Joan Wolford has over 30 years of event planning and fine culinary experience. Joan moved from New Jersey when she was awarded a position at the Heart in Hand in Clifton, Virginia. It was there that she fell in love with the great hospitality and cuisine of the South.
Suzanne Worsham, owner and head chef, took Joannie under her wings and taught her the most valuable trait in business—a good work ethic and a passion for creating fine food. Side by side, Suzanne and Joannie fed the famous, to include Nancy Reagan and George Will on a regular basis. Mrs. Reagan told Joan, "You are much too young to be such a good cook."
Joan left the Heart in Hand in 1986 to launch her own dream—the Hamilton Garden Inn, a fine dining restaurant and bed and breakfast in Hamilton, Virginia. Over the years, The Hamilton Garden Inn created lasting memories by catering numerous anniversary celebrations, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, teas and luncheons. Willard Scott celebrated his 25th anniversary at the Hamilton Garden Inn. The next day on The Today Show, the weatherman described how fantastic his meal was at the Hamilton Garden Inn—and how he fell in love with their homemade peach ice cream.
Joan's dear friend and loyal patron of the Hamilton Garden Inn, Mr. Gus Eyssell often expressed to Joan after his dinner that she had “such Savoir Faire." In 1999, when Joan decided to start her new catering company, it was clear that Mr. Eyssell had christened the name of the new venture. Savoir Fare opened its new commercial kitchen, and today, caters to her favorite bride and groom on the weekends and prepares gourmet dinners out of their retail dining room, adjacent to their kitchen in the historic Patterson building in Round Hill, Virginia.
Joan has a musical background and continues to study voice at Shenandoah University. She also offers cooking classes through Loudoun County Parks and Recreation.