Recipes from the Visiting Chef Program


I am excited to announce the launch of our Kickstarter campaign to fund publishing Servings: for Wounded Warriors from the Visiting Chef Program. This is an awesome collection of recipes of the very dishes Chefs have made for Wounded Warriors and their families at the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run. This 200 plus page hardbound full color cookbook will make a nice addition to your collection or gift for someone you know who loves to cook.

I created the Visiting Chef Program as a way for chefs to give back and to make the stay special for these deserving families. We have 87 volunteer military, catering, and restaurant chefs from the Washington, DC area who have agreed to participate in the program by coming to the retreat and preparing an exceptional meal for the family on Sunday night in the main house. On Saturday evening military chefs from Presidential Food Service at the White House prepare a meal in the PenFed House. You can see the retreat and meals created by our Visiting Chefs on our Flickr page.

Our volunteer chefs bring a culinary experience to the family they almost always describe as the best meal they have had. The families learn valuable cooking tips from the Chefs, and everyone has a wonderful time. The benefits to the Warrior and their family are tremendous. We realize all our combat wounded Warrior guests suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress and their spouses report it has often been years since they have been out to a restaurant. We bring that 5-star culinary experience to them to enjoy in the relaxed comfort of the retreat.

When you purchase this book through Kickstarter you are helping us raise the money needed to publish the book and fund the Visiting Chef Program for years to come.

The Flavor Bible for Christmas

Dog eared copies of The Flavor Bible can be found in every chef’s kitchen. It is the definitive guide to pairing ingredients for building flavor profiles that work to make memorable dishes. It is easy to use, just look up an ingredient and it will tell you what are the best flavor combinations. Throughout the book are cooking tips from many of the nation’s top chefs. The book makes an excellent Christmas gift and it’s not to late to get one before Christmas from Amazon.

Food Lovers’ Guide to Virginia

Food Lovers Guide to VA

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Virginia: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings is the latest release in the excellent Food Lovers’ Series. This nearly 300 page guide identifies top restaurants, foodie favorites, post-midnight munching, culinary classes, specialty stores and markets in regions across the Commonwealth. Virginia foodies know we are blessed with an abundance of high quality farm to table restaurants, but finding them can be a challenge. This guide will help you find new restaurants and explore new cuisines. The authors, Lorraine Eaton the Staff Epicure and Jim Haag the features editor at the Virginian-Pilot, are perfect for the job. Eaton is an award winning food writer and author. The book will not be released before Christmas but you can pre-order it now on

Pioneer Woman’s New Cookbook

Pioneer Woman Cooks

City girl turned country girl Ree Drummond has released her latest cookbook just in time for the holidays. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations offers a host of easy to follow holiday recipes. Drummond, a Food Network personality and longtime blogger, includes recipes for 11 holidays and football game day in this 387 page hardcover book. My wife has most of her books and says they are some of the easiest cookbooks to follow because each step of the recipe includes a photo. Drummond is a consummate photographer and includes pictures of her family and ranch life throughout her books. It’s a great deal on for $17.49.