Airlie Center’s Jeff Witte Shows Off Local Culinary Skills at Virginia Wine Festival

Jeff Witte describes the oxtail to the VWF audience.

Jeff Witte describes the oxtail to the VWF audience.

The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association’s (ASWA) 38th Virginia Wine Festival is taking place this weekend at Great Meadow at The Plains, Va. Executive Chef Jeff Witte from the Airlie Center took center stage on Saturday and Sunday (1 p.m. today) with two cooking demonstrations featuring local oxtail and Horton Norton wine.

The “Local Chef Plus Local Wine Equals World Flavors” session was arranged by FSM editor Michael Birchenall who invited one of the three chefs featured in the September issue’s cover story: Reality Chefs: Outside the Box, Inside the Kitchen. Witte paired the American Norton grape from Virginia’s Horton Winery (they’ve been making wine from the Norton since the early nineties) with his locally raised oxtail using in his demo many ingredients from the Airlie gardens.

Chef Witte is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of the California School of culinary Arts Le Condon Bleu program. Jeffrey has a passion for local ingredients and grows many of his own vegetables, herbs and fruits in Airlie’s Local Food Project and works with suppliers at over 35 area farms. He has been at Airlie for over 10 years.

You can view fotos here from the Saturday presentation with Witte and his Executive Sous Chef Jeremy Anderson. Chef Witte has posted the recipe for Local Oxtail Pappardelle with Norton Wine on the Airlie Center blog.

The Virginia Wine Festival features wine from 50 Virginia wineries and the requisite food vendors, concerts and artsy craft folks.

Jeff Witte finishes the oxtail and pappardelle made with Horton Norton wine.

Jeff Witte finishes the oxtail and pappardelle made with Horton Norton wine.

Dates and Times:

September 14-15, 2013

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Great Meadow at The Plains
5089 Old Tavern Road
The Plains, Virginia
Take Rt. 66 W to Exit 31 for VA-245, turn left on 245.

A van shuttle to and from the Vienna Metro stop is also available.

General Admission – $30 (21 and older)
$18 – Non-Tasting Admission – Designated Drivers get free non-alcoholic beverages all day.
Children ages 6 to 12 – $7
Children ages 5 and under are free


About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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