Staff

Mary Beth Harris Morgan

Mary Beth Morgan

Mary Beth Morgan has worked in the food and beverage industry for 13 years. In 2008, she started The Darjeeling Café, which began in Staunton as a 20 seat tea and sandwich shop with a kitchen the size of a coffee table. In 2011, The Darjeeling Café reopened in a larger location and began life as a full-service restaurant and catering business. The café quickly outgrew it’s moniker and perception of being solely a tea shop. In January 2013,  Mary Beth renamed the business AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar.

Mary Beth has received rave reviews for her interesting and healthy cuisine and her fun, community-building events. And she regularly receives accolades for her full- service caterings and event plannings.

Jan Nelson and pie

Chef Janice Nelson

Born and raised on Northern Virginia, Jan moved to the Valley in 1989. She worked for the National Park Service starting in 2005 and worked in food service during the off season.

Chef Jan began working full time as a sous chef at Stone Soup Books and Cafe in 2010 where her soups won best appetizer in the 2011 Waynesboro Taste of the Town.

Jan now considers Staunton her hometown and has wanted to be a part of the downtown restaurant scene so when an opening at the Darjeeling Cafe– now AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar– she jumped at the chance!