Farewell, Dave Scherr

Dee and Dave Scherr of Dave & Dee's Homegrown Mushrooms

Jim Pile

Longtime friend to the region’s restaurant community Dave Scherr passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Dec. 5. Scherr—along with his wife, Dee—operated Dave & Dee’s Homegrown Mushrooms in Sedley, about 45 minutes west of Norfolk.

They began mushroom farming in 2003 and also delivered specialty products and other goods from small producers to restaurants. You’ve likely eaten their oyster mushrooms or seen them on a menu. Dee is continuing the business.

In honor of Dave, here is a recipe for a delicious Madeira-Mushroom Sauce, perfect for topping beef, pork or poultry, from my book Dishing Up Virginia. Make it, and raise a fork in his honor for helping make Coastal Virginia a more delicious place to live.

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