Virginia oysters and wines are on the menu for a major culinary event taking place Saturday, Nov. 2, in Irvington.
The first Virginia Wine and Oyster Classic is a partnership between the local oyster industry, 15 Virginia wineries and 10 of the state’s top chefs. Location will be the Dog and Oyster Winery and its Hope and Glory Inn, both in Irvington.
The lineup of Virginia chefs will include Ika Zaken of Cafe Provencal at Wedmore Place on the grounds of the Williamsburg Winery and Scott Simpson of The Swan Terrace, Founders Inn Resort, Virginia Beach. Others announced are Walter Bundy of Lemaire Restaurant, The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond; Todd Gray of Equinox Restaurant, Washington, D.C., and culinary director of The Salamander Resort and Spa, Middleburg; Aaron Cross of Fossett’s and Fossett’s Bar at Keswick Hall at Monticello.
Virginia winemakers include Keswick Vineyards, Philip Carter Winery, Cooper Vineyards, New Kent, Afton Mountain, Afton, Bluestone Vineyard, and Potomac Point.
In addition to wine and oyster pairings, the event will feature wine tastings and a Virginia oyster bar including “take and carry” bags of raw oysters for onsite tailgating and picnics. Lewis McGehee and his trio, a Hampton Roads acoustic favorite, will provide music. Booths will be selling specialty food and retail products.
Patteson says he chose the date because it coincides with the nearby Urbanna Oyster Festival and Irvington Farmers Market. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Richmond SPCA, Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck and a Virginia Waterman’s Scholarship Fund for students of Virginia watermen families.
Ticket options range from $30 for 10 wine tasting tickets ($40 at the gate), $20 admission only. Theres’s also a $100 Tailgate Ticket and a $375 VIP Ticket, both advance reservations only. The Tailgate Ticket includes parking adjacent to the wine and oyster tents. The VIP Ticket provides tastings for eight people. They can be ordered online at www.virginiawineandoysterclassic.com or by calling 804-438-6053 or 800-497-8228.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun