Love Stories of Fredericksburg
Stories highlighting business owners doing what they love, love stories in Fredericksburg’s history, and residents and customers who love their experience downtown.
Legume Kitchen & Bar
Hot New Destination
With a fire in the kitchen, Chef’s Justin Cunningham and Raymond Renault, owners of Legume, are mixing things up. Vegetarians, vegans, and pescatarians, are seeing the love with a menu devoted to their needs. From the yellow doors at the front entry to the nice neat interior everything about Legume is fresh and new. The two owners may have picked up this aesthetic from their chef days working in DC. Even
with the big-city background, both Justin and Raymond, prefer the small town charms of Downtown Fredericksburg. “Downtown Fredericksburg is a small town with BIG culture, it’s truly special”. Legume is part of the new guard helping to make Downtown Fredericksburg a hot culinary destination. For Raymond, it’s in his blood, his father owns La Petite Auberge, another noted Downtown Fredericksburg restaurant. For Justin, it was love that brought him to Fredericksburg. He met his wife and gladly moved to Downtown Fredericksburg to pursue both his true l
oves – his beautiful wife and passion for cooking.
Legume is a hot new destination in Downtown Fredericksburg lending expertise to the vegetarian, vegan, and pescatarian seen. Regardless of your
dietary preference, everyone will fall in love with something on this menu.
Legume – another reason to #lovefxbg
Food and Wine Coming Together
It seems true that all great love affairs begin with great wine and food. For Chef James Fallon, chef at Cork
and Table, it’s certainly true. At Cork and Table food and wine literally come together with fixed price
menus comprised of food and wine pairings that seamlessly blend. For James, learning to cook is as much of a science as it is an art. He spent over 20 years gaining the experience in the kitchen prior to opening his first restaurant. Pairings are important to James, both with food and wine, and the location for his restaurant. He fell in love with Downtown Fredericksburg for many reasons – location, charming Downtown, and the hustle and bustle on Caroline Street. However, it was something more that led him
to open his doors. “There is a great community
feeling, sense of being neighbors and working together. We all want to see Downtown succeed,
we all work together to make it happen”. Like all great restaurateurs, James loves making people feel happy and fulfilled. It gives him a great sense of gratitude to work alongside his staff and vendors to provide an exceptional customer experience.
Like all the restaurants in Downtown Fredericksburg, Cork and Table was built from passion and dedication to the art and science, of cooking. We have no doubt you will fall in love with this special gem.
Cork & table - Another reason to #LoveFXBG
This Valentine’s Day, now more than ever, it’s important to see love in all things. Take the transcendent love people have for music, for instance. No matter who you are, where you come from or what your day job may be, music is one of the few things still bringing people together.
Fredericksburg Police Department Officer Finn finds love and joy both through his job and through a passion for playing the bagpipes – a talent not many can say they have, but one he began to master in just 6 short months. Growing up in a #MilitaryFamily and moving every three years or so until his late teenage years, he finally settled down in Fredericksburg, where he found his calling for service through University of Mary Washington’s rescue squad. Now, as a police officer, he keeps our city safe and practices his music in his police cruiser whenever there’s downtime. Fredericksburg is, after all, the ideal place for both work and play. #loveFXBG
An All American Story (via Sicily, Italy)
Downtown Fredericksburg has many foode stories. Stories of families in the kitchen, making their dreams come true meal by meal. Danilo Orofino, owner of Orofino, is no different. His story is sweeter with his thick Sicilian accent and smell of fresh pasta and pastries in the air. Danilo arrived in the US nearly six years ago and never looked back. He saw an opportunity in the US and after hard work seized his dream in Downtown Fredericksburg. “The Downtown Fredericksburg community is so amazing, so supporting. You do it right and the people have your back. This community is like family; like my family in Sicily”. Every Sunday Danilo’s family 70-80 strong gathered around the dining room table where his grandmother, mom and four sisters spent their morning making fresh pasta, bread, and desserts for the family. These meals shaped Danilo’s perspective on food, and life, and he credits these memories with his success.
If you have not tried Orofino’s – do. It is one of many family-owned restaurants in Downtown Fredericksburg. His passion, love for family, and commitment to the community is present in every bite.
Orofino - another reason to #LoveFXBG
Not many love stories result in a historic landmark, but i f there was ever a place for that to happen, it would be downtown Fredericksburg.
Silas Wood, a Long Island native and flour merchant, moved to the area in the 1800s and married Fredericksburg native Julie Ann Brock. To repay the city for allowing him to meet the love of his life, he donated a bell to the old Fredericksburg courthouse that would pass on the good deed of calling even more people together. That bell, the only known Revere Bell in Virginia, has been ringing since 1828 – a long-lasting legacy for a #loveFXBG story that resonates to this day.
All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Aby and Chef Blake from Bistro Bethem fell in love while working at a restaurant, discovered their passion for the business, and opened a restaurant in the one town that always felt like home – Downtown Fredericksburg. Bistro Bethem is one of several restaurants in Downtown Fredericksburg owned and operated by a husband and wife duo. With all that togetherness, the two maintain their friendship (and marriage) by excelling in their own areas. Aby is social, loves the small town feel of Downtown Fredericksburg and the opportunity to get to know her customers. Blake is the passionate, creative chef who uses his Marine Corps background to take charge in the kitchen. “If all I had to do was cook every day, I’d be a happy man every single day”. He finds the kitchen environment to have similar qualities to the Corps – camaraderie and respect among the staff. He loves to look out on a full dining room and appreciates that his customers made special plans to enjoy his food.
Make a reservation to enjoy Bistro Bethem today. Their passion for fresh seasonal ingredients is apparent in each meal and their menu is constantly changing to provide the creative outlet Blake seeks. This is a dynamite duo that doesn’t disappoint.
Bistro Bethem - Another reason to #LoveFXBG!
One of the many reasons to #loveFXBG is that everywhere you look is a piece of history. It’s a love story to contend with, really – the love and pride between a resident and the city he or she lives in. No matter how long you live here, there’s always something new to learn – a different plot point to add to your love story at every turn.
Take Humphrey’s Division Monument, for instance. The story behind it is dedicated to General Andrew Atkinson Humphreys, a compelling leader who rode on against Confederate fire – bullets flew past him, blowing off his hat and killing two of his horses, yet he persevered unscathed. The next time you walk around Fredericksburg, make sure to learn a little bit more about the city you live and love in.