crisis. So, how do you build a farmhouse of gingerbread? First measure and make a plan. Then bake up all of the pieces. Yes, shutters, doors,... Full Post >

Sugar Cookies: The Perfect Holiday Treat!

The Fearrington House's cake designer and chocolatière, Emma Isakoff, shared a classic sugar cookie recipe that sounds just scrumptious. These cookies are perfect for decorating and sharing with friends and family over the holidays! Enjoy! You'll need: Soft butter 1 & 1/2 cup Sugar 2 cups Eggs 4 Vanilla 1 teaspoon All purpose flour 5 cups Baking powder 2 teaspoons Salt 1/2 teaspoon Instructions: Sift flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. In a mixing bowl of a mixer... Full Post >

Yule Log Tradition

Yule Logs are back again this year at The Goat! Chef Colin Bedford and Fearrington's cake designer Emma Isakoff thought up some especially delicious flavors to tempt your taste buds this season. Don't forget the wine. Selections and notes below by Fearrington's Wine Director Maximilian Kast. These decadent desserts are $35 each and can be ordered by stopping by or calling The Goat at 919.545.5717. The final day to place a yule log orders is Friday, December 19th. All orders will be... Full Post >

Virginia Wine Summit 2014

I recently returned from the Virginia Wine Summit in Richmond, and yep, I am pretty excited about the wine. It’s not just local, it’s really good. The Summit is a well organized event promoting Virginia, its wines, and its wine regions. For the event, I was asked to participate on a panel discussion about "Dark Horse" grape varieties. The opportunity was exciting because it deals with one of the most important issues in the American wine industry today: the necessity to move beyond... Full Post >

TerraVita — Here Comes Fearrington!

TerraVita will be here before you know it! We are thrilled to annouce that both The Fearrington House's Executive Chef Colin Bedford and Wine Director Maximilian Kast will be making an appearance. You won't want to miss Chef Bedford cooking up Smoked Shortrib with Sunchoke, Ginger, Brown Sugar Espuma & Sherry or Wine Director Kast's "Creamy Cheese & Wine Meltdown" with his brother and cheesemonger extraordinaire Alexander Kast from Goat Lady Dairy! Get your ticket and we'll see... Full Post >

A Visit To Peter Michael Winery

In honor of our upcoming wine dinner with Paul Michael of the Peter Michael Winery -- I wanted to share my experiences with their amazing vineyard and wine. This past spring I had the honor to visit the Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma, California as part of their Sommelier Summit, an annual event they host. The Fearrington House has participated in the Peter Michael Foundation's charity dinners in years past,  and I have had the opportunity to become very familiar with their wines. Their... Full Post >

Just in Case You Missed the TODAY Show!

Who tuned in to watch Fearrington's own Chef Colin Bedford on the TODAY Show last Friday? If you missed Chef Bedford whipping up those mouth-watering Open-Faced Seared Steak Sandwiches, don't fret! Watch the video at the TODAY Show and find the recipes for this classic sandwich and soup combo below. Cheers! Seared steak sandwich with heirloom tomatoes, basil and sweet corn mayo 4-5 oz strip loin steak Salt & pepper 3/4 cup mayonnaise 1 cup roasted corn kernels (fresh or... Full Post >

Anticipating Chef Bedford on the Today Show!

Everyone, including our Belties, are thrilled that The Fearrington House's Executive Chef Colin Bedford has been invited back to the TODAY Show in the Big Apple! Tune in tomorrow (Friday, August 29th) at 9:36am EST to see his segment teaser, followed soon after by him whipping up something delicious in the kitchen. We "herd" he was cooking up the perfect Fall combination of an open-faced seared steak sandwich on challah bread and butternut squash soup. Don't fret -- the recipe will... Full Post >

Fearrington-Fullsteam Summer Beer

So with the coming of each season, we at Fearrington get excited to release the newest collaboration with Fullsteam Brewery.  This week we are releasing our Fearrington-Fullsteam Summer Beer, and it is: An American Berliner Weisse steeped with local Elderflower for lifted aromatics. If you recall from last Fall's beer, a Berliner Weisse was the traditional sour ale of Prussia, made with a wheat and barley base with a lower hop inclusion, it was referred to as the "Champagne of the... Full Post >

California, On My Terms.

This past May I took one of my bi-annual trips to California.  I love California -- the wine, food, natural beauty and diverse culture is an ever-beckoning call to visit. As a Sommelier I am fortunate enough to have visited many times, and have gotten to know Sonoma and Napa Valley in a very in-depth way.  However, all of the trips I have taken in the past were group oriented, and everything needed to be on a tight schedule, and, most importantly, I had no choice over which wineries I... Full Post >