We are happy to have Karla Jones Seidita, owner of Cheesecake Farms in Virginia’s Hunt Country, about 50 miles from Washington D.C.,  join the Virginia Eats + Drinks family as a regular contributor. Here she shares the history of a traditional Virginia Hunt Country breakfast and a menu that she offers up at her bed and breakfast. Be sure to click on the link for Karla’s recipe for her savory Kale Bread Pudding, great for your holiday breakfasts.

The text is an excerpt from Karla’s upcoming “The Secret of the Antique Chine, A Bed & Breakfast Cook Book – Mystery Novel”

Welcome to our very special, classic Virginia Hunt Breakfast!  I hope you’re all hungry!  

Before we get down to the serious business of eating, I’d like to give you a little background about the tradition of fox hunting.  The sport of fox hunting comes to us from the British Isles where farmers, eons ago, mounted their horses and grabbed their shot guns to cull maundering packs of wild foxes that killed their grazing livestock.

Over time, the guns were left at home and what was once a necessary chore morphed into the winter sport of fox hunting.  Gentlemen dressed in red coats and top hats would ride astride while ladies in elegantly skirted frocks would ride side saddle.  Well cared for horses with their impeccably dressed riders dotted the bucolic countrysides.  Hunting horns blared their traditional call to hounds as the yapping dogs, eager to chase, pulled away from the pack.  Hoofs pounded the ground as rushes of wind helped the horses fly over every jump and coup.  It was, and still is, a gorgeous, exciting sight!

Today, in Virginia, gentlemen in red coats still ride astride but now the ladies ride astride, too.  A few ladies still carry on the tradition of riding side saddle but most prefer the security of riding astride and the comfort of britches and jodhpurs instead of skirted frocks. The top hat is just about gone as riders today choose the safety of a hard hat fashioned in jockey cap style.

Gathering for a hearty breakfast after the hunt is the traditional way Virginians share friendship, good food and tall stories about the morning’s ride.  Bourbon flows freely at every hunt breakfast because, in Virginia, bourbon is a food group.  The Hunt Breakfast is southern hospitality at its finest and a celebration of the best food you will ever have this side of the Mason-Dixon Line. Enjoy! 



Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

Sparkling Virginia White Wine Mimosas

Bourbon Hot Toddies

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

Skewers of Fresh Pineapple and Kiwi with Homemade Vanilla Yogurt

Thinly Sliced, Rare Roast Beef au jus with Horseradish and Mustard

Bubbling Brunswick Stew

Shrimp and Cheesy Grits

Quiche of Bacon, Swiss and Onion

Sticky Bun French Toast

Roasted Winter Garden Vegetables

Gratin of Potatoes

Hot Biscuits with Mushroom Cream Gravy

Kale Bread Pudding

NOTE: For Karla’s recipe for Kale Bread Pudding, click HERE [LINK]

Cherry Tomatoes Vinaigrette

Champagne and Green Grape Gelled Salad

Homemade Pickled Watermelon Rind

Carrot, Cauliflower and Red Bell Pepper Giardiniera

Grandma’s Summer Garden Bread & Butter Pickles

Coconut Layer Cake

Bourbon and Chocolate Pecan Pie

Old Fashioned Cheesecake

Brewed, Micro-Roasted Coffee

Estate Grown Tea

For more information on Cheesecake Farms visit their website HERE [LINK]   

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