Enjoy Fine Dining and Multiple
Cooking Workshops in the Virginia Wine Country
Have you ever dreamed of putting on a chef’s jacket and masterfully creating several delicious and impressive meals...to the appreciation and rave reviews of your guests? Here’s your chance to make your dreams a reality under the tutelage of Chef Alan as he shares his secrets at this award-winning Inn near Charlottesville, Virginia. You’ll spend lots of private time in the kitchen learning the tricks of the trade in preparation of your “Big Night” as you become his Sous Chef for the evening. The next day, pinching yourself to make sure it wasn’t a dream, head off with your special lunch into Virginia Wine Country on a self-guided tour all mapped out by your hosts.
Lafayette Inn - Deluxe Guestroom For One (Dbl Occ)
Lovely comfortable oversized room in the main building, originally part of the 1840 ballroom, furnished with antiques, featuring a Queen sized bed. There is a gas fireplace, a/c and free wireless. A historic landmark, having gone through many previous “lives” as everything from a stage coach stop to a hospital, there has been much change here, before becoming an Inn. You’ll enjoy wonderful linens and oversized towels along with artisan produced soaps and shampoos. Great food, comfortable accommodations and history at its best!
Country Inn Breakfast Each Morning
Begin your day each morning with the delicious aroma of hot premium coffee and your fresh Country Breakfast. Exclusively for guests of the inn, breakfast is included in your package, and is decidedly different from your everyday fare. Prepared with care by the Inn’s staff, breakfast is an enticing reason to get out of your comfy bed in the morning to start the day!
Chef’s Tasting Adventure with Wine Pairing
Held in an intimate setting, lit by candlelight, you will be personally guided through a multi-course carefully mapped culinary journey with your chef acting as skilled epicurean tour guide. Specially selected wines will accompany your tasting adventure, making this an evening you will be sure to remember from beginning to end. Work alongside your chef, as you learn to plan, prep and execute this delicious meal which you can easily duplicate back home. The Chef takes pride in providing an elegant and approachable experience...Sophisticated Southern...where guests feel at home without sacrificing the elegance of white linen service offered by fine dining establishments.
Hands-On Cooking Class with the Chef
Warm and cozy, the home-style kitchen and atmosphere of the Lafayette Inn focuses on an experience that is more easily adaptable to your own kitchen. After spending several hours with Chef, and armed with your newly gained confidence, you’ll be ready to wow your friends and family when you return back home. Spend quality time with Chef Alan as he goes about his prep work, showing you step-by-step the skills you’ll need to prepare for the next stage of your Culinary weekend.
Chef For A Night Apprenticeship
You’ll put your newly acquired culinary skills to good use as you begin to prep fresh ingredients that will be used as the foundation for this evening’s meals. The guests begin arriving as you join the chef - confident in your assigned tasks. Before you know it, the evening has flown by, delicious meals have been prepared and you’ve done it! You’ve become a Sous Chef. Bravo! Join the Chef for some wine as you celebrate a night’s work well done. Lists of recipes and pantry staples, as well as a source guide for recommended kitchen gadgets and ingredients, are yours to take away. FYI: Bragging rights are included at no extra charge.
What Our Customers Say
"I just wanted to let you know that our celebration at The Lafayette Inn was spectacular. The owners (and all the staff) were welcoming, personable, and knowledgeable. The accommodations were cozy and felt much like a 2nd home. The sous chef experience was beyond fun, hands-on, and very educational. We couldn't have asked for a better time. And I couldn't have asked for a better experience with Epitourean. Many, many thanks."
Mitzi and Jeremiah – January, 2015