It is with great excitement that we announce The Virginia Table — a new book we are creating in collaboration with Early Mountain Vineyards!
Hitting shelves in fall 2015, The Virginia Table will explore the commonwealth’s food and beverage industries through six lenses: cheesemaking, butchery, cidermaking, brewing, grain farming, and winemaking, profiling artisans driving innovation in these fields.
The Virginia Table will also illuminate the work of Virginia tastemakers — chefs, sommeliers, food writers, restaurateurs and the like — who have lifted the profile of Virginia as an artisan food, craft beverage, and world-class wine region.
The book will include a wide array of Virginia-made products aligned with each of the industries, as well as recipes and pairings provided by professional chefs from throughout the commonwealth.
The reach of this book is vast, capturing a large swath of Virginia, from the mountains to the sea. It will reflect the strong foundation of Virginia’s contemporary food and beverage industries, and illustrate the energy, passion, and devotion that is fueling innovation and pushing Virginia to the forefront of America’s local food movement.
The approximately 60-page book will feature:
- Stories of food and beverage artisans and innovators in Virginia
- A wide array of Virginia-made food and leisure beverage products
- Profiles of a handful of the commonwealth’s tastemakers
- Full-color imagery of Virginia’s food and leisure beverage industries
We feel we have found the perfect partner for this project in Early Mountain Vineyards — a winery that is focused on elevating the profile of Virginia wine to that of a world-class wine region. Early Mountain is so dedicated to this mission that in its tasting room, alongside its own wines, it features a curated selection of the commonwealth’s finest wines, allowing visitors to explore the region’s offerings more fully. Early Mountain’s enthusiasm for The Virginia Table is genuine and infectious, and we feel honored to be working with them to tell these stories.
As with Our Local Commons—Charlottesville Vol. I and Vol. II, Convoy will be designing this book, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with them again. There will be many updates to come, including behind-the-scenes images and details on the artisans, tastemakers, recipes, and products to be included in its pages. Follow @ourlocalcommons + #thevirginiatable on Instagram and Facebook for sneak peeks, and stay tuned on the blog as well!
As always, thank you for your enthusiasm and support — these artisans, their work, and their stories, are fortunate to have you all cheering them on!
P.S. – Work continues on Our Local Commons—Charlottesville, Vol. III. All the sponsorships are in place! We’ll be sharing more about that book, too, which is slated to be released in spring 2016. Our hands are full, and our hearts are likewise brimming with gratitude at the opportunity to share stories from central Virginia and beyond.