About Basics


Phone: 434-361-1766

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Basic Necessities has sourced its offerings close to home, close to the earth, for over 20 years. Meals focus on seasonal, local, and organic foodstuffs. The local vendors they depend on for high-quality products include:

And, not as local, but oh so good...

Since 1997

Basic Necessities is an off-beat café, wine and cheese shop nestled in the Rockfish Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Nellysford, Virginia. Since 1997 we've been offering what many call “a taste of Europe in the Blue Ridge Mountains.”

We offer great wines at affordable prices, mostly from small, organic producers we visit and know personally, imported cheeses, fresh local baked breads, and memorable meals in a colorful and creative atmosphere. Our staff welcomes locals, skiers at Wintergreen Resort, traveling foodies, and those simply exploring beautiful Nelson County.

At lunch we have long featured Sue Pfaltz’s delicious and innovative soups, big house salads, and seasonal specialties. Reservations are advised for Friday and Saturday night dinners where guests find creatively-prepared dishes and musical entertainment. Our popular Sunday brunch is from 10-2 and frequently features a harpist during the middle of the day.

The retail shop has an extensive selection of wines and cheeses on a wide range of price-points, along with an ever-changing display of products such as fresh flowers, candy, local books as well as Kay's books, breads and "gifts." 

The name? We're often asked about the cumbersome name. When Kay returned to Virginia after over ten years in Paris, she settled in the tiny town of Nellysford, which then (as now) had no traffic light. A far cry from Paris. Finding no good bread, wine, cheese or chocolate (the basic necessities of life) and used to the abundance of Paris, she decided to do something about it. A little magic was created and the rest is history. We're proud to say, more than two decades later, we're still going strong.

Pictured above, left to right: Rosie Gantt, Sallie Justice and Kay Pfaltz


The People of Basics

Kay Pfaltz
Owner and Founder

Sallie Justice
Owner, Manager, & Evening Chef

Rosie Gantt

Mae Collins Tyree
Lunch Manager & Chef

Marie Kelly

David Blackstock, executive chef

Despina Avgeris
Tayah Flemming
Jason Hill
Kristin Hill

Cheryl Hopkins
Jaden Paige
Rose Rosza