Aaron Cross

Executive Chef

  • Charlottesville, VA, USA

Chef Aaron Cross is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. His kitchen adventures have taken him from Knoxville, Tenn., to The Metropolitan Club in Chicago and then to Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel, a sister property of Keswick Hall. When he’s not cooking, Cross enjoys the outdoors, getting his hands dirty in the garden and searching for delicious craft brews and small-batch bourbons.

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  • On October 17, 2012
    Aaron Cross answered the question: Aaron Cross

    Who is the pastry chef at Fossett’s Restaurant?

    Chris Salzman, a Charlottesville native, is the pastry chef at Fossett’s Restaurant and creates delectable desserts, pastries, baked goods and wedding cakes, which are served throughout the resort. Chris graduated at the top of his class at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Md. Under the tutorage of chefs such as Colette Peters of Colette’s Cakes in New York and Roland Mesnier, the longest-serving White House chef, Chris honed his skills before moving back to Charlottesville to work at The Clifton Inn. In 2010, Chris joined the team at Keswick Hall and Fossett’s and has been inspiring guests with his pastry creations ever since.
  • On October 17, 2012
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    Where can I have Christmas dinner at Keswick Hall?

    Whatever your family traditions may be, we look forward to providing you with the perfect holiday meal here at Keswick Hall at Monticello. On Christmas Eve, we will present a beautiful five-course dinner complete with all the tastes of the season.
     
    On Christmas Day we feature a bountiful brunch buffet in the Keswick Hall Ballroom with an elegant offering of breakfast and lunch entrees, holiday accompaniments and desserts — oh the desserts! Later on Christmas Day, a five-course dinner tasting menu is available in Fossett’s for those who prefer to celebrate with a fabulous meal at the end of this special day.
     
    The Charlottesville region is filled with talented producers of incredible ingredients and we look forward to sharing those with you at all of these Christmas meals.
  • On October 17, 2012
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    What is Thanksgiving dinner like at Keswick Hall?

    Keswick Hall at Monticello has two distinct Thanksgiving traditions. The first is our Thanksgiving Feast held in the beautiful Keswick Hall Ballroom where guests can enjoy a lavish buffet of all their holiday favorites, each prepared with the freshest local ingredients and inspired by the bounty of Virginia. The buffet is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     
    The second is Thanksgiving Dinner in Fossett’s, served from 5 to 9:30 p.m. I look forward to preparing a four-course tasting menu of traditional Thanksgiving flavors. While turkey will most certainly be an option, I’ll also prepare beef and fish dishes for those who prefer to stray from the holiday norm.
     
    Every chef loves Thanksgiving and that holds true for us here at Keswick Hall and Fossett’s. Reservations are required for both events and space does fill quickly.
  • On October 12, 2012
    Aaron Cross answered the question: Aaron Cross

    What are the five best Charlottesville food experiences?

    The best five food experiences in Charlottesville are:
     
    1. The City Market (open every Saturday from April through November).

    2. Gouda cheese from Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in nearby Crozet.

    3. Coffee from Shenandoah Joe Coffee.

    4. Gearhart chocolates.

    5. Anything picked at Carter Mountain Orchard.