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"Eat the seasons": it’s a philosophy that Eric Garcia, executive chef at The Inn at Warner Hall, not only believes but puts into action as he carries out his profession daily at this historic Gloucester County site.

A native of Ohio whose family spent summer vacations at Virginia Beach, Eric says, "I fell in love with Virginia and decided that’s where I wanted to live." His career as chef, just like many successful chefs, began at a young age doing dishes. "Once I got out of the dishwashing section and into food and cooking, I soon learned it was something I loved to do. Then I went on to Hyde Park and received my associate degree from the Culinary Institute of America."

From working at the Williamsburg Inn, Eric moved to The Inn at Warner Hall in 2003. "I found it by chance and knew working here would just fit me better." And it is here on the same grounds where the first house stood in 1674 that Eric and the owners, Theresa and Troy Stavens, work together bringing t...

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