Reviewed January 2019
Date night with the Wife
Great atmosphere! Small in size so I suggest a lager group get reservations. We went early and had no problem. This is the second time dining here and once again the food was outstanding!! I highly recommend !!
Reviewed December 2018
Must Do When in Town
Whenever you're in South Boston, put this on your must do list. The menu was a good size with a little something for everyone; fish, steaks, pasta, vegetarian, etc. The service was par excellence. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Casual dress is ok.
Reviewed September 18, 2017
This casual but attractive space with a sophisticated and energetic vibe had an original menu with mouth watering combinations that made decision making a challenge. Plus it was a delightful surprise to find such a variety of excellent seafood on the menu. The New England Clam Chowder ( with delicious shellfish extras) was absolute perfection!
Reviewed September 13, 2017
I love this place!
This restaurant is a gem in South Boston, VA. For a formal dining experience it's great for evening dinners, date nights and venturing out to enjoy something new. I love that there is a lighter fare menu if you're not completely starving. I enjoy the atmosphere and the bartender Stacy is very attentive. You will not be disappointed.
Only in Your State - December 2015
Most People Don’t Know These 13 Small Towns In Virginia Have AMAZING Restaurants
#1 BISTRO 1888
It’s hard to even know where to start with this amazing little find in South Boston - so, we’ll start with awards. Voted as the top restaurant in Virginia by “Downtown Dining Destination” in 2010 and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner in 2015, Bistro 1888 is no stranger to rave reviews. In 2014, Chef Margaret Moorefield, owner and head chef, was named one of the top chefs in the country by “Best Chefs America.” Known for their elegant cuisine, fresh ingredients and innovative menu, this hot spot in South Boston is truly a destination dining experience. Click here for full article:
Cooperative Living - October 2015
Stories from the Road ... click here: 'Succulent eats' at BISTRO 1888
September 2015 - Trip Advisor Reviews
“A Culinary Oasis”
September 9, 2015
Fantastic place to eat after a busy day at Virginia International Raceway. Food was great and so was the beer, ate at the bar as the place was full.
“Fantastic find in South Boston”
September 9, 2015
Loved the old building renovated into a charming restaurant. Service was great, menu was interesting with lots of local & fresh ingredients. Cocktails were tasty and prices were on point. A great find in South Boston. We will definitely be going back.
“Great food and service”
September 6, 2015
From the time we walked into the restaurant until the time we left we had impeccable service. The food was outstanding the drinks were very good the wine was excellent and the desserts were also excellence.
Southern Virginia Perspective, VA January 20, 2015
Love of flavors spark career
"Chef Margaret "...Using her love for different flavors and textures, her cooking has become a way to make people happy while expressing her creativity creating a 'win/win situation' ." Click here for the article:
Style Magazine, Richmond, VA - July 1, 2014
Getting Lost - 4 Writers take day trips off the beaten path in VA. Here's what they discovered.
" ...two-hour drive southwest of Richmond following Route 360 West.... Bistro 1888 has won wide acclaim for its new American dining"
'Chef Margaret earns National Recognition'
WSET-TV - Jan 16, 2014
South Boston Chef Earns National Recognition, South Boston, VA - Chef Margaret Moorefield, owner of Bistro 1888 in downtown South Boston, was named one of the top chefs in the country. The accolades come from Best Chefs America, an annual publication showcasing the best chef's in the nation. Moorefield has opened award-winning restaurants in Florida and Oregon, and opened Bistro 1888, 10 years ago. Moorefield says out of all her awards, this one tops them all, because she was nominated by other culinary professionals. "That means the most to me, because other chefs, they know what it takes. It's a battle like a battle field back there sometimes honestly," Moorefield said. Moorefield has been in the cooking industry for over 30 years now. She says her passion started as a little girl when her mom taught her how to make biscuits.
WSET TV - January 16, 2014 - South Boston Chef Earns National Recognition, South Boston, VA
A woman in South Boston has been named one of the top chefs in the country. Margaret Moorefield is the co-owner of Bistro 1888 in downtown South Boston. She has won many awards, but she said this one means a lot because the accolades are coming from Best Chefs America. It's annual publication that highlights the top chefs in the industry, and the nominations are coming from culinary professionals themselves. Moorefield has been in the food industry for over 30 years. She said her passion for food started as a little girl. Later on she went to culinary school and opened award-wining restaurants in Florida and Oregon. A decade ago, she came back to her hometown of South Boston and started Bistro 1888. She said the key to the success of her career is just having a passion for cooking. "I really think that that's one of the things that differentiated us from other places, is that passion, that drive, that love of food, love of life and love of being positive and trying to share that gift with the world," said Moorefield. Bistro 1888 has also received numerous awards. The restaurant is open at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Hyco Magazine, Volume III 2013
BISTRO 1888 10 Years of Culinary Excellence Click here for full article on pages 38 & 40
South Boston Restaurant voted Top in the State
Gazette Virginian - September 2010 - South Boston Restaurant voted Top in the State
South Boston’s BISTRO 1888 has been voted the top “Downtown Dining Destination” in Virginia, Destination Downtown South Boston Director Tamyra Vest announced Friday. Virginia Main Street blog readers logged on in record numbers over the last month casting votes for South Boston’s AAA 3-Diamond Rated dining destination restaurant.BISTRO was one of 25 restaurants in the running for the honor.An article on the website entitled “Virginia Main Street foodies pick their favorites” written by Doug Jackson states, “Nearly half of the votes were for South Boston’s BISTRO 1888. And it’s a worthy top choice. The Bistro demonstrates what first-class food and downtown reinvestment can do for a community. “Since executive chef and co-owner Margaret Moorefield moved back east from Portland, Oregon and established the eatery with co-owner Barbara Cage, South Boston has been a dining destination. “According to Destination Downtown South Boston director Tamyra Vest, the restaurant played an important role in stepping revitalization up to the next level when it opened in 2003. ‘We feel very fortunate. Really good restaurants are critical to an arts and culture based revitalization strategy. R
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SOUTHERN LIVING March 2008
The return of two natives brings a great restaurant and a new day for their Virginia hometown.
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"A Restaurant to satisfy your appetite and senses in one experience"
Cooperative Living 2007
COOPERATIVE LIVING August 2007
A Restaurant to satisfy your appetite and senses in one experience … Thomas Wolfe, the famed Southern author, suggested that “You can’t go home again.” However, Mr. Wolfe had not met Barbara Cage and Margaret Moorefield, who returned to their native South Boston to create a culinary jewel. Barbara returned from Sanibel Island, Fla., with business and marketing experience, while Margaret spent her absence attending Baltimore Culinary Institute and then becoming a highly acclaimed chef in Portland, Ore. Through friends, they met and started to explore the feasibility of opening a restaurant in South Boston. They wanted to create a special place that would complement the community and other businesses, as well as draw people into the downtown area.
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Style Magazine, Richmond, VA May 23, 2007
All Roads Should Lead To a Fork by Don Baker
Spring is in the air and the fragrances you can smell with the car windows down are not all from the roadside flowers. In addition to weekend barbecues and crab feasts sponsored by local volunteer fire departments, chefs are testing new seasonal menus. The waters and fields are ripe with delicious products, so get off the interstate, avoid the fast-food joints and track down these locally owned restaurants in Richmond and beyond, where the food is worth the journey. 5 Listings for Virginia: BISTRO 1888, South Boston. $$ Modern décor, art and flowers fill the sunny dining room where chef-owner Margaret Moorefield prepares uptown food in the heart of this busy little city. Standouts include shrimp and scallop etoufée, Burgundy chicken with shallots, and linguine with bay scallops Provencal. (434) 572-1888. www.bistro1888.com. Dinner, Tuesday-Saturday, 5 – 10 p.m.
"Rave reviews from people all over even from as far away as
Maryland and New York"'
Showcase Magazine, Central & Southwest Virginia April 2007
Even if you aren’t familiar with South Boston, most people have heard of BISTRO 1888. This upscale, casual restaurant opened in March of 2003 and has been booming ever since. It is the only three star restaurants in all of South Central Virginia and has earned rave reviews from people all over even from as far away as Maryland and New York. Barbara Cage, co-owner of BISTRO 1888 says that most of her customers drive anywhere from 30 – 60 minutes to enjoy the food. She always encourages them to visit the Prizery or the unique shops located downtown. Cage and the award-winning Chef Margaret Moorefield are proud of their eatery and the success it has had. Together they have made a good name for themselves, serving 27 different entrees, like quail and pork loin....
Travel South March 2007
You're in the South, and you're happily on the hunt for authentic Southern cooking. ….Please don't be surprised if you get a lot of different directions to the best Southern cooking and dining districts around. ….Any one of them will lift your spirits and make your day. You can sort the listings by location or category. 11 listings found for Virginia. (www.travelsouthusa.com) BISTRO 1888…. This casual, upscale restaurant & bar offers infused New American Cuisine in a cozy, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Award-winning Chef Margaret Moorefield utilizes the freshest ingredients in her 24 entrees, 12 appetizers, soups, salads, desserts plus nightly and seasonal specials.
WINE ENTHUSIAST’S Restaurant Award of Distinction
The Courier-Times, Roxboro, NC January 2007 BISTRO 1888 has been awarded the 2006 WINE ENTHUSIAST’S Restaurant Award of Distinction. WINE ENTHUSIAST, one of the world’s most respected and quoted publications in the field of wine and spirits, boasts a readership of over 650, 000 monthly. ….“The wines on our list were created to complement and pair with the intricate flavors of each dish we prepare and to please simple as well as sophisticated palates,” said Bistro chef and co-owner Margaret Moorefield. ….The Bistro also has to its credit the prestigious WINE SPECTATOR’S Award of Excellence.
"dinner that can only be described as fabulous"
Virginia Living 2006
Virginia Living - April 2006 … to a dinner that can only be described as fabulous (and not in a small-town way)… Here, chef Margaret Moorefield and co-owner Barbara Cage have assembled all the elements of a fine dining experience. The food and wine, sublime. The service, exemplary. Even on a Tuesday, the bistro hummed all night with businessmen plunging into plates of calamari and ladies laughing over chocolate. City purists would have a hard time finding complaint here, except that perhaps the prices were too low.
News & Record, South Boston, VA - March 2006 BISTRO 1888 owners Margaret Moorefield and Barbara Cage recieved a certificate from the Virginia Main Street program for operating a “Blue Ribbon Business” in Virginia. BISTRO 1888 was one of only 21 business statewide to receive the honor.
Evince, Southside Virginia - October 2005 Halloween for the Arts, a fundraiser to benefit the Prizery, is being hosted by local restaurant BISTRO 1888 and creepily performed by Halifax County Little Theatre. Renowned Chef and co-owner Margaret Moorefield will entice each ghoulish guest with her full course ‘killer’ menu. … for more information, check out www.bistro1888.com or call 434.572.1888. News & Records, South Boston, VA - October 4, 2005 Halloween for the Arts…a hair-raising benefit for the Prizery hosted by BISTRO 1888 and Halifax County Little Theater.
Carolina Woman, North Carolina - September 2005 Bistro 1888… a showplace for new American cuisine, that’s in the historic district’s oldest building, has brought a fresh bite to the region's traditional burgers’n’ barbecue scene.
"Who could imagine a town so small as South Boston with
a restaurant that could truly hold its own with the best from any metropolis?"
The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA - July 23, 2005
Who could imagine a town so small as South Boston with a restaurant that could truly hold its own with the best from any metropolis? But that was a delightful surprise we had in store as some 20 of us met at Bistro 1888 on Main Street. I’ll be blunt: This top-flight restaurant is worth driving quite a distance to experience. I eat out a great deal, sample restaurants by the dozen every year, and I haven’t dined as well since the River Café in Brooklyn….one of New York’s finest! Chef and co-owner Margaret Moorefield, who grew up in the community has owned restaurants in Orlando, FL and Portland, OR. She describes the cuisine as American infusion, and all agreed it was excellent.
Gazette Virginian, South Boston, VA - June 15, 2005 A WONDER OF WINE. Bistro 1888 is one of only 72 restaurants in Virginia to receive Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. To receive an Award of Excellence, the international magazine requires a restaurant to have “a commitment to a fine wine list, with a sufficient section of better producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.”
'WINE SPECTATOR AWARD OF EXCELLENCE'
Mecklenburg Sun, Mecklenburg County, VA - June 2005
BISTRO 1888…one of only 3000 restaurants in the United States to receive an award from the prestigious international magazine, WINE SPECTATOR. The 100+ international wines were selected to complement and pair with the intricate flavors of each dish she (Chef Margaret Moorefield) prepares and to please simple as well as sophisticated palates.
Evince, Southside Virginia - June 2005
BISTRO 1888 Earns AWARD of Excellence. Bistro 1888’s wine list includes over 100 international wines including 16 wines by-the-glass with a focus on the best producers from the major wine regions around the world. The wine list was created to complement Chef and co-owner Margaret Moorefield’s extensive menu of Infused New American Cuisine who preparation encompass Mediterranean, Pacific Rim, Asian, classic French, Caribbean and Pacific Northwestern traditions.
News & Record, South Boston, VA - February 8, 2005
BISTRO 1888 hosted a food & wine pairing dinner to benefit The Prizery on February 3, 2005. The exquisite 6 courses food and wine were prepared by Bistro’s chef & co-owner Margaret Moorefield. One of the courses included grilled lamb chops with salsa verdi and sundried cherry sauce with arugala, potato and kalamata olive salad, paired with 1998 Ferrari-Carano Trésor Reserve, from Sonoma County, California. Transportation to and from the Bistro was by way of limousine service provided by All Occasion Limousine.
Richmond Times Dispatch, Virginia - May 2004 Bistro 1888…Southern Gourmet at 221 Main Street, South Boston, VA
'Big City Skills Satisfy Small Town Tastes'
Evince, Southside Virginia- February 2004
Bistro 1888. Where Big City Skills Satisfy Small Town Tastes. Bistro 1888 … an enterprise that has put South Boston on the culinary map. The renovated interior blends turn of the century charm with upscale city flair …. Margaret Moorefield and Barbara Cage have indeed put South Boston on the culinary map and in the process, have breathed new life into the city’s downtown area. Danville Register & Bee, Danville, VA - December 13, 2003 Bistro 1888 is an upscale eatery on Main Street that quickly became a phenomenon….
Gazette Virginian, South Boston, VA - August 15, 2003
BISTRO 1888 Received Triple Diamond Rating Bistro 1888 is now one of only 3000 restaurants in the nation to be rated 3 diamond from American Automotive Association. (AAA). The rating is based on the quality of food, service, décor and ambiance. The triple diamond rating is just one welcome surpirse. “I have been overwhelmed at the amount of success we have had in our first few months,” said Moorefield. “The restaurant has grown much faster than we thought it would.” The award is bestowed on restaurants that “impart a refined and upscale, adult-oriented experience” and “appeal to the diner in search of an experience rather than a meal,” according to AAA.
3 Diamond Rating from AAA
News & Record, South Boston - August 18, 2003
BISTRO 1888 Earns Coveted 3 Diamond Rating from AAA. This rating is given to only 3000 of 850,000 restuarnts in the United States. Other well-known restaurants with a 3 Diamond rating are Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill in New York and Emeril Lagassee’s Emeril’s in New Orleans. Owners Margaret Moorefield and Barbara Cage were very pleased to receive this distinction within 4 months opening Bistro 188 and to be recognized as the only 3 Diamond restaurant in Southside Virginia. The casual, yet sophisticated restaurant is bringing people as far away as Charlotte, NC who want to experience the unique array of flavor combinations that Chef and Co-owner Margaret Moorefield calls Infused New American Cuisine. Co-owner and Director of Operations Barbara Cage says that it has been amazing how many guests continually say “That was the best meal I’ve ever had’. These are well-deserved credits to Chef Moorefield’s excellent culinary skills, Cage says.
The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, MD - May 25, 2003 Bistro 1888, a sophisticated new restaurant with a lively bar, is attracting crowds from Durham, some 90 miles away. They have great fresh food cooked with panache by Chef Margaret Moorefield, who trained at Baltimore’s International Culinary Arts Institute.
Bistro 1888 does for food what VIR does for road racing
The Breeze, Southside Virginia - Spring 2003
Bistro 1888…does for food what VIR does for road racing. Bistro 1888 is a restaurant that features culinary experience and education that has also been honed from around the country, and the globe, for that matter. Chef Margaret Moorefield… has mastered that all-so-popular style of Infused New American Cuisine. One look at the menu for Bistro 1888 will convince even the most demanding food critic that this part of Southside Virginia should not be missed.
The Gazette Virginian, South Boston, VA - March 28, 2003
BISTRO 1888 Offers Infused New American Cuisine. Bistro 1888 opens to rave reviews. If you’ve never tried crème Bruleé, you simply don’t know what you’re missing. Thankfully, now there’s a place in downtown South Boston that can tantalize your palate with elegant, yet reasonably-priced morsels such as this decadent dessert. … an extensive wine list offers selections that will complement the intricate flavors of prepared dishes. For the aficionado, Bistro 1888 offers a selection of single malt scotches, micro-brewed beers, cognac, and other specialty drinks. Bistro 1888 is reminiscent of an upscale Georgetown eatery.
Reviews & articles on Chef Moorefield’s restaurants
in Portland, Oregon & Orlando, FL
Citysearch for Portland, Oregon - February 10, 1999
Though Moorefield’s has been open only since July, its tasty cuisine is on a par with other elegant Portland restaurants that have been around much longer. Chef & owner Margaret Moorefield offers some extraordinarily inventive dishes, things you’d have a hard time finding elsewhere in this city.
Portland’s Seen, Oregon - February 1999
If you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary dining experience, Moorefield’s is a place you will not want to miss. This is a special place…. Moorefield’s menu is unique and surprising, described as ‘infused world cuisine’. I sampled some of the starters and salads and indulged in one main course. All items were beautifully presented and artfully arranged. Margaret’s philosophy of appealing to all the senses is perfectly carried out at Moorefield’s, and after one visit you will want to return often to see what exciting creations await you.
Things to Do, Place to Go, Portland, Oregon - December 24-31, 1998
Moorefield’s Restaurant is already enjoying high success…offering a splendid array of tantalizing dishes of distinguishable styles in a classy and romantic atmosphere. As owner and executive chef, Ms. Moorefield has an impressive and successful background. She graduated from Baltimore’s International Culinary Art College in Baltimore, Maryland and completed a European apprenticeship at the European Culinary Art Center in Cavan, Ireland, where students and international chefs participated in opening the ‘Four Star’ Park Hotel. At Moorefield’s, she offers a fine combination of extraordinary dishes and a relaxing ambiance.
Willamette Week Restaurant Review, Oregon - November 11, 1998
Everything is exquisitely thought out… Moorefield’s is nothing less than an attempt at culinary high art. The rare tuna is beautifully cooked, and its smoothness plays against the noodles; the whole dish is set up with mesclun and raspberry vinaigrette. An outstanding starter is carpaccio of lamb, paper thin and layered over warm arugula and olive-studded potato salad, the potatoes midway between mashed and boiled. This is a daring combination that comes together beautifully. An almost signature offering of barbecued coconut shrimp with bananas, mango and salsa – the rim of the plate painted with a line of orange and scotch bonnet – one of the hottest of peppers – is a seductive pileup that tastes and looks positively aphrodisiacal.
Willamette Week, Oregon - 1998
Moorefield’s selected one of the Best 100 Restaurants in Portland for 1998-1999. …if you seek dazzling, over-the-top cooking that makes Couvron (a AAA 4 Diamond restaurant in Portland) seem like cuisine de grandmere, this (Moorefield’s Restaurant) is your spot. Everything about Moorefield’s is remarkably fascinating, theatrical, even operatic.
Lake Oswego Review, Portland, Oregon - October 8, 1998
LO (Lake Oswego) Chef Relocates Premier Diner to Macadam Street. Margaret Moorefield spent the past two years designing, planning and implementing the construction and operation of the new restaurant. She, an accomplished chef, gained recognition while successfully operating a restaurant of the same name for 5 years.
Orlando Sentinel, Florida - March 1996
Go West, Young Chef. Margaret Moorefield is relocating to Oregon… when the lease expires. The city would not transfer the impact feels she has already paid and… Moorefield heard the call of Oregon. That’s too bad. Moorefield’s had an eclectic charm and served some wonderful food. Fodor’s 96 Florida Erudite but not snobby… The trendy menu and fresh, sophisticated, but homemade dishes make you thing Martha Stewart might be in the kitchen somewhere, but it’s really owner-chef Margaret Moorefield.
Evian & Gourmet Magazine Awards - 1994
Chef Margaret Moorefield of Moorefield’s Restaurant & Bar was one of Florida’s top chefs selected to participate in the 1994 Evian Health Menu Awards. Florida Magazine - November 29, 1992 If Orlando is to become a world-class city, it has to have a world-class downtown district. Moorefield’s …could rocket downtown Orlando to world-class status. Moorefield’s offers creative gourmet dinners in a classy atmosphere. The restaurant is beautiful, thoughtfully designed to create a classy and romantic atmosphere.
The Weekly, Orlando, FL - October 15, 1992
Moorefield’s: Downtown Flight of Fancy. Moorefield’s is a fine dining experience with the best of service in downtown Orlando. Once inside, with a little imagination, you can even make believe you’re in Soho. The menu of new American cuisine reads like an article in Bon Appetit magazine and the presentation of the food is ready for high style photography. At Moorefield’s the ingredients and flavors are always intriguing. Grab a date, book a table, go downtown and check it out! Food: 4 ½ stars Ambiance; 4 stars Service: 4 stars (out of 5 stars)
Orlando Cuisine, FL - October 1992 We’ve been patiently waiting for downtown to come of age with a few fine dining locations. Thank goodness that Moorefield’s has arrived. Former Jordan’s Grove chef Margaret Moorefield has opened a first class establishment in downtown with top shelf food, service and atmosphere. Orlando Sentinel, Florida - 1992 Moorefield’s adds a dash of class to downtown business of dining. Great food, ambiance, location. Her (Chef Margaret Moorefield) culinary home adds an upscale addition to the downtown dining scene ….
Florida Magazine- October 1992 Top 10 restaurants in 1992: Moorefield’s….. Best Ambience. Chef/Owner Margaret Moorefield set some lofty goals for her gourmet restaurant. All the elements are in place to make this the restaurant to watch in 1993. Orlando
Business Journal, Florida - June 1992 Margaret Moorefield, the former chef at Jordon’s Gove and owner of Culinary Concepts catering service, has signed a five-year, 5000 square foot lease for her new downtown restaurant. Orlando Sentinel, Florida Bob Morris - June 24, 1992 Special recognition should go to Margaret Moorefield, a well-known Central Florida Chef who planned to open her restaurant and bar by June 1… but postponed her opening so that the space could be used for the Fringe art gallery and one of its performance sites. (Orlando International Fringe Festival…10 days of live shows by 30 performance companies from around the world.)
Orlando Sentinel, Florida - November 1991 Florida Food: Central Style. Margaret Moorefield’s…outlook on Central Florida cuisine: Cook techniques should reflect the health-oriented, fast paced lifestyle of contemporary Florida
Gazette Virginian, South Boston, VA - January 13, 1991 $15,000 Menu Introduces Culinary Concepts to Orlando. With flair and $15,000 - $20,000 ten course menu, Margaret Moorefield introduced Culinary Concepts to Orlando this fall. It was a grand success. The Foodletter, Monthly Guide to Food & Wine, Florida - December 1991 New Catering Company has formidable debut: Chef Margaret Moorefield held a one person tour de force at the Renaissance on Lake Ivahoe in November introducing her company, Culinary Concepts to Central Florida. The setting was luxurious, but the quality and imagination of the food easily eclipsed its setting. Presentation was fresh and appetizing. Central Florida is fortunate in having a good variety of competent caterers: Culinary Concepts should be near the top of any quality listing.
Central Florida Bride, Florida - Spring/Summer 1990 Margaret Moorefield’s Culinary Concepts set an elegant table laden with delicious food. Orlando Sentinel, FL - April 1990 This weekend Jordan’s Grove restaurant will host 33 wineries from the prestigious California wine-producing region. Two seminars will focus on white meats and seafood…Leading the discussion are Chefs Claring Epting and Margaret Moorefield of Jordan’s Grove, Bill Higgins of the Peabody Hotel and Mark Militello or Marks’ Place. Chef Margaret Moorefield received her degree from Baltimore’s International Culinary Arts Institute and also completed her apprenticeship at the European Educational Centre in Cavan, Ireland.