The Front Porch Restaurant Welcomes New Executive Chef

Chef Jason Von Moll’s big talent and unwavering commitment to local, farm-fresh fare comes to The Plains.

The Front Porch Market and Grill is pleased to announce Executive Chef Jason Von Moll is bringing his considerable talents and passion for good, real food to their restaurant in The Plains. Chef Von Moll has already taken the Winchester area by storm as executive chef of the Front Porch’s sister property, Paladin Bar and Grill, in Stephens City. In just a short few months, this lively bar and grill has become a local favorite thanks in large part to Von Moll and his southern inspired cuisine.

Von Moll has come by his culinary pedigree naturally. His grandfather owns several restaurants in Eden, North Carolina and the young Von Moll was an eager apprentice. As Jason explains, his elder was a real stickler for fresh ingredients and has no tolerance for shortcuts in the kitchen.

“I’ve been in the kitchen all my life, and real food, made the right way, is kind of our family’s mantra. In my kitchen, as in my grandfather’s, it all starts with fresh ingredients and a real appreciation for doing the hard work of great food. Real buttermilk biscuits made from scratch, produce fresh off the farm, local dairy and meat raised by someone you know by name. When you start with real ingredients, you’re going to get good food.” says Von Moll.

While Jason credits his family for his steadfast commitment to fresh, quality ingredients, it is his time as executive sous chef at Richmond, Virginia’s popular stronghold, The Tobacco Company, that instilled his sense of culinary creativity and experimentation.

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“The Tobacco Company has been an institution in the Richmond area for more than 40 years. You have to be willing to push the envelope to have that kind of staying power. I was able to elevate my craft, working in an environment that encouraged creativity and exploration with food, and I am fortunate that our management at Front Porch and Paladin also cultivates that kind of creativity,” Von Moll explains.

The Front Porch enjoys a distinct popularity among locals and daytrippers as a comfortable and charming spot to dine. Von Moll plans to capitalize on the relaxed atmosphere, continuing to offer a menu that is refined but comfortably familiar.

“I suppose my culinary choices are a nod to the classic, North Carolina southern fare of my childhood and the thrill I’ve enjoyed throughout my career of creating something that is uniquely my own. The creations I am most proud of are those that elevate the familiar — introduce an unexpected ingredient, throw a twist on the traditional — to create something still familiar, but exciting and unexpected. That’s the sweet spot and it will be what drives our menu at The Front Porch.” said Von Moll.

In short, whether you are a frequent visitor of the Front Porch or you’ve never been, you will be thrilled by Chef Jason and his original, farm-fresh, southern-inspired menu.

The 100 year old former railroad house that is now the Front Porch Market and Grill has been beautifully restored and enjoys the quaint surroundings of small town The Plains. The restaurant takes full advantage of its rural roots to provide a wholesome, farm-to-table experience and the bar hosts some of the area’s most coveted craft beers and fine wines. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.


Front Porch Market and Grill, 6483 Main Street, The Plains, VA 20198, 540.253.2018, frontporchtheplains.com

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