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It was the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Kick-Off event, I was fumbling a plate, a glass and my camera, deciding what Keegan Ale I was going to try. Cathryn was talking to the gentleman about the beer. I asked her how the beer tasted and ended up having the gentleman pour me a glass. There was nobody else in that part of the room so we began to chat. I didn’t know who she was or she who I was. (Not that I am anyone)
When she told me she was Cathryn of Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill in Cold Spring I was delighted. I complimented her on her restaurant. I usually meet my friend Catherine (notice spelling is different) there for lunch as it’s a good midpoint between her home in Westchester and mine. Never been disappointed.
Conversation was wonderful and one thing lead to another and lead to Happy Bitch Wines. I briefly described the wine to her. She immediately responded that the wine sounded great and she is going to order it for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week and serve it by the glass. WOW! I was besides myself and of course without any business cards in hand. She told me she would remember the distributor.
Cathryn is a great supporter of Hudson Valley wine and food. To show our support we ate there last week and the food was fantastic! Not only were we there, but Quattro’s Game Farm who is one of their local suppliers was also dining there. We ate local and drank local that evening. Here is the menu choices including a vast selection of Hudson Valley wine.
We began the evening with a glass of Happy Bitch Rose of course while we waited for our husbands to arrive. Dinner wines were Millbrook and Whitecliff Chardonnays.
Our first course found us dining on Caramelized Onion Crepe with Sprout Creek’s Batch 35 Truffle Fondue and Grilled Polenta with Sprout Creek Sweet Italian Sausage Sauce. Both were fantastic!
It is Hudson Valley Restaurant Week where you can go dine out for lunch and dinner, three courses and fixed pricing $20.95/$29.95 respectively. Last week I had the opportunity to dine at two restaurants for dinner and one for lunch. I’ll begin with my first meal out which was at Crave in Poughkeepsie.
Crave is owned by Eddie Kowalski and next door is Lola’s which Eddie owns as well and is gourmet take-out and catering. This isn’t the first time I’ve eaten at Crave and I’ve also been privileged enough to be at social engagements where Eddie has catered the food. All I must say is beyond excellent.
Dining out at Crave last Wednesday was special. Our waiter happened to be a son of a childhood friend. Through the years I have watched Zack grow up and he’s is turned into a fine young gentleman. What makes me feel really old is Zack is now a Culinary Institute of America graduate. One of the people we were dining with asked Zack a question about the menu, which was what is “sous vide”? Zack did an excellent job in explaining it. (Cathy and Michael – his CIA education, worth every penny.) It was a pleasure having Zack as our waiter. He took great care of us.
Now onto the meal which was wonderful and enjoyed by all.
|We began dinner with a bottle of Whitecliff Riesling|
|A little smoked salmon on herb cream cheese with couscous|
|GNUDI – Sprout Creek Ricotta/tomato tartar/shallot/chive/Asiago. (Fantastic)|
|Paul enjoed the Warm Vichychois -local potato/sweet corn thimbale/ smoked trout|
|Our second bottle of wine (there were 6 of us) Hermann J. Wiemer 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes|
|Frozen Coffee Beignet which were very good!|
|Honey Lavendar Creme Brule (Fantastic, although the top wasn’t as caramelized as I would have liked.|
Once again between all 6 of us there was representation from all dessert selections. The meal was wonderful and so was our company and the wait staff.