Autumn in Full Fig – New Tasting Room Menu Item: Baby Red Russian Kale with Warm Calimyrna Figs

Today we welcome the first day of fall, and a number of Autumn inspired dishes you won’t want to miss this season!

Take it from Tom Sietsema, food critic for the Washington Post, who wrote that our tasting room lunch menu “wouldn’t taste out of place in Napa Valley.”

With a number of Autumn inspired dishes securing their spot on our seasonal tasting room menu, Executive Chef Bill Scatena highlights one in particular that will swing us right into autumn;

Pippin Hill’s Baby Russian Kale Salad featuring Warm Calimyrna figs, House-made Ricotta, toasted pumpkin seeds and sherry agrodolce.


So, what makes this dish so perfect for fall? This particular combination of ingredients reminds us of all the cozy days fast approaching. With the warm juicy figs, decadent ricotta, and fresh crunchy kale, there isn’t a dish that could better suit the season.

Chef Scatena shares, “The kale, picked straight from Pippin Hill’s kitchen garden will offer a more mild, peppery finish to the overall salad. Paired with the sweet unctuous nature of the fig, creaminess of the house-made Ricotta and nutty crunch from the pumpkin seeds, it’s a delightful welcome to the cooler season ahead.”

Have you heard of Calimyrna figs? These figs are of the Smyrna variety, having been brought to California in 1882 from Turkey and renamed in honor of its arrival. The fig is the only fruit that is both fully ripened and semi-dried on the tree it grows on. Also, figs are flowers that have inverted into themselves. The seeds are actually the real fruit.

figs-local-pippin-hillThe warmth of the figs in this delicious tasting room dish brings out their bold flavor and floral aroma. You will have to try it to see just how incredible it is.

Baby red russian kale is surprisingly less red than you would think. The stems are purple and leaves are flat, getting its name from the deep purple veins on each piece of kale. The leaves of the baby red russian are much tenderer than most other kales.

Our house made ricotta is one of many selling points of this dish. Ricotta cheese came about when Italy’s cheese making industry experienced an environmental problem that could only be solved by using large amounts of whey. Ricotta was the perfect solution!

Come see us for lunch Tuesday – Sunday from 11 AM – 3 PM. See you on The Hill!

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Pippin Hill Farm Featured in The Washington Post

The glowing Washington Post review by Food Critic Tom Sietsema still has us blushing. It’s an honor to have been featured this past weekend. Thank you to Tom Sietsema for featuring us in the article, “In Virginia wine country, where to have some great food with drinks.”

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Here on The Hill, we focus on seasonal ingredients that champion the flavors, smells and experiences of every season to create North Garden’s speciality menu that, as Sietsema notes “wouldn’t taste out of place in Napa Valley.”


Our Farm Table & Wine Bar menu, designed as part of of Virginia’s Agritourism initiative, is consistently changing. Much like the seasons, our garden is transitioning from Summer delights to a Fall Harvest. With cold weather in full swing, our restaurant is ushering in heartwarming, seasonal recipes featuring the best of Autumn’s bountiful produce.

From hand-made tortellinis and hearty soups, to wood-fired pizzas and delectable desserts – this season is one you won’t want to miss.

We look forward to seeing you in the Tasting Room!

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Wedding Wednesday: Pippin Hill’s Preppy Spring Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty











We love seeing Megan & Fred’s beautiful spring wedding featured on Style Me Pretty, offering a glimpse into this sunny day that will instantly warm your heart.

The color palette of deep blue, forest green and sunflower yellow shines through from the ceremony to the reception. We’re crushing over the rich blue bridesmaids dresses, and those striped napkins, we just can’t get enough!

Thank you to Elisa Bricker for sharing these cheerful images with us.

See the feature and the complete gallery on Style Me Pretty: Preppy Spring Charlottesville Wedding!

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Photo Credit: Elisa Bricker with Beehive Events and Soiree Events

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Garden to Glass Signature Cocktails

As many of you probably know, here at Pippin Hill, we’re big advocates of incorporating seasonal produce from our garden into our cuisine — but who said we had to stop there? Push the boundaries of the traditional garden-to-glass libation, sangria, by experimenting with cocktails that bring the freshest ingredients to your favorite go-to drink!

Check out some creative (and more importantly, delicious!) ways to update cocktail hour, or even your last summer soirée using Earth’s bounty as your inspiration. Fresh ingredients offer a great opportunity to put your own little flourish on classic drinks. Cocktails not only give you a chance to play with your theme; they’re a fun way to show off your own personality!

Pippin Hill’s Artisan Catering shows exquisite examples of this fun trend.

Pippin Cider: Dark Rum, Cinnamon Schnapps, Lemon, Local Apples
Is there anything better on a breezy autumn night than a glass of cider? Ask any cider aficionado and they’ll confirm our stance: fresh, local apples can’t be beat. This cozy classic  gets a splash of the unexpected with lemon and dark rum.

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Perfect Pear: Pear Liquor, St. Germain, Pear Nectar, Dehydrated Pear
This cocktail channels the Southern gentleman and his belle. Light and refreshing, pear compliments St. Germain (elderberry-flavored French liqueur) to create a whimsical take on a pristine beverage. The Perfect Pear is the perfect answer for modern elegance, and let’s face it, for a wedding cocktail hour.


Maker Happy: Lavender Syrup, Marker’s Mark, House Sour, Candied Ginger
Who says a lady can’t be poised and spunky? If you’re the kind of person that values a night on the town just as much as a night at the ball, this is the drink for you! Our chefs love using lavender in dishes, and the fragrant herb adds a subdued elegance to bourbon whiskey. This drink isn’t your grandmother’s herbal tea—it’s a sweet and sour kick!

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Kiss Royale: Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, Pomegranate Liquor, Pomegranate Seeds
Bring some zing from the garden into your glass with pomegranate. Our Sparkling wine gets a chic upgrade with sweet but tangy pomegranate. Pucker up!

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Whether a special occasion or a get together at home, cocktails with fresh ingredients are the ideal way to thank your guests while simultaneously injecting a little zing! of personality into your favorite beverage. Thank your guests with the perfect cocktail — they’ll be sure to thank you, too!

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