On the Menu: Town House in Chilhowie, Va.

On the Menu: Town House in Chilhowie, Va.

CHILHOWIE Va. When the husband-and-wife chef team of John B. Shields and Karen Urie moved from the big-city fine-dining scene in Chicago to the mountains of Southern Virginia to take over at Town House, they took advantage of a modern medium to drum up interest in their small-town venture.

They started a blog, and that exposure is paying off, even with only about 200 hits per day, Shields says. In the year Town House has been open, they have gotten some city-d

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