Basic Necessities invites you to discover us. A café, wine and cheese shop, we are nestled in the Rockfish Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Nellysford, Virginia. Since 1997 we have been offering “a taste of Europe in the Blue Ridge Mountains.” We specialize in great wines at affordable prices, imported cheeses, fresh local baked bread, delicious meals, and a friendly atmosphere. Tuesday through Saturday we welcome locals, skiers, and anyone who happens to be exploring Nelson Country to come for a relaxing lunch, a glass of wine, or afternoon tea. We feature Sue Pfaltz’s delicious and innovative soups, our big house salad, and seasonal specialties. Reservations are advised for our Friday and Saturday night dinners where guests enjoy thoughtfully prepared food and musical entertainment. Sundays we offer brunch from 10-2 and frequently have a harpist during the middle of the day.

The Nellysford, Va.café, wine and cheese, and retail shop nestled in Nelson County's Rockfish Valley has been offering “a taste of Europe in the Blue Ridge Mountains” since 1997. It's known for great wines at affordable prices, imported cheeses, fresh baked bread, delicious unique breakfasts, lunches and dinners in a fun atmosphere.

And our name? We're often asked about the somewhat peculiar sounding name, Basic Necessities. 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. And a little magic was created. 

Basic Necessities welcomes locals, leafers, wine tasters, skiers, hikers, bike riders and anyone exploring Nelson Country to come as they are for a relaxing meal, a glass of wine, or afternoon tea.

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Owners,  Rosie Gantt, www.rmgantt.com,  Sallie Justice and  Kay Pfaltz, www.kaypfaltz.com   

 (photo by Ken Wyner)

Meet the staff at Basic Necessities

Mae Collins Tyree - You'll find Mae whipping out sandwiches Tuesday through Saturday. Mae has been with us for more than ten years in a variety of capacities. She is our kitchen manager, but more importantly than that, she is Ava's mommy!

Kristin Bruno - Kristin adds happy energy to our kitchen, and also an Italian flare--her heritage perhaps, but it doesn't hurt that she spent years in Italy while working on her doctorate in Art History.

Tayah Flemming - Tayah is just one example of the new and vibrant energy at Basics. When she's not offering customers her smiling face, she is singing and dancing in theatre productions at her school. Beyoncé, look out!


Rosie Gantt - Co-owner with Sallie Justice and Kay Pfaltz, Rosie owns and operates R.M. Gantt Construction, www.rmgantt.com, with her husband Randy Gantt.


Janelle Harrop - Janelle started with us in August of 2013 and currently waits tables and is learning about wine.


Caitlin Hill - Caitlin is sous chef extraordinaire. Caitlin is heading to Florida, but will be back for guest appearances. We wish her happy, sunny (and Sonny) days!



Kristin Hill - Kristin, Caitlin's sister, 21 going on 35, is also sous chef, waitress extraordinaire.

Jason Hill - Completing the Hill trilogy, Jason is following in his father's footsteps and studying to be a chef. He's well on his way; just watch that knife action!


Sallie Justice - Co-owner with Rosie Gantt and Kay Pfaltz, Sallie is our chef and is a life coach in her other life.


Marie Kelly - Marie has been working about as long as Mae and is known to many. Marie is our waitress, sometime cook, resident psychic and meet and greet person. Marie never met a stranger.



Jaden Paige - Jaden is Tayah's half sister, and together the two of them add a certain glamourous Hollywood flaire. "Jaden Paige" ... it has a ring to it, no? Well, you can say you met her here, first.


Kay Pfaltz - Basic Necessities founder and co-owner, with Rosie Gantt and Sallie Justice, Kay is our wine maven, and takes customers and wine tasting students on trips to Europe, www.beyondordinarytravel.com. In her other life, Kay is a writer and animal activist, www.kaypfaltz.com.


Rose Rosza - Rose is an understudy in wine for Kay and also helps out waiting on customers.


Ginger Storck - (right) A gardner and visionary in her other life, free spirit Ginger helps us on Saturday night and Sunday Brunch. Doesn't hurt that she loves wine, dogs and Paris.

And let's not forget our musicians, who make Basics, well,  Basics:

Sunday brunch - Virginia Schweninger on the harp.

Also, guest harpists: Eve Waters and Suzanne Morris.

Friday night  - Pete Osborne, plays originals and oldies covers.

Friday night - Micah Goska, guitar, harmonica and voice, originals.


Saturday night - Victor Cabas, guitar and voice, blues and more.