2023 Chefs

Lee Hendrickson

Dover Hall

Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Grand Tasting Reception

Originally built as a private residence in the late 1990s, this 38,000 square foot marvel sits on 55 rolling acres. The house was designed to resemble an English style Tudor castle with the vast majority of all décor, paintings, fireplace mantels, and furnishings sourced from European estates and auctions.  

In July of 2017, local restauranteurs, Jeff Ottaviano and Chad Hornik, assumed management of the property. With a vision to create an unparalleled guest experience, they began their quest by building an in-house hospitality team hand-picked from some of the finest restaurants and event venues in Virginia. In addition to a robust public events program, full service private events for up to 400 guests, and ten elegantly appointed and spacious lodging suites, Dover Hall has also planted the seeds for what will become Seven Lady Vineyardswith an on-site tasting room featuring wines custom crushed by premier winemakers from around the world.  

The culinary team at Dover Hall is led by Executive Chef Lee Hendrickson. Originally from New York, Chef Lee grew up in Virginia with a large Italian family where the kitchen was always busy and his first cooking lessons came straight from Grandma. He launched his hospitality career at Keswick Hall, followed by several notable accomplishments within the Easton Porter Group. Chef Lee is laser focused on farm to table, presenting delectable foods that are innovative but approachable. One bite of his food or a quick conversation and you will quickly realize his passion for scratch made cuisine.