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February 1, 2010

Williamsburg Lodge serves foods and wines of Italy, France and Spain

The Williamsburg Lodge Restaurant Wine and Dine menus tempt the appetite while being kind to the wallet with prix fixe selections every night through April. In February, guests take a culinary journey to France’s Loire Valley, with a choice of warm asparagus salad or roasted golden beet salad with goat cheese for a first course, and chicken paillard or peppercorn encrusted beef shoulder tenderloin as an entrée. Dessert is a choice of apple tart tatin or chocolate marquis.

In March, the menu is an ode to rustic Italy, beginning with bruschetta of goat cheese, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, herbs, white beans and roasted garlic, or risotto of wild mushrooms and Sarvecchio parmesan cheese. The Italian entrée choice is prosciutto crusted flounder or braised beef cannelloni, and dessert is a choice of zuppa Inglaise or hazelnut semifreddo.

April brings the hearty flavors of the Rioja region of northern Spain to the table with a choice of steamed clam and fennel soup or flash sautéed wild mushroom starter, followed by either charbroiled hanger steak or oven-roasted spiced breast of chicken. Dessert choice is cherries in wine syrup or Spanish flan and cardamom cookies.

The wine and dine dinners are $39 and include a glass of the perfect wine selected by Lodge sommelier Charles Birr to accompany both the first and second courses. Without the wine, the three-course dinner is $29, and items also are available à la carte for those who prefer to select menu items separately. Tax and gratuity are not included. For reservations, call (757) 229-2141. For detailed wine and dine menus, visit

The Lodge restaurant is the recipient of the 2009 Wine Enthusiast magazine “Award of Unique Distinction,” one of only four restaurants in Virginia to receive this designation for its wine-centered menu, and Virginia Wine Lover magazine’s 2009 “Vino! Virginia Platinum Award,” one of 13 restaurants in the state to be recognized for its Virginia-focused wine list.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution and cultural destination dedicated to the preservation, restoration, interpretation and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as the nation’s largest living history museum. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining tavern and six restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 66,000 square feet of conference space centered at the restored Williamsburg Lodge.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs.

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Barbara Brown
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