Hampton Roads Holidays

Eight chefs craft remarkable dishes to celebrate the season.













Words and food styling by Patrick Evans-Hylton


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It seems the entire months of November and December are a blur, with holiday gatherings and commitments galore. Part of the splendor includes sitting down with family and friends and enjoying the season itself.

Have no doubt—this is a time for tradition, but sometimes it’s good to step outside the comfort zone just a bit and try something a little new.

We asked eight of the region’s top chefs to share some favorite holiday meals with us, so that we can all find perhaps a new favorite of our own. These chefs gathered for one day, prepping and cooking dishes that signify holidays to them—everything from turkey, ham and fish to a number of side dishes and, of course, dessert.

The result was delicious, and here we share the experience and recipes with you.

Make Yours a Hampton Roads Holiday!

It’s a bit tough to source fresh items out of season, but some area producers and farmers markets are open, even if on select days, in November and December for holiday meal shopping. Here are some resources:

The Five Points Community Farm Market (www.5ptsfarmmarket.org) in Norfolk and the Virginia Beach Farmers Market (www.vbgov.com/ farmersmarket) are both operated year-round.

The Old Beach Farmers Market (www.oldbeachfarmersmarket.com) in Virginia Beach is seasonal, generally running Memorial Day through Labor Day, but there are several special holiday market dates to keep in mind: Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.

The Williamsburg Farmers Market (www.williamsburgfarmersmarket.com) is also seasonal, running from early spring through late autumn, with holiday markets Nov. 19 and 26 as well as Dec. 10.

Seasonal operations are also found at the Chesapeake Farmers Market (www.chesapeake.va.us) and Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market (www.portsvaevents.com).

Although they typically sell out early in the season, check with Flanagan Farm (www.flanaganfarm.com) in Virginia Beach, Full Quiver Farm (www.fullquiverfarm.com) and Broken Arrows Farm (www.brokenarrowsfarm.com) in Zuni for locally raised turkeys. A variety of Virginia hams are available from Edwards of Surry (www.virginiatraditions.com) both through mail order and at the retail shop in Williamsburg.

Fresh seafood can be found at Cherrystone Aqua Farm (www.littleneck.com) and Dodson’s Old Town Seafood Company (www.oldtownseafood.com) on the Eastern Shore, Lynnhaven Oyster Company (www.lynnhavenoystercompany.com) and Shellfish Company (www.bubbasseafoodrestaurant.com) in Virginia Beach and Welton’s Seafood Market in Norfolk (757-622-2702) and Virginia Beach (757-428-6740).

Click the links below to view the following recipes:

Fall Bisque of Cauliflower and Fennel with Wild Mushroom-Bacon Jam Crouton, Confit of Quail, Shiitake Truffle Oil

Fall Salad of Baby Arugula, Fresh Blueberries, Pomegranate Seeds, Toasted Pistachios, Pomegranate-Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette and Fried Boursin Cheese

Bourbon-Brown Sugar Turkey and Gravy

Smoked - Glazed Ham with Apple Cider Cherry Sauce

Sauteed Rockfish with Pickled Vegetables

Linguine Con Vongole (Linguine with Clam Sauce)

Penne alla Vodka

Italian Antipasti Tray with Garlic Crostini

Roasted Organic Beets, Organic Potatoes, Toasted Cashews, Goat Cheese Creamed Organic Spinach

Creamy Organic Risotto with Organic Brussel Sprouts and Bacon Lardons with Shaved Truffle Pecorino Cheese

Duck Confit and Cherry Stuffing

Colonial Williamsburg Crumble Top Holiday Pie

Nutcracker Opera Torte

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