Pippin Hill’s Kitchen Garden – Redefining the “Farm to Table” Experience

Pippin Hill’s Kitchen Garden
What’s in season, fresh and local?
What’s available in Pippin Hill’s kitchen garden?


Every season, Chef Amalia Scatena wows our vineyard guests with a standout menu celebrating the bountiful produce local to Virginia, and even our own front yard. Embracing the flavors of the season, Chef Amalia knows how to make simple flavors shine. In the winter, it’s heartwarming stews and hearty pastas. In the summer, it’s verdant salads and fresh seafoods.

Let’s just say…
Guests come for the wine and stay for the food.

shrimp-edible-flowerNo matter the season, one thing is guaranteed, every dish is seasonal, fresh and local. When we say local. We mean local. Our own front yard, kitchen garden, walk outside and pick it yourself…local.

Don’t get us wrong, we rely heavily on the bounty from our farm partners. Artisan cheese from Caromont Farm, fresh herbs & veggies from Harvest Thyme Herbs and high-quality meats from The Rock Barn, just to name a few.

With a plethora of great farm vendors, we certainly are spoiled here in North Garden. So spoiled, just out front is a fabulous spread of summer vegetation in our own kitchen garden. Our garden hosts an array of herbs including parsley, chives, dill, french tarragon, basil and sage. But, it doesn’t stop there. Baby beets and even an assortment of tomatoes are making an appearance.

Jen Fariello Photography
The Baby Garden Beet Salad is a seasonal favorite. Featuring beets directly from our garden, this salad is fresh, sweet and colorful. The humble beet has experienced a resurgence in popularity over the past few years, and, boy are we excited. This multifaceted root brings so much to the plate with bright colors from crimson gold to “beet red.”

Enhanced with side components of grilled Rockbarn mortadella, red wine pecorino, blackberries and peppercress — this is a must have summer salad.

Eric-Kelley-Photography-Kitchen-GardenSo, what are you waiting for?

Come check out the Pippin Hill kitchen garden and see what food has traveled from our kitchen garden onto your afternoon lunch plate!

first & fourth photo by Eric Kelley Photography
third photo by Jen Fariello Photography

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Wedding Wednesday: Hot Spots To Say “I Do” – The Ultimate Engagement Locations

pippin-hill-wedding-photos_0884We’re flattered! District Weddings has named Pippin Hill
to the “top 10 hottest places to pop the question!”

The proposal is the initial kick off to a series of celebratory engagement events and eventually, the big day! It is a beautiful moment that will be remembered forever. Too much pressure? No worries, gentlemen, we have a few helpful tips for you, especially if you are considering a Pippin Hill proposal.

Setting the Scene
Some people select a sentimental location, while others venture to an unfamiliar spot to make new memories. Whatever you decide, consider what is more important, public or private? Are you looking for a big crowd to applaud the moment, or a more intimate locale for a private experience?

Here on The Hill, we see both. During the week, you can expect a more private experience, but on the weekends, expect a bustle of people gushing over the proposal.

Here’s a helpful hint for a weekend proposal: escape to the vines!

Where to Ask:
Here on the Hill, we have seen it all. From between the vines, to the ceremony lawn and even on our Veranda patio — every proposal is unique! Not sure where to pop the question? Schedule a visit with Pippin Hill’s sales team for some insider’s information on the best proposal spots here on The Hill.

A Celebratory Toast:
After she says “Yes”, drinks are in order! Regardless of where you propose, be sure to include a refreshing beverage to toast your upcoming life together! Whether it’s packing a bottle of bubbly for your outdoor picnic, or contacting the restaurant bar to arrange for a speciality cocktail, it is a must!

At Pippin Hill, connect with one of our servers before the proposal to arrange for a surprise champagne delivery. Or, take a peak at our tasting room menu with a full list of full-bodied reds, crisp light whites and fruitful bright Rosés. We’re personally partial to the Pippin Hill Sparkling Rosé for the blushing bride to be.

first photo by Katelyn James Photography

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The Charlottesville 29 Names our Vineyard, Pippin Hill, to the area’s 29 Essential Restaurants

Thanks Charlottesville 29 for Naming our Pippin Hill to
C’ville’s 29 Essential Restaurants!


A vineyard among the area’s 29 essential restaurants?

You bet. And, it’s not just for the stunning view, or the breathtaking setting.  The North Garden vineyard nine miles south of town happens to serve world class food, too.  Owners Dean and Lynn Easton Andrews are nationally acclaimed veterans of high end-hospitality, and it shows.

While there are lots of ways to enjoy a visit to Pippin Hill, our favorite is to spend much of the day there.  We start by ordering a little food and some wine. And, then we order some more. And then maybe some more. Since opening in 2011, the kitchen has been run by Amalia Scatena, the former Chef de Cuisine of Fossett’s restaurant at Keswick Hall, which she helped become Conde Naste’s top rated hotel for food in the entire country.  At Pippin Hill, she uses ingredients from the farm and nearby producers to create a new menu each season.  While we are always sad to see our menu favorites go, Scatena’s kitchen is so consistent that their replacements are at least as good.

It’s simple. When we have guests in town, we go to Pippin Hill.

What to Order

Below are our menu favorites, as well as picks from Scatena, and appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where chefs and personalities have named a Pippin Hill dish one of the best in the area. A seasonally changing menu means that some of these picks might not always be available.  But, don’t fret. We’ve never had a bad meal at Pippin Hill.

Our Picks

Chicken Liver Paté
with Cabernet Sauvignon jelly, house cured pickles, and toast

Crispy Chesapeake Bay Oysters
with sambal mayo

Grilled Local Asparagus
sunny side up farm egg, Surryano ham, Everona Farm pecorino, pignoli, baguette

Croque Monsieur
Virginia country ham, gruyere, Merlot & onion jam, garden herb salad

Meyer Lemon and Olive Oil Cake

See the C’ville Weekly Feature here.

First photo by Patricia Lyons, Other photos by Andrea Hubbell Photography

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Charlie Magazine Names Dean Andrews to “50 of the most forward-thinking people making a positive impact on the future of Charleston!”

dean-andrews-charlie-magazine“Each year Charlie selects “50 of the most forward-thinking people making a positive impact on the future of Charleston.”

We are so thrilled that our own Dean Porter Andrews has been included in this year’s selection of the 50 Most Progressive!

Along with his wife, Lynn Easton Andrews, Dean is the co-owner of Easton & Porter Group, an events and hospitality company.  The E&P Group oversees Easton Events, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, Zero George Street Hotel, Red Pump Kitchen and the upcoming Cannon Green Charleston.  It’s evident from all of the businesses that make-up Easton & Porter Group that Dean is passionate about his craft. Having spent his life developing a deep understanding of high-end hospitality, food and wine, as well as honing his business insight and leadership skills, the Easton & Porter Group is providing the platform for which Dean & Lynn are able to carefully build a unique collection of hotels, restaurants, and event venues that reflect their standards and expertise.

As Dean said in the Charlie article: “I want to be current, young at heart, and be part of things that are constantly evolving.” To our youthful, kind-hearted leader and influencer, congratulations!   The entire Easton & Porter Group family is so happy for this well-deserved honor!
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