Elizabeth Melson :: CHEF'S ROLL :: The Professional Chef Network

Elizabeth Melson

Ethical food enthusiast, social media marketer, gardener and aspiring restaurateur building a network of like-minded professionals with the intent to grow and prepare good food, businesses and community.
Water infused with edible flowers and Mediterranean herbs grown in a roof-top garden on a restaurant
Women In Food Roof-Top Wine Dinner in Warrenton, Virginia: Chopped Winner, Ryan Ross as Guest Chef Farm Freedom Activist, Martha Boneta Curated Lifestyle and Registered Dietician, Carlene Thomas Restaurateur, Claire Lamborne of Claire's at the Depot A local, seasonally-inspired meal with pairings from Virginia and the Pacific Northwest.
Beer, Bourbon, Bacon and Beyond Dinner in Warrenton, VA: We are collaborating with Heritage Brewing, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and Whiffletree Farm to bring you a twist on our pairing dinners. Instead of a wine-paired dinner, we will be pairing distilled spirits and craft beer with recipes of all things pork (of course, that means some bacon!) This is a celebration of sustainable, locally-sourced and organic production methods from farms, breweries and distilleries.
Farm-to-Table Solutions. Warrenton, VA
The New Bridge Wine Bar & Restaurant. Warrenton, VA
Marketing Coordinator, Local-Sourcing & Green Projects
Shenandoah University. Winchester, VA
Graduate Certificate MBA Essentials
New River Community & Technical College. Lewisburg, WV
Culinary Arts Certificate
Ingredient sourcing
Culinary writing
Food industry consulting
Food photography
Food/menu costing
Menu development
Safe food handling
Recipe development
Food styling
Social Media
Farm Liason & Homesteader
Onsite Culinary Gardening
Public Relations
Event Planning
"...the event was wonderful, and I'm so very grateful for being able to participate!...THANK YOU for such a well-organized, memorable evening, and I look forward to crossing paths again in the future!
- Forrest Pritchard, Author and Farmer at Smith Meadows Farm in Berryville, Virginia

"Elizabeth has an eye for detail and helped us improve our focus in the packing shed."
- Mike Snow, Farm Director at Willowsford Farm in Ashburn, Virginia

Elizabeth Melson
Elizabeth Melson
Warrenton, VA
United States

Farm-to-Table Solutions

My passion for local, humane, fair and environmentally-friendly food sprouted when I read Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma. I eventually ventured to local farmers markets and found talking directly to farmers to be very fulfilling. I loved learning how to cook with and dabble in preserving seasonal ingredients.

I discovered the superior taste and quality of these local finds and read everything I could on sustainable farming methods.

A background in fitness/nutrition sales, the restaurant industry and a new interest in ethical foods converged into a healthier relationship with food and discovery of a sense of purpose. 

My hands on experience in farming started as a hobby with a vegetable garden, some backyard layers and a trio of rabbits. Soon after, I traded in my office job to get my hands dirty on local farms. The farmers and my coworkers were a wealth of knowledge and I gained experience working with pastured poultry, goats, dairy cows, hogs, bison and mid-scale organic vegetable production. 

In return for the practical farming experience, I was able to utilize my experience in marketing, community outreach and training in culinary and business in marketing efforts and to increase sales. In early 2015, I founded Farm-to-Table Solutions to help those in the local food economy with marketing, administration and recruiting.

Recently, I joined my husband at The New Bridge in Warrenton, Virginia as Marketing Coordinator, Local-Sourcing & Green Projects.