Nelson County, VA
To say Todd Rath, owner of The Blue Toad, is excited about his latest expansion of sorts, would be an understatement. We first told you about the Blue Toad opening back in July 2011 in this story. “We’ve realized that we need a catering arm. We’ve done some parties here, rehearsal dinners, things like that, lot of birthday parties, and one thing we were not set up for was to do catering. At someone’s farm or someone’s house, or winery. Rick & I have know one another for about 5 years,” and that, said Todd, was enough for them to join forces.
Listen to Tommy’s interview with Todd & Rick by press play above.
“I’ve been catering for 7 years out of the house, cooking hogs for 20, and all of the sudden wanted to do it. I stepped into it and spent 20,000 dollars. I built a 9000.00 dollar kitchen in the backyard. All health department approved and inspected,” Rick told us.
And the secret to perfect BBQ? “Long and slow. That’s the best way of doing it,” Rick adds with a smile.
In addition to more food and the catering arm, Todd revealed more exciting news for The Blue Toad.”Stewart Computer Services has put in a free wi-fi network for the Blue Toad’s customers. Inside the pub, the deck, the tent and the playground. We’ve got a new building planned out by the playground that will house the ice cream, burgers and dogs. Simple foods for moms and dads. The wifi will be all of our property and free for every customer.”