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 it has been offering what many call “a taste of Europe in the Blue Ridge Mountains.”

It is known for in great wines at affordable prices, imported cheeses, a source of fresh local baked breads, and delicious meals in a colorful and creative atmosphere. The staff welcomes locals, skiers at Wintergreen Resort, traveling foodies, and those simply exploring beautiful Nelson County.

At lunch they 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. The 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 somewhat peculiar sounding name, Basic Necessities," explains Sallie Justice. "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. Finding no good bread, wine, cheese or chocolate and used to the abundance of Paris, she decided to do something about it. She was missing what she saw as the basic necessities. And, thus, with a lot of help from many wonderful people, a little magic was created."

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

Savannah Averitt
Despina Avgeris
Kristin Bruno
Tayah Flemming
Jason Hill
Kristin Hill
Brittany Kaufman
Jaden Paige
Rose Rosza