The Ashby Inn & Restaurant
692 Federal St.
Paris, Virginia, 20130, United States
1 (540) 592-3900

Team Building Activities

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The Cook Off!

If your group is looking for an exciting, unique, and dynamic activity look no further! Perfect for groups of 6-20, participants are asked create an appetizer and main entree dish using a pantry filled with ingredients hand picked by the Chef. The teams will then be judged on flavor, taste, creativity along with teamwork. There is one winning team who will win the grand prize however all participants receive an Ashby token gift as well. This activity takes 2 hours and includes either a seated lunch or dinner.

$125++ per person - Includes 2 course lunch or buffet lunch
$175++ per person - Includes 3 course dinner

*Please note this activity takes place outside under our Terrace and therefore is weather dependent. Best suited for early Spring-Fall.

Master Cooking Class:

Ideal for a small group of 5 or less, your team is invited to come create a 3 course meal with one of our Executive Chefs. No skill level required as the Chef will walk you through each step and teach technique along the way. This activity takes 3 hours and includes a 3 course lunch.

$200++ per person - Includes 3 course lunch

*Currently available on either a Monday or Tuesday.

Wine Pairing Challenge:

Your group is invited to come challenge themselves in a wine and food pairing challenge! Perfect for groups up to 20 people, we would divide you into teams of 3 or 4 people and offer 2 different wines per course. As a team you would select which was the perfect pairing for that course for all 3 dinner courses. After pairing each wine/course, the Sommelier would weigh in with his expertise and would award the team with the best pairings. As a bonus there will be 1 mystery wine everyone gets to taste. Whichever individual can state if it is old world or new world as well as name the region and varietal will be awarded an ultimate prize!

$100++ per person - Includes 3 course dinner + 6 wine tastings

Mixology Class:

Designed as a 30 minute class, this is a fun interactive reception to host prior to your group dinner. In this class participants will learn how to mix 3 signature cocktails of their choice. Options include: Classics, Seasonal Drinks, Bourbons or one Spirit of your choice.

$40++ per person - Includes 3 cocktails

*Please note Passed Hors D'oeuvres can be added at an additional cost.

Wine Time:

This class allows guests to taste through either 4 or 8 different wines and select their favorite. The pairings will be the same varietal or blend. With the exception of the VA wines, all the wines will be classic wines from classic regions unless there is a "ringer" being presented (the guests will know if a ringer is present & will have to guess which wine is the ringer).

The guests will first taste each pairing, the guests will attempt to determine what the varietal is, and then determine which wine is from where. Then the Sommelier will discuss each wine pairing with guests. Wine Pairing options include (but are not limited to):

VA vs. West Coast
VA vs. CA
VA vs. Old World (i.e. Western Europe)
U.S. vs. Old World
New World vs. Old World (New World is anywhere outside of Western Europe)
West Coast vs. Old World

$30++ per person - 45 min. class including 4 wine tastings (2 pairings of 2 wines each)
$55++ per person - 1 1/2 hour class including 8 wine tastings (2 pairings of 4 wines each)

Brew Class:

Our brew class offers guests a chance to delve into the dynamic world of beer! We offer 2 different types of classes so guests can ultimately tailor the experience for themselves.
*Mystery Tasting - Guests will taste through either 3 or 6 beers of the Bartenders choice. Guests will then try to identify what they have tasted and see if they can pick up on the differences in each. The Bartender will then explain what each one was and give more details on how to taste the differences between them.

*Guest Choice - This option allows the group (ahead of time) to select what type of beer they would like to taste. Ex: Pilsners or Lagers. Choose between tasting either 3 or 6 beers.

$25++ per person - 45 min. class including 3 beer tastings
$45++ per person - 1 1/2 hour class including 6 beer tastings