Our History

What happens when you say yes to everything.

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The Early Years

Ten Course Hospitality founder, Will Richey, spent the late 90's studying wine and working various wine related jobs. In 2001, he started working at l'etoile restaurant and soon became the front of house manager and wine steward.

Following l'etoile, Will spent two years as a sales rep for a wine distributor, before starting a catering company with his old friend Josh Zanoff. Josh taught Will to cook while Will ran the wine service and hospitality side of the business.


Ten Course Hospitality began when Will bought Revolutionary Soup in 2005. Will worked there as the cook and for the first year, Josh Zanoff helped Will develop as a cook and establish a solid menu.


The second location of Revolutionary Soup opened on "The Corner", an area near the University of Virginia.


Will's son Alston was born and in order to be a stay at home Dad, he and some good friends started The Wine Guild of Charlottesville, a wine buyers club that he could run from home.


Will and his wife Lisa bought a farm in Esmont, VA. Red Row Farm grew the majority of the Summer produce for the two Rev Soups along with some pigs, rabbit, eggs and ducks.


In 2012, the opportunity to open The Whiskey Jar appeared. A restaurant focused on regional, seasonal and locally sourced food. For the first two years Will worked daily as the Executive Chef.


In 2014, Will was able to back off from the line at Whiskey Jar and focus on opening a more formal restaurant,The Alley Light. Will worked the front of house as wine steward and with long time friend Jose De Brito as head chef. The Alley Light was a James Beard Award - Best New Restaurant - Semifinalist.


In 2015, we opened The Pie Chest as a way to feature the extraordinary baking talent of Rachel Pennington.


In 2016, long time sous chef of the Whiskey Jar, Cesar Perez wanted to bring the cuisine of his native Veracruz, Mexico to Charlottesville so we opened The Bebedero


We began the year by opening Brasserie Saison, a Franco Belgian restaurant and brewery that is a partnership with Champion Brewing Company

Later in the year, we were asked to take over management of Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar, and Draft Taproom.

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