HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- Chefs and restaurateurs gathered around the table in Hyde Park Monday to kick off Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, the largest culinary experience in the region.
The semi-annual event is from Monday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov.15 and is expected to attract 250,000 diners and generate $10 million in sales revenue, according to Janet Crawshaw, the event's founder and publisher of “The Valley Table” magazine.
“That’s a major boost for local restaurants -- and for all the farms and purveyors featured on their menus,” she said.
The opening extravaganza was at The Culinary Institute of America. Participants got to sample local products, connect with purveyors and otherwise prepare for the week, Crawshaw said.
“Local foods and beverages are a driving force in the Hudson Valley’s economic revival and reputation as a premier culinary destination,” she said.
The fall installation of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is especially exciting, Crawshaw said, because chefs have so many fresh, local products from which to choose.
Highlights of the purveyors and the goodies they offered Monday were:
- Captain Lawrence Brewing Company’s custom 2015 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week brew, formulated by Hudson Valley chefs.
- Catskill Food Company’s artisanal sausages in flavors such as “garlic beer,” “Moroccan spiced,” and “wild mushroom sage.”
- Hudson Valley Harvest , started in Ulster County as a collaboration between a farmer and a chef and now one of the leading purveyors of local food in the tri-state area, gave out samples of its fresh and frozen produce and meats sourced from area farms.
- Local delicious hard ciders from apple growers brewing their own varieties, like Bad Seed Cider in Highland and Breezy Hill Orchard's Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider in Staatsburg.
- Millbrook Vineyards and Winery unveiled a new keg delivery system for wine, featuring its Hudson River Valley AVA estate chardonnay.
During Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, restaurant patrons can enjoy three-course meals at discounted prices. Lunch is $20.95 and dinner is $29.95.
For a complete list of participating restaurants, click here .
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