Glenfiddich Farm is a 175-year-old former dairy farm located near Hamilton, just outside of Leesburg in the beautiful Virginia Piedmont region of Western Loudoun. Originally called Gobblers Knob after the multitude of resident wild turkeys on the farmlands, it was later renamed Glenfiddich -- Celtic for Valley of the Deer -- to celebrate the many deer that continue to reside on the property.
The Cookery School was started in February 2005 by Olwen Woodier, co-owner of the circa 1840s Glenfiddich Farm she shares with ceramic artist Richard Busch of Glenfiddich Farm Pottery. The classes are held regularly most weeks on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 AM and infrequently on Saturday mornings at 10:30 AM.
The three-hour classes -- hands-on participation with some demonstration -- are followed by four-course meals, which usually last until 1:30 -2:00 PM.
The cooking classes are held in the large modernized farm kitchen equipped with a professional 8-burner WOLF range and a demo-mirrored island with WOLF cook-top.
A minimum of eight registrants is necessary for a scheduled class to be held. For Special Group bookings (weekday lunch classes $60 and Saturday lunch classes $65) -- birthdays, bridal showers, ladies' night out (evenings for ladies are $75 per person), garden clubs, book clubs, team building through hands-on cooking workshops, exclusively vegetarian, etc. We can accommodate up to 30 people as special groups. (Sixteen-twenty can participate hands-on. Others can watch by way of the overhead mirror or from table seating.) Special evenings are not offered for other groups. Tours to cooking schools in the US and abroad are offered to group requests with 12-month advance planning.
pan roasted salmon with asparagus, grilled chicken breast with spring onion and asparagus
Glenfiddich Farm Cookery class themes and menu descriptions can be viewed by clicking on Classes located above. The themes include:
Olwen, who is the author of six cookbooks (most recent from Storey Books: Apples (2002), Corn (2003), and Peaches and Other Juicy Fruits (2004), has written on food for 25 years: regularly for the New York Times Living (Dining) section from 1984-1994 (articles can be located in NYT Archives), as well as for national magazines including Gourmet, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Food Management, and, more recently, Virginia regionals: elan, and Loudoun Magazine.
From 1995 to 2000, Olwen taught cooking classes for the County of Fairfax including The Vegetarian Epicure classes at Reston Community Center. She has also taken numerous cooking classes including: The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York for Health & Nutrition courses; Ballymaloe Cooking School, Ireland; Santa Fe Cooking School, NM; Taos Cooking School, NM; Michel Richard Citronelle, DC; and the NYC Natural Gourmet School of Cooking. In 2008, Olwen spent three weeks in Thailand and Vietnam taking classes in Bangkok, Hoi An, and Hanoi. November 2009 she spent 10 days in Seoul, S. Korea, taking classes in side-street restaurants and in the kitchen with Korean friends. Highlights included grill-roasting split eels, and BBQ pork loins, and trying to duplicate the cinnamon sesame hodok buns. May 2012 was an immersion process in Spanish tapas in Alicante and Barcelona. In February 2013 Olwen visited the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy and attended Hotel Villa Romana's cooking classes. Located in Minori, the hotel kitchen (chef Guiliano) gave instruction in making pasta, gnocchi, pizza, braised fish, various vegetables in season, yeast baba e limonata, limoncello, and much more. We look forward to seeing you at Glenfiddich Farm, so bring along your appetite and curiosity and pick up ideas for whipping together some interesting, elegant and easy meals for family and friends.
Olwen Woodier, Director/Chef, Glenfiddich Farm Cookery School 17642 Canby Road, Leesburg, VA 20175-6907 703 431 9507 firstname.lastname@example.org