Food

Tailwaters lodge, in partnership with Catering by Catherine, is proud to offer a variety of food options for you – ranging from meals prepared directly by a private chef to meals dropped off at your cabin, or just simply making sure your cabin is stocked with food! Choose one or more options over the course of your stay; for example, enjoy a meal prepared by a private chef one evening and have a prepared meal dropped off for the second. Set your meals to fit your need, and all your meals will be enjoyed in the privacy and comfort of your cabin. Or, if you prefer to not use our catering services, then the Food City Grocery store is only five miles away. All our cabins have well-appointed kitchens if you want to prepare your own meals.

About Catering by Catherine

All of our catering needs are provided by Catering by Catherine located in Abingdon, VA, and owned by Catherine Elliott. Catherine’s experience includes catering for a ranch in Colorado, as well as catering for the prestigious Masters PGA golf tournament. She has been in the catering business for over 25 years. Catherine has a creative, cohesive team to provide a seamless, delicious experience for you.

“I love food and when I am not preparing it I think about it all of the time, so sharing that love with a client is a privilege.

When I first began cooking for friends, family, or co-workers I was doing it to bring people together for professional networking purposes, celebrating someone's birthday, or welcoming someone new to the office. I took charge of more events and made myself responsible for the kind of experience people wanted to have.

My approach to catering has evolved as I earned a degree in the culinary arts, built up 20 years of culinary experience, and started Catering By Catherine in 2013. I have been very fortunate to find a team of catering assistants who feel strongly about our approach and creating the appropriate setting and atmosphere for particular events. Seamless service coupled with delicious food is what has kept this business thriving and growing for years.”

Private Chef

Your private chef will either grill or prepare a delicious meal at your cabin depending on your choice. Chefs provide all table set-up and clean-up. Your chef will arrive at 5 pm to begin set-up, offer your dinner at 6 pm, and then depart by 7 pm. A gratuity is appreciated, but not expected. Choose from:

  • Grilled Ribeye Steak with Red Wine Reduction Sauce, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, and locally sourced Fresh Vegetable Medley and dessert Price: $83 per person
  • Paella with chicken, vegetables, smoked sausage, shrimp and mussels with Tomato Bruschetta and locally sourced Mixed Greens Tossed Salad plus dessert Price: $83 per person
  • Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Gouda cheese, fresh Basil, Prosciutto Ham, and Whole Grain Mustard served with Fettucine tossed with Arrabiatta Sauce plus dessert Price: $83 per person
  • Grilled Cumin Pineapple and Tofu Skewers on a bed of Couscous Salad with Cranberries, Lemon Cumin Vinaigrette, Pecans, and Fresh Herbs, and Grilled Naan Bread with Tzatziki and Olive Oil Dipping Sauces plus dessert Price: $59 per person

***Prices are updated based on current market rates for ingredients and are subject to change***

Drop-Off Dinner/Breakfast

Enjoy a fresh dinner or breakfast casserole of your choice. Your fresh meal will be prepared in advance by our chefs and placed in your refrigerator upon your arrival. All you have to do is heat it up and enjoy! Choose from:

Pre-Made Dinners

  • Crab Cakes and Remoulade Sauce with Corn Salad and Roasted Potatoes, or
  • Grilled Kielbasa, Kraut, Baked Beans, Coleslaw and Potato Salad, or
  • Rosemary Parmesan Chicken with Tortellini Salad with Sundried Tomatoes and Basil, or
  • Lasagna with Caesar Salad and Focaccia Bread (choice of Italian Sausage and Beef, or Butternut Squash), or
  • Vegetarian Baked Ziti with Caesar Salad and Focaccia Bread, or
  • Chicken Wild Rice Casserole with Caesar Salad and Focaccia Bread

Each pre-made dinner comes with your choice of Chocolate Espresso Cake or Italian Cream Cake

Price: $60 for party of 2; $124 for party of 4; $171 for party of 6; $195 for party of 8

Pre-Made Breakfast

  • French Toast Casserole with Praline Topping and Raspberry Sauce, or
  • Tortilla Egg Casserole with Monterey Jack Cheese and Chiles, or
  • Egg Sausage Casserole, or
  • Hashbrown Casserole

All pre-made breakfasts come with 1 dozen Frozen Biscuits

Price: $30 for party of 2; $60 for party of 4; $120 for party of 8

Box Lunch

  • Turkey Cranberry Apple and Swiss on Italian Sandwich Bread, OR
  • Chicken Rice Salad with Toasted Almond, Grapes, Fresh Parsley and a Creamy Tarragon Vinaigrette, OR
  • Muffaletta Paninis
  • Roast Beef and Pepper Jack with Sauteed Onions, OR
  • Cup of Couscous Salad, sweet Potato Salad, or Potato Salad

Comes with Kettle Brand Potato Chips and Giant Cookies.

Flatware packets, mayonnaise, mustard packets, and napkins provided in a Ziploc bag

Price: $47 per person

Stock My Cabin

This is a hassle-free way to do your own thing. We’ll make sure your cabin is stocked upon your arrival so you don’t have to run to the grocery store, and you can even add these items along with choosing a private chef or drop-off dinner.

Welcome Basket

  • Smoked Salmon Spread and Crackers
  • Smoked Trout Spread and Crackers
  • Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche
  • Dates stuffed with Smoked Almonds
  • Hickory Nut Gap Farm Salamis
  • Whole Fruit
  • Brie and Honey
  • Merlot Cheese

Price: $72 per basket for party of 2; $120 for party of 4; $190 for party of 8

Midnight Snack Pack

  • Pretzels and Hummus
  • Kettle Potato Chips
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Crackers
  • Trail Mix
  • Assorted Candy Bars
  • S’more Fixings
  • Salsa and Chips

Price: $35 per pack for party of 2; $58 for party of 4; $95 for party of 8

Stock The Fridge (Breakfast)

  • Muffins
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 1 gallon Orange Juice
  • 1 pound Coffee (complimentary)
  • White or Whole Wheat Bread
  • English Muffins
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Bagels and Cream Cheese
  • Irish Butter
  • Assorted Chobani Yogurts

Price: $47 per basket for party of2; $75 for party of 4; $145 for party of 8.

Stock The Fridge (Dinner)

  • Stouffers Mac and Cheese
  • Burgers Hot Dogs, and Buns
  • Sandwich Meats
  • Sliced Cheeses
  • Bottled Water
  • Soft drinks

Price: $60 per basket for party of 2; $115 for party of 4; $190 for party of 8.

If we’re missing something on this list, then let us know and we’ll make sure to get it. We’re always working with Catherine to update the menus seasonally or in response to customer feedback.