07/26/11 I got an early start Tuesday morning at Brasserie Beck for the re-launch of Chefs on Bikes, “Chefs Go Fresh,” as they motorcycled from K Street to the Loudoun County countryside with the intention of bringing the chefs of Washington, D.C. closer to local farmers and produce. It was a fun and informative event presented by Georgetown Media Group, publishers of The Georgetowner and The Downtowner, and Loudoun County, Virginia Department of Economic Development.
Chefs along for the ride included: RJ Cooper of Rogue, Robert Weidmaier of Brassiere Beck, Chef Ris of Ris DC, Chef Maziar of Peacock Cafe and Roberto Donna of Galileo.
First stop was Endless Summer Harvest in Round Hill, Va which grows hydroponic lettuce.
Owner Mary Ellen Taylor gave a fascinating talk on how the lettuce is grown using nutrient enriched water.
Next stop was a whiskey tasting at Catoctin Creek Distillery, a family-owned 2 year old venture which is the first distillery in Loudoun County, Va. since before prohibition. They produce award winning, high quality organic spirits and liqueurs like organic rye whisky and gin. They also make brandy from Virginia wines.
Stoneybrook Farm, a 45-acre certified organic farm in the historic town of Hillsboro,Va. was the next stop. The sustainable farm grows several different quality crops, including heirloom varieties.
The final stop of the day was a wine tasting and lunch at Notaviva Vineyard, a winery that joins great wine with a love of music.