Hidden in a warehouse complex on one of the main thoroughfares in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is Madison Automotive Apprentices. This non-profit automotive workshop creates cooperative opportunities between auto manufacturers, universities, and auto clubs to promote learning among students with aptitude in engineering, non-profit management, economic development, grant writing, automotive history, communications, social marketing, event and project management.
This shiny, immaculate workshop is full of classic and luxury cars—including some exquisite rare models—giving our guests a lot of toys to lust after during cocktail hour! And in a garage full of classic German engineering, what else could we serve but a modern German menu? We updated some of the classic flavors of dill, sauerkraut, root vegetables, pork, and even black forest cake with fresh, modern preparations. The table was decorated with galvanized metal chargers, grease pots for vases, bauhaus menus, and vintage matchbox cars—which ended up in impromptu races across the floor by our fun-loving guests who hailed from D.C., Lexington, Staunton and Harrisonburg.
Besides being a motorsports workshop, it also hosts Pitstop Coffee Bar, and director Cole Scrogham, ran point on the espresso machine to accompany dessert. Each month, MAAP hosts Cars and Coffee events that are worth a visit.
Not one guest knew this location existed. And that’s why we do it. Shining light on the unique parts of our special town.
juniper and gin shrub cocktail
duck confit, huckleberry and fennel-red cabbage crostini
potato topped with smoked trout, horseradish and chive
sauerkraut and smoked sausage fritter
chilled cucumber soup with salmon roe, apple, radish and dill
pumpernickel bread, cultured butter with sea salt
crispy pork belly with cider-pickled pears and hazelnuts
beet, rye and herb panzanella with ricotta salata
pork tenderloin with red currant jam, whole grain mustard, caraway quark
roasted kohlrabi with jalapeño and thyme
toasted buckwheat spätzle
deconstructed black forest cake
Photography by Sarah Featherstone.