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A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting

Chef Travis Brust in the garden

Take a 45-minute walking tour through our historic gardens; then experience a tasting of historic flavors that come from our garden to your table. Colonial Williamsburg’s executive chefs have partnered with our historic gardeners to offer a unique look at the culinary story of America’s first foodies. Discover the bounty of the kitchen gardens located throughout the Revolutionary City.

Please wear comfortable shoes.

Colonial Williamsburg’s chefs and chef apprentices participate in the “From Our Garden to Your Table” program. They plant and care for kitchen gardens in the Revolutionary City—and prepare the harvested produce for guests of the restaurants at the Williamsburg Inn and Williamsburg Lodge. Meet one of our talented chefs, including Colonial Williamsburg Company’s Executive Chef Rhys H. Lewis, Williamsburg Inn Executive Chef Travis Brust, Williamsburg Lodge Executive Chef Anthony Frank, Pastry Chef Rodney Diehl, and Traditions Chef Justin Addison.


Upcoming Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting Events
Events

May 2
10:00 AM
A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting
The Beauty of Basil
Take a 45-minute walking tour through our Kings Arms & Wythe House historic gardens; then experience a tasting of historic flavors that come from our garden to your table. You know pesto, now go beyond it as Colonial Williamsburg Executive Chef Rhys Lewis delights your palate with creative basil dishes. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Garden tour is weather permitting. $33.50 per person inclusive of tax and service charge.
May 9
10:00 AM
A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting
Marvelous Mushrooms
Take a 45-minute walking tour through our Kings Arms & Wythe House historic gardens; then experience a tasting of historic flavors that come from our garden to your table. Experience the variety of tastes and textures of mushrooms as Williamsburg Lodge Executive Chef Anthony Frank shows you how to prepare dishes inspired by these sought-after culinary treats, paired with fresh ingredients from our gardens. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Garden tour is weather permitting. $33.50 per person inclusive of tax and service charge.
May 16
10:00 AM
A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting
Vegetable Variations
Take a 45-minute walking tour through our Kings Arms & Wythe House historic gardens; then experience a tasting of historic flavors that come from our garden to your table. Williamsburg Inn Executive Chef Travis Brust presents flavor-packed, vegetable-driven dishes featuring simple techniques to bring out the best of your garden’s bounty. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Garden tour is weather permitting. $33.50 per person inclusive of tax and service charge.
May 23
10:00 AM
A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting
Amazing Asparagus
Take a 45-minute walking tour through our Kings Arms & Wythe House historic gardens; then experience a tasting of historic flavors that come from our garden to your table. Asparagus, prized by chefs throughout the ages, is actually an ancient flowering perennial. Enjoy innovative dishes as Colonial Williamsburg Company Executive Chef Rhys Lewis pairs asparagus with ingredients chosen from our historic gardens. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Garden tour is weather permitting. $33.50 per person inclusive of tax and service charge.
May 30
10:00 AM
A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting
Chocolate Truffles, Garden Inspired
Take a 45-minute walking tour through our Kings Arms & Wythe House historic gardens; then experience a tasting of historic flavors that come from our garden to your table. Pastry Chef Rodney Diehl shares his garden-inspired flavor incorporating herbs, with fillings enrobed in rich, decadent chocolate. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Garden tour is weather permitting. $33.50 per person inclusive of tax and service charge.
Jun 6
10:00 AM
A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting
Strawberry Sensations
Take a 45-minute walking tour through our Kings Arms & Wythe House historic gardens; then experience a tasting of historic flavors that come from our garden to your table. Fresh and summer-sweet, strawberries, paired with ingredients from our historic gardens, are highlighted as Williamsburg Inn Executive Chef Travis Brust prepares creative dishes to delight your palate. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Garden tour is weather permitting. $33.50 per person inclusive of tax and service charge.
Jun 13
10:00 AM
A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting
Carrots are Tops
Take a 45-minute walking tour through our Kings Arms & Wythe House historic gardens; then experience a tasting of historic flavors that come from our garden to your table. In this session, Williamsburg Lodge Executive Chef Anthony Frank takes you on a closer look at the common but quite delectable carrot. You’ll learn quick-and-easy methods to prepare carrots that will entertain the tastebuds! Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Garden tour is weather permitting. $33.50 per person inclusive of tax and service charge.
Jun 20
10:00 AM
A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting
Lettuce Delight You With Greens
Looking for a way to incorporate more greens into your diet? Colonial Williamsburg Executive Chef Rhys Lewis shares his fun and flavorful suggestions in the special event that begins with a 45-minute walking tour and ends with a cooking demonstration and tasting.
Jun 27
10:00 AM
A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting
Minty Fresh
Wondering what to do with all of that tasty mint growing like crazy in your garden? Join Pastry Chef Rodney Diehl for a flavor-filled study of this delicious herb that pairs so well with other flavors.
Jul 11
10:00 AM
A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting
Lessons in Leeks
Experience a tasting of historic flavors straight from our garden to your table! You'll learn about the cultural significance of leeks during a 45-minute walking tour through our historic gardens. Then, explore this vegetable's culinary value as Executive Chef Rhys Lewis presents dishes from the history books.
Jul 18
10:00 AM
A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting
Master of the Blues–Berries That Is!
Prized for their flavor and nutritional value, blueberries pack a flavorful, and nutritious punch. Pastry Chef Rodney Diehl will guide you through a 45-minute walking tour in our historic gardens before he shows off this tiny berry’s versatility in dishes that definitely won’t leave you blue.
Jul 25
10:00 AM
A Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting
The Mighty Melon
Take a 45-minute walking tour through our Kings Arms & Wythe House historic gardens; then experience a tasting of historic flavors that come from our garden to your table. Enjoy the sweet taste of melon in a range of creative preparations by Williamsburg Lodge Executive Sous Chef Keith Nickerson.