Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Reston Home Tour features a history twofer with a former White House chef at the stove of a house that played a role in the history of the liquor industry.

Walter Scheib will be at the Linden Springs Manor House kitchen from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. He will demonstrate cooking, offer tastings and tell insider anecdotes about his years at the executive mansion during the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. He will be signing his new book, "White House Chef: Eleven Years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen."

Linden Springs is a footnote in beverage history. Gentleman farmer and fox hunter A. Smith Bowman of Kentucky bought the estate in 1927 and founded the Fairfax Hunt Club in 1929 but is widely recognized for converting his farming operation into a distillery soon after the repeal of Prohibition, creating the Virginia Gentleman bourbon brand.

Tickets for the home tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, are needed for admission to Linden Springs, 1856 Old Reston Ave.

For more information, call the Reston Museum at 703-709-7700.

-- Compiled by BOB SAMSOT

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