Bourbon on the Battlefield

Join the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation at Vault & Cellar on Thursday, June 23rd, at 6:00PM, for a history speakers series right here in Middletown, Virginia! Order food or drinks and take part in a conversation style presentation with a historian, battlefield guide, author, or historical figure! Good food, history, preservation, and bourbon… Sounds like the perfect combination!

This month’s topic is titled, The Haversack Diet: Food in Civil War Armies

We often hear about the chaos of battle, the grand strategies behind a campaign, or the reasons men fought. For many of us, these thoughts and ideas are not parallel with our own experiences. However, one thing that we may connect with over the generations is a desire for good food and plenty of it! In this presentation, you’ll learn what the Civil War soldier ate, how he prepared his meals, and what receiving and ingesting those rations did for morale and his stamina.

Meet the speaker!

John Heckman is a digital historian who is best known to online audiences as The Tattooed Historian. John has an M.A. in History with a specialization in War and Society. He has worked alongside the U.S. Army, the National Park Service, and numerous universities and non-profits to bring history to the masses in new and dynamic ways. John will be an adjunct professor at Shenandoah University in the fall, and you can often find him conducting live-stream discussions on various social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

This monthly program is free, though food or drink orders are highly recommended and encouraged since the menu is delicious! Suggested arrival time of 5:30PM to allow for seating and food or drink orders prior to the start of the event. Donations will also gladly be accepted to benefit the Heater House Restoration Fund hosted by the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation. A percentage of the cost of each pour of bourbon from the evening’s activities will generously be donated by Vault & Cellar to benefit the Heater House restoration projects as well. Please drink responsibly.

Root to Table Culinary Series

The 2019 Root to Table Culinary Series wraps up with Chef Erik Foxx-Nettnin of Magnolias at the Mill throwing a fabulous fun event inspired by the art of Virginia Barbacoa. From ice carvings being cut right in front of you to your main course cooked outdoors barbacoa style on an open fire pit, the Night of Fire and Ice is a unique and perfect end to the 2019 Root to Table Culinary Series. This event will also feature a specially brewed beer from Adroit Theory Brewing for the evening as well as a one-off whiskey straight from Catoctin Creek Distillery.

This is a food experience you do not want to miss. Join our restaurant owners, farmers, food artisans and of course, our passionate food friends for an exciting event. The dinner will end with a dessert station and wonderful bluegrass music. The view is spectacular, be prepared for an amazing sunset!


Greeter – Oysters, Smoked Virginia Trout and Rillettes, Local Cured Meats and Locksley Cheeses, Huckleberry Wine Jam, Char Crackers, Pickled Things, West Oak Mostarda

Station 1
Hearth Charred Chicken Thigh, Catch Onion Jus, Preserved Hot Peppers, Soft Boiled Egg (Apple Stuffed and wrapped with Spring House Bacon)

Station 2
Sapling Roasted White Sturgeon Oscar, Blue Crab, Pot Greens, Hollandaise

Station 3
Gathered Field Salad, Chervil, Pepper Grass, Wild Mint, Spring Onions, Watercress, Preserved Tomato, Pestle Dressing, Crusted Bread

Served Family Style
Beef, Pork, Lamb (main course)
Virginia Lamb, Whiskey Bavette, Porchetta, Root Vegetable Soubise, Bordelaise

Dessert Collaboration of 4 talented pastry chefs

Special Beverage Features include: Fire and Ice Special Brew by Adroit Theory Brewing

One off Whiskey for Magnolias at the Mill by Catoctin Creek Distillery

Cash Bar