The Battletown Inn Wins Taste of the Town Critics Choice Award for Third Consecutive Year


Winchester, VA, September 27, 2013

The Free Medical Clinic of Northern Shenandoah Valley, Inc. raised over $106,000 in net proceeds to support the Clinic’s patient services through its largest fundraiser of the year, the 17th Annual Taste of the Town Benefit & Auction. The event was held Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club with over 270 supporters in attendance. The Free Medical Clinic provides the gift of health to those in need, serving residents of Winchester, Frederick County and Clarke County who meet income guidelines and have no health insurance.

For the third consecutive year, Chef Brian Whitson and The Battletown Inn in Berryville, Virginia won the Critic’s Choice Award at the Free Medical Clinic’s annual Taste of the Town Benefit. The tasting menu presented by The Battletown Inn was themed “End of Summer BBQ” and featured:

Watermelon Salad – Late season MacKintosh Farm watermelon with sweet & sour pickled beet Carpaccio, Danish blue Affinee, salt cured VA country ham topped with lemon basil

Pulled Duck BBQ Sliders – Peach wood smoked L.I. Duck confit, crisp Salsify, Parsnip puree & pickled root vegetables

Toasted Almond Petit Four – MacKintosh Farm blueberry gelee, white chocolate ganache & sweet corn sabayon

This marks the first time that a participating Taste of the Town restaurant has won the Critic’s Choice Award three years in a row. The Critic’s Choice Award is chosen by a guest judge who possesses culinary expertise, and is from outside of the local area. This year’s guest judge was James Thompson, executive chef of Sterling-based Fusions Cuisine, a specialty catering company serving the greater Washington, DC area. (For more on James Thompson, see bio:  The Battletown Inn was also selected winner of the 2012 Critics Choice Award by Jared Katz of Gordon Biersch Restaurant Brewery in the Washington, DC area, while the 2011 award was chosen by John Garland Russell, IV, owner and executive chefs at the Fork at Agate Bay in Bellingham, Washington.

A second award presented at the event was chosen by guests attending the event. The new Vino 124 of Front Royal, Virginia, enthusiastically accepted this honor.


About the Free Medical Clinic:
Founded in 1986, the Free Medical Clinic of Northern Shenandoah Valley, Inc. is dedicated to the belief that everyone should have access to health care services, with the mission to provide the gift of health to those in need. The Free Medical Clinic serves low-income, uninsured individuals and families living in the City of Winchester, Frederick County and Clarke County, Virginia. For more information about the Free Medical Clinic of Northern Shenandoah Valley visit


Media Contact:
Vicki McClelland, Executive Director
Free Medical Clinic of Northern Shenandoah Valley, Inc.
301 North Cameron Street, Winchester, VA 22601