About The Ashby Inn & Restaurant
The Ashby Inn & Restaurant is located in the quiet village of Paris, Virginia. Just one hour west of Washington, DC, the inn is at the very center of our country's dynamic first century. From George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette to Stonewall Jackson and John Mosby, the village has played an integral part in the lives of those who shaped America. The inn's guest rooms vary in size and decor. Each is furnished with 19th-century pieces, including four-poster beds, hand-painted wardrobes, quilts, oriental rugs and blanket chests. Four rooms have wood burning fireplaces. Outside the inn you will find Adirondack chairs, long manicured lawns lined with beautiful perennial flower beds and the inn's vegetable and cutting gardens.
General Manager- Reza Sabahi
Reza Sabahi joins The Ashby Inn & Restaurant as the new General Manager; bringing with him visionary business practices and offering 20+ years of expertise elevating business performance, enhancing processes, and growing profits. His experience includes a career-long track record of building award-winning enterprises that focus on exceeding customer expectations and service level standards in the hospitality industry in The United States, Europe and South America.
Prior to joining Ashby Inn & Restaurant, Reza was the President of Standize Inc. Consulting Firm in McLean, Virginia. He has managed numerous business operations in Southwest Florida: (Marco Beach Ocean Resort, Marco Island, Florida; Zoe’s Naples, Florida; Hyatt Regency Coral Gables; and Biscayne Bay Marriot Miami, Florida). DMV area: (Galileo da Roberto Donna, Arya, Colvin Run Tavern, Panache Tysons). Europe: Le Gavroche, by Michelle Rox, London, England.
Reza believes that to be a successful operation the change and achievement starts from within an organization, “We can only measure and evaluate our success by the reflection of our intentions on our clients.”
Reza holds a Ph.D. in Economics and is working on his proposal of a thesis for his Doctorate of Business Administration in Management and Information Technology. He is fluent in Spanish and Italian. Reza, and his happily married wife, are the proud parents of two children.
Executive Chef - Patrick Robinson
bio coming soon
Sous Chef - Chad Crumley
Born and raised in Johnson City, Tennessee, Sous Chef Chad Crumley began his culinary career in Abingdon, Virginia, as a dishwasher, and quickly became enthralled with food-craft. After rising to Sous Chef at the Tavern (still voted one of Virginia's best restaurants), Chad decided to broaden his horizons by attending the New England Culinary Institute. With his love of sophisticated Southern and French cuisine, Chad settled in New Orleans, working for the acclaimed Brennan family (Commander's Palace, Palace Cafe, Bourbon House, etc.). Chad has been in the Northern Virginia area since 2006, helping to open the French Hound in Middleburg, and has been with the Ashby Inn for the last year, where he enjoys the privilege of working with such great local purveyors.
Pastry Chef - Marium Caternolo
Marium began her career at The Swiss Bakery and Pastry Shop. Beginning at the front counter, and then progressing into the kitchen, it was then she decided to attend culinary school in Arlington, Virginia. She gained exposure to the many different elements of pastry-making and bread baking. She furthered her career in pastry shops, focusing on French style desserts. After a transition into the restaurant scene as pastry assistant, it was then that the different elements she had learned came together. After working under mentors for nearly two years, Marium was given the opportunity to become Pastry Chef at The Ashby Inn & Restaurant. She has since carved out a niche within the kitchen to form a dessert menu and create an in-house bread program.
Sommelier - Stuart Brennen
Stuart Brennen began his restaurant career while in high school; he started working at a 2,000 seat restaurant at a local amusement park, staying on until he finished college. After earning his degree, Stuart began working at the Williamsburg Lodge at Colonial Williamsburg. While there, he became fascinated with wine and started attending wine classes at a local community college. While tending bar at the Lodge, Stuart’s passion for wine did not go unnoticed as he was given the opportunity to join the wine staff at the Inn. Transferring to the wine staff and making wine a full-time career was the best decision he ever made. Stuart apprenticed under Paul Austin, the Sommelier at the Williamsburg Inn, for four years. In 2008, Stuart was certified by the Wine Academy of Spain as Wine Specialist and he was certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers as a Certified Sommelier. He was also certified by the International Wine Guide as certified Wine Manager in 2012. In the summer of 2014, Stuart joined the Ashby team as Sommelier. Just recently we were awarded The Best of Award of Excellence by the Wine Spectator.
Innkeeper - Elizabeth Olson
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Elizabeth now calls Warrenton VA her home. Beginning her hospitality career with famed PGA Tour Winner, Billy Casper, Elizabeth developed a love of guest service at an early age. Turning her passion into a career seemed the next logical step. A recent graduate of George Mason University, Elizabeth earned her degree in Tourism and Event Management, with a Concentration in Hospitality. Since joining the team 2 years ago, Elizabeth has worked her way up the Ashby ladder from Intern, to Event Coordinator and Innkeeper. An avid explorer, Elizabeth has traveled extensively throughout the United States, as well as Canada and Costa Rica, where she enjoys the traditions and hospitality of different locales. Her love of the Shenandoah Valley has brought Elizabeth to the Ashby's doorstep, where she looks forward to welcoming you, and creating a one of a kind experience.
Concierge - Allan Mace
A native of the Metropolitan DC area, Allan joined the Ashby team in 2009. While making a move to the "country" was never in his original plans, he decided to pack his bags after numerous trips to visit family in the area, and now calls the Shenandoah Valley his home.
Allan brings15 years of hospitality service to the Ashby. With a background spanning from Front of House trainer to Management, his attention to detail and guest satisfaction, are top notch.
"The key to being a great concierge is to know the needs of the guests before they do; turning a getaway weekend into a memory, that's the most rewarding part of my job."
Business Liaison - Misty Williams
Misty Williams is the business liaison for L & L Hospitality Group based out of Woodbridge, VA. Misty’s responsibility includes overseeing all of the L & L Hospitality Group’s properties in Virginia and Florida.
Born and raised in a small town in Texas, Misty relocated to Virginia and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University as a nontraditional student. While life is not always easy, Misty reflects on one of her favorite writers, Dr. Suess to keep her going,
“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
Prior to attaining her degree, Misty worked in a variety of service oriented organizations and developed a passion for great food, great wine and great service. She focuses on buying local and supporting small businesses throughout the DMV region.
Misty enjoys camping and spending time at the beach with her husband, two teenage sons and their rescue dog.