Checking in with the Locals: Tracey Love

Posted on September 23, 2014 by


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Photo credit: Ellen Picker

Photo credit: Ellen Picker

Tracey Love

You may know this local lady from her farm-to-table style dinner events known as Hill & Holler. She’s an inspirational foodie (and wino) with a knack for creating magical evenings shared around a table. Catch the next Hill & Holler event in November – Hard Pressed Cider Week Dinner in Richmond, Virginia.

Describe what you do in town.

My full-time job is with Blenheim Vineyards, where I manage winery events and wine distribution across the state. My side business is Hill & Holler, which is a roving farm dinner event company. We create dinners and events in natural setting utilizing all local products from food to beverage pairings, invite a guest chef for each event, and proceeds benefit a food or agriculturally centered organization. We have also started catering some events on the side.

Describe yourself in 5 syllables or less.


A favorite dish in town.

Oh, man. It’s hard to pick just one. I’d have to say the Hot & Numbing Shredded Tofu Skins at Peter Chang’s is probably the one I crave most often. It piques my interest because no matter how hard I’ve tried to recreate it, I can’t even come close. But, I can say that about a lot of other dishes too…

A favorite drink in town.

Micah LeMon makes a killer carbonated Negroni at The Alley Light. I love bitter cocktails in general, but a good Negroni is hard to come by. The carbonation in this version lightens it up.

A favorite local artist.

Josef Beery has been more than gracious with creating custom woodcut designs used on menus and posters for our Hill & Holler events. I should also mention that Kristin Adolfson at Still Point Press is responsible for the rest of the design work (she also does amazing letterpress).

Josef’s work is filled with such passion and dedication, and his use of traditional (and slightly antiquated) letterpress and wood cut methods are amazing! He led a demonstration and discussion of his craft at Blenheim Vineyards that completely captivated the audience. He also sells his pieces during cocktail hour at our events, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the chosen beneficiary.

His art will be on the walls in the Tasting Room from Sept-Oct.