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Reel Food: Behind the Scenes at the Beard House with Palladio's Melissa Close-Hart, Spencer Crawford, and Luca Paschina

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June 30, 2015

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A quintessentially Italian restaurant in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Palladio at Barboursville Vineyards has been drawing droves of diners for 15 years. To celebrate the anniversary, winemaker Luca Paschina and chefs Melissa Close-Hart and Spencer Crawford put on a lavish feast for Beard House guests, showcasing their trademark spin on Italian cuisine with a menu that infused classic dishes with Virginia's agricultural bounty, from fried Chesapeake oysters to house-cured prosciutto. Watch the video above to go behind the scenes at their recent Beard House dinner, discover how the food of the South connects with Italian cooking, how to grow wines meant for pairing, and where Palladio is headed next.

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