Closing one of the first crisp days of fall, the sun glows amber as it sets over the picturesque Italian Garden. The garden’s roses – bright, fragrant and in full bloom – surround the pergola, lined with dining tables and draped in soft café lights. A light breeze rustles the Magnolia leaves and makes gentle waves in the tablecloths as the candlelight flickers.
If this sounds like the perfect setting for a dining experience, you’re right – it was. Just ask the 80 people who joined us earlier this month for our first-ever dining experience at Maymont, “For Every Saison: A Five-Course Beer Dinner.”
So what was our recipe for a fantastic dining experience? Five mouth-watering courses designed by four local award-winning chefs and paired with beers from the No. 1 brewery in Richmond. Dale Reitzer (Acacia Mid-Town), Joe Sparatta (Heritage), Lee Gregory (The Roosevelt) and Walter Bundy (Shagbark) prepared courses featuring everything from calamari and roasted beets, to house-made torchio pasta and entire chargrilled rockfish – all of which were thoughtfully paired with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s beers.
Garnering recognition from National Geographic, Travel + Leisure and Garden & Gun (to name a few), Richmond’s food and drink scene has made one thing abundantly clear: Virginia isn’t just for lovers. It’s for food-lovers. Maymont looks forward to continuing its relationship with esteemed local chefs, restauranteurs and brewers for more creative dining experiences at the estate in the future. Stay tuned!