Patrick OConnell, Daniel Humm, Ruth Reichl at Fearrington Village This Fall


Fearrington Village, N.C. (September 15, 2015). Fearrington Village kicked off an exciting fall season of culinary events on September 13th with a luncheon featuring legendary Chef Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington. An exquisite three-course menu, prepared by Fearrington’s Executive Chef Colin Bedford, highlighted Chef O’Connell’s recipes and celebrated his newest book, The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession.

Guests enjoyed Chef O’Connell’s Watermelon-Raspberry Smash cocktail before being ushered into Fearrington’s Garden Terrace, where they were served truffle parmesan popcorn, the signature amuse bouche at The Inn at Little Washington. The menu also featured Cucumber Vichyssoise Soup, Tenderloin of Beef and Lobster with Sweet Corn Sauté and Red Bell Pepper Coulis and a Windblow Peach Melba, with wines by Fearrington’s wine director, Maximilan Kast.

Following Chef O’Connell, beloved author Ruth Reichl is next in the spotlight on October 15th at a lunch at The Fearrington Barn to celebrate her newest cookbook, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life. The event will feature recipes that helped Reichl heal after the sudden closure of Gourmet magazine in 2009.

Looking ahead, The Fearrington House is proud to host Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara co-owners of famed New York City restaurants Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad, along with Bar Director Leo Robitschek, on Sunday, November 8th for a dinner celebrating The NoMad Cookbook & Cocktail Book.

The four-course menu crafted by Chef Bedford will feature recipes from the cookbook, and the subsequent wine pairings will highlight cocktail recipes from The NoMad. The dinner combines two highly regarded and awarded restaurant teams for one event, ensuring a night to remember.

All three culinary events are part of Fearrington’s popular Cooks & Books series, a collaboration between The Fearrington House Restaurant and McIntyre’s Books. Every event attendee receives an autographed cookbook with his or her ticket purchase.

About The Fearrington House
The Fearrington House is a member of Relais & Chateaux, an exclusive collection of more than 500 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in over 60 countries. This prestigious family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world share a passion for and a personal commitment to ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony and an unforgettable celebration of the senses. The 32-room Fearrington House Inn features exquisitely decorated rooms and stunning garden views. The Restaurant serves locally sourced European cuisine with a regional influence. The Fearrington House Restaurant opened in 1980 followed by the Inn in 1987, and most recently, the Spa in 2010. Fearrington House is located eight miles south of Chapel Hill and 20 miles west of the Raleigh/Durham Airport. For more information visit


Helen Patrikis