Check out these recent stories on Chef Aaron Deal, River and Rail in the press, and what our team has been up to lately.


River and Rail featured in Huffington Post 

CBS anchor John Dickerson writes about food on the campaign trail, featuring The River & Rail in Garden and Gun magazine 

Chef Aaron Deal cooks for the James Beard Foundation – Virginia Heritage Eats,  September 2016

Chef Deal featured on WVTF Public Radio and NPR – Appalachian Cuisine 

Featured: 10 Virginia Restaurants Hard to Get into, but worth the wait (PS – We always have room at the bar, call ahead to check 400-6830)


River and Rail celebrates third birthday by honoring former Lipes Pharmacy food traditions

The River and Rail named for the second time to 100 Best Restaurants in the South by Southern Living magazine

The River and Rail voted 10BEST Fine Dining Restaurants in the South by USAToday 10BEST.

Chef Aaron appears and wins Guys Grocery Games on the Food Network. 


Local Palate Magazine June/July 2014

Southern Foodways Alliance – Piggy Bank Dinner – May 2014

Solo Travel Girl Blog – May 2014

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour – March 2014

River and Rail / Chef Deal win fourth annual Souper Bowl – January 2014


Chef Deal’s Thanksgiving Dessert idea featured on WSLS 10 / Daytime Blue Ridge – December 2013

The Dish featuring Chef Deal – December 2013

FoodNetwork Magazine – best dessert in Virginia – June 2013

Chef Deal Wins Daytime Blue Ridge Chef Challenge – May 2013 –

100 places to eat now – Southern Living Magazine – 2013


The Roanoker Magazine – Restaurant Review – December 2012

River & Rail recognized for historic preservation – December 2012 

Food Republic’s Feature on Aaron’s Banana Pudding – December 2012 

City Magazine’s review of the River and Rail – delightfully achieving its four goals – November 2012 

Garden and Gun Magazine – Where to Eat in Roanoke – October 2012 

The Roanoker Magazine – a Preview – October 2012 

Delta SkyMiles Magazine – August 2012

WSLS Interview with Chef Deal – August 2012

Chef Deal is featured in June 2012 Southern Living Magazine 

WDBJ River and Rail Opening – June 2012 

WSLS River and Rail Opening June 2012

Roanoke Star  – June 2012 

WSLS News Channel 10 – June 2012 – River and Rail Opening 

South Roanoke Circle – May 2012

Southern Living Mother’s Day – May 2012

Eating Appalachia – April 2012

Flavorseal – April 2012

Garden & – March 2012

CNN Eatocracy – March 2012

Flavorseal – January 2012

Restaurant Hospitality – January 2012

2011 PlateUp – November 2011



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